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Psychology and the media

27 April 2017 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Whydunnit? A British Psychological Society event on how forensic psychology can play a role in the representation of crime in the media.

Whether you are a seasoned crime journalist looking to improve your backgrounders, a crime writer looking for greater insight into the mind of offenders, or just interested in learning about crime writing and its place in the media, this event promises to be a fascinating evening.

The distinguished panel of psychologists, forensic psychologists and journalists will discuss the role of journalism in reporting crime in the public interest and why that without having an understanding of the reason why people commit horrific crimes, readers will have only half the story.

What are the responsibilities journalists have and the ethical questions they must ask when covering high-profile criminal cases?  How can forensic psychology play its part in explaining the behaviour of offenders?

All welcome to come along and take part in this debate.

Please see the programme tab for further information.

William Penn Suite,
Friends House,
173 Euston Road,

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Erwin James is a convicted murderer and was released in August 2004 having served 20 years of a life sentence.  In prison he embarked on a programme of part-time education and later he graduated with the Open University, gaining an arts degree. His first article for a national newspaper, The Independent, appeared in 1994. In 1995 he won first prize in the annual Koestler Awards for prose. His first article in The Guardian newspaper appeared in 1998 and he began writing a regular column for the paper entitled A Life Inside in 2000.  He is trustee of the Prison Reform Trust and a patron of a number of charities which introduce the arts to marginalised groups and train ex-offenders. http://erwinjames.co.uk/biog.html

Chris Greenwood is the chief crime correspondent of the Daily Mail and chair of the Crime Reporters Association. Raised by a North Yorkshire evening newspaper on a diet of cats up trees, quirky shaped vegetables and 'jazz hands' picture captions, he has also worked for the Press Association, Sunday Mirror, Financial Times and Sky News.

Peter Kinderman is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Liverpool, and an honorary consultant clinical psychologist with Mersey Care NHS Trust. He has recently launched a free, online, open-access course exploring our understanding of mental health and well-being https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/mental-health-and-well-being. His publications include: A Prescription for Psychiatry: Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing and New Laws of Psychology: Why Nature and Nurture Alone Can't Explain Human Behaviour.

Lawrence Jones is a consultant clinical and forensic psychologist working in a high secure hospital. He has worked in community, prison and hospital settings with people who have offended with and without mental health problems. He has a particular interest in the links between trauma and both mental health difficulties and offending.

Dee Anand is Vice Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology. He has held positions as Chair of the Division, Chair of the Training Committee and Chair of the Qualification Board and is the only individual to have held allof these  positions in the profession. He is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Director of an expert consultancy offering forensic psychological services and  a practicing  forensic psychologist since 1999. He has presented as a keynote speaker at a number of national and international conferences and worked with the media, in clinical practice and in teaching. He has worked in the community with personality disordered offenders and mentally disordered offenders and has designed and delivered intervention programmes for violent offenders and sex offenders. He has worked as an expert witness producing over 750 expert risk assessment reports in civil and criminal court cases.

Emily Pennink is a crime reporter with 20 years' experience in local and national news.
As the Press Association's dedicated Old Bailey Correspondent, her role is to provide fast, fair and accurate coverage of trials to the wider British media.
Recent high profile cases have included serial killer Stephen Port, right wing terrorist Thomas Mair and IS supporter Anjem Choudary.
As well as focusing on the defendants in the dock, she regularly interviews police investigators as well as relatives and victims of crime.


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