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Higgs, Tamsin

Assistant Professor


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Higgs, Tamsin

Research expertise

My research interests focus on trajectories towards violent and sexual offending, and associated risk assessment and intervention strategies. Specific areas of interest are sexual homicide, female perpetrators of sexual offences, multiple perpetrator sexual violence, intimate partner sexual violence, and sexual coercion perpetrated by those in positions of authority

To understand serious violent and sexual offending from a psychological perspective, I draw largely on social learning (Akers, 1985; Bandura, 1986), and attachment (Ainsworth, 1979) theories, as well as cognitive theories of offending behaviour (e.g. sexual scripts; Ward, Siegert, 2002), and models of offender therapy (e.g. risk, need, and responsivity principles, Andrews, Bonta, 2010). Research objectives typically favour quantitative methods (regression, SEM), or mixed methods designs.


Higgs, T., James, J., Proulx, J. (2019). The unusual suspects: Multiple perpetrator and multiple concurrent victim sexual homicide. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 

Higgs, T., Cortoni, F., Nunes, K. L. (2018). Reducing violence risk? Some positive outcomes for Canadian treated high-risk offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 46(3), 359-373. 

Higgs, T., Stefanska, E. B. (2018). Psychological and criminological factors in diverse types of sexual murderers. In J. Proulx, A. J. Carter, E. Beauregard, A. Mokros, R. Darjee, J. James (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Homicide Studies. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. 

Higgs, T. Carter, A. J., Tully, R., Browne, K. D. (2017). Sexual murder typologies: A systematic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 35, 1-12. 

Higgs, T., Tully, R., Browne, K. D. (2017). Psychometric properties in forensic application of the screening version of the Psychopathy Checklist. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 

Higgs, T., Carter, A. J. (2015). Autism Spectrum Disorder and sexual offending: Responsivity in forensic interventions. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 22, 112-119. 

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