Gisli Gudjonsson awarded CBE

Gisli Gudjonsson, Professor of Forensic Psychology at King’s College London, has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to clinical psychology.

Professor Gudjonsson is a consultant forensic psychologist in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s forensic service and head of forensic psychology for the Trust’s behavioural and developmental psychiatry clinical academic group.

Professor Gudjonsson developed and pioneered the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scales, which measure how susceptible a person is to coercive interrogation. He has provided expert evaluation in many high-profile court cases, including the Guildford Four, the Birmingham Six, the Tottenham Three, Judith Ward and the Jill Dando murder case. He has also testified abroad on numerous occasions and his testimony in America has been influential in stopping two executions.

Professor Gudjonsson is thought to be the first person to receive a CBE for services to clinical psychology. “I was absolutely thrilled because I have worked for many years to develop forensic and clinical psychology and apply it within the criminal justice system,” he said.

“It is recognition from the legal community, the government and the establishment of my many years of work. It is important to receive the CBE for services to clinical psychology and the work I have done has had an impact on health and justice.”

In 2009, the Society's Professional Practice Board presented Professor Gudjonsson with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his exceptional and sustained contribution to the practice of psychology.

Professor Gudjonsson was one of a number of Society members to be honoured in last week’s Birthday Honours List.