Rosie Waterhouse PhD is an experienced investigative journalist having worked for local and regional newspapers, five national newspapers including the Sunday Times Insight Team (twice), the Independent and Independent on Sunday (Investigations Editor), the Mail on Sunday, and the Daily Telegraph and as a reporter for BBC Newsnight. Until September 2016 she was Director of the MA in Investigative Journalism at City University London. She is now working freelance and most recently contributed a series of articles in Private Eye on the 'Satanic Panic'. She has contributed freelance work to New Scientist, New Statesman, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, and acted as consultant to BBC Newsnight and BBC Real Story. Her seminal investigation published in the Independent on Sunday in August 1990, The Making of a Satanic Myth, is cited as one of the first investigations by a journalist – or any academic researcher – to expose the origins and spread of the myth.
Rosie has been researching the myth of Satanic Ritual Abuse, the controversy over false versus recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse and latterly the contentious diagnosis of Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder for 26 years and her published work on these issues forms the basis of her PhD by Prior Publication, awarded by City University London in August 2014. Her thesis is entitled “Satanic abuse, false memories, weird beliefs and moral panics: Anatomy of a 24 year investigation”.