Dr Simon Draycott

Senior Teaching Fellow


Research interests

My interests fall broadly within the domains of forensic work and/or personality disorders. Within this I am interested in basic psychological processes underlying personality disorders such as psychopathy and borderline personality disorder, and in particular how people with these disorders pay attention to and interpret emotional information. I am also interested in process and outcome studies for psychological therapy in this area, with a focus on small-n designs including experimental single-case designs.

More broadly, I am also interested in the processes through which individuals come to commit themselves to behavioral change, and equally the processes through which they talk themselves out of change or commit themselves to the status quo.


Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of TrainersMember of the International Society for Schema Therapy


Draycott, S. & Dabbs, A. (1998). Cognitive dissonance I: A review of the literature and implications for theory and practice in clinical psychology. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 37, 341-353.

Draycott, S. & Dabbs, A. (1998). Cognitive dissonance II: An analysis of motivational interviewing. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 37, 355-364.

Draycott, S. (2000). Psychopathy: Impulsivity, affect and facial expressions of emotion. Unpublished thesis. Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.

Shah, R., Draycott, S., Wolpert, M., Christie, D. and Stein, M. (2004). A comparison of Pakistani and Caucasian mothers' perceptions of child and adolescent mental health problems. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 9(3), 181-190.

Draycott, S. (2007). Hunting the Snark: The Concept of Motivation. Issues in Forensic Psychology, 7, 26-33.

Farr, C. and Draycott, S. (2007). Considering Change: A motivational intervention with DSPD offenders. Issues in Forensic Psychology, 7, 62-69.

Howells, K., Tonkin, M., Milburn, C., Lewis, J., Draycott, S., Cordwell, J., Price, M., Davies, S. and Schalast, N. (2009). The EssenCES measure of social climate: A preliminary validation and normative data in UK high secure hospital settings. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 19(5), 308-320.

Kirkpatrick, T., Draycott, S. et al (2010). A descriptive evaluation of patients and prisoners assessed for dangerous and severe personality disorder. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 21(2), 264-282.

Draycott, S., Askari, R. and Kirkpatrick, T. (2011). Patterns and change in psychopathic interpersonal behaviour in forensic inpatient treatment. Personality and Mental Health, 5(3), 200-208.

Draycott, S., Kirkpatrick, T. and Askari, R. (2012). An idiographic examination of patient progress in the treatment of Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder: A Reliable Change Index approach. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 23(1), 108-124.

Draycott, S. (2012). Dissonance, resistance and readiness for change: mediation effects in two small pilot studies. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health.