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Centre for Applied Research

Centre of Applied Research

What we offer

The Centre for Applied Research – Psychology, Health, Education, and Law (PHEaL) brings the power of research to your practice, policy, and planning.  The objective of the organisation is to offer professional research expertise and help you apply a strong evidence base to your decision-making and working practices, to provide enhanced insight into interventions, practice, and policies through impactful, applied research. We act as knowledge partners in helping organisations apply data to problem-solving through the design and conduct of research, implementation of policy, and communication to key stakeholders, in the Psychology, Health, Education, and Legal sectors.

PHEaL provides research and industry expertise in psychology and health practitioner contexts, education, educational inclusivity, and education management, law, criminology, and policy, as well as broader research and consultation on practice, evaluation, and assessment. We aim to provide a comprehensive service to public, private, and non-profit organisations to meet local, regional, and international research and evaluation requirements. We offer a guided approach to understanding your needs in the design of research and interventions and to translating those needs into viable research questions.  We develop quantitative and qualitative means to address research questions, conduct analyses, evaluate the impact of outcomes, disseminate key findings to stakeholders, and can assist in reorganisation and structural implementation of outcomes.

Activities include:

  • Collaboration with businesses, government, and non-profit agencies
  • Knowledge partnership and exchange
  • Comprehensive research design and implementation
  • Best practice consultation and dissemination
  • Research and data management
  • Intervention and assessment
  • Independent evaluation
  • Guidance on policy and strategy
  • Consultation on the design and writing of policy
  • Evidence-based workshops, CPD, and training development

To work collaboratively with Middlesex Centre for Applied Research - PHEaL contact:

Dr Dawn England

Member Profiles

Dr Anthony Murphy CPsychol, AFBPsS, SFHEA

Head of the Centre for Applied Research - Psychology, Health, Education and Law

Membership of Professional Bodies

Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (282721)

Chartered Member of the BPS Division of Academics, Researchers, and Teachers in Psychology

Member of the BPS Divisions of Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology

Member of the European Association of Psychology and Law 

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the European Association of Psychology and Law

Member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing


I hold a BSc in Psychology, PGCert in Research Methods and Statistics, PGcert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, MSc Forensic Psychology, and a PhD in Clinical Forensic Psychology. I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, an Associate Fellow of the BPS, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University, Dubai.

Broadly, I am interested in applying research methods and evidence bases to practice in criminal justice and mental health settings, as well as helping organisations better understand the evidence base that underpins what they do and how they do it. My research focus currently targets evidence-based investigation and training in police officers at multiple levels. I have a successful background in developing and delivering research and evidence-based training packages at recruit and specialist investigator levels with the Metropolitan Police Service (London). More broadly, I am interested in psycho-legal processes, criminal/forensic psychology, clinical psychology, and health outcomes. I have a number of a number of ongoing research collaborations with the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), King’s College London, and The University of West London.

I maintain an active involvement in research, both academically and in helping organisations to develop the evidence base on which they make applied decisions. I provide support in the design of research and interventions, understanding the needs of organisations and how this translates into research questions, developing quantitative and qualitative means for understanding those questions, analyses, evaluation of impact, dissemination to key stakeholders, and reorganisation and structural implementation.

I have a background in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research and attempt to apply methodological pragmatism to problem solving in research methods. I particularly enjoy helping key stakeholders in the design of evaluation and action research and am interested in bridging the gap between practice and research, fusing evidence-based practice with practice-based evidence.

Selected outputs

Research publications

Clark, L., Lekkai, F., Murphy, A., Perrino, L., Bapir-Tardy, S., Barley, E. (2019). The use of positive behavioural support plans in mental health inpatient care. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 1-11 doi: 10.1111/jpm.12566

Hine, B., & Murphy, A. (2019). The influence of ‘High’vs.‘Low’ rape myth acceptance on police officers' judgements of victim and perpetrator responsibility, and rape authenticity. Journal of Criminal Justice60, 100 107.

Murphy, A., & Hine, B. (2019). Investigating the demographic and attitudinal predictors of rape myth acceptance in UK Police officers: developing an evidence-base for training and professional development. Psychology, Crime & Law25(1), 69-89. 

Murphy, A. & England, D. (2018). The student experience of student-to-teacher feedback. New Vistas, 3(2), 13-17.

Hine B. & Murphy, A. (2017). The impact of victim-perpetrator relationship, reputation, and initial point of resistance on officers’ responsibility and authenticity ratings towards hypothetical rape cases, Journal of Criminal Justice. 49, 1-13.

Elichaoff, F., Rodriguez, D., & Murphy, A. (2014). More than just a method: Doctoral students' perspectives on the place of qualitatively driven mixed methods. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, 17, 17-22.

Collaborative reports

Barley, E., Lekkai, F., Murphy, A., Perrino, L., Bapir-Tardy, S., Clark, L. (2018). Improving patient experience of mental healthcare by minimising restrictive practices: A mixed methods study. West London Mental Health Trust. NHS England. Funded by the General Nursing Council Trust.

Murphy, A., Adler, J. R., & Herring, J. (2010) Report of an evaluation of the Community Engagement Programme. London: Forensic Psychological Services.

Foreman, N., Phillips, J., Walford, N., Hockey, A., Sandamas, G., Murphy, A., Begum, R (2011) Successful use of both maps and satellite navigation by an unselected volunteer sample of older people in an unfamiliar nondescript urban environment. Cross Council Collaboration, New Dynamics of Ageing.


2015 – Ongoing. Metropolitan Police Service

Development and provision of specialist training on the role of biases and subjective beliefs in the investigation process (professional development training, Metropolitan Police Service). Training of specialist rape investigation officers and refresher training of existing investigators.

2010 – Forensic Psychological Services

Forensic Psychological Services, Safer London Foundation for evaluation of the Community Engagement Programme.

Invited talks

England, D.E., & Murphy, A.  (2017) Applying for Grants as a Student or Early Career Scholar. Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Austin, TX, USA. April 8, 2017.

Murphy, A. (2014). The applications and benefits of qualitatively driven mixed methods in clinical research. Chicago, Illinois: Advances in Qualitatively Driven Mixed Methods Research (Plenary, invited speaker). International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. 14-21 May 2014. (Part-funded by INSPIRE – University of West London & Middlesex University Research Knowledge Transfer Office).


Dr Tenia Kyriazi (SFHEA)

Deputy Director, Associate Professor of Law, Head of Law and Politics, Middlesex University Dubai

Membership of Professional Bodies

Athens Bar Association (Greece)

Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (UAE)

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (UK)


I hold a BA in Law from the University of Athens (Greece), an LLM in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK), a PhD in International Human Rights Law from the University of Athens and a PG Certificate in Higher Education from Middlesex University. I am a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and have qualified as an attorney in Greece.

Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Law, Deputy Director Academic Operations and Head of Law and Politics Programmes at Middlesex University, Dubai. I also oversee the Centre for Employability Services and I am the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee of the University.

In the course of my current role, I have overseen the launch of the first British Qualifying Law degree in the UAE in 2014 and I have undertaken a number of initiatives to enhance students’ learning experience and foster the development of transferrable skills and sustainable links with the industry, in line with the University’s strategic priority of bridging academia with practice. Teaching and learning are at the core of my work and, in that context, I have developed and implemented initiatives which aim to enhance the teaching skills and qualifications of my colleagues and to promote effective student learning.

Through my research publications, teaching practice and project management undertakings, I have been studying issues of international human rights law, mostly relating to education, gender mainstreaming, discrimination, migration, and trafficking in human beings.

Project work

Trafficking in human beings and migration has been at the core of my policy project work. I have worked with international and national organisations, such as the International Organisation for Migration and the Hellenic Institute of Migration Policy, to develop and manage projects, funded by the European Union and the Government of Greece, aiming at raising awareness, producing applied research and formulating policies to prevent trafficking in human beings and protect its victims. In the course of those projects, I have inter alia acted as coordinator of a regional network of eleven NGOs from nine countries of origin, transit and destination of victims of trafficking in South-Eastern Europe. I have also co-edited a research publication providing consolidated information on human trafficking prevention, prosecution and protection in nine countries in South-Eastern Europe. Furthermore, I have developed and delivered trainings for Judges, prosecutors and other law enforcement agents in the field of trafficking in human beings and I have co-edited a raising awareness and ethics guide for journalists and media practitioners covering trafficking-related topics.

Research publications

  • T. Kyriazi (2018) Trafficking in human beings in the Middle East, in R. Piotrowicz, C. Rijken and B. Uhl, the Routledge Handbook on Human Trafficking
  • F. Hussain, L. Hyland, T. Kyriazi (in press 2018) Engaging Students in Research in Higher Education, submitted to International Journal for Teaching and Case Studies
  • A. Nasser, T. Kyriazi, C. Paris, M. Ahmad (2018) Impact of Identity Politics on Education in Pakistan: A comparison between Balochistan and Punjab, Education Citizenship and Social Justice Vol 13(3), 280-294
  • K. Miller, T. Kyriazi and C. Paris (2017) Arab women employment in the UAE: exploring opportunities, motivations and challenges, International Journal of Sustainable Society, 9, 20-40 
  • T. Kyriazi (2017) Case Commentary: Chowdury and Others v Greece, Theory and Practice of Administrative Law, 5, 483-489 (in Greek)
  • D. Keane and T. Kyriazi (2017) Education in the UAE: the relevance of international human rights law and social welfare for a sustainable economy, International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy, 3(4), 330-347 
  • D. Keane & T. Kyriazi (2018) The emergent right of human rights education in GCC States, Asian Yearbook for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Vol 2, 205-244.
  • Μ. Kouskouna & T. Kyriazi (2016) Updating the EU Anti-Trafficking Legal Framework: A study of the role and value of the 2011 EU Directive on trafficking in human beings, European Politeia – European Review of Public Law, 2, 393-427
  • T. Kyriazi (2015) Trafficking and Slavery: The Emerging European Legal Framework on Trafficking in Human Beings - Case-law of the ECHR in perspective, International Human Rights Law Review, 4 (1), 33-52 
  • T. Kyriazi (2015) Trafficking in Human Beings: A Contemporary Form of Slavery? Review of the ECtHR Case-Law, Revue Hellénique des Droits de l’Homme, 63, 27-56 (in Greek)
  • T. Kyriazi (2015) Using Technology to Introduce Frequent Assessments for Effective Learning: Registering Student Perceptions, Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 197C,570-576
  • T. Kyriazi (2010) ECHR: Rantsev v. Cyprus & Russia, Case Commentary, Criminal Justice, 5, 568-580 (in Greek)
  • T. Kyriazi (2006) The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, Revue Hellenique de Droit International, 59, 655-668

Mariam Abonil

Lecturer in IFP and Forensic Psychology, Coordinator Foundation Psychology Project and Social Science


I hold an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, a Master of Arts in Education Leadership and Policy, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Currently, I am a Lecturer at Middlesex University Dubai, where I taught on the Forensic Psychology module and coordinate the Foundation Psychology and Social Science modules. 

My approach to development is both experience and research-based. In the course of my career, I have initiated and coordinated education programmes with non-profit and welfare organizations in the Americas and Middle East, founded a MENA-based non-profit conflict resolution programme, and co-developed an educational world simulation for problem-solving. I have been a contributor to elementary school curricula across various political situations and am familiar with student educational needs and influences inside and outside the classroom. At present, I am working towards the implementation of intergroup digital activities for secondary and tertiary curricula.

In my current role, I work across departments to develop innovation opportunities for students and staff. I have worked with the Induction, Academic Enrichment, and Sustainability teams on campus, as well as with colleagues in the Sustainable Development and Psychology/Well-being industries. I currently sit on the university Teaching and Learning Committee and Task Force on Happiness and Well-being.

I am interested in the intersection between environmental and neurophysiological factors in learning and behaviour, and in how these can be applied to both criminological and educational programme development. Having studied issues relating to education in conflict zones and conflict trauma in learning, I am currently focused on the influence of sports in conflict resolution and the development of alternative online learning spaces through the use of gaming and simulation.

Samantha Jayne Roberts LLB, MA FHEA

Lecturer in Law, Campus Programme Coordinator Undergraduate Law and Politics

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I hold a LLB Law from King’s College London, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from Westminster University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from BPP University, and Master of Arts in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London and I am currently a PhD Student at Middlesex University in the field of International Law.

I am the Campus Programme Coordinator of the Undergraduate Law and Politics programmes at Middlesex University Dubai where I am a Lecturer in Law and also a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. I have pioneered tools of clinical pedagogy and my professional practice utilises innovative practices in education to achieve better outcomes for students.

I am member of a team of legal academics and practitioners responsible for developing and delivering the Certificate in Common Law and DIFC Courts Practice, a collaboration between Middlesex University Dubai and the DIFC Academy of Law, providing the first qualification of its kind in the region.

My research revolves around issues in medical ethics and law, particularly relating to issues in reproduction, focusing the rights of children, parents and access to reproductive technologies, end of life treatment for children and adults and mental health in both the civil and criminal contexts. Broadly I am interested in applying research to issues in law, ethics and legal aspects of healthcare, criminal justice, and mental health. I am particularly interested in utilising cross-disciplinary research to help bodies and their professionals understand their legal and ethical obligations to aid in the development of and adherence to best practice.

Dr Dawn England, MBA

Senior Lecturer and Campus Program Coordinator, School of Health and Education, Middlesex University Dubai

Membership of Professional Bodies

Society for Research in Child Development

International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development

European Association for Developmental Psychology

The Gulf Comparative Education Society


I hold a BSc in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut (USA) and an MSc and PhD in Family and Human Development with a specialization in Measurement and Statistical Analysis from Arizona State University (USA). I hold an MBA with a specialization in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility from Hult International Business School (UK). I am the Campus Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer for Early Childhood Studies and Education programmes at Middlesex University Dubai and teach on Child Development, Leadership and Management, and Corporate Social Responsibility courses. 


My research focus involves interventions in Educational attainment and child development in low- and high-income countries. I have collaborated with international scholars in and travelled to 17 countries to pursue global development concerns. I have served as a strategy and research consultant in the US, UK, and Dubai, guiding community members, institutions, NGO's and public organizations to assess and improve their interventions, including local and global development initiatives and corporate social responsibility platforms. I provide guidance in designing interventions, identifying research questions, conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, formalizing impact evaluation, disseminating reports to key stakeholders and structuring change management to better apply findings within the organization and support cultural adaptation.

Selected Output

I have authored 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, 17 conference presentations and delivered 6 invited international speaking engagements; a selection of which are presented below.


Hine, B., England, D.E., Lopreore, K. Skora, E., Hartwell, L. (2018). The rise of the androgynous princess: Examining representations of gender in prince and princess characters of Disney movies released 2009-2016. Social Sciences, 7, 245. doi 10.3390/socsci7120245

England, D.E., Miller, C.F. (2018). Gender socialization. In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. 934-936. Washington DC: SAGE. doi 10.4135/9781506307633.n347

England, D.E. (2013). Entrepreneurship: Jumping on the Bandwagon – Reinventing It – and Then Selling Your Own. Developments: Newsletter of the Society for Research in Child Development, 56 (4), 9.

England, D. E., Collier-Meek, M. A., Descartes, L. (2011). Gender role portrayal and the Disney princesses. Sex Roles, 64, 555-567. doi 10.1007/s11199-011-9930-7

Conference Presentations

Ahn, G.J., England, D.E., Cooper, C.E., Benner, A. The role of academic transitions among Mayan adolescents in rural Guatemala. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, March 2016.

England, D.E., Martin, C.L., Field, R.D., Hine, B.A. Gender atypicality, felt pressure, and resistance: An examination of developmental patterns and interactions. Poster presented at the European Conference of Developmental Psychology, Braga, Portugal, September 2015.

England, D.E., Martin, C.L., Zosuls, K.M., Andrews, N.C.Z., Borders, A.Z. Gender norm resistance: A transactional model with similarity to other-sex peers. Poster presented at the Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 2012.

Kim, H., England, D.E., Sallquist, J., Martin, C.L, Hanish, L.D., Fabes, R.A. Is social anxiety limiting children’s school success? Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Montreal, Canada, April 2011.

Invited Speaker Engagements

Equity & Justice and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Invited Seminar Chair at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference, Austin, Texas, USA. April 8, 2017.

Applying for Grants as a Student or Early Career Scholar. Invited lecture at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, USA.  March 21, 2015.

Media and Socio-Emotional Child Development. Invited lecture at Columbia University, USA. November 17, 2014.

Gender and Child Development. Invited research presentation at Royal Holloway University, United Kingdom. March13, 2013.

Dr Daphne Demetriou

Law and Politics Campus Programme Coordinator (PG), Senior Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University Dubai

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow Higher Education Academy (UK)


I hold an LLB from the University of Kent (UK), an LLM in Public International Law (Distinction) from University College London, a PhD from Middlesex University London, and a PG Certificate in Higher Education from Middlesex University. I am a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer and Law and Politics Campus Programme Coordinator (PG) at Middlesex University, Dubai. I am also a member of the Research Committee, the External Engagements Committee, as well as the Research Liaison for the Institute of Sustainable Development.

My research focus is on international human rights law, international criminal law and labour law. In particular, I have conducted research on the definitional aspects of the crime of human trafficking, the interrelation between human trafficking and migration, labour law violations and trafficking for labour exploitation, and the rights of migrant domestic workers.

Project work

Human rights law has been at the core of my project work. I have worked with human rights organisations in both Cyprus and Geneva. Specifically, I have developed training materials for lawyers in Asia and Africa on pre-trial detainees’ rights as well as e-learning courses on the right to a fair trial. I have also been involved in the preparation of human rights cases to be heard before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. I have also worked on a project, in the UK, on the ratification of the international crime of aggression, which led me to conduct wide-scale research on the criminal provisions of States around the world on international crimes and the development of a global matrix on the same. I have presented my research on human trafficking in the UK, the UAE, Thailand and Prague.

Selected output

Demetriou, D. “The Mens Rea of Human Trafficking - The Case of Migrant Domestic Workers, International Criminal Justice Review, 2018

Demetriou, D. ‘‘Tied Visas’ and Inadequate Labour Protections: A formula for abuse and exploitation of migrant domestic workers in the United Kingdom’, Anti-Trafficking Review, Issue 5, 2015, pp. 69–88


Kyriazi T. and Demetriou, D. ‘Mixed Migration Flows into Europe: Discharging State Anti-Trafficking Obligations Through the Proper Identification of Trafficking Victims (2019)

Demetriou, D. ‘Assessing the Human Trafficking - Slavery Nexus and Its Impact on Migrant Domestic Workers’ (book chapter) (2019) 


ERPBSS 2018: Panel on Humanitarian Work, Dubai, UAE, January 2018

Inter-Disciplinary.Net Conference ‘Slavery: Past, Present and Future- 2nd Global Meeting,   Prague, Czech Republic, May 2016

UN OHCHR/GAATW Launch Event of the Anti-Trafficking Review Issue 5: ‘Forced Labour and Human Trafficking’, Bangkok, Thailand, September 2015

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