Dr Juliane Kloess

Dr Juliane Kloess

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology and Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Juliane works on a research fellowship in collaboration with West Midlands Police.

Investigators: Dr Jessica Woodhams (University of Birmingham), Dr Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis (University of Bath), Professor Tim Grant (Aston University)

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology, University of Central Lancashire
  • MSc Forensic Psychology, University of Central Lancashire
  • PhD Forensic Psychology, University of Birmingham

Biography

Juliane completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Central Lancashire. During this time, she worked as a Healthcare Support Worker in various mental health settings, including medium- and low-secure units and a hospital for patients with dementia. Following her graduation, she worked as a research assistant at Broadmoor Hospital 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 PhD at the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology under the supervision of Professor Anthony Beech, Dr. Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis (University of Bath) and Dr. Leigh Harkins (University of Ontario Institute of Technology). The title of her PhD thesis is: 'An investigation into online sexual grooming and abuse of children via Internet technologies'.

Since January 2015, Juliane has been employed as a postdoctoral research fellow on a research collaboration between West Midlands Police and the University of Birmingham, the University of Bath and Aston University. She is based at a specialist unit within West Midlands Police in the city centre. Juliane continues to carry out teaching activities on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including the Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate.

Teaching

  • Teaches on the topic of forensic psychology
  • Co-supervision of Forensic Psychology Practice trainees

Research

Research interests

(Internet) Sexual Offending, Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, (Online) Sexual Grooming, Child Sexual Abuse

Research funding

April 2016: Interdisciplinary Workshop regarding Development of an Automated Process for the Identification of Indecent Images of Children (IIOC) and Image Intelligence; ESRC IAA Urgency Fund, University of Birmingham (£2,994.40); Co-Investigator 

February 2016: The Reliability of Police Coding of Indecent Images of Children (IIOC); Pump-Priming Funding, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham (£1,892.90); Co-Investigator 

Awards  

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

Publications

Kloess, J. A., Woodhams, J., Whittle, H., Grant, T., & Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E. (2017). The challenges of identifying and classifying child sexual abuse material. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.  Advance online publication: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1079063217724768  

Kloess, J. A., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E., Long, M. L., Shipley, D., & Beech, A. R. (2017). Offense processes of online sexual grooming and abuse of children via Internet communication platforms. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Advance online publication. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1079063217720927  

Kloess, J. A., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E., & Beech, A. R. (2017). Descriptive account of victims’ behaviour and responses in sexually exploitative interactions with offenders. Psychology, Crime & Law. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2017.1293052  

Kloess, J. A., Seymour-Smith, S., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E., Long, M. L., Shipley, D., & Beech, A. R. (2015). A qualitative analysis of offenders’ modus operandi in sexually exploitative interactions with children online. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 29, 563-591. https://doi.org/10.1177/1079063215612442  

Kloess, J. A., Beech, A. R., & Harkins, L. (2014). Online child sexual exploitation: Prevalence, process and offender characteristics. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 15, 126-139. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838013511543