Caitlin is a HCPC Registered Psychologist, after qualifying in 2021 with a Doctorate in Forensic Psychology from the University of Nottingham. She has gained a range of experiences working in secure psychiatric hospitals, community organisations and Her Majesty's Prison Service. She currently works as a Highly Specialist Psychologist in the NHS and Lecturer in Attachment Theory, Research & Practice.
Caitlin has conducted numerous risk assessments (eg. HCR-20 V3), personality assessments (eg. MCMI-III), cognitive functioning assessments (primarily the WAIS-IV) and a variety of psychometrics, of which she is proficient in the use of. She is experienced in working, both individually and in group settings, with adult men and women who have committed a variety of offences, often diagnosed with a range of medical psychiatric diagnoses. Her particular interests and expertise include applying trauma-informed and attachment perspectives on understanding serious violent and/or sexual offending and delivering psychological interventions to address specific and individual needs underpinning risk.
Caitlin has been training in a particular model of attachment theory, the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM), since 2017. She is a reliable Adult Attachment Interviewer, has achieved initial coding reliability and is currently facilitating an AAI-DMM training course. She works as a Sessional Consultant with a community charity, conducting AAIs with individuals reintegrating into the community, after committing a sexual offence. She has provided several DMM-introductory training packages for several organisations in the UK, supporting professionals to understand and work with (from an attachment perspective) individuals who have committed serious violent and/or sexual offences.
Throughout her academic experience, Caitlin has conducted numerous research projects, including exploring the role of attachment theory in understanding sexual offending, patterns in sexual reoffending and intimate partner psychological violence. Her doctoral research, exploring the mediating factors in the intergenerational cycle of maternal psychological abuse, was awarded the BPS' Division of Forensic Psychology Early Career in Research Award.