School of Education & Psychology
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MSc. Foren Psy, MSc. FPCrim, BSc (Hons) Psy, BSc (Hons) ColChem, PGCert Exp Wit, P.G.C.E., GHR, Certified NLP Prac.
Currently, Sue is a Psychology lecturer based within the School of Education and Psychology, specialising in Forensic Psychology and Crime.
Sue started off her early career as a Research Chemist in industry, completing a Colour Chemistry degree at the University of Leeds. Whilst in industry, Sue worked on a number of development projects, many of which were subsequently patented.
Following this, Sue moved into the Education sector, specialising in Special Needs and eventually into teacher training where her passion for Psychology and mental health intensified and led her to develop her psychological skills further, completing her Masters in Forensic Psychology. From there, Sue spent a number of years working within a secure hospital setting, supporting offenders who had been detained under the Mental Health Act with a wide range of mental health conditions and diagnoses to help them reduce their risk of re-offending. Sue also developed and delivered psychological training to police forces across the country and more recently, provided mental health consultancy to a major public sector organisation to improve their effectiveness in working with people with mental health difficulties and ex-offenders.
Sue is an experienced and qualified educationalist, having many years’ experience teaching at a variety of levels, including in Higher Education in the field of Forensic Psychology for several universities. Sue has also worked in education management, partnering with a range of universities to deliver collaborative projects and services as well as developing inclusive approaches particularly around SEMH.
At a strategic level, Sue has chaired or sat on various County Council Committees, Community Safety Partnerships and County Council Cabinet Working groups to develop policies to address crime related issues such as Early Help and Domestic Violence support/prevention.
Sue’s research interests focuses on neuropsychological responses to trauma, effective therapeutic interventions for victims of crime, preventative approaches to offending and mechanisms to support the judicial process through improving the quality of evidence available.