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Niamh Kennedy

Niamh Kennedy

Forensic Psychologist
BA, M Soc Sci, M Sc CPsychol, AFBPsS (BPS), Accredited Schema Therapist (ISST)

Niamh received her BA in Behavioural Science (Concentration Psychology) with first Class Honours at the American College Dublin in 2001. She then went on to complete a M.Soc.Sci. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen’s University Belfast in 2003. Following this, Niamh graduated with a MSc. in Forensic Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. She achieved her Diploma in Forensic Psychology and Chartered Status with the British Psychological Society in 2011 and is a registered psychologist with the HCPC. She also holds Associate Fellow Status with the British Psychological Society. Niamh has gained extensive experience from working in the Scottish Prison Service, Her Majesty’s Prison Service and is an approved assessor with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS). Niamh moved into the field of forensic mental health in 2011 and worked in a secure hospital in Hertfordshire with patients requiring medium and low secure and rehabilitation services. She has also provided a variety of training workshops for different professionals in areas including de-escalation skills, therapeutic skills, working with individuals with complex needs, self-harm and suicide and psychological assessment measures. Niamh is a registered Schema Therapist and a full member of the International Society of Schema Therapy. She also uses Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in her practice. Niamh uses a personality based approach to assessment and intervention and finds this helps to build a positive therapeutic rapport and a greater understanding of personal difficulties in life. She has an interest in the field of incident command, negotiation and rioting which was the focus of a paper she published in the British Journal of Forensic Practice on prisoner and prison officers experience of riots.