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Overview

I am a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for the MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health. In this role I lead on the design and delivery of MSc modules and teaching; formal assessment of coursework and examinations; supervision of MSc research projects and also act as Academic Advisor to students throughout their studies. I am also the Programme Director for the Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (Post Qualification) - our research programme for Registered Forensic Psychologists. 

In addition to my University role I work one day a week in the NHS in a secure psychiatric service as a Registered Forensic Psychologist. 

Biography

I am a Registered Forensic Psychologist and have worked in a range of inpatient services including low and high secure forensic mental health settings since undertaking my MSc in 2003.  I have gained valuable experience in working with a range of complex client needs in secure settings and providing assessments for family courts. I am experienced in the assessment and treatment of a range of mental health, personality disorder, offending and risk related behaviours, including violent and sexual offending, substance misuse, trauma and general thinking skills deficits. I have undertaken training in a range of therapeutic approaches that I use in clinical practice including CBT, Schema therapy, DBT and EMDR. I have also contributed to the development of internationally reviewed group therapy manuals for forensic clients. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): Registered Psychologist

British Psychological Society (BPS): Chartered Psychologist

Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP): Full member

Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology (FFCP): Affiliate member

Higher Education Academy (HEA): Senior Fellow (PR133371)

EMDR Association UK: Member (T0194)

Teaching

I am module lead for Introduction to Forensic Psychology and Professional Practice (PSYC62301). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Intent to aggress in forensic settings, University of Central Lancashire

1 Sept 20111 Mar 2015

Award Date: 17 Jul 2015

Diploma in Forensic Psychology (Stage two), The British Psychological Society (BPS)

1 Oct 20049 Oct 2009

Award Date: 9 Oct 2009

MSc Forensic Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

1 Sept 20025 Sept 2003

Award Date: 5 Sept 2003

BSc Psychology, Goldsmiths College (University of London)

1 Sept 19991 May 2002

Award Date: 21 Jun 2002

External positions

Registered Forensic Psychologist, Mersey Care NHS Trust

1 Feb 20231 Feb 2025

External Examiner:Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology, University of Birmingham

1 Jun 20221 Jun 2026

Deputy Co-Chair - DFP Training Committee , The British Psychological Society (BPS)

1 Mar 20211 Jul 2023

Lead Assessor (Core role one): Qualification in Forensic Psychology, The British Psychological Society (BPS)

1 May 20191 May 2022

External Examiner: Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology, University of Portsmouth

1 Sept 20181 Sept 2021

Committee member: DFP Training Committee, The British Psychological Society (BPS)

1 Mar 20181 Mar 2026

Ordinary member: DFP committee, The British Psychological Society (BPS)

1 Sept 20171 Sept 2020

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures

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