Portrait of Dr John Synnott Dr John Synnott

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Biography

Qualifications: BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol, CSci, Assc IA-IP, FHEA. Senior Lecturer and Assistant Course Director MSc Investigative Psychology, University of Huddersfield

Dr John Synnott is a Chartered Psychologist, a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Course Director for the MSc Investigative Psychology. He joined Huddersfield University in 2013 on completion of his PhD. Dr Synnott obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2007, his dissertation, which has since been published was on positional effects in police line-ups. In 2009 he completed his MSc in Investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool. His dissertation was on the strategic aspects of Armed Robbery. He developed aspects of this research for his PhD, which he completed in 2013. His PhD, entitled 'Why Crime Occurs Where It Does' took examples from Tiger Kidnap cases in both the Republic and the North of Ireland in addition to criminal mental maps and representation of offenders offending locations.

Dr Synnott has also contributed through reports to the Irish Police force (An Gardai), the Irish Prison Service (IPS), the Irish Governments White Paper on Crime and to the Minster for Justice Ireland and He has presented his work at conferences both nationally and internationally. Dr Synnott leads the Dissertation Module on the MSc in Investigative Psychology and the Investigative Psychology final year module on the Psychology undergraduate programme

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Dr Synnott is a member of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology.

Research interests

  • Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Geographic profiling
  • Offender profiling
  • Mental Maps
  • Amnesia and crime
  • Deception (Polygraph)
  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Tiger kidnap
  • Media and crime
  • Sports Psychology

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Synnott, J., Coulias, A. and Ioannou, M. (2017) ‘Online trolling the case of Madeleine McCannComputers in Human Behavior , 71, pp. 70-78. ISSN 0747-5632

2016

Synnott, J., Canter, D., Youngs, D. and Ioannou, M. (2016) ‘Variations in the Journey from Crime: Examples from Tiger KidnappingJournal 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 ResearchCustodial Review .

Synnott, J. and Coyne, A. (2016) ‘Conducting Research in Irish Prisons: A ReviewAssessment and Development Matters , 8 (1). ISSN 2040-4069

2015

Ioannou, M., Canter, D., Youngs, D. and Synnott, J. (2015) ‘Offenders' Crime Narratives across Different Types of CrimesJournal 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 statusCrime Psychology Review , 1 (1), pp. 59-83. ISSN 2374-4006

2011

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

2009

O'Connell, M. and Synnott, J. (2009) ‘A Position of Influence: Variation in Offender Identification Rates by Location in a LineupJournal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling , 6 (2), pp. 139-149. ISSN 1544-4759

2007

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

Esteem

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Associate, International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology, University of Huddersfield (September 2009 - present)
  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), British Psychological Society (BPS). Awarded December 2014
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Awarded 2014
  • Chartered Scientist, British Psychological Society (BPS). Awarded July 2015
  • Member of the British Psychological Society (December 2011 - present)
  • Full Member of the Division of Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society (December 2014 - present)
  • Full Associate of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology (July 2009 - present)
  • Events, Courses and Training Program Group: International Academy of Investigative Psychology (May 2013 - present)
  • Conference Organisational Group: International Academy of Investigative Psychology (May 2012 - present)
  • Media Officer: International Academy of Investigative Psychology (May 2012 - present)

Peer reviewer

  • Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
  • Journal of Criminal Psychology

Other external recognition

  • Visiting Lecturer as an Invited Speaker to undergraduate students in the ‘Criminology (Crime Mapping) Module’, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, March 2014
  • Co-organised and member of conference committees for 7 national/international conferences
  • I have been involved in the delivery of a number of research reports and consultancy projects for police, government authorities and prison services
  • Delivered guest lecturers to colleges
  • Recent article in Yorkshire Post documenting my research Detecting lies and secrets of the guilty
  • Professional Development Officer - International Academy of Investigative Psychology (IA-IP

Research Degree Supervision

I supervise a number of projects at undergraduate level, postgraduate level and doctoral level. I have successfully supervised to completion over 45 Postgraduate projects on the MSc in Investigative Psychology and over 12 undergraduate Psychology dissertations. I am interested in supervising research in regards any of the topics below. My main focus at present is on the development of a research agenda concerning the role of the Polygraph.

• Forensic and Criminal Psychology • Investigative Psychology • Geographic Profiling • Offender Profiling • Mental Maps • Amnesia and Crime • Deception (Polygraph) • Homicide • Suicide • Tiger Kidnap • Media (Social) and Crime • Sports Psychology • Mapping Crime • Celebrity Offenders • Offender Decision Making

Main Supervisor/Director of Studies

  • PhD Supervisor (Director of Studies) Anita Fumagalli ‘The Validity of the Polygraph’, with Dr Donna Youngs [Commenced January 2015]
  • PhD Supervisor (Director of Studies) Rebecca Jane Prince, with Dr Maria Ioannou [Commenced September 2015]
  • PhD Supervisor (Director of Studies) David Dietzel, with Dr Maria Ioannou [Commenced September 2015]

Co-supervisor

I am the Co-cupervisor of 5 PhD candidates.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr John Synnott

Enterprise Activities

Project Lead on the IRCIP Polygraph Project.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Assistant Course Director, MSc Investigative Psychology
  • Academic Admissions Officer (MSc in Investigative Psychology)
  • Press and PR Officer - The International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology (IRCIP)

Teaching and Professional Activities

At Huddersfield as a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Course Director I have developed the curriculum for the module in Investigative Psychology on the Undergraduate Psychology Degree course, in addition to, contributing to the development of and the delivery of lectures on the following postgraduate modules.

Module Leader for:

  • HMB1038 Dissertation
  • HHB2005 Investigative Psychology

Teaching on the following modules (MSc):

  • HMB1030 Introducing Investigative Psychology: From offender profiling to the science of IP
  • HMB1031 Investigative Psychology theories and models for violent, acquisitive and sexual crime
  • HMB1035 Clinical Forensic Psychology
  • HMB1036 Methodologies for Investigative Psychology: Tactics and Strategies for Studying Criminal Action
  • HMB1038 Dissertation

Other teaching commitments have included:

  • Teaching on the HHB1051 Profiling and Investigating Serious Crime module (BSc Criminology, BSc Psychology and BSc Psychology with Criminology)
  • Teaching on the HHB1005 Forensic Psychology module (BSc Criminology, BSc Psychology and BSc Psychology with Criminology)
  • Assist PhD students in gaining teaching experience
  • Personal tutor MSc Investigative Psychology (Current personal tutor to 16 students)
  • Postgraduate dissertation supervision

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