Samantha Davis

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Psychology

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am currently a Lecturer and Researcher within the field of Psychology and have a background working with both adult and youth offenders with addiction and mental health issues. I have also worked with children with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties.

To date my expertise resides in identifying treatment pathways and interventions for “at risk” populations. I have a specialist interest in the identification and treatment of Alexithymia having conducted research within Specialist Educational Provisions and Rehabilitation Clinics in Staffordshire. Prior to becoming a Lecturer in Psychology my previous employment included working within Children Centres, Prisons, and Community Mental Health and Addiction Support teams.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with the British Psychological Society
  • Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers in Psychology
  • Associate Member of the Faculty of Addictions
  • Associate Member of the Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology

Academic qualifications

  • D. “Exploring Alexithymia: Reviewing at risk populations and treatment Pathways”. (On-going Staffordshire University)
  • Sc. in Investigative Psychology from Huddersfield University (Distinction).
  • Sc. (Hons) Psychology and Criminology from Staffordshire University (First Class)
  • Sc. Health and Social Care from Staffordshire University (2:1).


  • Criminology
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Research interests

  • Serious and organised crime
  • Addiction
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Interagency working
  • Treatment Pathways in Psychology
  • Screening tools in Psychology
  • Atypical development


Davis, S. (2022, June 8). Exploring Alexithymia within Co-morbid Mental Health Populations: A Scoping Review.

Davis, S. and Ioannou, M., (2022). "I felt like a robot”: A retrospective study differentiating Life Course Persistent Offenders within a Substance Misuse Cohort. RGUK.

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