18-20 June, Crowne Plaza Liverpool
Dr Karl Hanson
Carleton University, Ottawa & Ryerson University, TorontoShow content
R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D., C.Psych., is one of the leading researchers in the field of risk assessment and treatment for individuals with a history of sexual offending. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, he has published more than 175 articles, including several highly influential reviews. He is lead author of the most widely used measures for assessing the risk and needs of individuals with a history of sexual offending (Static-99R; Static-2002R; STABLE-2007). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, and recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders. Based in Ottawa, Canada, he worked for Public Safety Canada between 1991 and 2017, and is now adjunct faculty in the psychology departments of Carleton University (Ottawa) and Ryerson University (Toronto).
Dr Lucy Johnstone
Independent Practitioner and TrainerShow content
Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' (2nd edition Routledge 2000) and co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people's problems' (Routledge, 2nd edition 2013) and ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books 2014), along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and was the lead author of 'Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation' (Division of Clinical Psychology, 2011.) She has worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years, most recently in a service in South Wales. She was lead author, along with Professor Mary Boyle, for the ‘Power Threat Meaning Framework’, a Division of Clinical Psychology-funded project to outline a conceptual alternative to psychiatric diagnosis, which was published in January 2018.
Professor Troy McEwan
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne UniversityShow content
Troy McEwan is Associate Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology and an endorsed clinical and forensic psychologist. She works as a Senior Psychologist for Forensicare, the public forensic mental health service for Victoria, Australia, where she provides specialist assessment and advice in cases of stalking, firesetting, sexual offending, and family violence. Troy has authored over 50 chapters, articles and other scholarly works (including both actuarial and SPJ risk assessment instruments) in the areas of stalking, firesetting, and family violence, and she lectures and trains practitioners around the world on these topics. She is particularly interested in developing knowledge to improve assessment and intervention with people who engage in these behaviours. Her research includes risk assessment development, implementation and evaluation, development and testing of theories of offending behaviour, and the development of novel treatment approaches for stalkers. In 2017 she received an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Gold Award from the Australian Institute of Criminology for her work to improve risk assessment and management of family violence by Victoria Police.
Professor Amina Memon
Royal Holloway University of LondonShow content
Amina Memon is a highly skilled researcher with 30 years of expertise in the field of Applied Cognitive and Social Psychology and over 130 publications. Her specialist areas are eyewitness testimony, investigative interviewing and biases in decision-making. A distinctive flavour of her work has been her close working relationship with policy makers and practitioners in the field of policing, social work and the law. Her applied research is aimed at identifying methods for improving justice for victims and witnesses. Current research projects including work on eyewitness identification, restorative justice, the reliability and credibility of evidence from vulnerable groups, best practice in questioning child witnesses and the reliability of evidence from older adult witnesses. Amina has served as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases in the USA, Scotland and England. She has provided expert testimony and advised professionals investigating allegations of sexual abuse in child and adult cases.
Invited Symposia Convenors
Professor Laurence Alison, University of LiverpoolShow content
Professor 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 Louise Almond, University of LiverpoolShow content
Dr. Louise Almond is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool where she is Programme Director of the MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology programme. Her principal research interests are in providing evidence based models of arson, sex and violence for both individual police forces and National agencies. She is Head of Postgraduate studies within the School of Psychology and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Professor Jane Ireland, University of Central Lancashire and Mersey Care NHS TrustShow content
Professor Jane L. Ireland is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. Professor Ireland holds a full Professorial Chair at the University of Central Lancashire and three honorary professor titles (Charles Sturt University, Australia; Abo Akademi University, Finland; Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK). She is a Violence Treatment Lead within High Secure Services, Ashworth Hospital, Mersey Care NHS Trust, where she is engaged in clinical practice. She is also an accredited EMDR therapist and runs a regular trauma clinic in the community. She is an elected academy fellow of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and fellow of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA). Professor Ireland is currently lead for the Ashworth Research Centre (ARC), an NHS clinical and forensic centre for research based within Mersey Care NHS Trust, covering all secure services.
Invited Workshop Presenter
Dr Sue Hills, Alice Ruggles TrustShow content
Sue Hills is Alice Ruggles’ mother.
Alice was murdered in October 2016 after a relentless campaign of stalking by Trimaan Dhillon, an ex-boyfriend. Looking back it is almost inconceivable that we did not spot the problems earlier and that we did not involve the police sooner. Alice would never have identified herself as being a victim of domestic violence and yet as the police investigation unravelled her story it became clear just how much she had been manipulated during their brief relationship. None of us thought that stalking counted as domestic violence, but in reality it was a continuation and escalation of events that occurred within the relationship. It was Alice's friends who saw through her boyfriend, and behind her tragedy there is a real message about how to listen to what others are telling you.
Alice’s family set up the Alice Ruggles Trust in 2017 to raise awareness of stalking and coercive behaviour. Our simple goal is to try to prevent what happened to Alice happening to others. We aim to educate both the public and professionals about the dangers of stalking and have delivered talks to school children, youth groups, the police, the CPS and the judiciary. We are actively involved in campaigning to change the law to protect the victims of stalking and to manage perpetrators effectively. In 2018, Sue took early retirement from her full time teaching job so that she could spend more time working for the trust.