Dr Polly Turner (CPsychol)

Clinical Lecturer

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I am a Clinical Lecturer and Programme Director for the MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health. In this role I lead on the design and delivery of MSc modules and teaching; formal assessment of coursework and examinations; supervision of MSc research projects and also act as Academic Advisor to students throughout their studies.

In addition to my University role I am the Lead Assessor (Core role one) on the Qualification in Forensic Psychology at the British Psychological Society. 


I am a Registered Forensic Psychologist and have worked in a range of inpatient services including low and high secure forensic mental health settings since undertaking my MSc in 2003.  I have gained valuable experience in working with a range of complex client needs in secure settings and providing assessments for family courts. I am experienced in the assessment and treatment of a range of mental health, personality disorder, offending and risk related behaviours, including violent and sexual offending, substance misuse, trauma and general thinking skills deficits. I have undertaken training in a range of therapeutic approaches that I use in clinical practice including CBT, Schema therapy, DBT and EMDR. I have also contributed to the development of internationally reviewed group therapy manuals for forensic clients. 


PhD Psychology: University of Central Lancashire (2015)

Thesis title: Intent to aggress in forensic settings

Diploma in Forensic Psychology: British Psychological Society (2009)

MSc Forensic Psychology: Manchester Metropolitan University (2003)

BSc (Hons) Psychology: Goldsmiths College, University of London (2002)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Health Professionals Council (HPC): Registered Psychologist

British Psychological Society (BPS): Chartered Psychologist

Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP): Full member

Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology (FFCP): Affiliate member

Higher Education Academy (HEA): Senior Fellow (PR133371)

EMDR Association UK: Member (T0194)

External positions

Lead Assessor (Core role one): Qualification in Forensic Psychology, The British Psychological Society (BPS)

1 May 20191 May 2022

External Examiner: Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology, University of Portsmouth

1 Sep 20181 Sep 2021

Committee member: DFP Training Committee, The British Psychological Society (BPS)

1 Mar 20181 Mar 2021

Ordinary member: DFP committee, The British Psychological Society (BPS)

1 Sep 20171 Sep 2020

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