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Currently I am a Professor in the Northumbria Law School and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne and Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Approved Clinician with Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. I am a chartered clinical and forensic psychologist. I Chair the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Mental Health Act Advisory Group and Approved Clinician Peer-Review Panel. I am a Past President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), and a former Chair of the BPS Faculty for Forensic Clinical Psychology. I was a member of the UK Government Mental Health Act (MHA) Independent Review Advisory Group. In 2010 I was one of the first two psychologists to be approved as an Approved Clinician in England following the MHA 2007. I have published more than 150 research papers, articles, books and book chapters mainly concerning the mental health and forensic needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Applied Practice from the BPS Faculty for Forensic Clinical Psychology in 2017 and I was elected an Honorary Fellow of the BABCP in 2018 for my work on developing CBT for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD

Award Date: 30 Jun 2002

Clinical Psychology, MPhil

1 Jun 198631 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Jun 1986

Psychology, BSc (Hons)

Award Date: 30 Jun 1983


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