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Paul Summers
Associate Lecturer



  • University of Southampton
    • BA (Hons) in Philosophy (2000)
  • University of Hull
    • MA in Applied Ethics (2001)
  • University of Westminster
    • Grad. Diploma in Psychology (2003)
  • University of Kent
    • MSc in Forensic Psychology (2004)

Having graduated from the University of Kent in 2004, I spent a short time working as an Outreach Worker for the drug charity Addaction.  I then entered HM Prison Service as a Trainee Forensic Psychologist at HMP Hull.  I joined the Department of Psychology at the University of York in November 2007. 


  • Addaction
  • HM Prison Service
  • University of York

Departmental roles

  • Pastoral Supervisor
  • Year 3/4 Undergraduate Tutor (Exceptional Circumstances)

University roles

  • College Dean (2009 - 2015)
  • Senior College Fellow (2015 - 2017)
  • Head of James College (2017 - Present)


Selected publications

  • Trinder, H. & Summers, P. (2004) An evaluation of staff support provision on the close supervision centre at HMP Woodhill. Internal HMPS Publication.
  • Summers, P. (2012) 'Gangs' in P. Wilson and J. Clarke (eds). Forensic Psychology in Practice - A Practitioner's Handbook. Palgrave Macmillan.



  • Legal and Contextual Issues (Module Organiser)
  • Forensic Psychology in Practice
  • Forensic and Generic Skills
  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Issues and Methods in Applied Research
  • Empirical Research Project


  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology (Module Organiser)

Contact details

Paul Summers
Associate Lecturer
Department of Psychology
University of York
Room PS/A112

Tel: 01904 322935