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Joanna Pashdag is Senior Lecturer in Psychology. She holds a P​hD in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University (APA-accredited), awarded 2004.

Academic Experience:

  • London Metropolitan University; Lecturer in Psychology, 2014-2016
  • Alliant International University, California School of Forensic Studies, San Francisco; ​Assistant Professor, 2011-2014; Adjunct Professor, 2014-2016
  • Sonoma State University; Lecturer in Psychology, 2006-2012
  • various part-time adjunct lectureships and instructorships, 1999-2006

Clinical/Forensic Experience:

  • Private practice, 2009-2014
  • Clinical Coordinator, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Family Mosaic Project, 2008-2009
  • Staff Psychologist, Napa State Hospital (California), 2007
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology, Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry, Santa Rosa (California), 2005-2006
  • Forensic Examiner, Center for Clinical and Forensic Services, Washington, DC, 2003-2004

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA).

Areas of expertise

  • Forensic Psychology, with particular interest in paraphilias and sex offending, dissociation and trauma amongst perpetrators and victims, risk assessment, fitness and criminal responsibility, risk management in forensic practice, and narratives of victimisation and perpetration
  • Clinical Psychology, with particular interests in psychodynamic, experiential, and narrative therapies, integrative therapy practice, and ethics
  • Individual Differences, with particular interest in personality disorders and sex & gender
  • Research Methods, with particular interest in mixed quantitative-qualitative methods


Recent publications

  • Pashdag, J. & Morgan, W. (in preparation). Intimate partner violence and abuse among transgender and gender nonconforming persons: A systematic review.
  • Morgan, W. & Pashdag, J. (in translation). Prevention of Sexual Crimes. In M. J. Tenca & E. P. Mendez Ortiz (Eds), Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety for Latin America. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Didot.

Recent conferences and other presentations

  • Pashdag, J. (2016, March). Refugees from gender: Trauma-informed interventions in transgender care. Presented at the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma’s 13th Hawai’i International Training Summit on Preventing, Assessing & Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Pashdag, J. & Morgan, W. (2016, February). How to spot a psychopath. Presented as part of the public lecture series at the Barts Pathology Museum, Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Pashdag, J. (2015, August). A California Yankee in Queen Elizabeth's Court: An American forensic psychologist takes on England. In W. Morgan (Chair), From quantum physics to Quantico via the West Bank: Creative strategies for developing intercultural competence in forensic practitioners. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Nuremberg, Germany.
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