Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference 2023

08 November 2023 - 10 November 2023Northern Ireland
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Division of Forensic Psychology
DFP - Northern Ireland

About the conference

The annual DFP conference has been disrupted like most things over the past few years because of the global pandemic. We had our first in person meeting for a couple of years last year at Solihull and it was so, so good to be back together.

I often describe the DFP conference as a bit like a wedding – it’s a gathering of our broad (perhaps slightly eccentric) ‘family’ of forensic psychology. It’s an amazing place to catch up with people you already know but haven’t seen for a few years and a great place to find ‘your people’ people you connect with because they may share your interests hopes and aspirations.

I often think of the amazing co-incidental meetings I have had a conferences and how this helped me grow as a practitioner and as a researcher.  

Please do join us for our ‘family conference’ in Belfast, November 08-10. We are hoping the conference will brighten up the month of November.

The event will be held at:

  • The Belfast Hilton Hotel
    4 Lanyon Pl
    BT1 3LP

If required, the Belfast Hilton are offering a discount on room bookings using the direct link below.

Available Rooms - Hilton Belfast

Mads Smyth, our conference lead and the DFP Northern Ireland team are pulling together a great itinerary and some excellent traditional Irish food and music for us to surround the learning aspect of the conference.

Belfast is an amazing city, with a strong history of survival, coming together, recovery and peace.

There is a wonderful Christmas market in November also which I hope you will be able to visit alongside listening to inspiring key notes and conference presentations.

It’s an excellent place to come, share, meet and grow – I hope to see many of you there in November.

Key Submission Dates

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31.07.2023 The deadline for symposia, individual papers and Workshop submissions 
30.09.2023 The deadline for poster submissions
31.08.2023 Notification of submission outcomes for symposia, individual papers and workshops
16.10.2023 Notification of submission outcomes for posters
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How to Submit

Please ensure you read the submission guidelines below before submitting, including the reviewer guidelines. These allow you to see how your submissions will be reviewed.

Please make your submissions via the online application portal by clicking the corresponding button below. You will need to create an account if this is your first time submitting. 

If you any queries about submissions please contact us at [email protected]

Registration for this event is now closed.

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Delegate Category

Early bird rate (finishes 7 October 2023)

Standard Rate (starts 8 October 2023)

DFP Member -3 day attendance £224 £257
DFP Member - 2 Day - Wednesday & Thursday £176 £203
DFP Member - 2 Day - Thursday & Friday £152 £175
DFP Member - Single Day - Wednesday or Thursday £107 £123
DFP Member - Single Day - Friday £84 £97
BPS Member - 3 Day Attendance £324 £372
BPS Member -2 Day - Wednesday & Thursday £257 £295
BPS Member -2 Day - Thursday & Friday £223 £257
BPS Member -Single Day - Wednesday or Thursday £156 £180
BPS Member -Single Day - Friday £123 £141
Non-BPS Member 3 day £491 £515
Non-BPS Member -2 Day - Wednesday & Thursday £395 £415
Non-BPS Member -2 Day - Thursday & Friday £395 £415
Non-BPS Member -Single Day - Wednesday or Thursday £244 £256
Non-BPS Member -Single Day - Friday £188 £256
BPS Affiliate Subscriber - 3 Day Attendance £357 £410
BPS Affiliate Subscriber - 2 Day - Wednesday & Thursday £283 £325
BPS Affiliate Subscriber - 2 Day - Thursday & Friday £245 £283
BPS Affiliate Subscriber - Single Day - Wednesday or Thursday £171 £197
BPS Affiliate Subscriber - Single Day - Friday £135 £155
Concession - 3 Day £96 £110
Concession -2 Day - Wednesday & Thursday £75 £87
Concession -2 Day - Thursday & Friday £65 £75
Concession -Single Day - Wednesday or Thursday £45 £53
Concession -Single Day - Friday £35 £41
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Non-BPS students are eligible for the concession rate, please contact [email protected] to access the code

The Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) Committee is pleased to be able to offer a number of bursaries to attend the Annual DFP Conference on 8-10 November 2023.  These are open to all members of the DFP and are to attend the full three-day conference - DFP Bursary Application

Returning Customers (members and non-members)

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Professor Maria Ioannou 

Professor Maria Ioannou  (BSc, MSc, PhD, C.Psychol, CSci, AFBPsS, FHEA, CMgr, MCMI), is a Professor of Investigative and Forensic Psychology, Director for two postgraduate courses: MSc Investigative Psychology and MSc Security Science and ex- Director of the Secure Societies Institute at the University of Huddersfield, UK. She is also a Chartered Forensic Psychologist (BPS), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist (BPS), Chartered Manager (Chartered Management Institute), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and board member of the Institute on Crime and Criminal Justice Policy, European Public Law Organisation (EPLO). 

Prof. Dr. Ioannou has considerable experience in exploring offender and victim profiles and has been involved in the assessment and development of intervention programmes for reducing/preventing crime for a range of different forms of criminality and groups of offenders and ‘at risk’ individuals as well as impact delivery.

She has delivered a variety of courses to professionals as well as applied research, case reports and consultancy projects to police, government authorities, intervention agencies and other public bodies and has contributed to various legal cases. Prof. Dr. Ioannou has been invited to train law enforcement and security personnel as well as give lectures and seminars in a number of countries in Europe, Middle East and South East Asia. She has an extensive publication record, media experience across all platforms appearing on CNN and BBC radio and her work has been presented nationally and internationally.

Dr Zainab Al-Attar 

BSc (Hons), MSc, MA, PhD, C.Psychol (Foren), AFBPsS, CSci

University of Oxford, University College London & University of Central Lancashire

Dr Al-Attar is a Forensic Psychologist with 23 years’ experience in forensic psychology. Prior to that, she worked in neuropsychology at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels. She practices full-time in the public sector and is a part-time academic, where she specialises in teaching and research in terrorism and forensic mental health, with a focus on neurodevelopmental conditions.

Dr Al-Attar also works sessionally in a diagnostic service, where she specialises in autism. She has published in the field of terrorism and forensic mental health, as well as regularly delivering training to a range of practitioners and presenting at national and international academic conferences, in this field. Dr Al-Attar has published guidelines for forensic practitioners to assist them to tailor standard risk assessment and formulation to the needs of individuals with autism and ADHD, which have been used internationally by forensic practitioners.

Finally, Dr Al-Attar is a reviewer for numerous peer reviewed journals in terrorism and forensic mental health. 

Anthony Beech, D.Phil, FBPsS

Anthony Beech, D.Phil, FBPsS was the Head of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK, running and developing doctoral programmes in forensic, and forensic-clinical, psychology. He has an extensive research background in criminological psychology (evaluating treatments, developing risk measures and so forth) and forensic neuroscience. He has authored over 270+ articles/book chapters and 12 books in these areas. He has been the recipient of the Senior Award from the British Psychological Society for a significant lifetime contribution to Forensic Psychology, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He holds honorary professional positions at UCLan Cyprus and the University of Kent UK.



If you have any questions, email [email protected]

DFP Conference Social: Irish Supper, live music and traditional Céilí

This event is fully booked.

Come and join us for an evening of wholesome Irish cuisine, live music and traditional folk dancing. We could not host the annual DFP conference in the heart of Belfast without honouring the history and culture of Ireland. On the menu we have slow cooked stews, seasonal sides and Irish wheaten bread. For the evening’s entertainment we have live music from a local band and invite you to engage in a traditional Céilí dance. This social event will be a place to come together and get to know each other as members of the BPS and wider Psychological workforce.

Date: Thursday 9 November 2023

Time: 19:30 – 23:00

Location: Lagan Suite, The Belfast Hilton Hotel, 4 Lanyon Pl, Belfast, BT1 3LP

Fee per delegate: £30.00

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