Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Senior Research Fellow (Hon.), Lead Clinician (Interim)
I am a consultant clinical and forensic psychologist chartered and registered in both specialisms. I have worked across all types of forensic mental health services – for adults and adolescent including low, medium and high security. I have extensive clinical experience working with offenders and am experienced in the preparation of highly complex risk assessments for use across a range of clinical and legal forums. I am accredited by the Risk Management Authority to provide opinions to the High Court in cases when an Order for Lifelong Restriction is being considered and am an accredited trainer in risk assessment.
I have provided workshops in the UK, North America and Europe. In addition to my clinical role, I am an honorary senior research fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University. I have published in peer-reviewed journals and edited books on various clinical and forensic psychology topics including: violence, the development of antisocial behaviour, personality disorder and violence, mental disorder and violence, competency to comprehend the police caution, psychopathic personality disorder in youth and malingering. Reflecting my long-standing interest in risk assessment, I recently co-edited a book on managing clinical risk.
My doctoral thesis was on the area of children’s development of moral emotions and explored the relative impact of parenting and temperamental attributes on empathy, remorse and conduct problems. I have held various research grants including those from the Scottish Prison Service, National Health Service, Scottish Government, and the Risk Management Authority Scotland. I have prepared research reports on a range of topics and have presented research across many national and international conferences.
Gillian Birrell Prize (accepted 2001) and the Division of Forensic Psychology Junior Awards (accepted 2007).