Charlotte is a PhD student at the University of Kent conducting research within the area of forensic psychology. Her research focuses on adults who engage in animal abuse and their characteristics. Specifically, Charlotte is interested in the role of emotion regulation and how it might help explain the various types of animal abuse individuals engage in.


Main Supervisor: Dr Emma Alleyne

Key Publications

  • Parfitt, C., & Alleyne, E. (2017). Animal abuse proclivity: behavioral, personality and regulatory factors associated with varying levels of severity. Psychology, Crime & Law. doi:10.1080/1068316X.2017.1332193
  • Alleyne, E., & Parfitt, C. (2017). Adult-perpetrated animal abuse: A systematic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. doi:10.1177/1524838017708785
  • Parfitt, C., & Alleyne, E. (2016). ‘Taking it out on the dog’: Psychological and behavioral correlates of animal abuse proclivity. Society & Animals, 24, 1-16. doi:10.1163/15685306-12341387
  • Alleyne, E., Tilston, L., Parfitt, C., & Butcher, R. (2015). Adult-perpetrated animal abuse: Development of a proclivity scale. Psychology, Crime & Law, 21, 570-588. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2014.999064′