People 

The Centre employs five full-time and three part-time members of staff who are Chartered Psychologists with the British Psychological Society and who are registered Forensic (and Clinical) Psychologists with the Health Professions Council. All members of staff have experience of working in forensic settings and several continue to do so, on a part-time basis. 

Dr Myfanwy Ball

Professor Anthony Beech

Dr Amy Burrell

Professor Graham Davies

Dr Louise Dixon

Dr Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis

Dr Leigh Harkins

Caroline Oliver

Dr Jessica Woodhams

 

Dr Myfanwy Ball, PhD, CPsychol, Forensic Psychologist

Placement Co-ordinator

Myfanwy Ball is the placement coordinator for the taught Professional Doctorate (ForenPsyD) in Forensic Psychology Practice at the University of Birmingham. She also provides Forensic Psychological Services to the Directorate of High Security within the Prison Service and is currently located at a prison in the West Midlands. Her role primarily encompasses the assessment and treatment of offenders.

 

Professor Anthony R. Beech, PhD, CPsychol, Forensic Psychologist, FBPsS

Professor of Forensic Psychology

Director, Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology

Anthony Beech is Chair of Criminological Psychology and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is the Director of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He has published over 125 peer reviewed articles, over 30 book chapters, and has written/edited four books mainly in the area of sexual offending. He recently received the Senior Award for a significant lifetime contribution to Forensic Psychology in the UK from the Division of Forensic Psychology, BPS. He has also received the significant achievement award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) in Dallas, Texas, October 2009. 

 

Dr Amy Burrell, PhD

Network Facilitator, Crime Linkage International Network (C-LINK)

Amy is the Network Facilitator for the C-LINK project – a Leverhulme Trust funded project managed by Dr Jessica Woodhams at the University of Birmingham. C-LINK is an international network of academics and practitioners with a professional interest in crime linkage. Amy’s background includes a BSc in Applied Psychology (Durham), an MSc in Forensic Behavioural Science (Liverpool) and a PhD in Psychology (Leicester). Her PhD focused on testing the assumptions of crime linkage using personal robbery data. She has previously worked as a Research Fellow for the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, a Research Officer for the Government Office for the West Midlands, a Research Assistant for Perpetuity Research & Consultancy International, and a Training Manager at Perpetuity Training. Previous research projects have included topics such as domestic burglary, violence in the night time economy, gangs, youth crime, and evaluations of drug and alcohol treatment services.

 

Professor Graham Davies, PhD, CPsychol, Forensic Psychologist, FBPsS

Professor of Forensic Psychology

Graham Davies is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Leicester and an Honorary Professor of the University of Birmingham. His research interests lie in applied memory and in particular applications to the areas of eyewitness testimony in children and adults and the support of vulnerable witnesses at court, on which topics he has published some six books and over 100 articles in scientific journals. His most recent book (co-edited with Daniel Wright) is entitled Current Issues in Applied Memory Research (Psychology Press, 2010). He is a former president of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition and immediate past president of the European Association for Psychology and Law and Founding Editor of the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. In addition to his academic work, he also sits as a Magistrate on the Melton, Belvoir and Rutland bench.

 

Dr Louise Dixon, PhD, CPsychol, Forensic Psychologist

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Course Director, Masters in Criminological Psychology and CPD Doctorate in Forensic Psychology

Louise Dixon is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham. She is also involved in several external roles. For example Louise is the External Examiner for the MSc in Forensic Psychology at London Metropolitan University; she sits on the British Psychology Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology Committee and is an accredited trainer for Triple P (Positive Parenting Programmes) party Ltd. In addition to her practice and external teaching activities, Louise enjoys an active research and publication profile and is heavily involved in the wider international research scene. Louise is on the Editorial Board of internationally peer reviewed journals ‘Child Maltreatment’, ‘Journal of Aggression Conflict and Peace’ and ‘British Journal of Forensic Practice’. She is the E-bulletin editor for the International Family Aggression Society (IFAS) and sits on the IFAS conference organisational committee.

Her research interests include several issues related to the understanding and prevention of aggression and violence. These include group aggression; aggression in street gangs; intimate partner violence (typologies of perpetrators, partner homicide, theoretical debates in this area, perpetrator cognitions, risk assessment, links between partner violence and child maltreatment); risk and protective factors for family violence; the intergenerational cycle of family violence. 

 

Dr Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis, PhD, CPsychol, Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Assistant Director, Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology; Course Director, Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice

Dr. Hamilton-Giachritsis is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. Previously, Catherine worked for Birmingham Social Services Department undertaking assessments of families in child care proceeding and working in a residential unit for families where child maltreatment has occurred or is suspected. She was previously vice-chair of the West Midlands branch of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN), on the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme and the Editorial Board of Child Abuse Review. Currently, she is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), The International Association for the Study of Attachment (IASA), BASPCAN and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Catherine's main research interests and publications are recurrent child maltreatment, early prediction and prevention of child maltreatment, and the long-term consequences of maltreatment (including attachment and resilience). From 2002-2007, Catherine jointly co-ordinated three European Union Daphne funded projects that mapped the number and characteristics of children under three in institutions across Europe, identified good practice in the deinstitutionalisation of children under 5 years and provided training and dissemination of this work in the 8 European countries identified as having the highest level of need. This work was undertaken with research partners across Europe. Catherine is co-editor of ‘Early Prediction and Prevention of Child Abuse: A Handbook’ (Browne, Hanks, Stratton & Hamilton, 2002) and 'A community health approach to the assessment of infants and their parents: the CARE programme' (Browne, Douglas, Hamilton-Giachritsis & Hegarty, 2006).

 

Dr Leigh Harkins, PhD, CPsychol, Forensic Psychologist

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Course Director, Undergraduate Studies

Dr Harkins has published a number of papers, reports, and book chapters, primarily in the area of sexual offender treatment effectiveness. Her research interests involve the evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment for sexual offenders, especially examining factors that influence treatment effectiveness and the importance of adherence to the principles of risk, need, and responsivity. Some of her past work has examined the influence of denial and psychopathy on treatment outcome. My more recent research interests include positive psychology, process issues in sex offender treatment, the occurrence of sexual violence by members of street gangs, and crime desistance. Dr. Harkins has previous practice experience in the assessment and treatment of offenders within the Correctional Service of Canada, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and as an associate of Forensic Psychology Practice.

 

Caroline Oliver, MSc, CPsychol, Forensic Psychologist

Research Fellow

Caroline Oliver is an accredited Polygraph Examiner. Her research interests are in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. She has worked on and off within the Health Service for the last fourteen years and now works in private practice.

 

Dr Jessica Woodhams, PhD, CPsychol, Forensic Psychologist

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Course Director, Masters in Clinical Criminology

Dr. Woodhams’ research and consultancy work reflect her past employment as a crime analyst. She conducts research for and provides advice to police forces and agencies and to legal professionals. These include the Serious Crime Analysis Section of the National Policing Improvement Agency, London Metropolitan Police, Northamptonshire Police and the South African Police Service. She has been an invited speaker at several international conferences presenting her work on behavioural consistency and detecting serial offenders. Jessica continues to research this area as well as victim behaviour in sexual assaults, methods of offence prioritisation, and the nature of juvenile and group sex offending. Jessica recently received an award from the European Association of Psychology and Law for her early career achievement.