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David Adlington-Rivers

Research Postgraduate

MSc, BSc (Hons), DipHE, CertHE, Cert Soc Sci, FMBPsS, ACMI

Research Postgraduate in the Department of Psychology


David is a PhD researcher at Durham University. He is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, Associate Member of the Chartered Management Institute, and Academic Member of the Criminal Justice Alliance. 

David is researching hope and resilience for people in and released from prison, and the role it plays in crime desistance.

Previous research includes the experience of hope for prisoners using interpretative phenomenological analysis which is pending publication.

David has published a self-help book called 'Freedom is in the Mind' about the power of hope for people in prison. The book is founded on scientific hope theory and its benefits, and some developing ideas being researched.


Research interests

  • Hope theory in forensic applications
  • Transpersonal psychology
  • Positive psychology
  • Prisons and probation