Dr Caroline Wesson

Senior Lecturer

Email address: caroline.wesson@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322462 Location: MC324 Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport and Human Science Areas of expertise: Social Psychology, Forensic Psychology


After graduating from the University of Wolverhampton in 2002 with a first class honours degree in Psychology I completed a funded PhD entitled ‘The Communication and Influence of Confidence and Uncertainty’, exploring how verbal expressions of confidence influence people’s decision-making and impression formation. Upon completion of my PhD in 2006 I took up a lectureship in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University before returning to the University of Wolverhampton later that year.

I am currently a senior lecturer in Psychology and deputy course leader for undergraduate psychology programmes. My teaching focuses on social psychology and forensic psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research interests

My research interests focus on the application of confidence to applied settings (e.g. within educational and courtroom contexts); the interface between people with intellectual disabilities, mental health and the criminal justice system; intellectual disability and online behaviour. A new area of research currently being undertaken focuses on attributions of blame in revenge porn. 

Current research projects

  • Confidence and academic achievement
  • Intellectual disabilities and the internet
  • Attributions of blame in revenge porn

Current PhD Supervisions

  • Rachel Harrad (Social networking and social comparisons)

Previous Doctoral Supervision

  • Nazreen Akhtar: Experiences of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists when delivering manualised therapy to BME Clients
  • Chloe Aston: Exploring secondary trauma in caregivers of young people exposed to trauma
  • Libby Gaskell: An IPA Investigation Exploring the Experiences of Therapeutic Practitioners and Learning Disabled Ex-Offenders of Support in the Criminal Justice System
  • Rosemary Rooney: Understanding the lived experiences of male victims of intimate partner violence and sexual abuse

Current Doctoral Supervision

  • Tarnveer Bajaj: Why Some Perpetrators of Domestic Violence Volunteer for Treatment Programmes and Engage in Intervention
  • Chinenye Njoku: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) investigation into the subjective experience of being diagnosed with dyslexia in adulthood.
  • Tirandeep Takhar: Female counselling psychologists as researcher-practitioners 

Membership of professional bodies

Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society═ż Chartered Psychologist; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



Date attained

MSc Forensic Psychology (Distinction) Manchester Metropolitan University

PhD, Communication and Influence of, Confidence and Uncertainty, Psychology Division, University of Wolverhampton

Psychology, First Class BSc. (Hons), University of Wolverhampton







Journal articles

Ball, K & Wesson (2017) Perceptions of Unwanted Sexual Behaviour on Public Transport: Exploring Transport Density and Behaviour Severity. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 19(3), 199-210. DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0026-3 (Full text access to view only version available here: http://rdcu.be/vH9A

Chadwick, D.D., Wesson, C.J., & Fullwood, C. (2013). Internet Access by People with Intellectual Disabilities: Inequalities and Opportunities. Future Internet - Special Issue "Inequality in the Digital Environment" 5(3), 376-397 (doi: 10.3390/fi5030376).

Wesson, C.J. (2013). Introducing patchwork assessment to a social psychology module: The utility of feedback. Psychology Teaching Review, 19.2, 97-105

Wesson, C.J. & Derrer-Rendall, N.D. (2011). Self Beliefs and Student Goal Achievement. Psychology Teaching Review, 17(10), 3-12.

Derrer-Rendall, N., Wesson, C. J., Anderson, L. & Bould, E. (2009). Students' Goal Achievement: Exploring Individual and Situational Factors. Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, 19, 7(3), 1031-1052

Wesson, C.J, & Pulford, B. D. (2009). Verbal expressions of confidence and doubt. Psychological Reports, 105, 151-160

Book Chapters

Chadwick, D. & Wesson, C. (2016). Digital Inclusion and Disability. In A. Attrill & C. Fullwood (Ed.) Applied Cyberpsychology: Practical application of cyberpsychological theory and research. Chennai, India: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chadwick, D., Fullwood, C., & Wesson, C. (2013). Intellectual disability, identity and the Internet. In R. Luppicini (Ed.) Handbook of research on technoself: identity in a technological society, pp. 229-254. Canada IGI Global. [DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2211-1, ISBN13: 9781466622111]

Practitioner Publications & Reports

Chadwick, D.D. & Wesson, C.J. (2012). Manchester targeted services Magistrates’ court: An Action Research Evaluation (Stage 1 Report & Recommendations). The University of Wolverhampton.

Winder, B. & Wesson, C.J.  (2006). Last orders for alcohol related violence: exploring salient factors in the occurrence of violent incidents in UK pubs and other late night venues. Report prepared for the British Glass Institute. Nottingham Trent University.

Conference Presentations

Harrad, R, Fullwood, C.F., Galbraith, N. & Wesson, C.J. (2015). Text based ideal and actual self-presentations on social media profiles: The influence of self-evaluation. Paper presented at Social Networking in Cyberspace Conference, University of Wolverhampton,  September 2015.

Chadwick, D., Fullwood, C., & Wesson, C.J. (2013). Online identity and intellectual disability. Paper presented at Social Networking in Cyberspace Conference, University of Wolverhampton, July 2013.

Wesson, C.J. & Derrer-Rendall, N. (2012). Biases in Academic Expectations. Paper presented at the University of Wolverhampton Psychology Research Conference, December 2012.

Chadwick, D.D. & Wesson, C.J. (2012). A Targeted Magistrate’s court for people with mental health issues and intellectual disabilities:  Preliminary findings from an Action Research Evaluation. Paper presented at the University of Wolverhampton Open Research Seminar Series, October 2012.

Derrer-Rendall, N. & Wesson, C, J. (2010). Exploring Individual and Situational Factors in Students' Goal Achievement. British Psychological Society Annual Conference – Educations Theme, DTRP Symposium Abstracts. Psychology Teaching Review, 16(1), 101-103.

Wesson, C.J. (2008). Knowing what they don’t know: Effects of advisor performance feedback on the confidence heuristic. Poster presented at the Annual British Psychological Society Conference, Dublin, April 2008.

Wesson, C.J. (2008). Perceptions of confident speakers and their judgmental biases. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Social Section Conference, Dublin, April 2008.

Wesson, C.J. and Pulford, B. D. (2006). Knowing what other people know: Implications for the confidence heuristic. Poster presented at the Advice and Trust in Decision Making Conference, UCL, London, June 29-30, 2006.

Wesson, C.J. and Pulford, B.D. (2005). Individual differences in the influence of confidence: The effects of need for closure and need for cognition. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 13(2), p.163.

Previous professional experience


Date From

Date To

Psychology Division Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton

Psychology Division Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

Psychology Division Research Coordinator, Nottingham Trent University

June 2006

Jan 2006

January 2006

Sept 2007

June 2006

June 2006

Further information

Staff Development and Skills 

  Date Attained
BPS Test User: Forensic December 2016
MSc Forensic Psychology December 2012
BPS Test User: Occupational, Ability February 2012
BPS Test User: Occupational, Personality November 2014
Research Supervisors Development Programme February/March 2009

Early Practitioner Award (School of Applied Sciences). Learning and Teaching 'Rewarding Excellence' Ceremony

University of Wolverhampton

January 2009
Awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy November 2008
Teaching Qualitative Research Methods to Undergraduate Students workshop. HEA Psychology Network 23rd/24th April 2008
PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education  January 2008














Internal Examiner

Internal Examiner for Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology