Dr Gemma O’Brien - Associate
Dr Gemma O’Brien is an experienced clinical psychologist with particular expertise in assessing adults. She has worked within the field of mental health since 2001, and is currently employed by the NHS. As part of her role she works in partnership with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and National Probation Service. She offers consultation to Offender Managers on their clients presenting with high risk of harm and have traits or diagnosis of personality disorder through the Wales Offender Personality Disorder Pathway. She also offers a psychological service to two forensic inpatient wards: one locked rehabilitation ward and one open rehabilitation ward, for individuals with long-standing and complex mental health difficulties and (typically) offending histories.
Gemma also works as an independent expert witness, offering psychological reports to Mental Health Review Tribunals, Parole Hearings, and Family and Criminal Courts. She has experience in assessing a range of mental health difficulties, including, personality disorder, psychosis, depression and anxiety. She is trained in the completion of neuropsychological assessments, for example, in relation to cognitive ability and memory. She is also trained in the structured clinical assessment of risk including violence or sexual risk. She has experience of completing Fitness to Plead/Stand Trial assessments, assessments of parental risk, ability to protect and the ability to prioritise the needs of the children.