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Institute of Criminology



Emily is PhD student in the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology specialising in qualitative research in neuropsychology within the context of policing and operational first responders.

She holds a BA (Hons) in Psychological and Social Sciences; a PGCE(PS) specialising in neurodevelopment and inclusion; an MA (2-Year Res) in Philosophy with a thesis on Criminological Ethics and Theory of Mind for which she received a Distinction; and is a former employee of the College of Policing, and Crown Servant.

She is a CDH Methods Fellow (2023-2024); a member of Cambridge Neuroscience; consults on neurodivergent experience and mental health wellbeing; and lectures for the Social Science Research Methods Programme (SSRMP), the International Programme for Forensic Psychology, the MPhil in Criminology, and the MSt Police Executive Programme.

Her research is entitled 'The Copper's Nose Project', and is funded by the ESRC.



Emily's Doctoral research, 'The Copper's Nose Project', explores the phenomenological experiences of first responders, specifically operational police officers, and the resultant neurophysiological and psychological impacts and adaptations.

In policing colloquiums, Emily's research theorises the policing 'sixth sense', gut-instinct, intuition, the formation of hunches and suspicion, with a keen focus on the importance of demarcation between concepts. The research combines theories from cognitive science with large-scale primary data collection using qualitative and mixed methods.


Person keywords: 
Policing; Sixth Sense; Gut-Instinct; Intuition; Hunches; Stress Phenotyping; Trauma Exposure; Chronometry; Neuroplasticity; Adaptive Behaviour; Neuropsychological Interactions; Risk-Reward Systems; Fear Conditioning