Professor Leam Craig BA (Hons) MSc PhD CPsychol CSci FBPsS MAE EuroPsy

Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist

School of Psychology

Leam Craig

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Professor Leam A. Craig is a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and Partner at Forensic Psychology Practice Ltd. He is Professor (Hon) of Forensic Psychology at the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology, University of Birmingham.

He has been appointed Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

He has authored over 70 research articles and chapters in a range of research and professional journals. He has published/in press seven books. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Senior Academic Award from the Division of Forensic Psychology for distinguished contribution to academic knowledge in Forensic Psychology.

His research interests include risk assessment methodologies, factors associated with sexual and violent recidivism, child abuse and neglect and parents involved in childcare proceedings. He also has special interest in offenders with intellectual disabilities. His recent research has looked at the effect of age on sexual recidivism, efficacy of domestic violence interventions and factors associated with child abuse in parents involved in childcare proceedings.

Qualifications

PhD Psychology, University of Birmingham
MSc Forensic Psychology, University of Surrey
BA(Hons) Psychology/Sociology, University of Keele
FBPsS Fellow, British Psychological Society.
C.Psychol Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
C.Sci Chartered Scientist
EuroPsy Registered European Psychologist – Registrations in Clinical, Health and Education
MAE Accredited Member, The Academy of Experts
Registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Health & Care Professions Council
RAPPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors

Biography

Professor Leam A. Craig is a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist. He has provided a forensic psychology service to North Derbyshire Forensic Learning Disability Services, North Birmingham Adult Mental Health Services, South Birmingham Primary Care Trust Community Forensic Service, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services (Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire).

He was previously Consultant Lead to three independent forensic psychiatric hospitals for people with personality disorders, learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. He is currently Consultant Lead within Derbyshire as part of the new Government initiative in the community management of high risk offenders with personality disorders. He is also contracted to provide independent psychology reports as part of Lifer Parole Board Reviews to a number of prison establishments across England and Wales and Northern Ireland. He acts as an expert witness to civil and criminal courts in the assessment of sexual and violent offenders and in matters of child protection.

Teaching

He has an input into post-graduate teaching and research.

Postgraduate supervision

He currently acts as supervisor to four ForenPsyD trainees/PhD students and as Internal examiner.
He also acts as placement supervisor to ForenPsyD trainees.

Research

Research interests

  • Risk assessment in forensic psychology: development of new assessments
  • Evaluating treatment effectiveness for offenders
  • Parents in childcare proceedings
  • Offenders with intellectual disabilities

Other activities

He sits on the editorial boards to several journals including: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Journal of Sexual Aggression, Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, and The Open Criminology Journal.

He is a former member of the Board of Examiners in Forensic Psychology (2001-2004) and former Chair, Membership Sub-committee (1999-2004) and Committee Member of the Division of Forensic Psychology.

Accredited Member:

  • The Academy of Experts

Honorary Research Fellow:

  • National Organisation of the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)

Full Member:

  • The European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL)
  • International Association of the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO)

Clinical & Research Member:

  • The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)

Publications

His research has been published in five different languages.

Selection of publications 2006 to date:

Authored books

Craig, L. A., Browne, K. D., Beech, A. R. (2008). Assessing risk in sex offenders: A practitioner's guide: Chichester. John Wiley & Son.

Edited books

Browne, K. D., Beech, A. R., & Craig, L. A. (in press) Assessments in forensic practice: A handbook. Chichester. Wiley-Blackwell.

Boer, D. P., Craig, L. A., & Rettenberger, M. (in preparation). A major reference work: Assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. Wiley-Blackwell.

Craig. L. A., Dixon, L., & Gannon, T. A. (2013). What works in offender rehabilitation: An evidenced based approach to assessment and treatment. Wiley-Blackwell

Boer, D. P., Eher, R., Craig, L. A., Miner, M. H., & Pfafflin, F. (2011). International perspectives on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders: Theory, practice and research. Chichester. Wiley-Blackwell.

Beech, A. R., Craig, L. A., & Browne, K. D. (2009). Assessment and treatment of sex offenders: A handbook: Wiley-Blackwell.

Craig, L. A., Lindsay, W. R. & Browne, K. D. (2010). Assessment and treatment of sexual offenders with intellectual disabilities: A handbook. Chichester. Wiley-Blackwell.

Chapters in books

Cortini, F., Beech. A. R., & Craig. L. A. (in press). Sexual offenders. In, K. D. Browne, A. R. Beech., & L. A. Craig (Eds.), Assessment in Forensic Practice: A Handbook. J Wiley.

Craig, L.A., & Hutchinson, R. B. (in press) Assessing mental capacity in offenders with learning disabilities. In, K. D. Browne, A. R. Beech., & L. A. Craig (Eds.), Assessment in Forensic Practice: A Handbook. Chichester . Wiley-Blackwell.

Craig, L. A., Beech, A. R., & Cortoni, F. (2013). What works in assessing risk in sexual and violent offenders. In L.A. Craig., L. Dixon., and T. A. Gannon (eds.), What works in offender rehabilitation:  An evidence based approach to assessment and treatment. Wiley-Blackwell.

Ireland, C., & Craig. L. A. (2011). Adult sex offender assessment.  In, D. P. Boer., R. Eher., M. H. Miner., F. Pfafflin., & L. A. Craig, (Eds.), International perspectives on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders: Theory, practice and research. Chichester. Wiley-Blackwell.

Giotakos, O., & Craig, L. A. (2011). Sexual offending in psychotic patients. In, D. P. Boer., R. Eher., M. H. Miner., F. Pfafflin., & L. A. Craig, (Eds.), International perspectives on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders: Theory, practice and research. Chichester Wiley-Blackwell.

Craig, L. A., Lindsay, W. R (2010) Sexual offenders with intellectual disabilities: Characteristics and prevalence. In, L. A. Craig., W. R. Lindsay., & K. D. Browne, (Eds.), Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities: A Handbook. (pp. 13-36). Wiley-Blackwell.

Craig, L. A., & Lindsay, W. R. (2010). Psychometric assessment of sexual deviancy in sexual offenders with intellectual disabilities. In, L. A. Craig., K. D. Browne, & W. R. Lindsay, (Eds.), Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities: A Handbook. (pp. 213-232). Chichester. Wiley-Blackwell.

Craig, L. A., Lindsay, W. R., & Browne, K. D. (2010). Overview. In, L. A. Craig., K. D. Browne, & W. R. Lindsay, (Eds.), Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities: A Handbook. (pp. 3-12). Chichester. Wiley-Blackwell.

Cortini, F., Craig. L. A., & Beech. A. R. (2010). Assessing risk in sexual offenders. In M. Evans and I. Dréan-Rivette (Eds.), International Criminology Encyclopaedia. (pp. 503-526). Nijmegan, The Netherlands. Wolf Legal Publishers.

Reynolds, N., Craig, L. A., & Boer, D.P.  (2009). Public attitudes towards offending, offenders, and reintegration. In, J. L. Wood, & T. A. Gannon, (Eds.), Public Opinion and Criminal Justice. (pp. 166 –186). Wilan Publishing.

Craig, L. A., Stringer, I., & Hutchinson, R. (2009). Core assessment of adult sex offenders with a learning disability. In M. Calder (Ed.), Sexual Abuse Assessments – Second Edition. (pp. 226–247). Dorest, UK. Russell House Publishing Ltd.

Craig, L., A., Beech, A. R., & Harkins, L (2009). The predictive accuracy of risk factors and frameworks. In, A. R. Beech, L. A. Craig., & K. D. Browne, (Eds.), Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: A Handbook: Wiley-Blackwell.

Craig, L., A., & Beech, A. R. (2009). Psychometric assessment of sexual offenders. In, A. R. Beech, L. A. Craig., & K. D. Browne, (Eds.), Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: A Handbook: Wiley-Blackwell.

Papers in refereed journals

Beech, A. R., & Craig, L. (2012). The current status of static and dynamic factors in sexual offender risk assessment. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 4, 4, 169 – 185.

Craig, L. A., & Stringer, I., Sanders, C. E. (2012). Treating sexual offenders with intellectual limitations in the community. British Journal of Forensic Practice. 14, 1, 5-20.

Craig, L. A. (2011). The effect of age on sexual and violent reconviction. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55, 1, 75-97.

Craig, L. A., & Beech, A. R. (2011). Towards a best practice in conducting actuarial risk assessments with adult sexual offenders. Forensic Update, 102, 6-12.

Sullivan, J., Beech A. R., & Craig, L. A., Gannon, T (2011). A comparative study of the psychometric profiles of matched groups of intra and extra-familial child sexual abusers with professionals who sexually abuse the children with whom they work. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55, 1, 56-74.

Craig, L. A. (2010). Controversies in assessing risk and deviancy in sex offenders with intellectual disabilities. Psychology, Crime & Law, 16, 1-2, 75-101.

Craig, L. A., & Beech, A. R. (2010). Towards a guide to best practice in conducting actuarial risk assessments with adult sexual offenders. Aggression and Violet Behavior, 15, 278-293.

Campbell-Fuller, N., & Craig, L. A. (2009). A critical review of the use of olfactory aversion and directed masturbation in modifying deviant sexual interest. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15, 2, 179-192.

Craig, L. A., & Beech, A. R. (2009). Best practice in conducting actuarial risk assessments with adult sexual offenders. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15, 2, 193-212.

Nagi, C., Ostapiuk, E. B., Craig. L. A., Hacker, D., & Beech, A. R. (2009). Using the revised Problem Identification Checklist to predict inpatient and community violence: A pilot study. British Journal of Forensic Practice,

Craig, L. A., Browne, K. D., Stringer, I., & Hogue, T. E. (2008). Sexual reconviction rates in the United Kingdom and actuarial estimates. Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, 32, 121–138.

Beech, A. R., & Craig, L. A. (2008). Risk assessment in the 21st Century: Toward an integrative model of risk. Forensic Update, 92, 46-56.

Craig, L. A. (2008). How should we understand the effect of age on sexual reconviction? Journal of Sexual Aggression, 14, 3, 185-198.

Craig, L. A., Thornton, D., Beech, A., & Browne, K. D. (2007). The relationship of statistical and psychological risk markers to sexual reconviction in child molesters. Criminal Justice & Behavior. 34 (3), 314-329.

Craig, L. A., Browne, K. D., & Beech, A. R. (2007). The importance of cross-validating actuarial measures. Forensic Update, July, 34-39.

Craig, L. A., & Browne, K. D. (2007). Metody oceny ryzyka recydywy przestepstw seksualnych. Dziecko Krzywdzone: Teoria Badania Praktyka, 1 (18), 20-40.

Craig, L. A., Nagi. C., & Hutchinson, R. (2007). The impact of mental capacity legislation on the assessment of people with learning disabilities: A practice note. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 9, 4, 12-18.

Craig. L. A., Beech, A. R, & Browne, K. D. (2006). Cross validation of the Risk Matrix 2000 Sexual and Violent scales. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21, 5, 1-22.

Craig, L. A., Beech, A. R., & Browne, K. D. (2006). Evaluating the predictive accuracy of sex offender risk assessment measures on UK a Samples: A cross-validation of the risk matrix 2000 scales. Sex offender treatment, 1, 1-16. Available online at http://www.sexual-offender-treatment.org/14.0.html

Craig, L.A., Browne, K. D., Beech, A. R., & Stringer, I. (2006). Personality characteristics and recidivism rates in sex, violent and general offenders. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 16, 183-194.

Craig, L. A., Browne, K. D., Beech, A., & Stringer, I. (2006). Psychosexual characteristics of sexual offenders and the relationship to reconviction. Psychology, Crime & Law, 12, 3, 231-244.

Craig, L. A., Stringer, I., & Moss, T. (2006).Treating sexual offenders with learning disabilities in the community: A critical review. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 50, 369-390.

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