Dr Liz Spruin


NameDr Liz Spruin
Job titleSenior Lecturer
Research instituteSchool of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Research outputs

The effects of a therapy dog vs mindfulness vs a Student Advisor on student anxiety and well-being

Spruin, L., Dempster, T., Islam, S. and Raybould, I 2020. The effects of a therapy dog vs mindfulness vs a Student Advisor on student anxiety and well-being. Journal of Further and Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2020.1804535

The use of facility dogs to bridge the justice gap for survivors of sexual offending

Spruin, E., Ozcakir Mozova, K., Dempster, T. and Freeman, R. 2020. The use of facility dogs to bridge the justice gap for survivors of sexual offending. Social Sciences. 9 (6). https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9060096

Facility dogs as a tool for building rapport and credibility with child witnesses

Spruin, E., Dempster, T. and Ozcakir Mozova, K. 2020. Facility dogs as a tool for building rapport and credibility with child witnesses. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice.

Exploring the impact of specially trained dogs on the court experiences of survivors of sexual offending in England and Wales: an exploratory case study

Spruin, L., Ozcakir Mozova, K., Dempster, T. and Mitchell, S. 2019. Exploring the impact of specially trained dogs on the court experiences of survivors of sexual offending in England and Wales: an exploratory case study. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. pp. 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10610-019-09419-1

The use of therapy dogs to support court users in the waiting room

Spruin, L., Ozcakir Mozova, K., Franz, A., Mitchell, S., Fernandez, A., Dempster, T. and Holt, N. 2019. The use of therapy dogs to support court users in the waiting room. International Criminal Justice Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/1057567719827063

An exploration into the acceptance of male rape myths within the UK

Spruin, L. and Reilly, L. 2018. An exploration into the acceptance of male rape myths within the UK. Journal of Forensic Sciences and Criminal Investigation. 9 (3). https://doi.org/10.19080/FSCI.2018.09.555763

Dogs in the criminal justice system: consideration of facility and therapy dogs

Spruin, L. and Ozcakir Mozova, K. 2018. Dogs in the criminal justice system: consideration of facility and therapy dogs. Pet Behaviour Science. 5, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.21071/pbs.v0i5.10084

Specially trained dogs in the UK criminal justice system

Spruin, L. and Ozcakir Mozova, K. 2018. Specially trained dogs in the UK criminal justice system. Seen and Heard. 28 (1), pp. 63-67.

Sexual offender’s experiences of polygraph testing: a thematic study in three probation trusts

Spruin, L., Wood, J., Gannon, T. and Tyler, N. 2017. Sexual offender’s experiences of polygraph testing: a thematic study in three probation trusts. Journal of Sexual Aggression. 3, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2017.1378025

The benefits of therapy dogs on student well-being within a UK university

Islam, S., Spruin, L. and Fernandez, A. 2017. The benefits of therapy dogs on student well-being within a UK university. Psychology and Behavioural Sciences International Journal. 7, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.19080/PBSIJ.2017.07.555702

Using specially trained dogs in the Criminal Justice System

Spruin, L. and Ozcakir Mozova, K. 2017. Using specially trained dogs in the Criminal Justice System. Forensic Update.

Examining the experiences of a short break scheme amongst adolescents with disabilities (service users) and their parents

Spruin, L., Abbott, N. and Holt, N. 2017. Examining the experiences of a short break scheme amongst adolescents with disabilities (service users) and their parents. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 64, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2017.1348599

Helping criminal justice system users: utilising specially trained dogs

Spruin, L. and Ozcakir Mozova, K. 2017. Helping criminal justice system users: utilising specially trained dogs.

The emotional experience of mentally disordered offenders (MDO): an exploratory study using smallest space analysis (SSA)

Spruin, L. and Siesmaa, B. 2017. The emotional experience of mentally disordered offenders (MDO): an exploratory study using smallest space analysis (SSA). Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice. 17, pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/15228932.2017.1277678

Improving the student experience in higher education: an action research approach to implementing collaborative learning strategies

Spruin, L. and Abbott, N. 2017. Improving the student experience in higher education: an action research approach to implementing collaborative learning strategies. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. 3, pp. 65-90.

Exploring the belief systems of domestic abuse victims using Smallest Space Analysis (SSA)

Spruin, L., Alleyne, E., Baker, R., Papadaki, I. and Franz, A. 2017. Exploring the belief systems of domestic abuse victims using Smallest Space Analysis (SSA). Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice. 3 (1), pp. 17-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-10-2016-0028

The use of dogs in the courtroom

Spruin, L., Holt, N., Fernandez, A. and Franz, A. 2016. The use of dogs in the courtroom. in: Klein, A. (ed.) Crime and Criminal Behaviour Nova Science Publishers. pp. 1-16

The criminal experience of mentally disordered offenders

Spruin, L. and Siesmaa, B. 2016. The criminal experience of mentally disordered offenders. in: Klein, A. (ed.) Crime and Criminal Behaviour Nova Science Publishers. pp. 11-30

The use of dogs in the courtroom

Spruin, L., Holt, N., Fernandez, A. and Franz, A. 2016. The use of dogs in the courtroom. in: Klein, A. (ed.) Crime and Criminal Behaviour Nova Science Publishers.

Written evidence submitted to Commons Select Committee Animal Welfare Inquiry

Franz, A., Ashdown, L., Fernandez, A., Hirst, L., Holt, N., Moore, H. and Spruin, L. 2016. Written evidence submitted to Commons Select Committee Animal Welfare Inquiry. www.parliament.uk.

Animal Welfare: Domestic pets – written evidence (AWF 238)

Franz, A., Ashdown, L., Fernandez, A., Holt, N. and Spruin, L. 2016. Animal Welfare: Domestic pets – written evidence (AWF 238).

Pets in the courtroom

Spruin, L. and BBC Essex Radio 2015. Pets in the courtroom.

The evaluation of a summer youth scheme for children with disabilities: a brief report on the findings from an evaluation of the Special Needs Advisoryand Activities Project (SNAAP)

Spruin, L. and Abbott, N. 2014. The evaluation of a summer youth scheme for children with disabilities: a brief report on the findings from an evaluation of the Special Needs Advisoryand Activities Project (SNAAP).

Specialist group therapy for firesetting behaviour: evidence of a treatment effect from a non-randomised pilot trial with male prisoners

Gannon, T., Alleyne, E., Butler, H., Danby, H., Kapoor, A., Lovell, T., Ozcakir Mozova, K., Spruin, L., Tostevin, T., Tyler, N. and O'Ciardha, C. 2015. Specialist group therapy for firesetting behaviour: evidence of a treatment effect from a non-randomised pilot trial with male prisoners. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 73, pp. 42-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2015.07.007

Domestic abuse victims’ perceptions of abuse and support: a narrative study

Spruin, L., Alleyne, E. and Papadaki, I. 2015. Domestic abuse victims’ perceptions of abuse and support: a narrative study. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice. 1 (1), pp. 19-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-10-2014-0002

Criminal narratives of mentally disordered offenders: an exploratory study

Spruin, L., Canter, D., Youngs, D. and Siesmaa, B. 2014. Criminal narratives of mentally disordered offenders: an exploratory study. Criminal Narratives of Mentally Disordered Offenders: An Exploratory Study. 14 (5), pp. 438-455. https://doi.org/10.1080/15228932.2014.965987

Criminal narratives of mentally disordered offenders

Spruin, L., Siesmaa, B., Spruin, L. and Youngs, D. 2013. Criminal narratives of mentally disordered offenders.

Deconstructing the personal narrative through offending behaviour and interpersonal style

Spruin, L. and Siesmaa, B. 2012. Deconstructing the personal narrative through offending behaviour and interpersonal style.

The criminal experience of mentally disordered offenders

Spruin, L. 2013. The criminal experience of mentally disordered offenders. PhD Thesis University of Huddersfield International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology

Investigative psychology

Youngs, D. and Spruin, L. 2014. Investigative psychology. in: Bruinsma, G. and Weisburd, D. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice New York Springer. pp. 2391-2706
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