Stephanie Kewley

School of Psychology

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Stephanie is undertaking doctoral research into the meaning and role of faith and faith communities on rehabilitating sexual offender populations. She is also examining how practitioners utilise faith communities as part of their rehabilitation strategies for such individuals. Stephanie recently presented her research findings at the International NOTA Conference.  



  • BA (Hons) Business and Management, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Post Graduate Research Methods,  Aston University




Stephanie has over 11 years’ experience in the criminal justice system working with offenders in custody and in the community. Among other roles she managed and supervised a team of probation practitioners delivering cognitive behavioural programmes to offenders.  


In line with her research pursuits, Stephanie is also a sessional lecturer at John Moores University, where she teaches undergraduate and master’s students on the Criminal Justice programme. 

Doctoral research

PhD title

The Role Faith Communities Play in Rehabilitating Sexual Offenders


Research interests

Sex Offender Rehabilitation, Desistance, Positive Criminology, Risk Management



Tony Beech and Michael Larkin

Other activities

Stephanie is a member of the British Society of Criminology, NOTA and ATSA.



Kewley, S and Larkin, M. (in progress) “The Meaning of Religious Faith for Incarcerated Sexual Offenders”

Kewley, S., Beech, AR., Harkins,L., and Bonsall, H. (under peer review). The Relationship between Sexual Offenders’ Risk and Official Risk Management Processes. 

Kewley, S., Beech, AR., Harkins, L. (under peer review). "Examining the Role of Faith Community Groups with a Sex Offender Population."

Kewley, S. (2012). [Review of the book A Community Based Approach to the Reduction of Sexual Reoffending. Circles of Support and Accountability, by S Hanvey, T Philpot and C Wilson]. Journal of Sexual Aggression.

Kewley, S. (2011). Working with Sexual Violence: A Practitioner’s Perspective. In J. Brown & S. Walklate (Eds.), Handbook of Sexual Violence. London: Routledge-Willan.


Invited Workshop: Kewley, S (2013, September). How Far Do Risk Management Plans Correspond With Sexual Risk Factors and To What Extent Are Support Networks Used To Combat Risk? Presented at the National Association of the Treatment of Abusers Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK.  


Invited Speaker: Kewley, S. (2013, April) Experiencing Justice. Presented at LJMU Student Conference. Liverpool, UK.