Lorna is a practising Chartered Forensic Psychologist with over 11 years experience of working with offenders in forensic settings. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Psychology from Strathclyde University in 2005, and went on to secure an Assistant Psychology post in a private sector prison. She then undertook an MSc in Forensic Psychology and graduated in 2009 with distinction at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Lorna currently works for the Scottish Prison Service and specialises in risk assessment, and the development of interventions with high risk violent offenders and offenders with substance misuse problems. She is skilled in a diverse range of psychological assessments, including personality assessments. Lorna provides specialist consultation to risk management teams, and community partners and delivers training to other professionals in a range of areas including risk assessment and delivery of interventions. She has also developed and delivered training to prison custody officers to support them in developing effective working relationships with complex offenders. Lorna is a national trainer in violence interventions, and is a registered trainer with HMPPS.
Lorna is trained in a diverse range of psychological therapies including EMDR and Schema Therapy. She has undertaken a range of individualised interventions with offenders with complex responsivity issues, or particular needs. Lorna has recently published work relative to life-sentenced prisoners and the difficulties that exist in making the transition out of prison.
Lorna is a member of the Division of Forensic Psychology committee in Scotland. She regularly engages with new trainees and contributes to the work of the DFP and the strategic plan for Forensic Psychology in Scotland. Lorna is a guest lecturer for the MSc in Forensic Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. She delivers lectures on violence risk assessment and violence interventions.