Dr Samantha Crawford C.Psychol., DClinPsy, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Samantha is a Chartered and HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working across a range of criminal justice and mental health settings.

Samantha completed her BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology in 2006. Following this she worked in various roles across HM Prison Service: firstly, in the job club of a category D male establishment, and then as a Psychological Assistant where she facilitated offender behaviour programmes (OBPs). She then spent several years employed as a Higher Assistant Psychologist in a female prison, working in a service within the Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) pathway. Samantha then moved on to work with male and female offenders with mental health difficulties in a secure hospital and in the community. Alongside these roles she completed an MSc in Forensic Psychology, graduating with a distinction from Teesside University in 2016. Her dissertation looked at the relationship between personality disorder, psychopathy, and trauma in female offenders. After completing her doctoral training in 2020 Samantha gained a position in the NHS as an Applied Clinical Psychologist working within the OPD pathway.

During her career Samantha has worked with both male and female adult offenders, and with service users across the lifespan within mental health and learning disability services. She is experienced in assessing and formulating high risk offenders with personality difficulties and mental illness, and is trained in a number of risk (e.g. HCR-20 V3; PCL-R) and cognitive assessments (e.g. WAIS-IV) and psychometric assessment tools. Samantha has significant experience of delivering group and individual therapy across a range of complex presentations and offending histories. She is trained and experienced in the Life Minus Violence – Enhanced group programme, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills, and is a trained Behavioural Family Therapist.

Samantha is highly experienced in delivering training to a wide range of professionals regarding personality difficulties, trauma, mental health, and offending, and has contributed to the development and delivery of lectures for the MSc Forensic Psychology course at Teesside University. Samantha also held the position of module lead for the basic Psychology module for the MRCPsych course in Newcastle. She has presented on several occasions at the Division of Forensic Psychology annual conference on topics including female offending and personality disorder.