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Forensic Academy trainers

Students on our CPD courses will learn from both internal and external experts who have an extensive knowledge and experience of research and practice in forensic mental health.


Dr Mike Doyle

  • Clinical Researcher and Lecturer at The University of Manchester.
  • Nurse Consultant for Clinical Risk at North West Adult Forensic Services at Greater Manchester West NHS Trust.
  • Published widely on psychosocial risk assessment, formulation and management.

Dr Geraint Lewis

  • Clinical Psychologist within NHS forensic mental health service in Manchester.
  • Extensive experience of supporting the implementation of structured approaches to risk assessment within a multi-disciplinary context.
  • Facilitated training in tools including the HCR-20, for staff from health, social care and criminal justice agencies.

Dr Paulette Farnworth

  • Honorary Lecturer at The University of Manchester in Forensic Mental Health.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Adolescent Forensic Service, Greater Manchester West NHS Trust.
  • Extensive experience in psychosocial interventions for psychosis.

Dr Naomi Humber

  • Clinical Psychologist at HMP Manchester, Mental Health In-Reach Team, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.
  • Researcher and Lecturer at The University of Manchester.
  • Conducted the national case-control study of suicide among prisoners in England and Wales and was awarded the New Research Prize in Forensic Psychiatry by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Cheryl Knowles

  • Forensic Psychologist within an NHS forensic mental health care hospital in Lancashire.
  • Honorary Lecturer at The University of Manchester.
  • Wide-ranging experience in the use of risk assessment within prison settings, probation and forensic psychiatric care.
  • Research interests in the areas of multi-disciplinary approaches to risk assessment and intervention planning, positive behaviour support, staff resilience and service user lived experiences in forensic settings.

Dr Charlotte Lennox

  • Lead researcher at the Offender Health Research Network.
  • Research Fellow at the Offender Health Research Network/Centre for Mental Health and Safety.
  • Research focuses on improving outcomes for people in contact with the Criminal Justice System by influencing policy, practice and service delivery.
  • Widely published in the area of children and young people in contact with the Criminal Justice System including violence risk, psychopathy and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Professor Jenny Shaw

  • Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Academic Lead for the Offender Health Research Network at The University of Manchester
  • Mental Health Lead for the Prevent strategy with Greater Manchester Police.
  • Widely published in the area of suicide and violence risk, as well as mental illness intervention of offenders within prisons and secure units.

Guest trainers

Dr Caroline Logan

  • Lead Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist in the Edenfield Centre MSU and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.
  • Former Board Member of the Scottish Risk Management Authority and member of the DSPD Programme Expert Advisory Group and current member of the Project Board for Resettle, the Merseyside clinical risk and case management service for high risk offenders.
  • Co-author of the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol, a structured professional judgement approach to sexual violence risk assessment and management, and of the Department of Health guidelines Best Practice in Managing Risk in Mental Health Services.
  • Research interests in the areas of personality disorder, psychopathy, and risk, and a special interest in gender issues in offending, on which she has published two books and many articles.

Professor David Cooke

  • Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway.
  • He undertakes research on psychopathic disorder and violence and is interested in the clinical application of this research to risk assessment.
  • Author of over 155 scientific books, monographs, chapters and research papers.