Associate Professor in applied forensic psychology, Nottingham Trent University

Karen Slade is an Associate Professor and Course Leader for the DPsych in Forensic Psychology.

Karen has practiced in the area of Forensic Psychology for 18 years; working for the HM Prison Service from 1999-2011. She gained full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology and Chartership with the BPS in 2003 and is registered with the HCPC as a Forensic Psychologist. Karen remains active in working with agencies of the criminal justice system in the prevention of self-harm, suicide and violent behaviour.

She is Policy Lead for the Executive Committee for the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology

Karen's current research areas include: the prediction of self-harm, suicide and violence risk in offenders; the impact on prison staff of working in difficult environments; mental health services for offenders; violence and self-harm (Dual harm) behaviour and organisational approaches to suicide and violence prevention


  • 2017–present
    Associate professor, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2011–2017
    Senior Lecturer , Nottingham Trent University
  • 2008–2011
    Head of Safer Custody and Psychology, HMP Brixton
  • 2003–2008
    Senior Psychologist, HMP Whitemoor


  • 2011 
    University of Roehampton, PsychD in Forensic Psychology
  • 2003 
    British Psychological Society, Chartership and Full Member of DFP
  • 2002 
    University of Plymouth, BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • 2002 
    University of Birmingham, MSc Criminological Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society