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Jenny teaches on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and leads the MSc Psychology (Conversion) “Individual Differences” module.  Jenny is responsible for supervising undergraduate and post graduate dissertations and is a Personal Academic Tutor.


Jenny’s primary interests are in applied forensic psychology, specifically in the improvement of methods of treating offenders and offender resettlement. Jenny is a member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology.

Published Work

Akerman, G., Hardy, J., & Hamilton, P. (2020). Exploring and assessing the current sexual interest of men who have committed sexual and non-sexual violent offences. In Akerman, G., Perkins, D., & Bartels, R. (Eds.). Assessing and Managing Problematic Sexual Interests. London: Routledge.

Conference Publications

Hardy J. (2017). “Jail’s… like a boarding school”, Notions of trauma and community as barriers to resettlement for women. The BPS DFP Conference, Bristol (June 2017).

Hardy, J. (2017). “It's like they want you to go back to jail.” Stigma as a barrier to resettlement for female offenders. Oral Presentation. The European Association of Psychology and Law, Mechelen, Belgium (May, 2017).

Hardy, J. (2017). The Impact of Trauma, Community and Capital on Women’s Experiences of Resettlement. Sheffield Hallam University PhD Student Poster Event (April 2017).

Hardy, J. (2016). "If I wasn't here, I'd be in jail. Back in Jail." Exploring women's experiences of resettlement within a peer mentoring and educational presentations scheme. Oral Presentation Sheffield Hallam University, Psychology Sociology and Politics PhD Research Conference (June 2016). 

Hardy, J. (2016). "When you come out of prison you just don’t know where to go, who to see, what to do." Experiences of resettlement with Third Sector support. Poster session BPS DFP conference (Brighton, June 2016).

Hardy, J. (2015). Identifying Female Offender's Opinions on Salient Resettlement Needs. Oral Presentation. SHU PSP PhD Research Conference (July, 2015).

Hardy, J. (2015). "What Women Want." Identifying Female Offender's Opinions on Salient Resettlement Needs. Poster session presented at the BPS DFP Conference, MMU (1st-3rd July 2015).

Hardy, J. (2014). Evaluating a community mentoring project for females with a criminal record. Stage 1: identification of outcome measures, Poster session presented at departmental conference (18/12/14)

Hardy, J. (2014). Evaluating a Through-the-Gates Resettlement Service for Female Offenders. Stage 1: Seeking service-user opinions to inform the selection of outcome measures. Poster session presented at the SHU PSP departmental conference.


Jenny graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012, with a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology, and in 2013 from Nottingham Trent University with an MSc (Hons) in Forensic Psychology. Jenny completed her PhD with Sheffield Hallam University in 2018, exploring women’s experiences of resettlement. During this time she has been working closely with a service offering resettlement support to women in South Yorkshire.