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8th Cracow Conference of Psychology and Law

28-29th November 2015


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Guests of 8th CCPL


Professor Graham Towl is widely published in the forensic field including the areas of risk assessment, prisoner suicide and mental health. He is a Professor of Forensic Psychology.  He is a recipient of the British Psychological Society’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology and most recently received the 2015 Senior Award for Distinguished Contributions to Academic Knowledge in Forensic Psychology by the Division of Forensic Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

He is a member of Durham University Executive Committee and has portfolio responsibility for the Collegiate system, ‘Experience Durham’ which encompasses pan-University sport, volunteering, music and theatre and he leads on pan-University catering including retail outlets.  Additionally he is the UEC lead on; Student Union, Faith, Business Continuity and Emergency Planning, The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, Alcohol, Sexual Violence Task Force, Durham University Residents’ Forum and Membership of the City Safety Group. Previously he worked as a Professor of Forensic Psychology and College Principal at St. Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University and prior to that he was Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Justice.


EmmaPDr Emma Palmer is a Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester. Her research is in the area of the psychology of offending behavior, particularly the development of offending and interventions to reduce offending and re-offending.

For the development of offending she has conducted and published research in the role of the family/parenting and social cognition. Other research has looked at how we can best measure risk of reoffending and criminogenic need in offender populations. In recent years, with colleagues at the University of Leicester and the University of Liverpool, she has conducted large-scale research projects evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to reduce offending.

Emma has published widely on offending and interventions, including journal articles, book chapters and books. A recently co-edited book (with Clive Hollin) gives a good overview of my research interests in the offender interventions area – Offending behaviour programmes: Development, application, and controversies (2006; John Wiley & Sons).

Emma is a member of the Correctional Services Advisory and Accreditation Panel for England and Wales (National Offender Management Service/Ministry of Justice) which advises on interventions with offenders, and previously sat on the Scottish Accreditation Panel for Offender Programmes. She is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and a Health and Care Professions Council registered forensic psychologist.


n-tylerNichola Tyler is a Postdoctoral Research Associate jointly employed by the University of Kent and Kent Forensic Psychiatry Services (Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust). Within this role she is the lead coordinator for the evaluation project associated with the Firesetting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders (FIP-MO). The FIP-MO is the first standardised treatment programme for male and female mentally disordered firesetters and is currently being run nationally across the UK within private hospitals and the NHS. The associated evaluation seeks to examine (1) whether the FIP-MO is effective in reducing firesetters key deficits pre-post treatment and (2) whether it is effective when compared to a control group of firesetters receiving treatment as usual (i.e., not receiving the FIP-MO).

Her primary research interests includes: the assessment and treatment of deliberate firesetting/arson; trauma/PTSD and its impact on offending, rehabilitation, and recidivism; filicide; treatment evaluation and effectiveness.