1970: BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University College London
1978: MSc in Clinical Psychology, North East London Polytechnic (now the University of East London)
1981: PhD in Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London
2001: MSc in Forensic Psychology (with Distinction), Manchester Metropolitan University
December 2001 - Honorary Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield
October l992 - Clinical Psychologist in private practice (also Chartered Forensic Psychologist from 2003)
August 1999-April 2009: Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Wathwood Medium Secure Hospital, Rotherham (.5 wte)
February 2018-January 2019: Psychological Therapies Team Leader, Wathwood Medium Secure Hospital (temporary, .4 wte)
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the BPS
Member of the Division of Forensic Psychology of the BPS
Registrant of the Health and Care Professions Council
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
Member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis
I am a clinical and forensic psychologist (chartered in both) with 49 years' experience working both in the Health Service and privately, assessing and treating people with psychological disorders and difficulties. From 1992 I worked privately in clinical practice and regularly undertook psychological assessments for legal purposes. My work at Wathwood Hospital was with patients detained under various sections of the Mental Health Act and, latterly managing and supervising psychologists and CBT therapists working there.
I provided psychological profiles of accused and convicted defendants, and expert testimony for legal purposes (pre-trial, pre-sentencing, soundness of confession, risk assessment, etc.). I have undertaken over 400 such assessments.
I also, provided about 600 medico-legal reports on assessments of psychological injury and other civil matters. I generally worked with a client group of 16 years and over but also saw children with post-traumatic stress.
From 1990 to 2000 I was Administrator of the Diploma and Masters Courses in Clinical Hypnosis at the University of Sheffield, and from 1993 to 1999 I was Assistant Administrator of the Diploma and Masters Courses in Applied Hypnosis at the Department of Psychology of University College, London.
From 1979 to 1995 I was Honorary Secretary of the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis, a learned society of doctors, dentists and psychologists, and later I was for several years its President. In the last 39 years I have published many learned papers and chapters on hypnosis in scientific journals and books and have lectured on the subject throughout Europe and in Israel, Canada and the USA. In the last 31 years I have edited, co-edited and co-authored nine learned books on the subject of hypnosis and its clinical applications. In 2001 I was convener of a Working Party commissioned by the British Psychological Society to prepare a report on hypnosis, its various applications, and matters of ethics and safety.
I have now retired and take on only a limited amount of work.