Jacinta Cording

Senior LecturerJacinta Cording

Room 403, Music Building
Internal Phone: 90723
Research interests include forensic psychology, behavioural change, and research methods.


Research Interests

I am a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Canterbury, currently delivering courses in forensic psychology, research methods and statistics.

My research focusses on prevention and rehabilitation approaches for sexual offending and family violence offending, including the assessment and communication of offending risk, and understanding the mechanisms underlying treatment change.

I have also led a number of evaluations of offending-related intervention programmes, including: the Ministry of Justice’s Police Safety Order (PSO) Brief Risk and Needs Assessment pilot; the Family Violence Courts initiative; and, the NZ Defence Force’s Sexual Assault Response Team. Additionally, I have led or been involved in a number of evaluations and research projects in the broader social sector, including evaluations of Oranga Tamariki's Family Start Programme, and the Ministry of Health's Healthy Homes Initiative.

I have strong experience in qualitative evaluation methodologies and a special interest in quantitative research methods including quasi-experimental techniques. I have also increasingly been utilising Statistics New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure to conduct research exploring the social connectedness and wellbeing of New Zealand populations, including offenders, victims of crime, and sole parents.

Recent Publications

  • Ward T., Arrigo B., Barnao M., Beech A., Brown DA., Cording J., Day A., Durrant R., Gannon TA. and Hart SD. (2022) Urgent issues and prospects in correctional rehabilitation practice and research. Legal and Criminological Psychology 27(2): 103-128. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/lcrp.12211.
  • McLean AP., Grace RC., Shevchouk O. and Cording JR. (2018) Rat choice in rapidly changing concurrent schedules. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior : 313-335. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jeab.314.
  • Cording JR. and Beggs Christofferson SM. (2017) Theoretical and practical issues for the measurement of protective factors. Aggression and Violent Behavior 32: 45-54. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2016.12.007.
  • Cording JR., Beggs Christofferson SM. and Grace RC. (2016) Challenges for the theory and application of dynamic risk factors. Psychology, Crime and Law 22(1-2): 84-103. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2015.1111367.
  • Cording JR., McLean AP. and Grace RC. (2011) Testing the linearity and independence assumptions of the generalized matching law for reinforcer magnitude: A residual meta-analysis. Behavioural Processes 87(1): 64-70. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2011.02.011.