Dr Jennifer Matthews BSc (Hons), MSc, DForenPsy, C.Psychol

Jenny completed her Doctorate in Forensic Psychology at the University of Nottingham. She is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Jenny has experience of working in HM Prison Service, the NHS and the Private sector. She worked for 10 years in a high secure psychiatric hospital where she specialised in the assessment and treatment of personality disorder.

Jenny has worked with adult male and female clients in Police Custody, low secure and locked rehabilitation wards and in community forensic mental health services. She has experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) primarily assessing and treating young people with issues related to trauma, self-harm, attachment difficulties and challenging behaviour.

Jenny is skilled in the administration and interpretation of numerous forensic risk assessment tools and is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy. She has provided offence focused interventions for violence, arson and sexual offending. She has experience of giving evidence as an expert witness in Criminal and Family Court proceedings and at parole hearings and Mental Health Review Tribunals.

Jenny has conducted and presented research in the assessment and treatment of arsonists and has developed treatment manuals for both adults and young people. She works with Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service, training and supervising community fire safety officers who conduct offence focused work in prison and probation services.

Jenny has significant experience in the assessment of individuals with complex needs, including mental illness, personality disorder and psychopathy. Her main clinical and research interests are in the area of attachment, personality disorder and arson.