Professor Anthony Beech

 

Professor in Criminological Psychology
Head of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology

School of Psychology

Anthony Beech

Contact details

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

About

Professor Anthony Beech is Head of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology  at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles, 40 book chapters and six books in the area of forensic science/criminal justice. In 2009 he received the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in Dallas, and the Senior Award from the Division of Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society. His particular areas of research interests are: risk assessment; the neurobiological bases of offending; reducing online exploitation of children; and increasing psychotherapeutic effectiveness of the treatment given to offenders. his recent research has examined: Internet offending; new approcahes to treatment of offenders; and the neurobiological basis of offending.

Qualifications

D.Phil. (Oxon), B.Sc., FBsPS, C.Psychol (Forensic).

Biography

Anthony Beech is Chair of Criminological Psychology and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is the Director of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He has published over 125 peer reviewed articles, over 30 book chapters, and has written/edited four books mainly in the area of sexual offending. He recently received the Senior Award for a significant lifetime contribution to Forensic Psychology in the UK from the Division of Forensic Psychology, BPS. He has also received the significant achievement award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) in Dallas, Texas, October 2009. He will be cahir of the ATSAresearch committee from 2013.

Teaching

Head of the forensic courses in the School of Psychology.  He has an input into undergrduate and post-graduate teaching, and heads up the suite of post-graduate courses leading to forensc chartership.

Postgraduate supervision

I currently supervise over 20 ForenPsyD trainees/PhD students.

Research

Research Interests

  • Risk assessment in forensic psychology: development of new assessments
  • Evaluating treatment effectiveness for offenders (primarily sexual offenders)
  • Neurobiological basis of offending

Other activities

I act asn an external consultant to a numver of initiatives that reduce offending.  I am currently research chair of the North American Assocaition for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) (www.atsa.com)

Publications

Papers (2009 - todate)

Beech, A.R., & Chauhan, J. (in press). Evaluating the effectiveness of the Supporting Offenders through Restoration Inside (SORI) programme delivered in seven prisons in England and Wales. Legal and Criminological Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8333.2012.02053

Elliott, I.A., & Beech, A.R. (in press). A cost-benefit analysis for Circles of Support and Accountability. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.

Harkins, L., Thornton, D., & Beech, A.R. (in press). The influence of risk and psychopathy on the therapeutic climate in sex offender treatment. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.

Mitchell, I.J. Smid, W., Troilstra, J., Wever, E., Zeigler, T., & Beech (in press). Psychopathic characteristics are related to high basal urinary oxytocin levels in male forensic patients. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology.

Price, S., Beech, A.R., Mitchell, I.J., & Humphreys, G. (in press).  Measuring deviant sexual interest using the emotional Stroop task. Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Price, S., Beech, A.R., Mitchell, I.J., & Humphreys, G. (in press, subject to amendment). Measuring deviant sexual interest in adolescents using the emotional Stroop task. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.

Wakeling, H., Beech, A.R. & Freemantle, N. (in press). Investigating treatment change and its relationship to recidivism in a sample of 3773 sex offenders in the UK. Psychology, Crime and Law. DOI:10.1080/1068316X.2011.626413

Beardsley, N., & Beech, A.R. (2013). Applying the Violent Extremist Risk Assessment (VERA) to a sample of terrorist case studies. The Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Studies, 5, 4-15.

Beech, A.R., Bartels, R., & Dixon, L. (2013). Assessment and treatment of distorted schemas in sexual offenders. Trauma Violence and Abuse, 14, 54-66.

Elliott, I.A., & Beech, A.R. & Mandeville-Norden, R. (2013). The psychological profiles of internet-only, contact-only and mixed internet/contact sex offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 25, 3-20.

Kerr, K.J., Anthony R. Beech, A.R., & Murphy, D. (2013).  Sexual homicide: definition, motivation and comparison with other forms of sexual offending. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 18, 1-10.

Whittle, H., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Beech, A.R., & Collings, G. (2013). A review of online grooming: Characteristics and concerns Aggression and Violent Behavior, 18, 62-70.

Whittle, H., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Beech, A.R., & Collings, G. (2013). A review of young people's vulnerabilities to online grooming. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 18, 135-146.

Williams, R., Elliott, I.A., & Beech, A.R. (2013). Identifying sexual grooming themes used by internet sex offenders. Deviant Behavior, 34, 135-152. DOI:10.1080/01639625.2012.707550

Beech, A.R., & Craig, L.A. (2012). The current status of static and dynamic factors in sexual offender risk assessment. The Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Studies, 4, 169-185.

Beech, A.R., & Harkins, L. (2012). DSM-IV paraphilia: Descriptions, demographics and treatment interventions. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17, 527-539. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2012.07.008

Beech, A.R., Mandeville-Norden, R., & Goodwill, A.M. (2012). Comparing recidivism rates of treatment responders/non-responders in a sample of 413 child molesters who had completed community-based sex offender treatment in the UK. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 56, 29-49. doi: 10.1177/0306624X10387811

Brown S., Harkins, K., & Beech, A.R. (2012). Victim specific and general empathy: Associations with actuarial risk, treatment outcome and sexual recidivism. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 24, 411-430. doi: 10.1177/1079063211423944

Farmer, M., Beech, A.R., & Ward, T (2012). Assessing desistance in child molesters: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27, 930-950.

Gillespie, S., 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, 333-343.

Harkins, L., Flak, V., Beech, A.R., & Woodhams, J.  (2012). Evaluation of a community-based sex offender treatment program using a Good Lives Model approach. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 24, 519-543.

Mitchell, I.J., Keylock, H., Campbell, N., Beech, A.R., & Kogan, D. (2012). Do child molesters show abnormal disgust and fear of contamination reactions? Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 19, 282-294. DOI:10.1080/13218719.2011.561768

Akerman, G., & Beech, A.R. (2011). A review of measures of deviant sexual interest and arousal. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 18, 1-26. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2010.547161

Blacker, J., Beech. A.R., Wilcox, D.T., & Boer, D.P. (2011). The assessment of dynamic risk and recidivism in a sample of special needs sexual offenders. Psychology, Crime and Law, 17, 75-92. doi:10.1080/10683160903392376

Harkins, L., Pritchard, C., Haskayne, D., Watson, A., & Beech, A.R. (2011). Evaluation of Geese Theatre’s Reconnect Program: Addressing resettlement issues in prison. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55, 546-566.

Lindsay, W.R., Hastings, R.P., & Beech, A.R. (2011). Forensic research in offenders with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 1: Prevalence and risk assessment. Psychology, Crime and Law, 17, 3-8.

Lindsay, W.L., Hastings, R., & Beech, A.R. (2011). Forensic research in offenders with intellectual and  developmental disabilities 2: Assessment and treatment. Psychology, Crime and Law, 17, 95-98.

Mitchell, I.J., & Beech, A.R (2011). Towards  an attachment  related  neurobiological  model  of offending.  Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 872-882. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2011.04.001

Price, S., Beech, A.R., Mitchell, I.J., & Humphreys, G.W. (2011). The promises and perils of the emotional Stroop task with offender samples: A review. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 17, 1-16.

Sullivan, J., Beech. A.R., Craig, L.E., & Gannon, T.A. (2011). Comparing intra-familial and extra-familial child sexual abusers with professionals who have sexually abused children with whom they work. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55, 56-74. doi: 10.1177/0306624X09359194

Wakeling, H., Freemantle, N., Beech, A.R., & Elliott, I. A. (2011). Identifying predictors of recidivism in a large sample of UK sexual offenders: A prognostic model. Psychological Services, 8, 307-318.

Allen, S. & Beech, A.R (2010). Exploring factors that influence nurses judgments of violence risk in a female forensic population. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 12, 4-14. doi:10.5042/bjfp.2010.0033

Craig, L.A., & Beech, A.R. (2010). Towards a guide to best practice in conducting actuarial risk assessments with sex offenders. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 15, 278-293. DOI: 10.1016/j.avb.2010.01.007

Elliott, I.A., Eldridge, H.J., Ashfield, S., & Beech, A.R. (2010). Exploring risk: Potential static, dynamic, protective and treatment factors in the clinical histories of female sex offenders. Journal of Family Violence, 25, 595-602. DOI: 10.1007/s10896-010-9322-8

Grubin, D., & Beech, A.R. (2010). Chemical castration for sex offenders: Doctors should avoid becoming agents of social control. British Medical Journal, 340: c74. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c74

Harkins, L., Beech, A.R., & Goodwill, A. (2010). Examining the influence of denial, motivation, and risk on sexual recidivism. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 22, 78-94. DOI: 10.1177/1079063209358106

Osborn, J. Elliott, I.A., Middleton, D., & Beech, A.R. (2010). The use of actuarial risk assessment measures with UK internet child pornography offenders. The Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Studies, 2, 16-24. doi: 0.5042/jacpr.2010.0333

Beech, A.R. Parrett, N., Fisher, D., & Ward, T. (2009). Assessing female offenders’ motivations and cognitions: An exploratory study. Psychology, Crime and Law, 15, 201-217.

Beech, A.R., Swaffer, T., Multra, V., & Fisher, D. (2009). Evaluating rapists’ distorted beliefs and deviant sexual fantasies: A preliminary study. The Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Studies, 1, 25-35.

Craig, L.A. & Beech, A.R. (2009). Best practice in conducting actuarial risk assessments with adult sexual offenders. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15, 193-210.

Crooks, V.L., Rostill-Brookes, H., Beech, A.R., & Bickley, J. (2009). Applying Rapid Serial Visual Presentation to adolescent sexual offenders: Attention bias as a measure of deviant sexual interest? Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 21, 135-148.

Elliott, I.A., & Beech, A.R. (2009). Understanding online child pornography use: Applying sexual offender theory to Internet offenders. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 14, 180-193.

Elliott, I.A., Beech, A.R, Mandeville-Norden, R. (2009). Psychological profiles of Internet sexual offenders: Comparisons with contact sexual offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment 21, 76-92.

Goodwill, A., Alison, L., & Beech, A.R. (2009). A Comparison of typological, thematic and multivariate models in the prediction of offender preconvictions. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 27, 507-529.

Keeling, J., Rose, J.L., & Beech, A.R. (2009). Sexual offending theories and offenders with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22, 468-476.

Mandeville-Norden, R., & Beech, A.R. (2009). Development of a psychometric typology of child molesters: implications for treatment. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, 307-325.

Nagi, C., Ostapiuk, E., Craig, L.E., Hacker, D., & Beech, A.R. (2009). Using the revised problem identification checklist to predict inpatient and community violence: a pilot study. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 11, 5-13.

Oliver, C., Watson, D., Gannon, T. & Beech, A.R. (2009). The effect of sexual priming cues on emotional recognition in child sexual abusers. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 53: 292-304.

Stokes, H., Dixon, L., & Beech, A.R. (2009). Predicting dropout of male perpetrators from the Cognitive Self Change Programme. The Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Studies, 1, 36-44.

Wilcox, D., Beech, A.R., Markall, H., & Blacker, J. (2009). Actuarial risk assessment and recidivism in a sample of U.K. intellectually disabled sexual offenders. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15, 97-106.

Books

Davies, G., & Beech, A.R. (2012). Forensic psychology, second edition (BPS Textbooks in Psychology). Chichester: Wiley. ISBN 9781119991953

Doolin, K., Child, J., Raine, J., & Beech, A.R. (2011). Who’s criminal justice? Regulatory state or empowered communities? Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hook: Waterside Press. ISBN 9781904380627.

Beech, A.R., Craig, L.A., & Browne, K.D. (2009). Assessment and treatment of sex offenders: A handbook. Chichester: Wiley. ISBN 978-0470019009.

Craig, L., Browne, K.D., & Beech, A.R. (2008). Assessing risk in sex offenders: A practitioner's guide. Chichester: Wiley. ISBN: 978-0-470-01897-2. 

Gannon, T., Ward, T., Beech, A.R., & Fisher, D. (2007). Aggressive offenders cognition: Theory, research and practice. Chichester: Wiley. ISBN-13: 978-0470034019.

Ward, T., Polaschek, D. & Beech, A.R. (2006). Theories of sexual offending. Chichester: Wiley. ISBN 13-978-0-471-49167-5.

Book chapters (2009 -2012)

Bartels, R. M., Beech, A. R., & Harkins, L. (in press). Rape. In B. K. Puri & I. Treasaden (eds.), Forensic Psychiatry. London: Hodder Arnold.

Beech, A.R., & Harkins, L. (in press). Voyeurism. In H. Copes & C.J.Forsyth (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social deviance. New York: Sage.

Craig, L.A., Beech, A.R., & Cortoni, F. (in press). What works in assessing risk in sexual and violent offenders.  In L.A. Craig, L. Dixon & T.A. Gannon (Eds.). What works in offender rehabilitation:  an evidence based approach to assessment and treatment. Chichester: Wiley.

Beech, A.R., & Elliott, I.A. (2012). Understanding the online sexual exploitation of children: how useful are current theories in understanding the problem? In K. Ribisl, & E. Quayle, Internet child pornography: Understanding and preventing on-line child abuse (pp. ????)  Cullompton, Devon: Willan.

Beech, A.R. Norstrom, B., & Raine A. (2012). Contributions of forensic neuroscience. In G. Davies & A.R. Beech (Eds.), Forensic psychology, second edition (BPS Textbooks in Psychology) (pp. 55-76). Chichester: Wiley.

Davies, G., Hollin, C., & Beech, A.R. (2012). Introduction. In G. Davies, & A.R. Beech, Forensic psychology, second edition (BPS Textbooks in Psychology). Chichester: Wiley.

Harkins, L., & Beech, A.R. (2012). Paraphilias and sexual offending.  In P. Sturmey and M. Hersen (Eds.), Handbook of evidence-based practice in clinical psychology, volume 2, adults (pp. 646-678). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley USA. DOI: 10.1002/9781118156391

Elliott, I.A., Eldridge, H.J., Beech, A.R., & Ashfield, S. (2012). Assessing female sex offenders’ motivations and cognitions. In B.K. Schwartz (Ed.) The sex offender: Current trends in policy and treatment practice, Volume 7 (15-1 – 15-17). Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Beech, A. Child, J., Doolin, K., & Raine, J. (2011). The way forward for criminal justice. In K. Doolin, J. Child, J.  Raine, A. (in press). Who’s criminal justice? Regulatory state or empowered communities? (pp. 239-250). Sherfield-on-Loddon,Hampshire: Waterside Press.

Blandford, M., & Beech, A. (2011). Policing sexual offenders in the community: Is it time to move from the invisible to the visible?In K. Doolin, J. Child, J.  Raine, A. (in press). Who’s criminal justice? Regulatory state or empowered communities? (pp. 201- 218). Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hampshire: Waterside Press.

Beech, A.R. (2010). Sex offenders. In J. Brown & E. Campbell (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of forensic psychology. Cambridge: CUP.

Cortoni, F., Craig, L., & Beech, A.R. (2010). Risk assessment of sexual offenders. Transnational criminology, volume 3 (pp. 503-527). Nijmegen, Netherlands: Wolf Legal Publishers.

Beech, A.R., Craig, L.A., & Browne, K.D. (2009). Introduction. In, A.R. Beech, L.A., Craig, & K.D. Browne, Assessment and treatment of sex offenders: A handbook (pp. 1-12). Chichester: Wiley.

Beech, A.R. & Mitchell, I.M. (2009). Attachment difficulties. In M. McMurran & R. Howard (Eds.), Personality, personality disorder and risk of violence (pp. 213-228). Chichester, Wiley.

Craig, L.A. & Beech, A.R. (2009). Psychometric assessment of sexual deviance. In, A.R. Beech, L.A., Craig, & K.D. Browne, Assessment and treatment of sex offenders: A handbook (pp. 89-107). Chichester: Wiley.

Craig, L.A., Beech, A.R., & Harkins, L. (2009). Predictive accuracy of risk factors and frameworks. In, A.R. Beech, L.A., Craig, & K.D. Browne, Assessment and treatment of sex offenders: A handbook (pp. 53-73). Chichester: Wiley.

Flak, V., Beech, A.R. & Humphreys, G.W. (2009). The Rapid Serial Visual Presentation test of sexual interest in child molesters. In D. Thornton & D.R. Laws (Eds.), Cognitive approaches to the assessment of sexual interests in sexual offenders. Chichester: Wiley.

Gannon, T., Beech, A.R. & Ward, T (2009). Risk assessment and the polygraph. In D. Wilcox (Ed.), The use of the polygraph in assessing, treating and supervising sex offenders. Chichester: Wiley.

Harkins, L. & Beech, A.R. (2009). Assessing the therapeutic needs of sexual offenders. In J.L.Ireland, C.A., Ireland, C. A., & P. Birch, P, Assessment, treatment and management of violent and sexual offenders (pp. 97-131). Cullompton, Devon: Willan.

Kalmus, E., Beech, A.R., & Warberg, B. (2009). Forensic assessment of sexual interest: A review. In D. Wilcox (Ed.), The use of the polygraph in assessing, treating and supervising sex offenders. Chichester: Wiley.

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