My research and clinical work focuses on the application of psychology to clinical and forensic settings. Specifically, my current areas of research include personality disorder, offending behaviour, staff development and outcome measurement in practice. In addition to using standard quantitative and qualitative research designs I apply mixed methods (such as Q-sort) and small sample methods (e.g. single case experimental designs) to develop theory and understand change. I currently lead the evaluation of the All Wales Offender Personality Disorder Pathway delivered through the National Probation Service.

I am chartered as a clinical and forensic psychologist with the BPS and registered with the HCPC. I have worked as a clinician and service leader in a range of forensic settings including high, medium and low secure mental health settings, prison and with probation. I continue to work part time for the NHS as a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist.

Teaching

  • PS-M15 Special Research Skills

    Specialists from a variety of fields in psychology discuss the methods used in their own research area. The subject areas will vary from year to year depending upon the current research interests and activities of the staff. Each seminar is grounded by showing the application of these methods to a particular theory or issue in psychology. Students select two options from those presented (one in TB1 and TB2) and write an essay after consultation with the presenter on a topic geared to their own research interests.

  • PS-M24 Research Project

    The research module will involve constructing and executing a substantial research project, usually conducted in connection to an abnormal and clinical research topic/theme. Previous research projects have spanned various applicable clinical settings linked to NHS trusts, mental health charities, forensic units and topics generated by academics based within the department of psychology. We also encourage students who come to the program with connections as a consequence of previous professional experience, to undertake projects that are linked to interests they have already established.

  • PS-M61 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

    This module provides an introduction to forensic psychology with a primary focus on those perpetrating crime, and the processes associated with detecting, managing and treating those who offend. The module follows a `journey¿ from an individual¿s birth, examining critical issues for understanding and responding to offending behavior.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY320 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 5 or 6. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about `political psychology¿, `positive psychology¿ `why people take part in extreme sports¿, `does cannabis use cause schizophrenia¿ and many other diverse lines of enquiry.

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

Supervision

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    Student name:
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    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
    Other supervisor: Dr Kim Drake
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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
    Other supervisor: Miss Hannah Harry

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2008 2016 Consultant Forensic and Clinical/Lead Psychologist Psychologist Swansea
2005 2008 Lead Consultant Psychologist Nottingham
2005 2008 Clinical Lecturer in Psychology Sheffield
1999 2003 Clinical Psychologist Nottingham

External Responsibilities

  • Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, Consultant

    2005 - Present

  • Honorary Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University

    2015 - Present

  • Research and Evaluation Lead, All Wales Offender Personality Disorder Pathway

    2013 - Present

  • National Assessor for the appointment of consultant psychologist, British Psychological Society

    2009 - Present

  • Approved Clinician National Scrutiny Panel Member, British Psychological Society

    2010 - Present

  • Approved Clinician (Mental Health Act), ABMU Health Board

    2011 - 2014

  • Editorial board member, Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health

    2011 - Present

  • Member: Joint Scientific Review Committee, ABMU Health Board / Swansea University

    2015 - Present

  • Member: Research and Development Committee, ABMU Health Board

    2015 - Present