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9th Cracow Conference of Psychology and Law

26-27th November 2016


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Guests of 9th CCPL

Professor Pekka Santtila is Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology at the Åbo Akademi University (Finland) and Professor of Applied Psychology. He is also an Associate Professor of Forensic and Investigative Psychology at the University of Turku. Professor Santtila has acted as an expert witness in more than 20 criminal trials, and assisted the Finnish Ministry of Justice to set up a forensic psychology course for judges and prosecutors with a focus on evaluating expert witnesses. Professor Santtila is an experienced researcher in forensic psychology and has published papers in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals. He brings expertise in areas including geographically profiling to the network.

Professor Santtila research focuses mostly on: crime linkage, genetic and environmental effects on aggression including sexual aggression and the determinants of variation of human sexual behaviour.


image-20160201-32240-16x36cqDr Tammi Walker is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow registered with the British Psychological Society. She has completed work as a psychologist for over 10 years and has an advanced level of knowledge in forensic psychology. Tammi has contributed extensively to the development and delivery of interventions with imprisoned women in general and in particular she has considerable expertise in the areas of suicide and self injury. Recently, she was the lead author of a book, with Professor Graham Towl, on the prevention of suicide and self injury amongst women prisoners. Tammi is an invited member for the advisory group for the ‘Suicide Prevention in Prisons’ with The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Centre for Mental Health and an invited member of the Oversight Group for HMP Newhall’s Rivendell Service for imprisoned women with personality disorder. She is also a member of the Practitioner and Stakeholder Group (NOMS), which supports the work of the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) on Deaths in Custody, Trustee and a member of the management and leadership for the Counselling in Prisons Network.


bladgenDr Nicholas Blagden is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology and the Course Leader for the MSc Forensic Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. He is a Chartered Psychologist and has worked and researched within the criminal justice system and HM Prison Service for many years. He has taught postgraduate courses in psychology, forensic psychology and criminology. He has also experience in training police officers. Dr Blagden is a member of the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, the Division of Forensic Psychology and the British Psychological Society. His research interests include:

  • Offender rehabilitation and rehabilitative programmes
  • Therapeutic and rehabilitative climate in prisons
  • Crime Desistance
  • Etiology of deviant sexual interest
  • Offender identity


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.