Prof Mitch Waterman

Prof Mitch Waterman

Chair in Forensic Psychological Science, Faculty Pro-Dean for Student Education

+44(0)113 343 5733 / 4219 / 4721

Summary: Mitch’s research interests mainly focus on inhibition; problems following traumatic brain injury; self-harm and aggression; dissociation, trauma and psychosis; offending behaviours.

Location: Room 9.26, Worsley Building

Teaching Commitments: Level 1 Forensic Psychology D.Clin.Psycyhol Biologivcal Bases of Behaviour (Neuropsychology)


Mitch Waterman has a BSc from the University of Lancaster, and a PhD from Keele University, where he worked with Professor John Sloboda.

Mitch has been Pro-Dean for Student Education in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds since 2008. The Faculty is one of the largest of the University's faculties, with typically approximately 6000 students. Mitch has responsibility for a diverse range of vocational and academic programmes, working with 14 professional bodies and closely with NHS partners. His background is in cognitive neuropsychology and the psychology of emotion, though in recent years his psychological research interests have focused mainly on forensic populations, pioneering objective assessments of deviant interest, and involvement in the development of new treatment programmes to reduce reoffending. His interest in pedagogy has several related origins; working with Bradford Education Authority on a large-scale intervention to address boys' underachievement in primary and secondary education, the experiences of offenders in prisons, his time as Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds, and seven years as a member of the British Psychological Society's Accreditation Committee, and latterly as a core member of the BPS's drafting group for new accreditation criteria for all undergraduate and postgraduate professional programmes of study. As one of the principal investigators of the University's M.A.R.K Project he now chairs the University's Assessment Strategy Group, and is the chair of the University's Enhancing our Practice Network. As Pro-Dean, he chairs the University's Leeds Curriculum Evaluation Group, having chaired a number of the Curriculum working groups and been Deputy Chair of the Leeds Curriculum Project Board. Mitch also chairs the University's Taught Student Appeals Committee (the Committee on Applications) when it's hearing student appeals. Current research activity centres on reducing self-harm in prisons, a collaboration with Leeds Beckett University and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland, to help reduce offending against children, and a PhD project investigating self-harm in adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.