Mr Deon Chorley

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Deon has an extensive history of supporting adults and children of all ages and across multiple spectrums. Deon's early studies in Sports Psychology eventually diverted his interest from sport to more mainstream psychological issues. As a result, in 2011, Deon volunteered for Age UK, becoming a certified Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapist for sufferers of dementia, while continuing to support college students with barriers to learning and adult clients experiencing induced stress from redundancy. From 2012-2015, Deon supported a Refuge Trust for victims of abuse, where he would become the sole male assessor and facilitator for a project designed for rehabilitating male perpetrators of abuse, and he assisted with the opening of the first male refuge in Cornwall, UK.


In 2014, Deon was awarded the Future Leader Scholarship for Science at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he would go on to complete his BSc in Psychology, with Risk, Insecurity & Terrorism, during which he represented the UK in the World Health Organisation committee at the 2015 Oxford University International Model United Nations conference, before continuing at Royal Holloway to complete his Masters in Forensic Psychology.


While completing these degree programmes, Deon was invited to contribute to the Psychology Department's student-staff working group on harassment, and he chaired the postgraduate student-staff committee for the School of Law and Social Sciences. 


During his time at Royal Holloway, Deon has been employed as a Specialist Mentor and remains in this role alongside his current postgraduate research; supporting students with psychological and social challenges. He also received a national award from CUBO for Residential Assistant of the year 2018, for 3 years of dedication to supporting students experiencing hardship within university halls of residence. 


Deon's current PhD focus lies within the area of lone actor terrorism and exploring psychological and sociological combinations that may elevate risk of perpetration. Deon hopes to contribute a qualitative approach to what recent quantitative empirical research has discovered relating to these psychosocial risk factors in order to enhance academic understanding, and to support relevant services in ultimately reducing the risk of terror-related lone actor violence within our cities and local communities. 


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