Practice Team

Our Psychologists and Practice Team

We specialise in providing high quality psychological services, specialising in expert witness reports for court and prison proceedings. Our team is detailed below. If you are a legal professional, or other interested agency, please contact us for further details or to instruct one of our experts by clicking here for contact details.

Dr Ruth Tully

Consultant Forensic Psychologist and Clinical Lead

BSc(Hons), MSc, DForenPsy, CPsychol, EuroPsy, AFBPsS, CSci , MAE, AFHEA

About
Dr Tully is a Forensic Psychologist and Director of Tully Forensic Psychology Ltd. She is an expert in forensic risk assessment and is the clinical lead of the team, supervising all of the work of our expert psychologists.

Ruth is Chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS), Registered as a Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), an Associate Fellow of the BPS, and she holds a European standard qualification in psychology. Earlier in her career, Ruth was nominated for, and was then awarded, the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Junior Award in Forensic Psychology 2013. This BPS award focuses on the production of work of outstanding quality and innovation, and Ruth was awarded the prize for her ‘notable contribution to the field‘. Ruth is an accredited Full Practicing Member of The Academy of Experts.

Following her extensive work in prisons and clinical forensic NHS settings with clients who have enhanced rehabilitation needs in relation to mental health, personality, learning disability and risk, Ruth moved to provide similar services in a private hospital as a Consultant Forensic Psychologist and senior manager. It was following setting up and watching this service flourish that she moved to The University of Nottingham. Dr Tully is regularly invited to act as peer-reviewer for respected journal publishers and she is also regularly requested by the media as an expert speaker in relation to Forensic Psychology.

Ruth’s special interests are in prison and court risk assessment and treatment, especially relating to sexual and violent offences. She has worked on various high profile cases and is particularly proud of the rapport and understanding she is able to achieve with those who she is assessing/treating and professionals alike, regardless of outcome of the independent assessment. Ruth undertakes assessments in Family Court or care proceedings, such as assessments of young people and their carers.

Alongside providing expert independent psychological services, Ruth gives workshops and lectures at various Universities, following her past role as Assistant Professor at The University of Nottingham. Ruth is registered with the BPS as an approved supervisor (RAPPS).

Ruth has an active research portfolio including risk assessment, sex offending, learning disability, ‘revenge pornography’, ‘road rage’, psychometric test development, and internet sex offending.

BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist

Dr Jill Peters

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

BSc(Hons), DClinPsy, CPsychol, AFBPsS

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To instruct Dr Jill Peters, contact us.

HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Clinical Psychologist


Claire Illingworth

Senior Psychologist

BSc(Hons), MSc, CPsychol

About
Claire Illingworth is a Senior Psychologist in our team. She is BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered as a Forensic Psychologist. Previously working for over 14 years within HM Prison Service, she has gained extensive experience in assessing and treating the full range of offender types, specialising in the assessment and treatment of high risk violent and sexual offenders, and individuals with cognitive functioning deficits. Claire has extensive knowledge in the prison accredited offender behaviour programmes.

Claire has experience in working with and completing risk assessments for clients with a range of psychological difficulties including personality disorder and cognitive functioning deficits. Claire provides services nationwide and is able to complete a range of psychological assessments that explore risk and functioning for young and adult male and female offenders.

To instruct Claire, contact us.

HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist

Dr Jennifer Bamford

Senior Psychologist

BSc(Hons), MSc, DForensPsy, CPsychol

About
Dr Jennifer Bamford is a Senior Associate Psychologist in our team. She is BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered as a Forensic Psychologist with vast experience of working with male and female offenders in prisons, secure hospitals, and community settings. Jennifer has experience in working with and completing risk assessments for clients with a range of psychological difficulties including mental illness, personality disorder, cognitive functioning deficits and developmental disorders, such as ASD. Jennifer’s clinical work has included working with women using a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) approach. She was awarded the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Junior award in in 2015, having been nominated in relation to her academic work and clinical practice, recognising her notable contribution to the field of Forensic Psychology.

Jennifer’s area of specialism is sexual offending; she is highly competent and experienced in delivering sex offender treatment programs (SOTPs) and in assessing risk and treatment progress of sexual offenders. Jennifer has completed a doctoral thesis on the assessment and treatment of multiple perpetrator sexual offenders, and has published articles in this area. Jennifer is trained in assessing men at risk of offending in a family context. In her Senior role she enjoys supervising other psychologists in our team and she is on the BPS register of supervisors (RAPPS). Click here to contact us.

BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist


Dr Jamie Yapp

Senior Psychologist

BSc(Hons), ForenPsyD, CPsychol

About
Dr Jamie Yapp is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist. He has worked within private practice and regional secure units, from which he has gained extensive experience of working with male and female offenders. Jamie has also published and presented in the area of offending behaviour. He has specific experience of assessing clients and delivering therapy (DBT, CAT, CBT, Psychoanalytic, Schema) for a wide range of psychological difficulties, including mental illness, personality disorder and psychopathy, cognitive functioning deficits, and developmental disorders, such as ASD. Jamie is undergoing Schema Therapy Accreditation and delivers schema therapy to a range of patients.

Jamie has extensive experience of risk assessment in prisons, secure hospitals and in the community, and is experienced in giving evidence at oral Parole Board hearings and mental health tribunals. He is able to complete psychological assessments that explore risk, personality, therapeutic needs, and functioning for young and adult male and female offenders.

If you are a legal representative and you wish to instruct Jamie, or simply to make further enquiries, contact us.

BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist

Sally Morris (nee Gray)

Senior Psychologist

BSc (Hons), MSc, CPsychol

About
Sally Morris is a Registered Forensic Psychologist with over ten years experience of working with offenders. Sally’s main area of focus has been with high risk, violent, male offenders within the prison environment. She has also worked with Personality Disordered offenders within a medium secure hospital setting.

Sally is an experienced facilitator on accredited Offending Behaviour Programmes. In addition, she is able to deliver individual interventions to address treatment needs, incorporating a range of therapeutic approaches including CBT and DBT. Sally has extensive experience of working with offenders who are at risk of suicide or self harm, and provding advice and guidance to professionals working with them. Sally has extensive experience of completing risk assessments focusing upon violence and future risk management. She is confident and accustomed to presenting her reports at Parole Board hearings. She is also able to complete personality assessments to guide risk management and treatment interventions.

Contact us to instruct Sally.

BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist


Faye Horsley

Senior Psychologist

BSc(Hons), MSc, CPsychol

About
Faye Horsley is a Registered Forensic Psychologist with over ten years of experience in working with offenders. In her previous post, Faye was employed by the NHS as a principal forensic psychologist on a specialist personality disorder ward. Faye has worked in prisons ranging from high security to open conditions, as well as with women and young people in prison. She has also worked in a high secure hospital, on an acute forensic mental health ward and with forensic out-patients. Faye specialises in work with personality disordered and violent offenders. In addition she has expertise in working with those who have set fires/arsonists, and Faye is currently undertaking a PhD in this area.

Faye has over six years of experience delivering accredited offending behaviour programmes and she has also treatment managed such programmes e.g. a high intensity violence programme. Alongside group treatment, in the past she delivered one to one based treatment, drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches including CBT, DBT and schema theory.

Faye has extensive experience of conducting assessments of risk, personality functioning, aspects of mental health and cognitive ability with male and female offenders. She is accustomed to writing reports of the highest standard and has extensive experience speaking to her reports at parole and court hearings.

If you wish to instruct Faye or simply to make further enquiries, contact us.

BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist

Lyn Shelton

Senior Psychologist

BSc(Hons), MSc, CPsychol

About
Lyn Shelton is a HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist with over ten years of experience in working with offenders. Alongside her expert witness work for prison parole and court purposes, she is currently employed as a Principal Psychologist in community facing hospital specialising in complex care for patients with learning disability (LD) and autism spectrum disorder/condition (ASD) who are detained under the Mental Health Act. Lyn has worked in a range of open and closed prisons including a specialist prison for men who have sexually offended and, female establishments, as well as in secure psychiatric forensic hospitals.. Lyn specialises in working with clients with learning disabilities, and sexual and violent offenders.

Lyn has over ten years of experience delivering accredited offending behaviour programmes and she has also treatment managed such programmes e.g. a high intensity sex offender treatment programme adapted for males with learning difficulties. Alongside group treatment, she delivers individual therapy, drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches including Narrative Therapy (NT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as using theory from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and schema informed therapy. Additionally, Lyn has extensive experience of conducting assessments of risk and neuro/cognitive ability with people who have, or are alleged to have, committed a wide range of offences. She is experienced in writing reports for parole hearings and mental health tribunals and does so to a high standard. Lyn has significant experience of presenting evidence at parole hearings.

Lyn has published within the sexual offending research field. Her primary area of research interest is sexual offending, offenders with learning disabilities, and relational boundaries. To instruct Lyn, contact us.

BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist


Dr Sara Northey

BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol

About
Dr Sara Northey is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist with extensive experience of working with male and female offenders in both prisons and secure hospital settings. She has experience of assessing clients and delivering therapy for a wide range of psychological difficulties. She is a trained Dialectical Behaviour Therapist (DBT) and specialises in assessing and working with patients with personality disorder.

Sara has conducted doctoral research into the treatment of personality disordered offenders within a prison therapeutic community and is co-author of a book on the subject, entitled ‘What works in therapeutic prisons: Evaluating psychological change in Dovegate Therapeutic Community‘. Sara is highly competent in formal report writing, particularly for the Ministry of Justice and Mental Health Review Tribunals. She is trained in the formal assessment of risk of violence, using the HCR20 version 3. Sara provides services in the South East and beyond. If you are a legal representative and you wish to instruct Dr Northey or simply to make further enquiries, contact us.

BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist

Darren Johnson

BSc(Hons), MSc, CPsychol

About
Darren Johnson is a Registered Forensic Psychologist and is a Senior Lecturer at an esteemed University. He has worked for almost a decade within HM Prison Service, in which he gained extensive experience in assessing and treating the full range of offender types, specialising in complex cases of sexual and violent offenders.

Darren also has vast knowledge in the prison and probation accredited offending behaviour programmes, with particular expertise in SOTP assessment and treatment delivery. Darren specialises in court and prison assessment, providing services nationwide. He is able to complete psychological assessments that explore risk, personality and functioning for young and adult male and female offenders. If you wish to instruct Darren or simply to make further enquiries, contact us.

BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist


Dr Gemma Luke

BSc(Hons), MSc, DClinPsychol, CPsychol

About
Dr Gemma Luke is a Chartered and Registered Clinical Psychologist. She has worked in the field of mental health for 11 years, specialising in forensic mental health. In addition to her expert witness work, she is the Principal Psychologist in an admissions assessment medium secure unit for adult male offenders. Gemma is also experienced in working with young people and females (both offenders and victims) and she also specialises in assessing adults and children as part of care proceedings for the Family Courts.

Gemma has extensive experience in assessing risk in relation to a range of psychological difficulties, including personality (i.e. personality disorders), mental health (i.e. schizophrenia), cognitive functioning (i.e. learning disability, memory, competence for sexual activity) and developmental disorders (i.e. ASD). If you wish to instruct Gemma or to make enquiries, contact us.

BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist

Dr Katie E Hudson

BSc (Hons), ForenPsyD, CPsychol

About
Dr Hudson is a HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist with experience of preparing expert witness reports for both criminal and family proceedings including matters relating to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Her Doctoral thesis involved exploration of sex offenders and cultural impact.

Alongside her expert witness work, Katie currently works for the NHS in the offender personality disorder pathway services. She has around 10 years of experience working in various settings such as the prison service (both high security and remand prisons), probation, low secure, locked rehabilitation, and private practice. Dr Hudson’s experience involves working with males, females, children, and adolescents. She has worked with a range of complex needs including personality disorder, mental illness, trauma, and substance dependency. She was the Clinical Lead for Living Skills programmes whilst employed in a high secure prison, and she also provided consultancy for the Personality Disorder Treatment Service within this role.

Katie has carried out assessments using structured professional judgement methods and is proficient in assessments of cognitive functioning. She is trained in formal assessments such as assessments of violence (HCR20 v3), sexual risk (RSVP), personality disorder (IPDE), psychopathy (PCL-R), extremism (ERG), and protective factors (SAPROF). She draws from a number of psychological models within her practice including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, compassion focussed therapy, schema informed therapy, attachment-based interventions and motivational interviewing.

To instruct Katie please contact us.

BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Psychologist


Dr Sarah Ashworth

BSc(Hons), DForenPsy, CPsychol

About
Dr Sarah Ashworth is a HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist who specialises in working with adults within secure psychiatric services with a range of complex needs and diagnoses including mental illnesses, personality disorders, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and neurological conditions. Her clinical experience has included working with client groups across the full developmental range within the community, in-patient, low and medium secure settings and within charitable organisations. She is experienced in formal assessments such as assessments of violence, sexual risk, personality disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and cognitive functioning. She is a qualified DBT therapist and uses a range of theoretical models within her work including CBT and Schema, in addition to developing and delivering offence-focused interventions. Additional areas of experience include providing supervision, training, consultation, reflective practice, and service development. She also has experience working as an Appropriate Adult within criminal justice proceedings ensuring people within the criminal justice system get the right support, based upon their needs.

Her research portfolio comprises both academic and clinical publications, in addition to national and international presentations. She focuses on topics such as autism within forensic settings, the development of psychometric tools, stalking behaviours, in addition to service and training evaluations. She was awarded the Winner of Outstanding Paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, and acts as an invited peer reviewer for academic journals. She provides training to a range of professionals and was awarded The Trainer Award at the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2018. She teaches on a variety of Masters Programmes across the country on topics including mentally disordered offenders, risk assessment and formulation and is an accredited ATP tutor. She completes independent psychological assessments, and also provides training and consultancy to a specialist autism charity.

To instruct Dr Sarah Ashworth, contact us.

HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist

Dr Natalie Brotherton

BSc(Hons), DClinPsy, CPsychol

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BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist


Dr Nicola Piek

BA (Hons), MA (cantab), PGDip, MSc, DForenPsy

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BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist

Noreen Shami

BSc(Hons), MSc, CPsychol

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To instruct Noreen, contact us.

HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist


Dr Clare Holt

BSc(Hons), MSc, DClinPsy, CPsychol

About
Clare is a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience of working with people involved in the criminal justice system. With a specialist interest in working with young people and their families, Clare has had a range of clinical roles within the NHS, private sector, and charitable organisations across different secure and non-secure settings. Clare currently works as a Principal Psychologist with male and female adolescents who are placed in custody. She is passionate about developing high quality and responsive services, and has a proven ability to engage with adolescents with a broad range of presenting needs.

Fully trained in different gold standard assessment tools, Clare is experienced in conducting assessments for Autistic Spectrum Conditions, and routinely assesses for neurodevelopmental conditions (including ADHD and learning disability) in the course of assessment and formulation.

Clare has a specific interest in working with young people who have perpetrated sexual harm and / or experienced sexual harm. She has developed and worked in specialist services that deliver comprehensive risk assessment and intervention in this area.

Clare adopts an integrative approach to her therapeutic and clinic work and has attended specific training in Multi-Systemic Therapy, Trauma-focussed CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and AMBIT (Adolescent Mentalisation Based Integrative Treatment). Wherever indicated and suitable, Clare involves the broader systems within which a young person is embedded (i.e. family and schools), and adopts a holistic approach to assessment and formulation.

To instruct Dr Clare Holt, contact us.

HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Dr Nici Grace

BSc(Hons), PGCert, DClinPsy

About
Dr Nici Grace is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, who specialises in working with adults with learning disabilities both in the community and secure services. Nici has experience working clinically with individuals with a range of difficulties including autism, personality disorder, and those who attract psychiatric diagnoses, with and without a learning disability. Nici’s clinical experience has included working with children and adults across the developmental span, and in settings including community mental health / learning disability services, low and medium secure hospitals, and HM Prisons. Nici has experience in undertaking neuropsychological assessments in order to inform formulation of difficulties and adaptation requirements, and has been involved in developing and delivering adapted programmes related to emotion management, offending behaviour, and mental health difficulties. She is experienced at undertaking Personality Disorder assessments, and has been trained in Mentalisation Based Treatment and worked as a therapist with men with Antisocial Personality Disorder. Nici frequently undertakes Structured Professional Judgement risk assessments related to physical violence, sexual offending and fire setting. She has provided reports for Parole hearings, alongside criminal and family court.

Nici’s Clinical training means that she is familiar with a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She is experienced in working with adults with a range of mental health and emotional difficulties, and has provided mental health assessments to inform family proceedings, including assessment of partners’ and parents’ ability to protect from sexual harm. Nici also provides supervision, consultation and training to a range of private and public sector services, and has taught on the Leeds Clinical Psychology Doctoral training programme.

To instruct Dr Nici Grace, contact us.

HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist


Claire Barker

BSc(Hons), MSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS

About
Claire is an expert forensic psychologist who has been involved in the development, delivery, and supervision of a sex offender therapy group, within a medium secure unit in the private sector. She completes expert forensic assessments for court purposes. Claire is trained in the administration and interpretation of a range of psychological assessment tools for use with both adult and juvenile populations. She is also experienced in the facilitation of a number of group and individual interventions, including offence related and trauma interventions, and has delivered staff training regarding working with sexual offenders, working with offenders with mental impairment, motivational interviewing, and working with personality disordered offenders.

In 2016 Claire completed the BPS recognised supervisors workshops which resulted in recognition on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors(RAPPS) and in 2017 she completed the Testing in Forensic Contexts qualification so that she is on the Register of Qualified Test Users (RQTU). Claire also has experience of guest lecturing to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Winchester. Claire is an HCPC Registered Psychologist and has been awarded Chartership with the British Psychological Society. She is also a Specialist Member of The Parole Board for England and Wales for which she provides psychological expertise to the parole process and currently works for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

To instruct Claire Barker contact us.

HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist

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