Alice CorballyAlice Corbally


Thesis title: Promoting Neurodiversity through Police-Community Partnerships

Supervisors: Dr Layla Skinns and Dr Matthew Bacon


I graduated in 2015 with a First Class Honours Degree in Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring BA (Hons) at York St John University. I was then awarded the Women in Science and Engineering scholarship to complete my MSc in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University.

I have worked extensively with North Yorkshire Police since 2013, in the development of the Neurodiversity Partnership Hub and training in autism for police officers. I am also involved with National Prisoner Befriending Charity, New Bridge as a befriender. I have also had a variety of roles in the university setting. In 2014, I was appointed as research assistant on the Child-to-Parent Violence research project conducted by Dr Lynne Gabriel at York St John University. In 2016, I extended this role to graduate research assistant for the Counselling and Mental Health Clinic at York St John University.

Scope of Research

My research will focus on the effects of neurotypical police practices on the policing of neurodiverse citizens in local communities. It will explore the risks of criminalisation and victimisation that arise because of differences portrayed by neurodiverse citizens and will examine the integrity of the police in regards to neurodiverse understandings and awareness, in accordance to the role that partnership working may play in mitigating these risks. This will be done by developing relationships with North and South Yorkshire Police and local community organisations that support neurodiverse citizens and their families.

Research Interests

Criminal Justice System, Criminology, Policing, Neurodiversity, Mental Health, Partnership working, Mixed Methods

Research Centres

• Centre for Criminological Research
• N8 Policing Research Partnership
• Sheffield University Policing Research Group
• British Psychological Society (Graduate Member)


  • LAW353 Analysing Crime Data
  • LAW218 Responding to Crime


Jane Lambert Voluntary Award 2011
Women in Science and Engineering 2015
N8 Policing Research Partnership Studentship 2016


Gabriel, L., Tizro, Z., James, H., Cronin-Davis, J., Beetham, T., Corbally, A., Lopez-Moreno, E. and Hill, S. (2017). “Give me some space”: exploring youth to parent aggression and violence. Journal of Family Violence DOI 10.1007/s10896-017-9928-1

Pendle, A., Barrett, G., Corbally, A., & Elvidge, S. (2015) In Practice: Perspectives on a case study. Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals Issue 11

Corbally, A. (2016) Response to “Ashworth, S., & Tully, R. Positive light on the spectrum” The Psychologist, 29 (10)