Roxy Heffernan

Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Dynamic Risk and Protective Factors in Forensic and Correctional Practice.

Profile

Roxy is a graduate of the Forensic Psychology Masters programme, and after working in the forensic field has returned to continue her research as a Doctoral Candidate. Having experienced the complexities of working with offenders in treatment aiming to reduce risk, she is passionate about integrating and advancing theory in this field. Roxy's aim is to develop a comprehensive theory that can explain offending and risk factors as variation and dysfunction in the capacities required for adaptive goal directed behavior. It is expected that this will enhance correctional practice in a number of ways.

Qualifications

BSc Hons, MSc FPSY

Research Interests

The conceptualization of risk, protective factors, human agency, strength-based treatment.

Publications

Heffernan, R & Ward, T.  (2015). The conceptualization of dynamic risk factors in child sex offenders: An agency model. Aggression and Violent Behavior,24, 250-260..doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2015.07.001

PhD Topic

Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Dynamic Risk and Protective Factors in Forensic and Correctional Practice

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