Sally is a Chartered and HCPC registered forensic psychologist, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is a member of the BPS's Division of Forensic Psychology and also the Psychology of Sexualities Section. Sally is an assessor for the BPS's Qualification in Forensic Psychology and an academic supervisor for Cardiff Metropolitan University’s PgD Forensic Psychology (Practitioner Programme).
Sally is currently a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University where she is also course leader for their MSc Forensic Psychology degree. Prior to joining Nottingham Trent University in July 2018, Sally held the post of Senior Forensic Psychologist within HMPPS Psychology Service (The East). Her career within forensic psychology commenced in 2002 in the High Security Estate. Since then she has held a number of psychologist roles; working both for HMPPS and in private practice. She has substantial experience of applying cognitive behavioural treatment approaches, and of conducting psychological assessments of forensic risk and of personality.
Over the last six years, Sally has worked with a significant number of transgender service users. This has included clinical assessments and treatment, and also attending and chairing review boards where location decisions were made. In 2015 she commenced her doctorate studies at Nottingham Trent University which are concerned with clinical considerations for psychologists working with trans people in custody.
She has delivered training and workshops to a range of different professionals (e.g. psychologists, psychiatrists, probation and approved premises staff) on developing effective, evidence-based and ethical practice for working with trans service users. In 2017 she became a member of HMPPS's Transgender Advisory Board, advising on issues pertaining to the care and management of transgender service users. She also sits on an NHS England working group aiming to improve access to healthcare for transgender and gender non-conforming prisoners. Sally is Chair of the National Forum on Gender and Sexual Diversity Research in Criminal Justice. This is a research-practice network focusing on LGBT+ identities in the CJS, with a view to supporting the development of evidence-based practice and affirmative practice.