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Camilla Giambonini

Lecturer in Psychology

I am a forensic psychologist and criminologist specialising in youth crime, sexuality and sex offending. I trained as probation officer, mostly working with sex offenders.


After completing my studies in clinical and social psychology (MSc), I trained as probation officer in my home country (Switzerland), further specializing in forensic psychology. I mostly worked with sex offenders and people with a substance misuse issues related to their offending. Further to my experience working with offenders, I studied criminology (MA) and moved to the UK, where there is a substantial academic tradition in criminological theory and sociology of deviance. My academic interests focus on youth crime, sexuality and the impact of vulnerability on people’s social interactions, particularly those relating to the use of new communication technologies and social media. I maintain an active engagement with ex offenders through various volunteering experiences.


  • MSc: Clinical and Social Psychology, University of Geneva, 2008
  • MA: Criminology, University of Kent, 2012
  • PhD: Psychosocial studies, University of Essex, 2021


  • Swiss Federation of Psychology and Psychotherapy (FSP), 2008
  • British Psychological Society (BPS), 2020

Membership of professional bodies

HE Associate Fellow

Teaching & Research


I lecture on modules on Forensic Psychology, Psychology and Criminology and Qualitative Research Methods.


Broadly, my research investigates the impact of forms of vulnerability in the context of interactions carried out with new communication technologies and social media. I am particularly interested in phenomena, such as sexting, which are legally framed and which can, in some cases, lead to a penal sanction. I have completed a PhD thesis exploring the meaning of sexting for teenagers, where I interviewed 16 year olds concerning their understanding of the exchange of sexualised images via social media and new communication technologies (e.g. mobile phones).

External responsibilities

Co-chair, International Association for Jungian Studies

Subject for media interview

Moral panics about the sexuality of teenagers, the pornification of culture and the pedagogical needs of contemporary adolescents.