Department of Psychology

Dr Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis

HCPC registered Psychologist (Forensic/Clinical) with expertise in child maltreatment, online abuse and institutionalisation of children

Reader in Clinical PsychologyPhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

10 West 3.23
Email: c.hamilton-giachritsis@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3970

ResearchGate

What Works in Child Protection: An Evidenced-Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention in Care Proceedings’ (edited by Dixon, Perkins, Craig and Hamilton-Giachritsis; published by Wiley)

Soon to be released:
Report on the impact of online and offline sexual abuse by Hamilton-Giachritsis, Hanson, Whittle and Beech, commissioned by the NSPCC

Profile

I am registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council as both a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and am currently a Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of Bath, UK, having previously been Assistant Director of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK until 2014.

I have varied experience in both clinical practice and academic settings. I spent several years working in Birmingham Children and Family Services undertaking child/parenting assessments and providing Expert Witness testimony to the courts in child protection cases. I also worked with children and families who were being fostered and/or adopted. Although I have worked with both victims and offenders, the majority of my practice work has focussed on victims of child maltreatment and their parents.

I have an extensive body of research published in peer reviewed journals, as well as by national and international organisations. My research focuses on child maltreatment, trauma and risk assessment, considering both victims (e.g., prediction, prevention and impact of maltreatment) and offenders (e.g., harmful sexual behaviour; online grooming). It always has an applied element, with an aim to impact on individuals, organisations and policy making. During my career, I have undertaken international consultancy (e.g., the British Council) and led European and nationally funded research. I have worked collaboratively with a variety of NGOs and other organisations, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Escaping Victimhood, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and regional police. My work on the early institutionalisation of young children across Europe was considered at international level and led to training in multiple European countries. Current projects are focused on online abuse (e.g., offender identification and differential impact), homicidal bereavement and institutional care.

Research interests 

  • Child maltreatment: prediction, prevention and impact (online and offline), including resilience
  • Online abuse:  victim vulnerabilities, offender grooming and policing
  • Institutionalisation of children
  • Interventions for children and families at risk of or affected by maltreatment
  • Harmful sexual behaviour in young people

Research projects

  • The impact of online and offline sexual abuse (with NSPCC, CEOP, University of Birmingham)
  • Policing online sexual abuse (with University of Birmingham, Aston University and police)
  • Using virtual reality to develop perspective-taking and empathy in parents (with University of Barcelona)

My PhD research team based at the Universities of Bath and Birmingham have a variety of projects, including:

  • Evaluating  the impact of a residential programme for homicidal bereavement (Filipa Costa)
  • Attachment representations in institutional care in Chile (Manuela Garcia Quiroga)
  • Cultural perspectives of child maltreatment in Malaysia and the UK (Edward Ong Chet)
  • Parental role in children’s response to trauma (Hope Christie; 1st supervisor- Sarah Halligan)  

Teaching

Postgraduate

I am Academic Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. My teaching on that course include child protection, expert witness testimony, report writing and facilitating debates.

Publications

Book/s

Browne, K., Douglas, J., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. and Hegarty, J., 2006. A Community Health Approach to the Assessment of Infants and their Parents:The CARE programme. Wiley.

Browne, K. D., Hanks, H., Stratton, P. and Hamilton, C., eds., 2002. Early Prediction and Prevention of Child Abuse:A Handbook. John Wiley & Sons. (Wiley Series in Child Care & Protection)

Book Sections

Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. and Sleath, E., 2012. Effects of interpersonal crime on victims. In: Davies, G. and Beech, A., eds. Forensic Psychology. Glasgow. U. K.: BPS Blackwell, pp. 77-96. (BPS Textbooks in Psychology)

Browne, K., Hamilton, C., Bannon, M. J. and Carter, Y. H., 2003. Prevention:current and future trends. In: Bannon, M. J. and Carter, Y. H., eds. Protecting Children from Abuse and Neglect in Primary Care. Oxford, U. K.: Oxford University Press.

Hamilton, C. and Browne, K. D., 2002. Predicting physical maltreatment. In: Browne, K. D., Hanks, H., Stratton, P. and Hamilton, C., eds. Early Prediction and Prevention of Child Abuse. Chichester, U. K.: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 41-56. (Wiley Series in Child Care & Protection)

Articles

Kenyon, S., Hewison, A., Dann, S.-A., Easterbrook, J., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Beckmann, A. and Johns, N., 2017. The design and implementation of an obstetric triage system for unscheduled pregnancy related attendances: a mixed methods evaluation. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17, pp. 309-319.

Kloess, J. A.,, Seymour-Smith, S., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E., Long, M. L., Shipley, D. and Beech, A. R., 2017. A qualitative analysis of offenders' modus operandi in sexually exploitative interactions with children online. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 29 (6), pp. 563-591.

Garcia Quiroga, M., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. and Ibañez Fanés, M., 2017. Attachment representations and socio-emotional difficulties in alternative care:A comparison between residential, foster and family based children in Chile. Child Abuse and Neglect, 70, pp. 180-189.

Garcia Quiroga, M. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2017. The crucial role of the micro caregiving environment:Factors associated with attachment styles in alternative care in Chile. Child Abuse and Neglect, 70, pp. 169-179.

Kloess, J. A., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E. and Beech, A. R., 2017. Offense Processes of Online Sexual Grooming and Abuse of Children via Internet Communication Platforms. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment

Wachs, S., Whittle, H., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Wolf, K., Vazsonyi, A. and Junger, M., 2017. Forthcoming. Correlates of mono- and dual-victims of cybergrooming and cyberbullying:evidence from four countries. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Garcia Quiroga, M. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2017. “Getting Involved”:a thematic analysis of caregivers’ perspectives in Chilean residential children’s homes. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34 (1), pp. 356-375.

Kloess, J. A., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E. and Beech, A. R., 2017. A Descriptive Account of Victims’ Behaviour and Responses in Sexually Exploitative Interactions with Offenders. Psychology, Crime and Law, 23 (7), pp. 621-632.

Garcia Quiroga, M. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2016. Attachment styles in children living in alternative care:a systematic review of the literature. Child and Youth Care Forum, 45 (4), pp. 625-653.

Lambe, S., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Garner, E. and Walker, J., 2016. The role of narcissism in aggression and violence:A systematic review. Trauma, Violence and Abuse

Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2016. What helps children and young people move forward following child maltreatment? Child Abuse Review, 25 (2), pp. 83-88.

Slater, C., Woodhams, J. and Hamilton-giachritsis, C., 2015. Testing the assumptions of crime linkage with stranger sex offenses:a more ecologically-valid study. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 30 (4), pp. 261-273.

Whittle, H. C., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E. and Beech, A. R., 2015. A comparison of victim and offender perspectives of grooming and sexual abuse. Deviant Behavior, 36 (7), pp. 539-564.

Garcia Quiroga, M. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2014. "In the name of the children":Public policies for children in out-of-home care in Chile. Historical review, present situation and future challenges. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, pp. 422-430.

Whittle, H., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. and Beech, A., 2014. “Under his spell”:victims’ perspectives of being groomed online. Social Sciences, 3 (3), pp. 404-426.

Slater, C., Woodhams, J. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2014. Can serial rapists be distinguished from one-off rapists? Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 32 (2), pp. 220-239.

Marriott, C., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. and Harrop, C., 2014. Factors promoting resilience following childhood sexual abuse:A structured, narrative review of the literature. Child Abuse Review, 23 (1), pp. 17-34.

Whittle, H. C., Hamilton-giachritsis, C. E. and Beech, A. R., 2014. In their own words:young peoples’ vulnerabilities to being groomed and sexually abused online. Psychology, 5 (10), pp. 1185-1196.

Barrett, E.C. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2013. The victim as a means to an end:detective decision making in a simulated investigation of attempted rape. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 10 (2), pp. 200-218.

Whittle, H., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Beech, A. and Collings, G., 2013. A review of online grooming:characteristics and concerns. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 18 (1), pp. 62-70.

Whittle, H., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Beech, A. and Collings, G., 2013. A review of young people's vulnerabilities to online grooming. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 18 (1), pp. 135-146.

Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. and Browne, K., 2012. Forgotten children?:An update on young children in institutions across Europe. Early Human Development, 88 (12), pp. 911-914.

Hillberg, T., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. and Dixon, L., 2011. Critical review of meta-analyses on the association between child sexual abuse and adult psychopathology:a systematic approach. Trauma, Violence and Abuse, 12 (1), pp. 38-49.

Dixon, L., Browne, K., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. and Ostapuik, E., 2010. Differentiating patterns of violence in the family. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 2 (1), pp. 32-44.

Dixon, L., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Browne, K. and Ostapuik, E., 2007. The co-occurrence of child and intimate partner maltreatment in the family:Characteristics of the violent perpetrators. Journal of Family Violence, 22 (8), pp. 675-689.

Browne, K. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2007. Preventing child abuse and neglect using a risk approach. Dziecko Krzywdzone: Teoria Badania Praktyka, 19 (2), pp. 28-39.

Browne, K., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Johnson, R. and Chou, S., 2006. Young children in institutional care in Europe. Early Childhood Matters, 105, pp. 15-18.

Beech, A. R. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E., 2005. Relationship between therapeutic climate and treatment outcome in group-based sexual offender treatment programs. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 17 (2), pp. 127-140.

Browne, K. D. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2005. The influence of violent media on children and adolescents:A public health approach. Lancet, 365 (9460), pp. 702-710.

Dixon, L., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. and Browne, K., 2005. Attributions and behaviours of parents abused as children:a mediational analysis of the intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment (Part II). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46 (1), pp. 58-68.

Dixon, L., Browne, K. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2005. Risk factors of parents abused as children:a mediational analysis of the intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment (Part I). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46 (1), pp. 47-57.

Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E. and Browne, K. D., 2005. A retrospective study of risk to siblings in abusing families. Journal of Family Psychology, 19 (4), pp. 619-624.

Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Falshaw, L. and Browne, K., 2005. Familial and non-familial child maltreatment:association with offending behaviour in the child. Dziecko Krzywdzone: Teoria Badania Praktyka

Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2003. Editorial commentary:book review. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 9 (2), p. 151.

Reports/Papers

Browne, K., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Johnson, R., Agathonos, H., Anaut, M., Herczog, M., Keller-Hamela, M., Klimakova, A., Leth, I., Ostergren, M., Stan, V. and Zeytinoglu, S., 2005. Mapping the number and characteristics of children under three in institutions across Europe at risk of harm. University of Birmingham.

Browne, K., Chou, S. and Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 2004. Literature review on the relationship between exposure to violence in the media and the behaviour of children and young people:a systematic approach. Not known.

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