Vicki is a Research Associate (qualitative) on the PERFECTED study based in Norwich Medical School. Vicki has a degree in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Derby, an MA in Research Methods (Sociology) from the University of Nottingham, and a PhD from the School of Social Work at UEA.

Prior to UEA, Vicki worked as a Supervisor and Researcher in a research social enterprise which formed part of a wider charitable organisation in Great Yarmouth. In 2010, Vicki joined the Social Work department at UEA through a university funded studentship to pursue research on violence in teenage intimate relationships.

Academic Background



Research Associate (qualitative) on the PERFECTED Study, Norwich Medical School, UEA (January 2017-present).

Senior Research Associate, School of Psychology, UEA (April 2014-May 2015).

Research Team Leader and Senior Researcher, Priory Research Services, Great Yarmouth Community Trust (August 2009-September 2010).



Associate Lecturer (Social Science) The Open University (April 2010-present).

Associate Tutor, School of Psychology, UEA (January 2011-present).

Module Leader, Applied Psychological Sciences, School of Psychology, UEA (January 2017-June 2017).

Lecturer in Health and Social Care and Health Studies, City College Norwich (August 2015-February 2016).

Module Leader, Crime and Punishment, School of Psychology, UEA (September 2014-June 2015).

Module Leader, The Child in Society, School of Psychology, UEA (January 2014-June 2014).

All Publications

Watts, S., McDermott-Thompson, V.


Why would I hang around with you? The psychology of personal relationships,

in From Cognitive to Biological : Investigating Psychology Book 2.

The Open University

UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

Title: Understanding young people’s experiences and views of partner violence in teenage intimate relationships.


Overview of the research

Whilst there has been growing recognition of, and research into, domestic abuse in adult relationships, violence in young people’s relationships has not been recognised to the same degree. A substantial number of young people will experience some form of violence from their partner before they reach adulthood, yet there has been limited research within the UK specifically exploring young people’s experiences and views of violence in their intimate relationships. This research seeks to address some of these gaps in our knowledge by examining young people’s experiences of violence in their intimate relationships and their views, understandings and attitudes toward intimate partner violence.

Positioned within developmental and feminist socio-cultural perspectives, the research will be undertaken using a multi-method framework combining qualitative and quantitative approaches. Two data collection techniques will be used; an online self-completion survey aimed at identifying if participants have ever experienced a range of violent behaviours within their relationships, and a series of single sex focus groups intended at exploring young people’s views, understandings and attitudes toward teenage intimate partner violence. It is hoped the research will provide insight into the nature and dynamics of different forms of violence in teenage relationships; a nuanced understanding of what intimate partner violence means to different groups of young people; and perhaps offer some insight into how best to respond to teenage partner violence.

Research supervisors:

Prof Marian Brandon

Dr Jane Dodsworth



First prize: UEA Postgraduate Research Showcase best Cafe Conversation (Cafe Scientifique).

Poster presentations:

University of East Anglia Postgraduate Showcase (July 2011)

UEA London Conference ‘Inside Child Protection: New developments in research and practice’ (July 2011)