Dr Juliane Kloess

Lecturer in Forensic Clinical Psychology


Juliane completed a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology, and M.Sc. in Forensic Psychology, at the University of Central Lancashire. During this time, she worked in various mental health settings as a Healthcare Support Worker, including medium- and low-secure units and a hospital for patients with dementia. Following her graduation, she worked at Broadmoor Hospital as a research assistant for 12 months. The research project explored the nature and extent of both direct and indirect aggressive behaviours, as well as the role of environmental factors.   

In 2014, Juliane completed her Ph.D. at the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Professor Anthony Beech, Professor Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis (University of Bath) and Dr. Leigh Harkins (University of Ontario Institute of Technology). The title of her Ph.D. thesis is: 'An investigation into online sexual grooming and abuse of children via Internet technologies'.

From January 2015 to July 2017, Juliane was seconded to the child sexual exploitation unit at West Midlands Police as a postdoctoral research fellow to work on a research collaboration between West Midlands Police, the University of Birmingham, the University of Bath and Aston University.

In March 2018, Juliane joined the Centre for Applied Psychology (CAP) at the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. She was the research coordinator on the Forensic Clinical Psychology Practice Doctorate, research lead for the forensic doctorate programmes, a member of the CAP Research Team, and one of two qualitative research tutors.

In February 2023, Juliane joined the School of Health in Social Science at The University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer in Forensic Clinical Psychology. 

Juliane is a Co-Investigator on a large collaborative research project between the University of Birmingham, the University of Bath, Aston University and Imperial College London. The research project is funded by the Home Office, and led by Professor Jessica Woodhams. It looks at the design and development of approaches to policing child sexual offences, specifically the development of decision-support for the prioritisation of individuals who are suspected of engaging in child sexual abuse.


B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology, University of Central Lancashire (2008)

M.Sc. Forensic Psychology, University of Central Lancashire (2009)

Ph.D. Forensic Psychology, University of Birmingham (2015)

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Birmingham (2021)



Junior Award in Forensic Psychology for Work of Outstanding Quality and Innovation; Division of Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society (2016)

Early Career Researcher Prize for Use of Qualitative Methods in Exceptional Ways; Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section, British Psychological Society (2019)

Postgraduate teaching

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current research interests

My main research interests fall broadly within the following areas: Internet sexual offending, sexual exploitation and abuse of children via Internet technologies, (online) sexual grooming, child sexual abuse material, indecent images of children, digital forensics, decision-making in digital forensics analysts, psychological impact of working with distressing material on police staff, Section 15 & 15A ('sexual grooming' legislation), school-based education programmes (around child sexual exploitation and abuse, county lines, and knife crime), and mental health and support needs of survivors/victims of online sexual exploitation and abuse

Affiliated research centres

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