I have been involved in psychological research since 2002 when I started my PhD.  I have mainly focussed on forensic psychology and my interests cover sensational interests, intrasexual competition, forensic interviewing, and aversive personalities.  Each year I supervise up to seven final year undergraduates undertaking their honours project in forensic psychology.  I also supervise forensic MSc student projects and I am the Director of Studies for two PhD students researching aversive personality traits.  I have carried out one off pieces of research on pedagogy for my Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and on the negative aspects of using facebook.

Publications (most recent first)

Chung, K. L.& Charles, K. (2016).  Giving the benefit of the doubt: The role of vulnerability in the perception of Dark Triad behaviours.  Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 208-213.

Bucknall, V., Burwaiss, S., MacDonald, D., Charles, K., Clement, R. (2015).  Mirror mirror on the ward, who’s the most narcissistic of them all? Pathologic personality traits in health care.  Canadian Medical Association Journal, 187, 1359-1363.

Charles, K. & Palkowski, M. (2015).  Feederism: Eating, Weight Gain, and Sexual Pleasure.  Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Murray, J., Charles, K. E., Cooke, D. J., & Thomson, M. E. (2014). Investigating the influence of causal attributions on both the worksheet and checklist versions of the HCR-20.  International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 13, 8-17.

Murray, J., Thomson, M. E., Cooke, D. J., & Charles, K. E. (2013).  Investigating the relationship between justice-vengeance motivations and punitive sentencing recommendations.  Legal and Criminological Psychology, 18, 1-15.

Baxter, J., Charles, K., Martin, M., & McGroarty, A. (2012).  The relative influence of leading questions and negative feedback on response change on the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scale (2): Implications for forensic interviewing. Psychology, Crime & Law, 1, 1-9.

Charles, K. E. & Egan, V. (2012).  Sensational interests.  In Levesque, R. J. R. (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of Adolescence (pp. 2601-2606).  Boston: Springer.

Murray, J., Thomson, M. E., Cooke, D. J., & Charles, K. E. (2011).  Influencing expert judgement: attributions of crime causality.  Legal and Criminological Psychology, 16, 126-143.

Charles, K. E. & Egan, V.  (2009) Sensational interests are not a simple predictor of adolescent offending: evidence from a large normal British sample.  Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 235-240.

Charles, K. E. & Egan, V. (2008).  Sensational and extreme interests in adolescents.  In Kocsis, R. N. (Ed.) Serial Murder and the Psychology of Violent Crime.  New Jersey: The Humana Press Inc. [ISBN 978-1588296856]

Charles, K. E. and Egan, V. (2005) Mating effort correlates with self-reported delinquency in a normal adolescent sample.  Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 1035-1045.

Egan, V., Figueredo, A. J., Wolf, P., McBride, K., Sefeck, J., Vasquez, G., and Charles, K. (2005) Sensational interests, mating effort, and personality: evidence for cross-cultural validity.  Journal of Individual Differences, 26, 11-19.


Charles, K. E. (2006). The effects of sensational interests, intrasexual competition and psychopathology on juvenile delinquency.  Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

PhD theses can be accessed electronically through the British Library.

Conference Presentations (most recent first)

Charles, K. & Palkowski, M. (2016).  Agency and the childhood origins of feedism.  The 31st International Congress of Psychology 24-29 July PACIFICO Yokohama, Yokohama.  Oral Presentation.  Open access published abstract:  Charles, K. & Palkowski, M. (2016).  Human Relationships. International Journal of Psychology, 51, 721–731.

Charles, K. (2015).  Photographs and memory work in grieving: an auto-ethnography.  The 2nd British Auto-ethnography Conference 30-31 October University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen.  Oral Presentation.

Charles, K. & Baxter, J. (2014). The effect of negative feedback during forensic interviews: implications for therapeutic jurisprudence. Asian Congress of Applied Psychology 7-8 May Asia Pacific International Academy, Singapore. Oral Presentation.

Charles, K. & Shaw, M. (2014). Preparing for the polygraph: a case study of staff-student collaboration in creating a technical teaching resource. HEA STEM Conference 30 April – 1 May The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh. Poster Presentation. pdf

Charles, K. (2010). “Not another Ted Bundy essay”: Re-designing the assessment of undergraduate forensic psychology to improve the staff and student experience.  Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference 30 June – 2 July Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh. Poster Presentation. pdf

Charles, K. (2008).  Talking the talk: how do adults masquerade as adolescents in the online seduction of under-16s.  British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology 24-26 June Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.  Oral presentation.

Charles, K. & McGee, A. (2007).  Shyness, agreeableness, and mating effort: their relationship with adolescent sociometric status.  BPS Scottish Branch Annual Conference 30 November – 1 December MacDonald Inchyra Grange Hotel, Falkirk.  Poster presentation. pdf

Charles, K. (2007). Sensational Interests, Intrasexual Competition, and Delinquency in British Adolescents.  International Society for the Study of Individual Differences 22-27 July University of Giessen, Germany.  Oral presentation.

Charles, K., McNeill, A., Burton, M. and White, D. (2007). Individual Differences in Face Matching.  International Society for the Study of Individual Differences 22-27 July University of Giessen, Germany.  Poster presentation. pdf

Charles, K. (2005). Psychopathology, sensational interests, and mating effort in a sample of Scottish adolescents.  Human Behavior and Evolution Conference 1-5 June University of Texas.  Oral presentation.

Charles, K. and Egan. V. (2004). Mating effort strongly predicts self-reported delinquency in a normal adolescent sample.  Division of Forensic Psychology Thirteenth Annual Conference 22-24 March University of Leicester. Oral presentation.