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Department of Psychology


Lucy Markson


Phone: +44 (0)1223 767369

Research interests

Lucy's PhD research studied individual differences and risk and resilience processes in children of imprisoned fathers. She investigated the moderating and mediating interactive influences of individual, family and contextual domains on developmental outcomes of children who experienced the imprisonment of their father. This included studying the additive effects of paternal imprisonment with other contextual risks to understand whether children’s responses to paternal imprisonment varied by cumulative risk exposure, in addition to whether dose-response risk relations were non-linear and subject to threshold effects, as well as stability of developmental outcomes over time. Professor Friedrich Lösel was Lucy’s second supervisor.


PhD Psychology, University of Cambridge

MSc Forensic Psychology, University of Leicester (Pass with Distinction)

BSc Psychology, University of Leicester (First Class)


Economic and Social Research Council PhD studentship

Professional Qualifications

Chartered Forensic Psychologist (March 2015)


Markson, L., Lamb, M. E., & Lösel, F. (2015). The impact of contextual family risks on prisoners' children's behavioural outcomes and the potential protective role of family functioning moderators. European Journal of Developmental Psychology. doi/full/10.1080/17405629.2015.1050374.

Markson, L., Lösel, F., Souza, K. A., & Lanskey, C. (2015). Male prisoners’ family relationships and resilience in resettlement. Criminology & Criminal Justice. doi: 10.1177/1748895814566287

Buchanan, H., Markson, L., Bertrand, E., Greaves, S., Parmar, R., & Paterson, K. B. (2014). Effects of social gaze on visual-spatial imagination. Frontiers in Psychology:Cognition.

Lanskey, C., Lösel, F., Markson, L., & Souza, K.A. (2014). Children's contact with their imprisoned father and the father-child relationship after his release. Families, Relationships and Societies.

Lanskey, C., Lösel, F., Markson, L., & Souza, K.A. (2014). Re-framing the analysis: A 3-dimensional perspective of prisoners' children's well-being. Children & Society. doi:10.1111/chso.12088.

Souza, K. A., Lösel, F., Markson, L., & Lanskey, C. (2013). Pre-release expectations and post-release experiences of prisoners and their (ex-)partners. Legal and Criminological Psychology. doi:10.1111/lcrp.12033

Lösel, F., Pugh, G., Markson, L., Souza, K. A., & Lanskey, C. (2012). Risk and Protective Factors in the Resettlement of Imprisoned Fathers with their Families. Milton: Ormiston Children and Families Trust.

Markson, L., Woodhams, J., & Bond, J. (2010). Linking serial residential burglary: comparing the utility of Modus Operandi behaviours, geographical proximity, and temporal proximity. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 7, 91-107.

Markson, L., & Paterson, K. (2009). Effects of gaze aversion on visual-spatial imagination. British Journal of Psychology, 100, 553-563.

Conference presentations

Markson, L. (2014). Risk and resilience processes in prisoners and their children. European Association of Developmental Psychology and Jacobs Foundation summer school. Risk and resilience: multilevel dynamics, Syros, Greece.

Markson, L., Lösel, F., Souza, K. A., & Lanskey, C. (2013).  Prisoners’ family relationships and resilient adaptation in pathways to reoffending. Paper presented at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland.     

Markson, L., Souza, K. A., Lanskey, C., Lösel, F., & Pugh, G. (2012). Conducting longitudinal research with children and young people. Paper presented at the Children of Prisoners Conference, Plymouth, UK.

Lösel., Pugh, G., Markson, L., Souza, K. A., & Lanskey, C. (2012). Dads inside and out. Paper presented at the ‘dads inside and out’ conference, Cambridge.

Markson, L., Souza, K. A., Lanskey, C., & Lösel, F. (2011). Predictors of imprisoned fathers’ resettlement and families’ adjustment. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology annual conference, Washington, USA.

Markson, L., and Woodhams, J. (2009) Symposium title: Linking and profiling violent crime. Paper presented at the European Association of Psychology and Law annual conference, Sorrento, Italy.

Markson, L., and Woodhams, J. (2009). An empirical test of case linkage with British residential burglaries. Paper presented at the PSYpag 24th annual conference, Cardiff, UK.