Dr. Christian Perrin is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, a BPS Chartered Psychologist, and a Fellow with the Higher Education Authority (HEA). He studied a BSc in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University (2006-09) before completing an MSc in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). While undertaking the MSc, Christian worked as a volunteer at Samaritans UK. There, he researched a programme which provided emotional support to prisoners, who are at much greater risk of suicide than the general population. From there, Christian’s work naturally became connected to Social and Forensic Psychology, and he has since published research on many topics surrounding offending behaviour, prisons, social ostracism, stigmatisation, and mental health. He gained his PhD, which explored peer support in prisons, from NTU. Prior to DMU, Christian held Lecturer and Senior Lecturer positions at the University of Liverpool and the University of Greenwich. He has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels. He has contributed significantly to a wide range of research and consultancy projects all utilising wisdom from the wonderful field of psychology. 



Charted Psychologist (CPsychol), British Psychological Society (BPS)        

Division of Forensic Psychology (BPS)

Prison Research Network (BSC)  

Qualitative Criminology

Psychology, Crime, and Law 

Psychology and Psychotherapy

Journal of Counselling Psychology

British Journal of Social Work

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

Social ostracism, stigmatisation, the psychology of influence and persuasion, offending behaviour, imprisonment, desistance from offending behaviour, community reintegration

Social Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods

Nottingham Trent University, June 2013 – December 2017

PhD Psychology: “The Untapped Utility of Peer Support in Carceral Settings. Implications for Policy and Practice”. Defence with Prof. Shadd Maruna.

Nottingham Trent University, Sept 2011 – Sept 2012

MSc Psychology Representative Publication: Perrin, C., & Blagden, N. (2014). Accumulating meaning, purpose, and opportunities to change ‘drip by drip’: the impact of being a listener in prison. Psychology, Crime & Law, 20(9), 1-19.

Sheffield Hallam University, Sept 2006 – June 2009

BA Honours Criminology

All British Psychological Society (BPS) Core Modules (i.e., Social, Cognitive, Biological, Developmental)


  • MSc Psychology

Social Forensic Psychology

Investigative Forensic Psychology

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

  • BSc Psychology

Social Psychology

Counselling Skills

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Environmental Psychology

High Risk and Serious Offenders

Understanding Social Theory

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