Ian, a forensic research psychologist, came to the Justice Center from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF), a U.K.-based child protection organization specializing in providing assessment and interventions for sex offenders. Ian assisted in the development of sex offender interventions and management techniques alongside other criminal justice agencies and the commercial sector. Past projects have involved collaborations with Surrey Police, the U.K. National Offender Management Service, and Circles UK, an organization that oversees the provision of the U.K.’s Circles of Support and Accountability programs for high-risk sex offenders. Ian was also involved in the development of a pilot project identifying and combining the common elements of evidence-based treatments for child maltreatment.
Ian received his doctorate from the Center for Forensic and Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham, U.K. His dissertation focused on the psychological characteristics of online sex offenders. He has published a number of reviews, research papers, book chapters, and practical reports on sex offender assessment and behavior for adult male, adult female, and online perpetrators, and has been invited to speak at both national and international conferences on these topics. Ian remains an associate member of the National Research Committee for the U.K. National Organization for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA), whose mission is to encourage sex offender research within the clinical community and to allocate funding to facilitate this research.
Ian is currently working as the Senior Outcomes Specialist in HM Prison and Probation Service for the Ministry of Justice. Dr. Elliot is also an Honorary Research Associate for the Department of Security and Crime Science at the University College London.