School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

William Webster

Demonstrator

Background

Role

William Webster is a Staff Demonstrator within the School of Psychology.

Qualifications

PhD Forensic Psychology - Thesis entitled "The impact of investigative interviews on rape/sexual assault victims: Towards a more effective framework for police interviewers" - Newcastle University, UK. (2019)

MSc Forensic Psychology - Teesside University, UK. (2011)

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology - Teesside University, UK. (2010)

Previous Positions

Prior to William's appointment at Newcastle University, he has worked in a range of different settings that has included the Probation Trust and most recently in the private sector where he worked with vulnerable youths.

Whilst doing his PhD, William worked as a Part-Time Lecturer and Demonstrator at both Teesside and Newcastle University, teaching on both the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.

Memberships

Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)

Member of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL)

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Research

PhD

William's doctorate entitled "The impact of investigative interviews on rape/sexual assault victims: Towards a more effective framework for police interviewers" was submitted during January 2019 and he graduated during July 2019. 

The empirical research studies discussed in his thesis include:

  • A mixed methodological approach that aimed to establish a better understanding of the perceptions of interviewers responsible for interviewing sexual offence victims and whether such perceptions impact on their practice;
  • The analysis of 25 video recordings from investigative interviews with female adult rape victims in England that aimed to establish whether: (i) the use of empathy; and (ii) the use of different question typologies impacted on the 'quantity' and 'quality' of the investigation relevant information obtained, and;
  • A qualitative approach that aimed to ascertain a better understanding of rape/sexual assault victim's experiences of the investigative interview process.

Teaching

Demonstrator

Stage 1:

  • PSY1010 Research Methods & Skills 1
  • PSY1011 Research Method & Skills 2

Stage 2:
  • PSY2009 Methods in Psychology 2A 
  • PSY2011 Methods in Psychology 2B

Additional Teaching Contributions and Supervision

Stage 1:

  • PSY1007 History of Psychology
  • PSY1001 Psychological Enquiry 1

Stage 3:
  • PSY3097 Empirical Project

MSc:
  • PSY8061 Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology A

Publications