Jacinta is a lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Canterbury, with a specific research interest in sexual and other violent offending. Her previous research has investigated whether we can accurately predict the likelihood of particular individuals committing an offence, and how we can best intervene to reduce this level of risk. She is also interested in how the results of risk assessment can be accurately and effectively communicated to decision-makers like judges and jurors.
Jacinta’s work also focusses on the prevention of offending. As such, she is currently part of a research team developing an intervention framework for individuals with self-identified sexual interests in children, who have not acted upon this interest. More recently, Jacinta has also been involved in research investigating risk and intervention needs among family and whānau violence perpetrators and victims across New Zealand.
Jacinta has worked therapeutically with teenagers who have committed sexual offences, and was previously employed as an analyst at NZ Police and the Department of Corrections. She is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and the New Zealand Psychological Society.