Title of PhD: Investigating the cognitive processes that underlie deviant sexual interests and fantasies
Supervisors: Professor Anthony Beech, Dr Leigh Harkins
I am interested in the distorted cognition and interests of both sex offenders and non-offenders, with a particular emphasis on sexual fantasies. Drawing upon concepts and research from cognitive and social psychology, my research aims to understand some of the processes that underlie sex offenders’ (implicit and explicit) cognition and sexual fantasies, with the hope of informing future research, theory, and practice.
Bartels, R., Beech, A. R., & Harkins, L. (2012). Towards a model of deviant sexual fantasy.Manuscript submitted for publication.
Bartels, R. M., Beech, A. R., & Harkins, L. (in press). Rape. In B. K. Puri & I. Treasaden (eds.), Forensic Psychiatry. Hodder Arnold: London
Bartels, R. M., & Gannon, T. A. (2011). Understanding the sexual fantasies of sex offenders and their correlates. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16, 551-561.
Bartels, R M., & Gannon, T. A. (2009). Rape supportive cognition, sexual fantasies, and implicit offense -scripts: A comparison between high and low rape-prone men. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 1, 14-20.
Bartels, R., & Parsons, C. (2009). The social construction of a serial killer. Feminism & Psychology, 19, 267−280.
Bartels, R. M., Harkins, L., & Beech, A. R. (2011, November). Application of Indirect Measures to Deviant Sexual Interest and Fantasy. In L. Harkins (Chair) Indirect Approaches in Assessing Factors Related to Sexual Offending. Symposium conducted at the 30th Annual Conference for the Association of the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Toronto, Canada.
Bartels, R. M. (2010, July). Analysing the talk of a serial killer. Presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group, Sheffield, UK.
Bartels, R. M. & Gannon, T. A. (2010, June). Rape supportive cognition, sexual fantasies and implicit offence-scripts: A Comparison between high and low rape prone men. Poster presented at the Annual Conference for the BPS’s Division of Forensic Psychology, Kent, UK