Dr Caoimhe McAnena

Staff details

Position Clinical Lecturer
Department Psychology
Email c.mcanena (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 919 7885
Dr Caoimhe McAnena

I have been a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths since 2012.   As well as being involved in the clinically focussed MSc programmes within the department, I have more recently set up and am co-director of the MSc in Forensic Psychology, which is a BPS accredited programme and forms part of the BPS qualification in Forensic Psychology. 

As a practising forensic clinical psychologist in the NHS since 2001, I have worked within most areas of health and criminal justice systems pertaining to forensic clinical psychology.  I am currently clinical lead in a service for high risk offenders with personality disorders, which forms part of the Offender Personality Disorder pathway, and as such I work closely with NHS and NOMS commissioners as well as with practitioners in other areas of the pathway, and with prison and probation staff for the purposes of assessment and management of personality disordered offenders. 


Career Summary

2011 – Clinical Lecturer - Goldsmiths
2005 – Chartered Forensic Psychologist,  British Psychological Society
2001 –Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University College London
1996– BSc Applied Psychology, University of Ulster


 As a Clinical Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths I am involved primarily with the following courses:

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Other interests

I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and currently Lead Assessor for Core Role 3 for the BPS Forensic Psychology Qualifications Board. I am also  a registered co-ordinating supervisor for the BPS Forensic Psychology Qualifications Board and am an experiences supervisor within Clinical, Counselling and  Forensic Psychology as well as to other professions eg National probation Service.

I regularly contribute to legal proceedings including criminal and civil courts and to the Parole Board where I am involved in the assessment of offenders and other participants in legal proceedings and advise the courts on issues of risk, treatability and fitness to plead among other things.  

Research Interests

·         My clinical and research interests are primarily in the area of personality disordered offenders, with a special interest in sexual offenders.

McAnena, C., Craissati, J. & Southgate, K. (2016) Exploring the role of Locus of Control in sex offender treatment. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 22:1 95-106.

Craissati, J. & McAnena, C. (2016) Sex offender treatment programmes. In B. Puri & I. Treasaden (Eds) Forensic Psychiatry: Fundamentals and Clinical Practice. Taylor & Francis: London