Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Tamara Turner-Moore
About Dr Tamara Turner-Moore
Tamara is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at our University, having joined us as a Lecturer in 2009. In her time with us she has served in a variety of roles of responsibility, including Psychology Postgraduate Research Tutor, Chair of the Psychology Research Ethics Committee, Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology degree, and founder and co-ordinator of the Centre for Applied Social Research's Early Career Researcher Network. Previously, Tamara had worked as an Associate Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University College, and in a variety of research and teaching assistant positions at the University of Leeds.
Tamara Turner-Moore’s work focuses on sexual violence, abuse, bullying and harassment. Her research in these areas extends to victim-survivors and perpetrators, as well as adults, young people and children. Tamara’s overarching interest is in informing policy, practice and theory regarding sexual violence and abuse, identifying the forms that sexual violence and abuse take, and what supports and prevents these in individuals, families, communities and societies. Tamara’s work also encompasses sex and sexuality, including sexual thoughts and fantasies, and socially stigmatised and/or problematic sexual practices. She is co-lead of the Genders and Sexualities programme of the Centre for Psychological Research. In 2014, Tamara was shortlisted for Leeds Beckett’s Researcher of the Year, along with Dr Kate Milnes. An active member of NOTA’s Prevention Committee, she also co-organises and contributes to public engagement events on sexual violence and abuse.
Tamara has taught at all levels of the BSc (Hons) Psychology course and on the MSc Psychology (Conversion Award). She is Module Leader for the final year elective module Forensic Psychology, which has an emphasis on how social inequalities shape understandings of crime and criminal justice responses, and she teaches research methods on the MSc course. Tamara also supervises student research at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is keen to hear from prospective MRes and PhD students in her areas of interest. Her current PhD students include:
- Lauren Smith: Consensual and non-consensual drug-involved sexual experiences (Director of Studies).
- Saskia Jones: Young people’s understandings of power inequalities within sexual relationships and implications for sexual consent (Second supervisor).
- Leona Mydlowski: The police’s role in assessing and managing men on the Sex Offenders’ Register (Second supervisor).
- Emma Longfellow: Therapeutic approaches for sexual thoughts of children and coercion in men convicted of sexual offences (Director of Studies); part-funded by an NHS bursary.
Tamara has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). In 2015, she was nominated for Fantastic Feedback, and in 2016, for Undergraduate Supervisor of the Year, by the student cohort for the University's Golden Robe Awards.
Tamara’s research interests include: sexual violence, abuse, bullying and harassment; sex and sexuality; intersections with power and social inequalities; research-informed prevention and rethinking and improving society’s responses to sex, sexuality, sexual violence and abuse; interdisciplinarity and methodology, particularly participatory, creative and mixed methods; and collaborating with practitioners and other researchers.
Tamara’s recent and current projects:
- Addressing Sexual Bullying Across Europe (ASBAE):
This project aimed to explore young people’s (13-18) awareness and experiences of sexual bullying across five European countries and to develop a peer-led interactive workshop to help young people to recognise and address sexual bullying, including sexual harassment and coercion, bullying related to a person's sexual identity or expression, and transphobic bullying. This multi-national project was funded by the European Commission and represented a collaboration with Dr Kate Milnes (co-lead) and Professor Brendan Gough at Leeds Beckett University and five NGOs. The findings from the ASBAE project have been discussed in the House of Commons and were included in the Women and Equalities Committee’s Inquiry into Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools.
- Facilitating Communication on Sexual Topics in Education (F-COSTE):
This project aimed to explore how Relationships and Sex Education and communication in schools on sexual bullying and pornography could be improved, particularly using creative methods. Funded by the University’s Research Cluster Award, this multi-disciplinary project involved seven researchers from five Schools within the University (Dr Kate Milnes, co-lead; Dr Kitrina Douglas; Professor David Carless; Dr Jon Tan; Dr Erika Laredo; Andrew Sandham). Examples of films produced as part of the F-COSTE project.
- The Sexual Thoughts Project (STP): The current focus of this project is on the sexual thoughts and fantasies of men who are sexually attracted to children but who have not acted on their attraction. This is a collaboration with Professor Mitch Waterman at the University of Leeds and Professor Elizabeth Letourneau at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. This part of the project is jointly funded by Johns Hopkins, Leeds Beckett and the University of Leeds. As a result of her earlier work on sexual thoughts, Tamara advised the Ministry of Justice on the redevelopment of their interventions for men convicted of sexual offences.