Jo Borrill

HeadshotAfter graduating from University of London,  Jo Borrill began working as a Psychologist in HMP Pentonville Prison. She subsequently lectured at Thames Valley University, completed her PhD, and became Clinical Research Manager for the Mental Health Foundation, a national charity.  Borrill then returned to working with the prison service, as Research Programme Manager for the safer custody team, focusing on developing strategies and training to reduce prison suicides and self-harm.

She joined the University of Westminster in 2006 and has continued to do research related to suicide and self-harm in forensic settings as well as measuring self-harming behaviour by students. In 2008, Borrill was commissioned by the Home Office and Border Immigration agency to review suicides by Foreign National prisoners. She is currently doing research with the London Probation Trust on suicide and self-harm by community offenders.

Her main teaching areas are Forensic Psychology and the ‘Work Experience in a Psychological Setting’ module which she leads. Borrill also contributes to undergraduates and postgraduate modules in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, and Research Methods.  She is Employability coordinator for the Psychology Department and is closely involved with supervising students taking the optional Placement Year.

Her recent publications include:

  • Kavanagh, Laura and Borrill, Jo (2013) Exploring the experiences of ex-offender mentors. Probation Journal, 60 (4). pp. 400-414. ISSN 0264-5505
  • Mackenzie, Jay-Marie and Borrill, Jo and Dewart, Hazel (2013) Researching suicide, attempted suicide and near-lethal self-harm by offenders in community settings: challenges for future research. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 12 (1). pp. 26-32. ISSN 1499-9013
  • Cook, Lisa C. and Borrill, Jo (2013) Identifying suicide risk in a metropolitan probation trust: risk factors and staff decision-making. Legal and Criminological Psychology, Early View . ISSN 1355-3259 (In Press)

Credits to University of Westminster

Published: 11 September 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Stephen Porter

Stephen PorterStephen Porter received his PhD in forensic psychology at University of British Columbia and currently is a researcher and consultant in the area of psychology and law. After working as a prison psychologist, Porter spent a decade as a professor at Dalhousie University. In 2009, he transferred to UBC Okanagan, where he assumed a position as a professor of psychology and the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science & Law (CAPSL).  Porter has published numerous scholarly articles on psychopathy and violent behaviour, deception detection, and forensic aspects of memory with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). As a registered forensic psychologist in British Columbia, Porter is frequently consulted by Canadian courts and has been qualified as an expert witness in various areas, including “dangerousness and risk for violence” and “memory and the factors involved in credibility assessments”. He has been consulted by police in serious crime investigations and provides training in deception detection and psychopathy to law enforcement, mental health professional groups, government agencies, journalists, trial judges, and other adjudicators. He proudly hails from Deer Lake, NL.

Recent awards include an operating grant (2010-2013) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), a discovery grant (2010-2015) from the Natural Sciences and Engineer Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Porter was named the 2013 UBC Okanagan Researcher of the Year, an award that recognises a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to research during their time at the University. The Porter Lab was also awarded the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leader’s Opportunity Fund (2010). Porter is a co-author (with Lawrence Wrightsman) of the textbook Forensic Psychology: A Canadian Perspective (Thomson Nelson), second edition released in 2013.

His research is focused on diverse topics within the general field of law and psychology. Along with his students, Porter conduct research in both field and controlled (experimental) settings reflecting his observation that the most complete psychological knowledge can be generated by converging findings from controlled and naturalistic settings. His current research can be subsumed under three main headings: (1) criminal psychopathy (2) forensic aspects of memory (e.g., trauma, eyewitness memory) and (3) credibility assessment/deception detection.

Credits to Porter Forensic Psychology Lab

Published: 16 July 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Ruth Tully

Ruth TullyRuth Tully is the Director of Tully Forensic Psychology. Tully is a Forensic Psychologist who is Chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Tully was nominated for, and was then awarded, the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Junior Award in Forensic Psychology 2013. This  award focuses on the production of work of outstanding quality and innovation, and Dr Tully was awarded the prize for her ‘notable contribution to the field’.

She provides forensic psychology expert witness services in relation to clients who may be at risk of comitting, or who are alleged to have committed, a criminal offence.  Tully’s clients may be victims of crime or abuse themselves. Examples of Tully’s expert witness services include assessments for court or parole purposes as well as for Mental Health Review Tribunals. Tully’s practice is high quality, evidence based and importantly Tully is proud to adhere to the professional codes of conduct and ethics of the BPS and HCPC. She is highly qualified with a wide range of experience and has a particular interest in prison, court and legal services. Tully provides training and consultancy in many areas of forensic psychology, as well as training that is relevant to areas wider than forensic psychology.

Alongside providing expert independent psychological services, Tully is a practicing Forensic Psychologist, having been working in a clinical forensic NHS setting with clients who have enhanced rehabilitation needs in relation to mental health, personality, learning disability and risk, she recently moved to provide similar services in a private hospital. Tully has links with various universities, for example she is an honorary lecturer at the University of Nottingham on the MSc and Doctorate programmes, and she also supervises Doctoral Trainee Psychologists. Tully is an invited article reviewer for a respected journal publisher.

Dr Tully specialises in the assessment and treatment of sexual and violent offending. She is trained and experienced in applying specialist psychological assessment tools that explore risk, personality and functioning. Dr Tully delivers a range of services including psycho-legal reports for use in Court proceedings. Please click here for her contact details.

Credits to Tully Forensic Psychology

Published: 16 April 2014

Last update: 09 April 2015


Paul Appelbaum

Paul AppelbaumPaul Appelbaum, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Law, and Director, Division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry at Columbia was previously A.F. Zeleznik Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; and Director, Law and Psychiatry programme, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Appelbaum directs Columbia’s Centre for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioural Genetics. He is the author of many articles and books on law and ethics in clinical practice. Appelbaum is past President of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and has served as Chair of the Council on Psychiatry and Law for the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

He is currently Chair of APA’s Committee on Judicial Action and a member of the Standing Committee on Ethics or the World Psychiatric Association. He has received the Isaac Ray Award of the American Psychiatric Association for “outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence,” was the Fritz Redlich Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences, and has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Appelbaum performs forensic evaluations in civil and criminal cases, and treats patients with a broad variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, and adjustment problems.

Credits to Columbia University Medical Centre

Published: 16 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Thomas Grisso

Thomas GrissoThomas Grisso is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychology, and Director of the Law-Psychiatry programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His research and teaching have focused on improving forensic evaluations for the courts and informing policy and law for youths in the juvenile justice system and for persons with mental disorders. Several of his fifteen books have been influential in setting standards for forensic mental health evaluations. He pioneered concepts on which forensic evaluations of several legal competencies have been developed, especially competence to stand trial and (with Paul Appelbaum) competence to consent to treatment. His contributions to juvenile justice policy and practice have included his studies of juveniles’ capacities to waive Miranda rights and their competence to stand trial, as well as development (with Richard Barnum) of a mental health screening tool now used statewide in juvenile detention and corrections in over 40 states.

Research performed with his colleagues in the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice was relied upon by the US Supreme Court in its recent decisions against the death penalty and limiting the sentence of life without parole for crimes committed during adolescence. His work has been recognised with awards from the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists , the American Psychology-Law Society, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Scholarship (University of Massachusetts Medical School).

Credits to SelectedWorks

Published: 16 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Randy Otto

Randy OttoRandy Otto obtained a bachelor,s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester, and master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Florida State University. He was a clinical psychology intern at the Medical University of South Carolina, after which he completed a 2-year, NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the College of Law and Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska. He has been a faculty member at the University of South Florida since 1989, and he also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Stetson University College of Law.

Otto has served as President of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) and the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and he is President-Elect of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He chaired APA’s Committee on Legal Issues and the Committee to Revise the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology, and he is an APA Council Representative (Division 41, AP-LS). Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of Assessment, Behavioural Sciences and the Law, and Criminal Justice and Behaviour.

Otto’s research, writing, and practice focus on forensic psychological assessment. In 2007 he joined Gary Melton, John Petrila, Norm Poythress, and Chris Slobogin in revising their forensic text, Psychological Evaluations for the Courts: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers (Guilford Press). In 2010, Routledge Press published a book on violence risk assessment that Otto co-edited with Kevin Douglas. More recently, he edited the forensic psychology volume in the multi-volume Handbook of Psychology (Wiley Press) and he joined Tampa colleague Irv Weiner as co-editor of the fourth edition of the Handbook of Forensic Psychology (Wiley Press). Currently in preparation are books on expert testimony and ethics in forensic psychology practice.

Otto is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 41) and has received awards for his work from the Society for Personality Assessment, the University of California-San Francisco, and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. In 2009, his work on adjudicative competence with colleagues Norm Poythress, John Monahan, Richard Bonnie, and Ken Hoge was cited by the US Supreme Court in Indiana v. Edwards.

When not working or with his family, Otto can be found on a motorcycle or in a casino.

Credits to University of South Florida

Published: 16 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015