Professor Liz Gilchrist (M.A.; M.Phil; Ph.D; HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist; AF BPS)

Chair in Psychological Therapies


I am an HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist, of over 20 years, having been Chartered since May 1998. I am Professor of Psychological Therapies at the University of Edinburgh, Chair of the Scottish Advisory Panel for Offender Rehabilitation, past-Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology-Scotland (DFP-S) and a member of the Community Justice Scotland Academic Advisory Committee.

I am the Intervention Lead for a large NIHR funded study (ADVANCE) exploring the feasibility of delivering an integrated intimate partner abuse and substance use intervention in health settings in the UK and I have researched and published in the area of intimate partner abuse, substance use, parenting risk and justice.

I am also Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy I hold an M.A. (Psychology) (Edin.) M.Phil. (Criminology) (Cantab.)and a PhD (Criminology) (Cantab.).

I served for 13 years as a member of the Parole Boards for Scotland and for England and Wales. I have held the roles of research advisor and training provider for the Risk Management Authority in Scotland. I lead a large NIHR funded study on understanding and responding to intimate partner abuse in the context of substance use. I have been leading training for trainee forensic psychologists for over 20 years.

My main area of expertise is in intimate partner and domestic abuse, and I am an accredited trainer for the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment v3. I am fully trained in general risk assessment and in CBT interventions and working within forensic, mental health and child protection contexts.

More specifically, I am a member of the British Psychological Society Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) and I am specifically trained in a range of measures, including the assessment of general violence (HCR-20 v3), sexual violence (RSVP), intimate partner violence (SARA v3), youngsexual offending (MEGA), victimisation and safety (Danger Assessment), stalking risk (SRP),personality disorder (IPDE), psychopathy, (PCL-R) and collaborative child protection (Safe & Together).

I provide training for professionals in criminal justice, social work, and child protection, including judges, psychologists, social workers and support providers. I am a recognized as an expert in child protection hearings (England & Wales). I have provided expert evidence to COPFS and SSSC in criminal and disciplinary proceedings in relation to the impact of abuse and understanding victims’ behaviours after abuse.


M.A; M.Phil; Ph.D

Chartered Psychologist

HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist

Undergraduate teaching


Postgraduate teaching

Director M.Sc Psychological Therapies


Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Happy to supervise in areas linked to innovations in interventions for perpetrators and victim/survivors of IPA, or other areas of innovation, diversion, risk assessment in justice, from an inter sectionalist and nested ecological model psychological perspective

Research summary

Intimate partner abuse; innovation in criminal justice, substance use and intimate partner abuse; parenting; risk assessment; justice innovations

Current research interests

ADVANCE intervention see below

Project activity

Current project grants

NIHR grant exploring intimate partners abuse and substance use, with KCL and partners
see website