Pedro Pechorro is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Algarve, Portugal. He is also a researcher at the Center for Research in Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal, with a grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and at the Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve, Portugal. In 2006 it completed his M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology at ISPA – Instituto Universitario, Portugal. In 2012 he took his PhD in Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon. In 2014 he took a second PhD in Psychology at the University of Algarve.
His research interests include juvenile delinquency, psychopathic traits in children and adolescents, developmental criminology, clinical sexology, child sexual offenders and psychometrics. He has consistently researched and published on the topics of violent and dangerous juvenile offenders (namely psychopaths, persistent offenders and sexual offenders) and validation of forensic psychometric measures. He also provides expert diagnostic assessment as a forensic psychologist at the General Directorate of Probation and Prison Services of the Portuguese Ministry of Justice.