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., McCleery, J. P., & Oberman, L. M. (2014). Spontaneous versus deliberate vicarious representations: Different routes to empathy in psychopathy and autism. Brain, 137, e272.

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 games: 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. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17(4), 333-343.