About CATS


CATS combines Middlesex University expertise from the departments of Psychology and Criminology. The Centre directors, Prof Antonia Bifulco and Prof Julia Davidson, have conducted a considerable amount of research, teaching and practitioner training on abuse issues, around offenders, victims, criminal justice and social services practitioners. This includes experience of physical abuse/domestic violence; stress, attachment, psychological abuse and sexual abuse/sexual assaults in children, adolescents and adults. Two centre directors provide complementary areas of expertise, and have a wide range of networks and professional contacts to further the activities of the centre.

CATS team offers training to both researchers and practitioners in interview assessments on a regular basis. A partnership with Child and Family Training has enabled the extension of training to health and social care practitioners nationally. Ongoing and recent PhD research includes child victims experience of trafficking for the purpose of sexual abuse; online stalking on adult dating sites; issues around trust between ‘at risk’ youth and the police; investigation of Post Traumatic Stress and emotional disorder in adolescents across communities in conflict zones in Israel (co-funded by One-to-one Israel); the study of partner, family and support relationships, attachment and depression in Taiwanese women, intergenerational issues in attachment style; the study of life events, support and attachment style in Malaysian Moslem married and divorced mothers.

In addition to its directors and its team of researchers, CATS is able to draw on a very wide range of expertise from the members of its Advisory Group. Legal expertise is provided by Christoper Hamerton Barrister.


CATS directors:

Professor Antonia Bifulco

Professor Julia Davidson


CATS team: researchers

Dr Jeffrey DeMarco

Yael Ilan-Clarke

Catherine Jacobs

Lisa Kagan

Mia Scally

Ruth Spence

Ciaran Haughton

Deborah Rodriguez

Michelle Sumners


Associate researchers

Dr Richard Barry

Dr Anna Gekoski  

Ellouise Long

Dr Elena Martellozzo

Dr Stephen Nunn

Dr Andrea Oskis

Dr Tine Munk

Dr Jenni Ward


PhD students

Mary Aiken

Waleid Alantali

Charmaine Deuker

Charlotte Flinterman

Sam Jenkins

Spiwe Cecilia Mwanaka

Claire Powell


CATS Advisory Group



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