Nicola is a Forensic Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her practice and research interests relate to violent offending. She is interested in develop the methodologies used by clinicians in the risk assessment of violent offenders and exploring how more effective interventions can be developed. Nicola is a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council and also works as a Visitor for the HPC assisting them to evaluate academic programmes for practitioner psychologists in the UK. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Full Member of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP). She is a member of the DFP committee and is currently Consultations Lead and Lead Web Editor.
Nicola is the Programme Director for the Practitioner Forensic Psychology Programme (which has been running since January 2012) and is the Joint Programme Director for the MSc Forensic Psychology. She has jointly developed the practitioner programmes at Cardiff Metropolitan University to provide the first programmes to allow our students to study towards being registered psychologists eligible to practice in the UK. She has many collaborative projects with organisations external to the university, including National Offender Management Service, Amelia Trust (funded by Beacons for Wales), Group 4 Security, Cardiff Youth Offending Team (Funded by Strategic Insight Programme), Partnerships in Care – Llanarth Court (funded by Strategic Insight Programmes) and many others. She recognises the value in sharing knowledge between academics and practitioners and seeks to share this with students at Cardiff Metropolitan University to extend the application of psychology in practice.