Portrait of Miss Kathryn  Sharratt Miss Kathryn Sharratt

k.sharratt@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472886


Qualifications: BSc Hons, MSc, FHEA

In October 2014 Kathryn was appointed Lecturer in Criminology, having initially joined the University of Huddersfield in 2009 as a Research Assistant at the Applied Criminology Centre (ACC). Prior to joining the University, Kathryn was awarded a first class honours degree in BSc Psychology and an MSc in Forensic Psychology at Coventry University. Kathryn also worked for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) as a Measuring the Quality of Prison Life (MQPL) Research Assistant.

Kathryn has been involved in a number of research projects at the University, including the EU FP7 funded study ‘Children of Prisoners, Interventions and Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health’ (COPING) and evaluations of the ‘National Offenders’ Families Helpline’ and the ‘Youth Justice Board’s Preventing Violent Extremism Programme’.

Kathryn is currently undertaking a part-time PhD in the field of Criminal Psychology, and is using advanced statistical techniques to model the relationship between psychopathy, criminal social identity and suicide among prisoner populations.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Kathryn is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Applied Criminology Centre.

Research interests

  • Experiences of imprisonment, including but not limited to, suicide-related behavior in prison
  • Rehabilitation and resettlement of ex-offenders
  • Effects of parental imprisonment on children and families
  • Psychopathy
  • Criminal social identity
  • Quantitative research methods, particularly latent variable modelling techniques

Selected research projects

  • Children of Prisoners, Interventions and Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health (COPING)
  • An Independent Evaluation of the Offenders’ Families Helpline
  • An Evaluation of the Youth Justice Board’s Preventing Violent Extremism Programme

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Sharratt, K., Boduszek, D., Gallagher, B. and Jones, A. (2017) ‘Factor structure and factorial invariance of the strengths and difficulties questionnaire among children of prisoners and their parentsChild Indicators Research . ISSN 1874-897X

Sharratt, K., Christmann, K., Perry, S. and Sutherland, L. (2017) ‘The role of online knowledge hubs in developing practice and policy: Lessons from i-HOP for professionals working with children and families affected by parental offendingJournal of Development Policy and Practice . ISSN 2455-1333


Roach, J., Cartwright, A. and Sharratt, K. (2016) ‘Dealing with the Unthinkable: a Study of the Cognitive and Emotional Stress of Adult and Child Homicide Investigations on Police InvestigatorsJournal of Police and Criminal Psychology . ISSN 0882-0783

Dhingra, K., Boduszek, D. and Sharratt, K. (2016) ‘Victimization profiles, non-suicidal self-injury, suicide attempt, and post-traumatic stress disorder symptomology: application of latent class analysisJournal of Interpersonal Violence , 31 (14), pp. 2412-2429. ISSN 0886-2605

Robertson, O., Christmann, K., Sharratt, K., Berman, A., Manby, M., Ayre, E., Foca, L., Asiminei, R., Philbrick, K. and Gavriluta, C. (2016) ‘Children of Prisoners: Their Situation and Role in Long-Term Crime Prevention’. In: Women and Children as Victims and Offenders: Background, Prevention, Reintegration. : Springer International Publishing. pp. 203-232. ISBN 978-3-319-28423-1


Christmann, K. and Sharratt, K. (2015) i-HOP’s Quality Assessment Tool for research and evidence around Children of Offenders Barnados / University of Huddersfield: Barnados / University of Huddersfield

Christmann, K. and Sharratt, K. (2015) i-HOP Guidebook: Using the Quality Assessment Tool for research concerning Children of Offenders Barnados / University of Huddersfield: Barnados / University of Huddersfield

Christmann, K. and Sharratt, K. (2015) i-HOP’s Quality Assessment Tool and Guidebook – An Introduction Barnados / University of Huddersfield: Barnados / University of Huddersfield

Dhingra, K., Debowska, A., Sharratt, K., Hyland, P. and Kola-Palmer, S. (2015) ‘Psychopathy, Gang Membership, and Moral Disengagement among Juvenile OffendersJournal of Criminal Psychology , 5 (1), pp. 13-24. ISSN 2009-3829


Sharratt, K., Boduszek, D., Jones, A. and Gallagher, B. (2014) ‘Construct validity, dimensionality and factorial invariance of the Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale: A bifactor modelling approach among children of prisonersCurrent Issues in Personality Psychology , 2 (4), pp. 228-236. ISSN 2353-4192

Sharratt, K (2014) ‘Children’s Experiences of Contact with Imprisoned Parents: A Comparison between Four European CountriesEuropean Journal of Criminology , 11 (6), pp. 760-775. ISSN 1477-3708

Sharratt, K., Porter, J. and Truman, C. (2014) ‘Nowhere Else to Turn: Key Findings from an Evaluation of the National Offenders’ Families HelplinePrison Service Journal , 216, pp. 30-35. ISSN 0300-3558

Sharratt, K. and Cheung, R. (2014) ‘Incentivising Prison Visits: new research findings on the needs of children with imprisoned mothers and fathersPrison Service Journal , 216, pp. 24-29. ISSN 0300-3558

Sharratt, K., Foca, L., Gavriluta, C., Jones, A. and Asiminei, R. (2014) ‘Dimensionality and Construct Validity of the Romanian Self-Report Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)Romanian Journal of Applied Psychology , 16 (2), pp. 33-39. ISSN 1454-8062

Sharratt, K (2014) ‘The Impact of Parental Imprisonment on Children: Factors Influencing Resilience’. In: West Yorkshire Probation Trust and Kirklees Partnership Conference: Reshaping the Future for the Children of Offenders, 19th March 2014, University of Huddersfield

Sharratt, K (2014) An independent evaluation of the offenders' families helpline Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield


Manby, M., Monchuk, L. and Sharratt, K. (2013) ‘The importance of maintaining family ties during imprisonment - perspectives of those involved in HMP New Hall's family support projectPrison Service Journal (209), pp. 18-23. ISSN 0300-3558

Sharratt, K. and Cheung, R. (2013) ‘The COPING Project’. In: NEPACS Conference - coping with custody - supporting families through a prison sentence and beyond, 12th July 2013, Durham, UK

Jones, A., Gallagher, B., Manby, M., Robertson, O., Schützwohl, M., Berman, A., Hirschfield, A., Ayre, L., Urban, M., Sharratt, K. and Christmann, K. (2013) Children of Prisoners: Interventions and mitigations to strengthen mental health . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. ISBN 9781862181168


Robertson, O., Sharratt, K., Pascaru, G., Bieganski, J., Kearney, H., Sommerland, N., Jones, A., Raikes, B., Urban, M. and Cheung, R. (2012) ‘Stakeholder Perspectives on the Needs of Children of Prisoners in EuropeScientific Annals of the Ioan Cuza University Iasi: Social Work Series , 5 (2), pp. 98-114. ISSN 2065-3131

Sharratt, K (2012) ‘A European Study of Children’s Resilience to Parental Imprisonment’. In: 12th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology Criminology in the 21st Century: a Necessary Balance Between Freedom and Security, 12th - 15th September 2012, Bilbao, Spain

Batley, R., Rogerson, M., Nellthorp, J., Wardman, M., Hirschfield, A., Newton, A., Shires, J., Monchuk, L., Armitage, R., Sharratt, K., Johnson, D. and Chintakayala, P. (2012) Evaluating measures to improve personal security and the value of their benefits Rail Safety and Standards Board

Hirschfield, A., Christmann, K., Wilcox, A., Rogerson, M. and Sharratt, K. (2012) Process Evaluation of Preventing Violent Extremism Programmes for Young People Youth Justice Board


Sharratt, K. and Ward, L. (2011) ‘Children of Prisoners, Interventions and Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health (COPING)’. In: Action for Prisoners Families Conference : What's new in Research and Evaluation, 19th May 2011, Cambridge University Institute of Criminology


Newton, A., Hirschfield, A., Sharratt, K. and Rogerson, M. (2010) Building an evidence base on alcohol supply points: A pilot project to generate intelligence for managing areas with licensed premises Alcohol Education Research Council


  • Reviewer for the European Journal of Criminology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the School of Human and Health Sciences' School Research Ethics Panel (SREP) (Novenber 2014 - present)
  • Member of the Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit (QRM-TU)
  • Invited speaker: “The Impact of Parental Imprisonment on Children: Factors Influencing Resilience”. West Yorkshire Probation Trust Partnership Conference: Re-shaping the Future for Children of Offenders, 19th March 2014, Huddersfield
  • Invited Speaker: “The COPING Project”. NEPACS Conference: Coping with Custody: Supporting Families through a Prison Sentence and Beyond, 12th July 2013, Durham

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader for:

  • HIB1024 Violent Crime

Contribution to:

  • HFB2003 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • HFB2001 Academic Skills for Social Sciences
  • HIB2000 Professional Practice and Research
  • HIB2002 Explaining and Responding to Crime
  • HIB2005 Working with Offenders and Victims
  • HHB1032 Experiencing Punishment and the Penal System
  • HHB2002 Final Year Project for the Social Sciences

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