Dr Caroline Oliver

School of Psychology
Course Director for the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice (ForenPsyD)
HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Oliver became Course Director in October 2017, although she has worked part-time within the Centre for Applied Psychology since 2001. She is a BPS Chartered Psychologist and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist, and part-time practitioner, undertaking expert witness work predominately within the Family Courts.

She also works on a sessional basis within the High Security Prison Estate. Dr Oliver’s research interests include the assessment of non-offending guardians in child sexual abuse cases, specifically in relation to their perception of risk and capacity to protect.


  • ForenPsyD (University of Birmingham)
  • MSc. (Distinction)  In Criminological Psychology (University of Birmingham)
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology/Philosophy (University of Reading)


Dr Oliver is Course Director for the ForenPsyD and her role involves overseeing the running of the course, curriculum development and teaching innovations. She also contributes to the teaching on the course, focusing on practice-related teaching and tutorials, for example, acting as an expert witness and writing court reports. Dr Oliver is also admissions tutor for the course.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Oliver provides academic supervision to doctoral trainees on the ForenPsyD, ForenClinPsyD, and ClinPsyD applied psychology courses.


  • Assessment of non-offending guardians in child sexual abuse cases
  • Perception of risk and capacity to protect
  • Carers’ and guardians’ perception of harmful sexual behaviour in children
  • Assessment and treatment of sex offenders

Other activities

Dr Oliver is a qualified polygraph examiner and was part of a Government funded nationwide study in 2003 examining the utility of polygraph with post-conviction sex offenders being managed in the community.