Site author

The author of this site is Dr Robert Forde, BSc, MSc, ForenPsyD, AFBPsS, C Psychol.

Robert is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, and until July 2016 was registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Forensic Practitioner.  He retired from casework at this point, following 15 years in private practice as a forensic psychologist, regularly appearing as an expert witness in criminal trials and parole hearings. Much of his work was concerned with risk assessment in life sentence prisoners who were applying for parole. However, he has worked in a variety of fields, including staff selection and training in security organisations, assessment and treatment of victims of workplace trauma, and the family courts. He has also worked as a researcher for the Home Office, in education, and in business.

Voluntary work for the profession has included two years as Chair of the Southwest Branch of the British Psychological Society, and more recently two more as a committee member and Newsletter editor, and four years as a member of the Society's Investigatory Committee, which used to investigate misconduct complaints against psychologists before the HCPC took over this role in 2009. From 2015 to 2017 he was a member of a BPS working group drawing up revised professional practice guidelines.

Since retiring from private practice he has been writing a book on the professional practice of psychology, especially forensic psychology. This was published on 1 September 2017. Since 2014 he has also been Forensic Editor of the BPS publication Assessment & Development Matters, which publishes material concerning assessment in occupational, educational and forensic psychology.