20 June 2018
The winners of this year’s Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) Awards will be honoured at its conference gala dinner this evening in Gateshead.
Dr Geraldine Akerman will receive the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Practice in Forensic Psychology.
A Chartered member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, she has been on the Executive Committee of the Division of Forensic Psychology since 2009 in various roles, most recently as the Conference Lead
Dr Akerman has worked for the prison service since 1999, assessing risk and providing treatment to men convicted of violent and sexual offences and with complex needs.
She currently works as a Therapy Manager on the Enhanced Assessment Unit at HMP Grendon and was awarded a PhD by the University of Birmingham in 2015.
The Junior Award in Forensic Psychology goes to Louise Carter, who joined the prison service in 2005 as a psychological assistant. In 2014 she started her qualification to become a chartered psychologist and gained Chartered status in April 2018.
Louise Carter has a special interest in safer custody and violence reduction. In March 2017 she became the Midlands regional psychology point of contact for these topics.
In this role, Louise contributes to national strategy and is involved in reviewing the contribution psychological services make during this challenging time in the prison service.
Dee Anand, Chair of the DFP, says:
“I warmly congratulate the two winners. The present and future of forensic psychology is in good hands.”