Dr Steven M. Gillespie

Dr Steven M. Gillespie

School of Psychology
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Steven Gillespie is a post-doctoral research fellow working in the field of psychopathic personality and sexual offending. Steven is particularly interested in using experimental methods to investigate the influence of personality traits on cognition and emotion in sexual offenders.


Steven Gillespie completed both his undergraduate studies and his PhD, under the supervision of Dr Ian Mitchell and Prof. Anthony Beech, in the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. Steven has recently taken up the post of research fellow in the School of Psychology.


Research interests

Psychopathic personality, sexual offending

Other activities

Research Psychologist, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation


Gillespie, S. M., Bailey, A., Squire, T., Carey, M. L., Eldridge, H. J., & Beech, A. R. (in press). An evaluation of a community based psycho-educational program for users of child sexual exploitation material. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.

Gillespie, S. M., Mitchell, I. J., Satherley, R. M., Beech, A. R., & Rotshtein, P. (2015). Relations of distinct psychopathic personality traits with anxiety and fear: Findings from offenders and non-offenders. PloS one, 10(11), e0143120.

Gillespie, S. M., Rotshtein, P., Wells, L. J., Beech, A. R., & Mitchell, I. J. (2015). Psychopathic traits are associated with reduced attention to the eyes of emotional faces among adult male non-offenders. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00552

Abu-Akel, A., Heinke, D., Gillespie, S. M., Mitchell, I. J., Bo, H. (2015). Metacognitive impairments in schizophrenia are arrested at extreme levels of psychopathy: The cut-off effect. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. doi.org/10.1037/abn0000096

Gillespie, S. M. (2015). Mindfulness meditation as a tool for increasing emotion regulation and reducing violence. The Prison Service Journal, 221, 47-50.

Mitchell, I. J., Gillespie, S. M., & Abu-Akel, A. (in press). Similar effects of intranasal oxytocin administration and acute alcohol consumption on socio-cognitions, emotions and behaviour: Implications for the mechanisms of action. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 55, 98-106.

Gillespie, S. M., Rotshtein, P., Satherley, R., Beech, A. R., & Mitchell, I. J. (2015). Emotional expression recognition and attribution bias among sexual and violent offenders: A signal detection analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 595.

Gillespie, S. M., Williams, R., Elliott, I. A., Eldridge, H. J., Ashfield, A., & Beech, A. R. (2015). Characteristics of females who sexually offend: A comparison of solo and co-offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 27, 284-301.

Mitchell, I. J., Gillespie, S. M., Leverton, M., Llewellyn, V., Neale, E., & Stevenson, I. (2015). Acute alcohol consumption and secondary psychopathic traits increase ratings of the attractiveness and health of ethnic ingroup faces but not outgroup faces. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6.

Gillespie, S. M., McCleery, J. P., & Oberman, L. M. (2014). Spontaneous versus deliberate vicarious representations: Different routes to empathy in psychopathy and autism. Brain: A Journal of Neurology, 137, 1-3.

Beech, A. R. & Gillespie, S. M. (2014). The understanding and treatment of sexual offenders in the 21st Century: A neurobiological perspective. Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform, 97, 78-84.

Gillespie, S. M., Mitchell, I. J., Johnson, I., Dawson, E., & Beech, A. R. (2013). Exaggerated intergroup bias in economical decision making tasks: Differential effects of primary and secondary psychopathic traits. PLoS ONE, 8(8), e69565.

Gillespie, S. M., Mitchell, I. J., Fisher, D., & Beech, A. R. (2012). Treating disturbed emotional regulation in sexual offenders: The potential applications of mindful self‐regulation and controlled breathing techniques. Journal of Aggression and Violent Behaviour, 17, 333-343.