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Qualifications: BA, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, FHEA.
Dr John Synnott is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and the Associate Director for the MSc in Investigative Psychology and Deputy Director of the MSc in Security Science. He obtained his Degree in Psychology from University College Dublin, Ireland and he completed his MSc in Investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool. John joined the University in 2013 on completeion of his PhD entitled ‘Why Crime Occurs Where it Does’ which examined cases of Tiger Kidnap from both the Republic and North of Ireland, in addition to analysing criminal mental maps and offenders representation of offending locations.
John has presented research on the Psychology of Crime and Offender Decision Making at conferences around the world. He his delivered lectures on Decision Making and Risk as it relates to crime and designed and lead a module on Investigative Psychology, the first of its kind in the UK, to final year Psychology students. Dr Synnott has contributed reports to the Irish Police Force (An Gardai), the Irish Prison Service (IPS), the Irish Governments White Paper on Crime and to the Minister for Justice Office, Ireland. Dr Synnott recently provided consultation on the development of a Risk Assessment Tool for Domestic Violence for the Irish Police Force and Department of Justice Ireland and has consulted on similar Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Scales for a police force in the UK.
He has recently evaluated a prison training program for offenders at Shelton Abbey Prison in Ireland and has just completed a Mental Wellbeing project at the same facility that was recently presented at the British Psychology Societies Division of Forensic Psychology conference in Bristol. Dr Synnott has just published a special issue as guest editor on the topic of Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse for the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. He has extensive Media experience having appeared on radio (Newstalk, Capital FM) and television (BBC) and his work has featured in media both nationally and internationally (Washington Post & CNN) as well has being featured as an editorial in the prestigious journal of Nature. Dr Synnott is a member of the School Research Ethics Panel and Business and Consultancy Committee at the University of Huddersfield and is a member of the Secure Societies Institute.
Dr Synnott is a member of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology, Centre for Applied Psychological Research, The School Research Ethics Panel, The School Business Consultancy Committee and the Secure Societies Institute.
Synnott, J., Ioannou, M., Coyne, A. and Hemingway, S. (2017) ‘A content analysis of online suicide notes: attempted suicide versus attempt resulting in suicide’ Suicide and Life-threatening Behavior . ISSN 1943-278X
Tzani-Pepelasi, C., Ioannou, M. and Synnott, J. (2017) ‘School-Bullying & Cyber-Bullying: Summarising and Comparing Risk & Preventive Factors’. In: Division of Forensic Psychology British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 13th-15th June 2017, Bristol
Dietzel, D., Synnott, J. and Ioannou, M. (2017) ‘Mental health in an open prison: preliminary research findings’. In: Division of Forensic Psychology British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 13th-15th June 2017, Bristol
Synnott, J., Coulias, A. and Ioannou, M. (2017) ‘Online trolling the case of Madeleine McCann’ Computers in Human Behavior , 71, pp. 70-78. ISSN 0747-5632
Synnott, J (2017) ‘Investigating sexual violence and abuse’ Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling , 14 (2), pp. 107-108. ISSN 1544-4759
Coyne, A., Synnott, J., Ioannou, M. and Hemingway, S. (2017) ‘A Content Analysis of Successful and Unsuccessful Suicide Notes’. In: Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference 2017, 23rd February 2017, Waterford, Ireland
Synnott, J., Canter, D., Youngs, D. and Ioannou, M. (2016) ‘Variations in the Journey from Crime: Examples from Tiger Kidnapping’ Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling , 13 (3), pp. 239-252. ISSN 1544-4759
Prince, R., Synnott, J. and Ioannou, M. (2016) ‘Investigating the Risky Behaviour of Elite Athletes’. In: PsyPAG Annual Conference, 27 - 29th July 2016, University of York
Synnott, J., Ioannou, M. and Fumagalli, A. (2016) ‘A Review of The Polygraph: History, Current Status and Emerging Research’ Custodial Review .
Synnott, J. and Coyne, A. (2016) ‘Conducting Research in Irish Prisons: A Review’ Assessment and Development Matters , 8 (1). ISSN 2040-4069
Ioannou, M., Canter, D., Youngs, D. and Synnott, J. (2015) ‘Offenders' Crime Narratives across Different Types of Crimes’ Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice , 15 (5), pp. 383-400. ISSN 1522-8932
Synnott, J., Dietzel, D. and Ioannou, M. (2015) ‘A review of the polygraph: history, methodology and current status’ Crime Psychology Review , 1 (1), pp. 59-83. ISSN 2374-4006
Synnott, J. and Canter, D. (2011) ‘Strategic Aspects of Armed Robbery’. In: 12th Conference of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology, 31st March - 2nd April 2011, VU University, Amsterdam
O'Connell, M. and Synnott, J. (2009) ‘A Position of Influence: Variation in Offender Identification Rates by Location in a Lineup’ Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling , 6 (2), pp. 139-149. ISSN 1544-4759
Synnott, J. and O'Connell, M. (2007) ‘Where do I stand in a police line-up?’. In: Psychology Society of Ireland, Student Congress, 2007, Dublin
I have supervised more than 50 MSc theses and am interested in supervising research in regards any of the topics below. My main research focus is on the contributions of Psychology to the investigative process (Investigative Psychology).
Project Lead on the IRCIP Polygraph Project.
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