BA Psychology – University of Newcastle
Ph.D. Psychology – University of York.
Has in-depth practical and research experience of offence-related issues, having worked as a probation officer in the community and as a psychologist in prisons, achieving the most senior psychology position in those agencies of Head of Psychology for Prison and Probation Services, England and Wales. She set up the Centre for Criminal Justice Economics and Psychology at the University of York, and was the first Director of the University’s MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology. Her research interests are in understanding criminal behaviour, behavioural assessment of risk of re-offending, developing research-evidence-based programmes to change offending behaviour and evaluating effectiveness using randomised controlled methodologies. She currently collaborating on research into neural networks and offence risk prediction, and advising on evaluating French probation practice in collaboration with the Law Faculty at the University of Reims.
Her research has been directed towards understanding criminal behaviour and topics which have a practical application to reducing crime. These have included research on anger management, violent behaviour, risk assessment, bullying and the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of sentencing. She also conducted one of the first large scale randomised controlled trials in recent years in HM Prison Service, evaluating the effectiveness of an offending behaviour programme, and conducted a randomised controlled trial in the Probation Service evaluating evidenced-based probation supervision. She has recently been responsible for the development and evaluation of a new behavioural risk assessment model in prisons to assist Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements for high risk offenders in the community.
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Senior Research Associate of the MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology.
Research project supervision of students on MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology Course
Member of Department Ethics Committee (Forensic)