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Forensic Psychology


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Chapter 1: Scene Setting Chapter 2: Place Setting Chapter 3: The Legal Setting Chapter 4: Ideological Context Chapter 5: Political Context Chapter 6: Theoretical Context Chapter 7: Researching Chapter 8: Victims Chapter 9: Profiling Offenders Chapter 10: Assessment Chapter 11: Treatment and Rehabilitation Chapter 12: Report Writing Chapter 13: Re-imagining Forensic Psychology

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Professor Jennifer Brown is currently the co director of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the London School of Economics. She has had a varied career including a period working for the Hampshire Constabulary as their research manager and has held appointments at the University of Portsmouth and University of Surrey. From 2011 to 2013 she was the deputy chair of the Independent Police Commission. Yvonne Shell is currently a forensic clinical psychologist working in the fields of Addictions and Sex Offender Treatment. Her career has previously included working in both medium and maximum security settings for the Ministry of Justice, and also in medium and maximum security psychiatric establishments such as Broadmoor Hospital, specialising in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders and working with those diagnosed with personality disorders. She has also worked as an Expert Witness and worked directly with Police Services to develop initiatives to address local areas of identified need. Yvonne has also held a Senior Academic post at Canterbury Christ Church University and Honorary posts at the University of Surrey, University of Portsmouth and Canterbury University. Terri Cole has worked nationally alongside the police advising on behavioural aspects of serious crime investigation for 17 years. Firstly working as a placement student at the National Crime Faculty alongside investigators and clinicians, then as an assistant and serious crime analyst in the Serious Crime Analysis Section and for the last 13 years as a Behavioural Investigative Adviser (at the National Crime Agency and precursor organisations). Her specialism is in relation to behavioural analyses of murder, rape and sexual offences committed by strangers. She has advised and provided reports to investigations in relation to offender profiling, offence linkage, crime scene assessment and prioritisation of persons of interest. She also worked for a number of years as a Victim Support volunteer. She has a first class undergraduate degree in Psychology with Criminal Justice from the University of Plymouth, and a PhD from the University of Surrey which explored a pragmatic psychological approach to the provision of behavioural investigative advice for difficult to detect murder investigations in the UK. Other research interests have included offender signature in serial rape, what Senior Investigators want from Behavioural Investigative Advisers, when such advice should be delivered, and offender post offence behaviour in homicide. She has spoken at numerous conferences and as a guest lecturer on many under and post graduate courses. She is a member of the British Psychological Society.


What separates this book from numerous others in the field of forensic psychology is its refreshingly realistic, honest and systemic examination of the role of forensic psychologists in the criminal justice system. The authors balance a 'warts and all' account of the difficult aspects of the role with an encouraging focus on how forensic psychologists can work effectively, even within difficult political climates. An essential text for those considering venturing into the world of forensic psychology work. Likewise, it is a worthwhile text for more experienced practitioners, of all forensic disciplines. -- Hannah Darrell-Berry, Clinical Psychologist

This book provides an excellent overview of the various contexts in which forensic psychologists can work. It provides a clear chronology of the pathway to qualification and beyond. The mix of information, theory, guidance and personal reflections from influential figures in the field provides a clear understanding of the practice components, and underpinning research and concepts, which are essential to all practitioners in this diverse and developing branch of applied psychology. If this text had been available to me at the start of my career I can see how it would have become my 'go-to' book at times of stress or uncertainty. Overall this is an engaging, informative, and at times thought provoking book, which has reinforced and reenergised my love of my chosen career.

-- Dr Cerys Miles, Cluster Lead Psychologist, Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) in Wales
The strength of this book is the complexity of concepts and topics covered mean that it is suitable for students who wish to be challenged. -- Dr Louise Almond
This fascinating book examines some of the ideological underpinnings of forensic psychological research, policy and practice. It is refreshingly reflective and a significant contribution to the field. I strongly recommend it. -- Professor Graham Towl

This book makes a fresh, thought provoking contribution to the burgeoning field of forensic psychology. It is well structured and easy to follow, whilst being rigorously grounded and philosophically engaged. This is a book for people who like to think. It presents the realities of practice with the challenges of theory and asks the reader to shake off complacency. It is insightful and challenging but most of all, it is very readable.

-- Professor Joanna R. Adler
In my opinion it is a work of excellence... This book is the ideal companion for any student of criminology and forensic psychology and anyone undertaking the arduous journey towards chartered status. Those already qualified, however extensive their experience, should find this an invaluable reference book. -- Michael Heap
This book was truly instrumental in helping me to attain an internship within a law enforcement agency during my undergraduate degree, through garnering my interest in forensic psychology and by expanding upon my once limited knowledge of the field
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in forensic psychology. -- Paige-Marie Hatherall * *

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