Amanda Holt

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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. Much of her work 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 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, has spoken about it at international conferences and on local and national radio and television, and has worked with the UK Home Office to produce the first UK policy guidance on the issue.

Amanda’s current funded projects (2020-2021) include:

  • The immobilities of gender-based violence during the Covid pandemic (funded by AHRC)
  • Child/adolescent to parent violence across London: a comprehensive assessment (funded by MOPAC)
  • Adolescent family violence within a neurodiverse context (funded by SPF University of Roehampton)

Findings from Amanda's recently completed project on violence towards grandparent kinship carers (funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust) can be found on 


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 and family violence

* Parents and youth justice

* Violence in schools 

* Qualitative methodologies

PhD Supervision

Current supervision topics include:

* Discourses of self and restraint in the history of British post-industrial education: A critical history of the legal and ethical framework underlying the ‘pupil referral unit’ in the UK. (A. Duncan)

* Sexual Violence and Rape in India. (S. Mangat).

* The family justice system in England and Wales: Child contact, domestic violence and women’s rights. (R. Tweedale).

Domestic violence against sex workers. (V. Holt)

Dramatherapy with grandparent kinship carers. (L. Engler)

Professional affiliations

  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Member of the European Society of Criminology
  • Graduate Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Trustee of Family Lives

External positions

Trustee, Family Lives

19 Apr 2016 → …


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