Professor Horvath is a leading international researcher in the field of forensic psychology, specifically Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). She is co-editor of the second edition of The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology (2021, Cambridge University Press) and is currently editing the second edition of her extremely successful co-edited text Rape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking (2022, Routledge). In 2020 Professor Horvath founded the Violence Against Women and Girls Research Network which brings together researchers providing opportunities to meet regularly, share ongoing, completed and planned research in a supportive environment.
Professor Horvath has nearly 20 years of research experience. Throughout her career Professor Horvath has worked closely with the third sector, businesses, law enforcement agencies, health services and policy makers to ensure that her research and teaching are focused on practical solutions to real-world problems and creating change.
Funding for Professor Horvath’s research has been gained from a wide range of funders including Against Violence & Abuse, Avon & Somerset Police, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Office of the Children’s Commissioner, NHS, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, British Transport Police, Tender Education & Arts, and The Government Equalities Office.
Professor Horvath is often asked to provide expert advice on policy and practice developments to national and local statutory and non-statutory organisations (e.g. Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, numerous police forces). In 2013 Professor Horvath was the David Jenkins Chair in Forensic and Legal Medicine (an honorary Chair awarded annually to a ‘person of eminence’ by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Professor Horvath is regularly invited to deliver talks at national and international conferences to practitioners, policy makers and academics and in 2018 she debated at the Cambridge Union about #MeToo. She is often approached by journalists seeking comment or advice and has been quoted by the BBC, Guardian and the New York Times.