After training and practicing as a qualified nurse, Rachel embarked upon a change of career and studied Health Psychology and Social Sciences at Edinburgh Queen Margaret University College where she achieved an Upper Second class Bachelor of Science Degree with honours. It was during this degree that Rachel discovered her passion for Forensic Psychology and pursued a Master of Forensic (Criminological and Legal) Psychology degree where she achieved a distinction at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2000.
Rachel joined the Scottish Prison Service in 2001 and has nearly 14 years experience of working in prisons, working her way up from an Assistant Psychologist to Head of Psychology in HMP Edinburgh to a Principal Psychologist at Headquarters informing policy and practice across the Scottish estate. Rachel is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the HCPC as a Forensic Psychologist.
Rachel is well known in Scotland as an experienced risk assessor and is Accredited with the Risk Management Authority in Scotland. She undertakes intensive risk assessment reports for sentencing purposes for the Courts as well as working in prisons with convicted offenders. Her main specialty is in assessing and treating sexual offenders. Rachel also has considerable experience of assessing violent offenders and undertaking personality assessments, in addition to experience of assessing domestic offenders, young offenders and working with individuals who have learning difficulties.
Rachel is an Assessor for the Division of Forensic Psychology for the stage 2 qualification that provides eligibility for registration with the HCPC and BPS. She is a national Scottish trainer for several areas including sex offender treatment training, working with sexual offenders who have personality disorder, Healthy Sexual Functioning and the HCR-20. She is skilled in the administration of a diverse range of psychological assessments and keeps up-to-date with the literature on the areas she practices within.