Liz Barkham



  • University of Lincolnshire & Humberside: BSc Psychology & Criminology, 2001
  • Manchester Metropolitan University: MSc Forensic Psychology, 2006
  • University of Leicester: MSc Occupational Psychology, 2012


I am currently Lead Consultant Forensic Psychologist for Cygnet Health. My role involves carrying a caseload of male patients with learning disabilities within a locked rehabilitation unit. I also oversee the psychological service for a number of secure settings working with patients with learning disabilities and / or autism spectrum conditions, managing a team of consultant and qualified psychologists and assistant psychologists.

Until early 2018 I worked across a number of prison based mental health teams. This involved providing treatment for trauma and other complex psychological issues, staff consultation and service development, and overseeing the delivery of prison-based Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services across a number of prisons.

I previously spent four years working in a medium secure forensic unit for males with autism spectrum conditions and/or learning disabilities. Within this time I developed a psychological service working with the Probation Service in Milton Keynes providing Mental Health Treatment Requirements (MHTR’s) as an alternative to custody.

I have previous experience working within prisons as a psychologist, having completed my Forensic Psychology training whilst working in prisons. I was responsible for the delivery of offending behaviour programmes for many years.

I also undertake commissioned psychological work for parole boards and courts requiring risk assessments and specialist assessment of ASC, LD or personality. I am a Team Leader for a national examination board, providing guidance to a team of examiners of GCSE and A-Level Psychology, and am involved in the review process of future live exam papers.

Departmental roles

  • Module organiser for Forensic Psychology in Practice
  • Supervisor



I am interested in research in the following areas:

  • Offenders with autism spectrum conditions and/or learning disabilities
  • Violent offenders/arson
  • The use of risk assessment measures in decision making
  • Staff resilience within forensic settings, including trauma informed environments, and staff training







Selected publications



MSc: Forensic Psychology in Practice (Module organiser)

External activities


  • Health Professions Council (HCPC)
    Registered Forensic Psychologist
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
    Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (BPS)
    Member of BPS Division of Occupational Psychology
    Member of BPS Division of Forensic Psychology

Additional work commitments:

  • Reviser for A-Level and AS Psychology (Edexcel exam board)
  • Team Leader for A-Level, AS and GCSE Psychology (Edexcel exam board)

Editorial duties



Contact details

Liz Barkham
Department of Psychology
Room PS/A114

Tel: 01904 322871