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Nadia joined the University of Huddersfield as a Reader in Forensic Psychology in September 2016. She was previously a Reader in Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire and prior to that a Principal Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Buckinghamshire New University. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist (Teaching and Research), having been awarded a PhD from Brunel University in 2002. Nadia’s doctoral studies focused on the impact of occupational stress on employees’ health. Specifically, she examined the psychophysiological responses of employees to their supervisors' interactional styles. In 2009 Nadia completed the British Psychological Society's independent route to achieving Stage One of the Diploma in Forensic Psychology (equivalent to an MSc). Her dissertation for this was a critical review of the potential social-cognitive mechanisms that might potentiate risk for sexual revictimisation. This has served as a catalyst for her on-going empirical research in this area.
Nadia is an active applied researcher who engages with community partners in evaluation, training and research activities. Partners to-date have included; Thames Valley and Bedfordshire Police, Thames Valley Probation, Circles South East, NOTA, Buckinghamshire County Council, Bracknell Forest Community Safety Partnership, Restorative Solutions, R U Safe etc. Her main focus is on victimisation (both as primary victims and secondary victims) and the application of restorative justice practices to serious crimes such as sexual and domestic violence, and modern day slavery.
Her current projects include:
Wager, N (2017) ‘Memory’. In: Mad or Bad? A critical approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology. : Sage. pp. 253-266. ISBN 978-1473963511
Wager, N. and Pike, G. (2017) ‘Prevention’. In: Mad or Bad? A critical approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology. : Sage. pp. 297-310. ISBN 978-1473963528
Wager, N., Guthrie, E. and Bertrand-Shelton, S. (2016) Sexual consent and sexual assault victim's experiences of the criminal justice system [Audio]
Wager, N (2015) ‘Understanding childrens non-disclosure of child sexual assault: implications for assisting parents and teachers to become effective guardians’ Safer Communities: a journal of practice, opinion, policy and research , 14 (1), pp. 16-26. ISSN 1757-8043
Marsh, F. and Wager, N. (2015) ‘Restorative justice in cases of sexual violence: Exploring the views of the public and survivors’ Probation Journal , 62 (4), pp. 336-356. ISSN 0264-5505
Wager, N., Wager, A. and Wilson, C. (2015) ‘Circles South Easts programme for non-offending partners of child sex offenders: A preliminary outcome evaluation’ Probation Journal , 62 (4), pp. 357-373. ISSN 0264-5505
Wager, N., O'Keeffe, C., Bates, A. and Emerson, G. (2015) ‘Restorative Justice and Recidivism: Investigating the impact of victim-preference for level of engagement.’ Ljetopis socijalnog rada (Annual of Social Work) , 22 (1), pp. 61-80.
Rourke, T., Grover, S., Wager, N. and Capper, J. (2014) ‘Decreasing incidence of nasal adenocarcinoma in Wycombe woodworkers’ The Laryngoscope , 124 (5), pp. 1078-1082. ISSN 0023-852X
Wager, N (2013) ‘Sexual revictimisation: double betrayal and the risk associated with dissociative amnesia’ Journal of Child Sexual Abuse , 22 (7), pp. 878-899. ISSN 1053-8712
Wager, N (2013) ‘The experience and insight of survivors who have engaged in a restorative justice meeting with their assailant’ Temida , 16 (1), pp. 11-32. ISSN 1450-6637
Wager, N (2012) ‘Respondents' Experiences of Completing a Retrospective Web-Based, Sexual Trauma Survey: Does a History of Sexual Victimization Equate With Risk for Harm?’ Violence and Victims , 27 (6), pp. 991-1004. ISSN 0886-6708
Wager, N (2012) ‘Psychogenic amnesia for childhood sexual abuse and risk for sexual revictimisation in both adolescence and adulthood’ Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning , 12 (3), pp. 331-349. ISSN 1468-1811
Wager, N (2011) ‘Researching Sexual Revictimisation: Associated Ethical and Methodological Issues, and Possible Solutions’ Child Abuse Review , 20 (3), pp. 158-172. ISSN 0952-9136
Pitt, C., Lavery, C. and Wager, N. (2009) ‘Psychosocial outcomes of bone marrow transplant for individuals affected by Mucopolysaccharidosis I Hurler Disease: patient social competency’ Child: Care, Health and Development , 35 (2), pp. 271-280. ISSN 0305-1862
Wager, N., Fieldman, G. and Hussey, T. (2003) ‘The effect on ambulatory blood pressure of working under favourably and unfavourably perceived supervisors’ Occupational and environmental medicine , 60 (7), pp. 468-474. ISSN 1351-0711
External examiner for doctoral candidate Anna Gekoski (Middlesex University) 2012
Circles South East – Member of the Advisory Board for Restorative Justice Forums for victims of sexual crime (Since 2014)
Thames Valley Partnership – Member of the Restorative Justice Advisory Group (Sinse 2013)
Thames Valley Office of the Police Crime Commissioner - Member of Modern Slavery Advisory Group (Since 2015)
Circles UK – Member of the Research and Evaluation Advisory Group (Since 2016)
SAFE! – Member of the Board of Trustees (Since 2016)
November 2013 – Interviewed by ITV news to discuss the case of Anxiang Du who murdered four members of the Ding family (brief mention - http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2013-11-27/anxiang-du-found-guilty-of-murdering-four-members-of-the-ding-family)
14th December 2014 – radio interview for Three Counties Radio – on the impact on families of relatives who go missing
17th June 2015 – radio interview for Three Counties Radio – discussing my research on sexual revictimisation and the NSPCC report on the increase in reporting of child sexual abuse
27th September 2015 – Interviewed by Kate Hilpern, a reporter for the Independent newspaper regarding a restorative justice case involving a face-to-face meeting between a victim and perpetrator in the aftermath of domestic violence and rape http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/why-i-met-my-rapist-one-woman-explains-how-a-face-to-face-meeting-brought-closure -a6669261.html
Nadia is interested in supervising projects in the broad areas of gendered-violence (e.g. domestic and sexual violence) and restorative justice.
With regards to previous PhD students, she has twelve successful completions to date which include the following candidates and projects:
Her current students include:
Since 2013 Nadia has partnered with Restorative Solutions, Thames Valley Probation (now National Probation Service) and AIM to design and deliver a three-day training package for experienced restorative justice facilitators to assist with identification of the issues to consider when contemplating offering their service in cases of sexual violence.
Nadia is the module co-ordinator for both the research project modules on the Undergraduate and MSc Psychology programmes.
She also contributes on: