Amanda Holt

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Family violence and family homicide
Youth justice and parenting
Sensory criminology and arts-based methods


Research activity per year

Personal profile



Amanda joined the University of Roehampton in September 2014 from the School of Law, Lancaster University. She previously worked at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth and, prior to her PhD scholarship, worked as a Research Officer at the Trust for the Study of Adolescence.

Amanda’s research broadly addresses issues concerned with families, young people and harm. Her recent book, Family Criminology: An Introduction (Palgrave, 2021) introduces a new sub-discipline to the field of Criminology to understand the intersections of crime, criminal justice and family life. The British Journal of Criminology stated that 'Holt has made a compelling case for a family criminology...(from which) an entire research agenda might unfold' (2023; p. 1085) and Criminal Justice and Behaviour stated that the book 'marks an innovative shift in the field of Criminology, steering it towards a more in-depth and sophisticated examination of the family dynamics in Criminology...Holt's insights stand out as both unique and significant' (2024; p. 1).

Much of Amanda's research in recent years has focused on the problem of adolescent family violence. Amanda is the author of the UK’s first book on the topic, Adolescent-to-Parent Abuse: Current Understandings in Research, Policy and Practice (Policy Press, 2013) and she is currently writing the second edition. Amanda is also the editor of Working with Adolescent Violence and Abuse towards Parents: Approaches and Contexts for Intervention (Routledge, 2016). Amanda has completed several research projects on adolescent family violence, and has worked with the UK Home Office to produce the first UK policy guidance on the issue. She has delivered international keynote speeches and has substantial experience of engaging with the media. She has discussed her research on national radio (e.g. Women's Hour) and on television (e.g. Newsnight). She currently appears in Sky Crime's Killing Mum and Dad and Channel 5's Killer at the Crime Scene. 

Amanda recently co-directed a comprehensive assessment of child/adolescent to parent violence and abuse across London which was funded by the Mayor of London's Violence Reduction Unit. Other recently completed research projects include a large AHRC-funded project to explore gender-based violence during the Covid pandemic using a range of arts-based methods and an exploration adolescent family violence within neurodiverse contexts. 

Amanda is a member of the Risk of Harm committee at Family Lives and she sits on the advisory board for PEGS. Amanda welcomes enquiries from the press and from potential doctoral students on topics related to families, young people and criminal justice.


BA (Hons) Applied Psychology; MSc Psychological Research Methods; PhD Applied Social Science

Research interests

From a psychology background, I apply an interdisciplinary approach to my work and draw on a range of methodologies. Key areas of research interest include:

  • Domestic/family violence and homicide
  • Families and youth justice
  • Violence in schools 
  • Qualitative methodologies

PhD Supervision

Current supervision projects include:

  • The family justice system in England and Wales: Child contact, domestic violence and women’s rights (Ruth Tweedale).
  • Dramatherapy with grandparent kinship carers (Lynn Engler)
  • Understanding child to parent violence in the context of attachment and family dynamics (Brent Plant)

Professional affiliations

  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of Risk of Harm committee at Family Lives
  • Advisory Board member at PEGS

External positions

Board Member, PEGS (Parental Education Growth Support)

1 Oct 2021 → …

Trustee, Family Lives

19 Apr 20161 Apr 2024

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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