Dr Samantha Lundrigan

Director of the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER)

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Criminology

Sam is interested in the interface between psychology and crime, and how psychology may be applied to the understanding and investigation of stranger sexual crime.



Sam joined Anglia Ruskin in January 2009 from the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University. Until 2005, she was employed as a lecturer at the Institute of Criminology at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. There she taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in criminology and forensic psychology.

As well as teaching, Sam has also conducted a range of research projects into geographic profiling systems, the spatial behaviour of serial rapists and the behavioural consistency of serial offenders. She has worked closely with police and provided offender and geographic profiles on a series of serious crime investigations. She also provided regular training to police officers in the area of environmental criminology and investigative psychology.

Research interests

  • Offender profiling
  • Male sexual violation
  • Stranger interpersonal violence
  • Juror decision making
  • Rape

Areas of research supervision

Current PhD topics:

  • Speaking of justice: a critical evaluation of processes that led women to speak about sexual victimisation and rape, where they directed them and how their expectations were met
  • The socio-cultural context of rape: a narrative analysis of convicted rapists in New Delhi
  • A study of prisoners convicted of violent offences in Pakistan


  • PhD Psychology, Thesis title Spatial Patterns in Serial Murder: A Conceptual Model of Disposal Site Location Choice, University of Liverpool, School of Psychology, 1998
  • MSc Investigative Psychology, University of Surrey, Department of Psychology, 1994
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Portsmouth, Department of Geography, 1992

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.
  • Subject External Examiner (Postgraduate), The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth
  • International Academy of Investigative Psychology
  • European Association of Psychology and Law
  • Male Sexual Violation Research Network

Selected recent publications

Lundrigan, S. (2016). A Review of Research into Body Disposal Patterns of Murderers and Implications for Locating Missing Murder Victims in D. Congram (Ed.) Missing Persons; Multidisciplinary perspectives on the Disappeared. Canadian Scholars Press. 184 -206.

Lundrigan, S., Dhami, M.K., & Mueller-Johnson, K. (2016). Predicting verdicts using pre-trial attitudes and standards of proof. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 21, 95-110. doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12043.

Dhami, M. K., Lundrigan, S., & Mueller-Johnson, K. (2015). Instructions on reasonable doubt: Defining the standard of proof and the juror’s task. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 21, 169-178.

Lundrigan, S., 2013. Victim Gender, Number of Perpetrators, and Interpersonal Interaction in Stranger Rape: An Analysis of Direct and Moderator Effects. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 11, 95-114. doi: 10.1002/jip.1408.

Lundrigan, S.L., & Mueller-Johnson, K.M. (2013). Male stranger rape: A behavioral model of victim-offender interaction. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 40, 763-783. doi: 10.1177/0093854812474451.