Lorna Smith

Lorna completed her BSc Psychology in 2005 and then went on to complete her MSc in Child Development in 2007. Lorna spent nine years prior to starting her doctorate gaining varied paid experience working with children with learning disabilities and neurodiversity issues; working with adolescents with a diagnosis of an eating disorder; working as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) in IAPT services; and working with adolescents, adult males and adult females in both low- and medium-secure settings as an Assistant Psychologist.

Lorna completed her Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology in 2020 with the University of Birmingham, during which time she gained experience in clinical assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation; working with different client groups with various presentations from a range of therapeutic orientations (including cognitive behavioural, systemic and psychodynamic). Lorna also gained an understanding of the application of psychological theory and practice in forensic, criminal justice and other law settings; including working with offenders, psychology and the court system and psychological theories and the understanding of crime. During her training Lorna spent six years working in a variety of different settings as a Trainee Clinical Forensic Psychologist including medium and low secure forensic inpatient services, community learning disability services, child and family services, and category B male prisons. Lorna is currently working as a Senior Clinical Forensic Psychologist employed by the NHS within the mental health in-reach team in a category B male prison within the Long Term and High Secure Prison Estate.

Lorna has experience of working with adolescent, adult male and adult female offenders and is competent in a variety of risk assessments including the HCR-20 V3 (including the FAM), SAVRY, SAPROF and SARA V3. Lorna is also trained in a number of psychological assessments and diagnostic tools including the WAIS-IV, MCMI-IV and the ADOS-2. Lorna has experience of writing risk assessments and clinical reports for Parole Board hearings.

Lorna has an interest in working with offenders using therapeutic approaches, including Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, to help assess, formulate and address risk factors related to offending, which are often rooted in relational trauma and personality difficulties.

Lorna is a registered practitioner with the HCPC and is a Chartered member of the BPS and a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and the Division of Forensic Psychology.