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Dr Sofia Persson

About Dr Sofia Persson

Sofia is a Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her main research interests include understanding factors that influence blame attributions in rape cases, with a specific focus on the victim-perpetrator relationship, Ambivalent Sexism, and Rape Myth Acceptance. She works with a variety of research methods, including meta-analysis techniques.

Sofia has previously worked as a Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she also completed her PhD. She also has an MSc in Forensic Psychology.

Sofia is currently the editorial assistant at Journal of Criminal Psychology, and she also reviews for a number of journals.

Sofia is an Open Science advocate, and she is the programme lead for the Open Research and Scholarship (ORES) initiative within the Centre for Psychological Resarch (PsyCen).


Current Teaching

Sofia supervises undergraduate and masters students.

She is the module leader for the following modules:

  • Clinical and Forensic Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Crime

Research Interests

Sofia's research focuses on victim blame in rape cases, with a specific focus on Rape Myth Acceptance and sexism. Her work has further investigated how rape myths are maintained in society more broadly.

Other research areas focus on various aspects of gender inequality, for instance health inequalities, prejudice against feminists, and the online manosphere.

Sofia is particularly interested in how research practices can be improved across her areas of interest, and has published research making concrete recommendations for future studies into victim blame in rape cases. Her research has also illustrated how Open Science practices can improve the practical implications of research findings in the context of victim blame in rape cases. She has presented her work in academic, as well as in public engagement settings.

Sofia has presented at a number of national and international conferences, and as part of her PhD she was awarded British Psychological Society's Postgraduate Study Visit Grant, to conduct research at San Diego State University.


Selected Publications

Journal articles (7)

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