Staff Profile: Dr Karlie Stonard

Faculty Karlie Stonard

Faculty of Social Sciences


School of Social, Historical and Political Studies


Lecturer in Criminology

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 322318



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building
Nursery  Street


My doctoral research mainly used a quantitative methods design to explore the role of electronic communication technology in the nature and prevalence of adolescent dating violence, the overlap between offline and online dating violence, and potential correlates and mediating relationships (i.e. of peer and attachment influences) of technology-assisted and offline dating violence. Pilot research for the thesis explored adolescent perceptions of the role and impact of technology use in dating relationships and dating violence using qualitative methods.

Academic qualifications

  • 2016 Coventry University: PhD Psychology (Pass)
  • 2012 Coventry University: MA Criminology (Distinction)
  • 2010 Coventry University: BA (Hons) Criminology (First)

Teaching interests

I teach on the following modules:

  • Contemporary Issues in Criminology (Level 6)
  • Controlling Crime (Level 6)
  • Doing Quantitative Research (Level 5)
  • Media and the Manufacture of Deviance (Level 4)
  • Theories of Crime (Level 5)
  • Thinking about Crime (Level 4)
  • Volunteering in the Community (Level 4)
  • Dissertation supervision (Level 6)

Corporate and community engagement

Voluntary work in the community:

  • 2010-2013: Children’s Worker at a domestic violence intervention service for children and young people (Defuze, Barnardo’s), Coventry.
  • 2010-2012: Witness service volunteer (Victim Support), Warwickshire Justice Centre

Professional body membership and roles

Member of the Violence Against Women and Girls Research Cluster (Social Welfare Research Group) – University of Wolverhampton

Member of the Violence and Interpersonal Aggression Research Group (Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement) – Coventry University

Research interests

  • Adolescent dating violence and abuse (and technology-assisted)
  • Adolescent romantic relationships and social media use
  • Correlates of adolescent dating violence 
  • Domestic violence / intimate partner violence 
  • Impact of domestic violence on children and young people
  • Interpersonal violence / disclosures of interpersonal violence on university campus
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Stonard, K. E., Bowen, E., Walker, K., and Shelley, P. (2015). "They’ll Always Find a Way to Get to You": Technology Use in Adolescent Romantic Relationships and its Role in Dating Violence and Abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Stonard, K. E., Bowen, E., Lawrence, T., Shelley, P. (2014). The Relevance of Technology to the Nature, Prevalence, and Impact of Adolescent Dating Violence and Abuse: A Research Synthesis. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19(4), 390-417.

 Other papers

  • Stonard, K. E., Bowen, E., and Walker, K. (2015). Can I Check Your Messages?: Teens, Social Media, and Obsessive and Controlling Dating Behaviours. Every Child Journal, Vol 5.1, p. 12-18.

Research reports

  • Williams, C., Morgan, A., Stonard, K., Bellingham-Young, D., and Lyle, C. (Violence Against Women and Girls Research Cluster, University of Wolverhampton) (August 2016) Report of an Evaluation of Pearl House, Specialist Domestic Violence Mental Health Refuge, Wolverhampton
  • Morgan, A., Stonard, K., Lyle, C., Williams, C., and Bellingham-Young, D. (Violence Against Women and Girls Research Cluster, University of Wolverhampton) (2017) Experiences of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and other forms of Violence and Help-seeking at the University of Wolverhampton