Dr Sunghwan Kim


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

Dr Sunghwan Kim is a lecturer with a background in both policing and psychology. Before becoming an academic, he worked for the National Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea as a police officer specializing in profiling violent crimes by crime scene reconstruction and offender interviewing. The previous role included managing criminal and geographical analysis systems as well as training frontline officers in psychological approaches to investigation. His primary areas of study are investigative decision-making, interviewing and profiling. Specifically, it is focused on improving the cognitive and social skills of officers through simulation-based education. A range of research methods such as observation and experiment is used in the work related to real-world policing. He is happy to supervise doctoral students on projects within his research interests.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the Korean Psychological Association

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Investigative Psychology, University of Liverpool
  • MSc in Investigative Psychology, University of Liverpool
  • BA in Psychology, Jeonbuk National University

Research interests

  • Naturalistic decision-making in policing
  • Rapport-based interpersonal techniques in police interviews
  • Criminal intelligence analysis: offender and geographical profiling


  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder Entry Programme
  • Detective Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme
  • Master of Science in Leadership of Policing


Kim, S., Alison, L., & Christiansen, P. (2020). Observing Rapport-Based Interpersonal Techniques to Gather Information from Victims. Journal of Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 26(2), 166–175. DOI: 10.1037/law0000222

Kim, S., Alison, L., & Christiansen, P. (2020). The impact of individual differences on investigative hypothesis generation under time pressure. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 22(2), 171-182. DOI: 10.1177/1461355720905716

Kim, S., Almond, L., & Eyre, M. (2020). Profiling Korean sex crimes: Offender characteristics and crime scene actions. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 17(1), 59-73. DOI: 10.1002/jip.1539

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