19 - 21 June 2018, Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
Hear from over 100 speakers including our leading Keynotes and Invited Speakers across 3 days at the Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference 2018
Professor Laurence Alison
University of LiverpoolShow content
Prof. Alison gained his undergraduate psychology degree at University College London, and MSc Investigative and Forensic at Surrey University and a PhD at The University of Liverpool in 1998, where he then became a lecturer for a brief period, moved to the University of Birmingham for 18 months as a Senior Lecturer and then attained Professorship at the age of 36 back at The University of Liverpool, where he has been since 2004. His work has focused on two areas of forensic psychology: (i) decision making in critical and major incidents (including everything from child protection and sexual exploitation to disaster management and terrorism) and (ii) the use of interpersonal skills and rapport based methods in interviews and interrogations of suspects and high value detainees. For 28 years he has worked with law enforcement, security services, the military and emergency services to understand difficult decisions and difficult forms of communication. Much (though not all) of this work has been based on naturalistic observations and field studies rather than experimental research. This has included the design, evaluation and assessment of countless large scale multi agency exercises (urban search and rescue, disaster at sea, marauding terrorists, anthropogenic disasters) as well as a detailed set of observations of interviews with convicted terrorists in order to explore what works in engaging otherwise resistant detainees. In this talk he will focus on the need for forensic psychologists to consider decision making and communication based research as it pertains to law enforcement, security and the military. He will also argue for the systematic examination of field based examples to gain greater understanding of what practitioners need rather than have academics assume they know what practitioners need. Adopting a broadly 'naturalistic decision making' approach to his work, Prof Alison will argue that studying phenomena 'in the wild' seems to be under rated and under valued despite the many successful examples of uncovering novel and interesting findings and being able to have a direct and powerful impact on practitioners.
Dr David Farrington
Cambridge UniversityShow content
David P. Farrington, O.B.E., is Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. He received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, and the Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Society of Criminology Division of International Criminology, in 2013, as well as the August Vollmer Award of the American Society of Criminology for outstanding contributions to the prevention of delinquency, and the Juvenile Justice Without Borders International Award of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory in 2014. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, of the Academy of Medical Sciences, of the American Society of Criminology, and of the International Society for Research on Aggression. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and an Honorary Life Member of the British Society of Criminology and of the British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology. He is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, a member of the Evidence Panel of the Early Intervention Foundation, and joint editor of the journal Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health. He has been President of the American Society of Criminology (the first and only person from outside North America to be elected to this office), President of the European Association of Psychology and Law, President of the British Society of Criminology, President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, Chair of the Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology of the American Society of Criminology, Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology of the British Psychological Society, Chair of the Advisory Board of the European Commission Communities That Care project, Vice-Chair of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel on Violence, Co-chair of the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Study Groups on Serious and Violent Juvenile Offenders and on Very Young Offenders, Co-chair of the U.S. National Institute of Justice Study Group on Transitions from Juvenile Delinquency to Adult Crime, Co-chair of the U.S. Centre for Disease Control’s Expert Panel on Protective Factors against Youth Violence, Chair of the U.K. Department of Health Advisory Committee for the National Programme on Forensic Mental Health, Chair of the Board of Examiners in Forensic Psychology of the British Psychological Society, Co-chair of the High Security Psychiatric Services Commissioning Board (U.K. Department of Health) Network on Primary Prevention of Adult Antisocial Behaviour, Acting Director of the Cambridge University Institute of Criminology, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel on Criminal Career Research, Visiting Fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Justice, Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellow, and a member of the National Parole Board for England and Wales. He received B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Cambridge University, an honorary degree of Sc.D. from Trinity College, University of Dublin, the Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology for international contributions to criminology, the Sutherland Award of the American Society of Criminology for outstanding contributions to criminology, the European Association of Psychology and Law Award for Outstanding Career-Long Contributions to the Scientific Study of Law and Human Behaviour, the Joan McCord Award of the Academy of Experimental Criminology for Distinguished Contributions to Life-Course Criminology, the Jerry Lee Award of the American Society of Criminology Division of Experimental Criminology for life-time achievements in experimental criminology, the Beccaria Gold Medal of the Criminology Society of German-Speaking Countries, the Senior Prize of the British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology, and the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Outstanding Contributions Award. His major research interest is in developmental criminology, and he is Director of the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development, which is a prospective longitudinal survey of over 400 London males from age 8 to age 56. In addition to 733 published journal articles and book chapters on criminological and psychological topics, he has published 105 books, monographs and government publications, and 147 shorter publications.
Dr David Prescott
Acadia Hospital, BangorShow content
David Prescott has published 17 books as well as numerous articles and chapters in the areas of trauma, sexual violence, and treatment. He lectures around the world and serves on the editorial boards of Sexual Abuse and the Journal of Sexual Aggression. Mr. Prescott is a Senior Associate for the International Center for Clinical Excellence and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He is a past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and the 2014 recipient of that organization’s Distinguished Contribution award.
Dr Jay Singh
University of PennsylvaniaShow content
Jay P. Singh, PhD, PhD is a Fulbright Scholar and the internationally award-winning Founder of the Global Institute of Forensic Research. Former Senior Clinical Researcher in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology for the Department of Justice of Switzerland and author of over 75 peer-reviewed publications and books, he completed his graduate studies in psychiatry at the University of Oxford and clinical psychology at Universitat Konstanz. Since this time, he has lectured for Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, and UPenn. He was promoted to Full Professor at Molde University College in Norway in 2014 and is currently affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Singh is certified in the administration of over 60 risk assessment tools, malingering assessment tools, competency evaluation tools, and criminal thinking tools.
Professor Belinda Winder
Nottingham Trent UniversityShow content
Belinda Winder is a Professor in Forensic Psychology and Head of the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. She is part-based at HMP Whatton, one of Europe’s largest sex offender prisons, and works closely with the senior management, and psychology and healthcare departments there and at HMP Stafford to conduct mixed method research and evaluations that make a significant and practical contribution to our understanding of sexual crime. Belinda is also a trustee and co-founder of the Safer Living Foundation, a charity set up to promote the rehabilitation of individuals who have committed sexual offences and the prevention of further victims of sexual crime.
Miguel Perez Garcia
University of GranadaShow content
Miguel Perez-Garcia is a full professor at the University of Granada (Spain) and a research scientist at the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC). He has a strong training and background in clinical neuropsychology with focus on social problems such as drug abuse, neurodevelopment in low income countries, the influence of nutrition on neurodevelopment, and intimate partner violence. Actually, I am conducting a research project (as IP) about the role of neuroscience in intimate partner violence (IPV). These studies aim to introduce a neuroscientific perspective in the IPV problem. We are conducting studies to show that women victims of IPV suffer neuropsychological deficits related to continuous stress and/or hits on the head. In case of batterers, efforts are oriented to understand his brain and mind and look for neuropsychological variables that predict recidivism. All batterers studies are conducted under the assumption that they are normal men with a characteristic brain and neuropsychological functioning.
West Unit, HMP Frankland and University of YorkShow content
Melanie Hunter graduated from Durham University with an Honours Degree in Psychology and Sociology in 1991. Her other qualifications are: A Masters Degree in Criminological and Legal Psychology awarded by Birbeck College, University of London; a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy awarded by Durham University; and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Care awarded by Northumbria University. Melanie began her career as a forensic psychologist in 1993 working for HM Prison Service. She has been a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society since 1996, she is a full member of the Division of Forensic Psychology and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist - Forensic. Over the years Melanie has worked for the NHS and independent providers of secure forensic services as well as HM Prison Service. This has been with a variety of client groups and clinical populations. Melanie qualified as a Cognitive Therapist in 1999 and has integrated this into her practice as a forensic psychologist with a range of complex clients across primary, secondary and tertiary care services as well as in a range of secure forensic settings. Melanie has had the opportunity to combine teaching and academic work with her clinical practice across the years. Initially this was as an Honorary Lecturer for various clinical and forensic training courses in the North East of England, before becoming a part-time academic tutor for the Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy which was then provided by Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies Centre and Durham University. After this Melanie moved on to be a part-time Clinical Tutor with Newcastle University’s IAPT Programme alongside her clinical work. Currently Melanie works part time as a Senior Psychologist and Research Lead with Westgate Personality Disorder Treatment Service at HMP Frankland. This is one of the services within the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway which provides a service for high risk men with complex personality presentations. She also works part time at the University of York’s Psychology Department as a Lecturer with the Applied Forensic Psychology Masters course.