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.
Dr 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.
Dr 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