Ian Elliott

Ian A. Elliott, School of Criminology and Justice Studies

Visiting Assistant Professor
HSS 443


Sex offender behavior, assessment, treatment & management; offender re-entry; online crime; offense-supportive cognitions; prevention of sexual violence.

Educational Background

Dr. Elliott received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Birmingham (U.K.) in 2012. He also obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Birmingham.


Ian A. Elliott, Ph.D., is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He teaches undergraduate courses on forensic psychology. Before moving to UMass Lowell he was a post-doctoral scholar with the Justice Center for Research at the Pennsylvania State University. 

Dr. Elliott's Ph.D. thesis focused on the psychological characteristics of individuals charged with accessing and/or distributing indecent images of children online. He has also conducted research on individuals who engage in the targeting and grooming of children for sexual purposes on the Internet. Dr. Elliott's other research interests include the community management of sex offenders, the assessment and treatment of female perpetrators of child sexual abuse, and the use of public health models in the prevention of sexual violence.

Dr. Elliott completed his doctoral studies part-time whilst working as a Research Scholar for the Lucy Faithfull Foundation (Epsom, England), who funded his graduate studies, and is a third-sector child protection organization providing a broad range of programs and services for the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Selected Publications

Elliott, I. A., Beech, A. R., & Mandeville-Norden, R. (2012). The psychological profiles of internet, contact and mixed internet/contact sex offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 25, 3-20. doi:10.1177/1079063212439426

Elliott, I. A., Beech, A. R., Eldridge, H. J., & Ashfield, S. (2012). Assessing female child molesters' motivations and cognitions. In B.K. Schwartz (Ed.), The sex offender (Vol. 7) (pp. 15:1-15:14). New York: Civic Research Institute.

Elliott, I. A., & Beech, A. R. (2012). A U.K. cost-benefit analysis of circles of support and accountability interventions. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 25, 211-229. doi: 10.1177/1079063212443385