Professor Nicola Gray
Professor
Psychology
Telephone: (01792) 602006
Room: Academic Office - 707A
Seventh Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

I am a chartered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have been a Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology since 2004.

Areas of Expertise

  • Risk assessment, risk management, and child protection
  • Sexual offending, paedophilia and models of human sexuality
  • Psychopathy and severe personality disorder
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Publications

  1. Snowden, R., Amad, S., Morley, E., Butkute, N., Budd, R., Jackson, L., Abbasi, N., & Gray, N. (n.d.) Explicit and implicit self-esteem and aggression: Differential effects of agency and communion.. Journal of Interpersonal Violence
  2. Hare, R., Olver, M., Stockdale, K., Neumann, C., Mokros, A., Baskin-Sommers, A., Brand, E., Folino, J., Gacono, C., Gray, N., Kiehl, K., Knight, R., Leon-Mayer, E., Logan, M., Meloy, J., Roy, S., Salekin, R., Snowden, R., Thomson, N...., & Yoon, D. The PCL–R and capital sentencing: A commentary on “Death is different” DeMatteo et al. (2020a).. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 26(4), 519-522.
    http://orca.cf.ac.uk/135416/
  3. Gray, N., O'Connor, C., Knowles, J., Pink, J., Simkiss, N., Williams, S., & Snowden, R. The Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Well-Being and Psychological Distress: Impact Upon a Single Country. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11
  4. Olver, M., Stockdale, K., Neumann, C., Hare, R., Mokros, A., Baskin-Sommers, A., Brand, E., Folino, J., Gacono, C., Gray, N., Kiehl, K., Knight, R., Leon-Mayer, E., Logan, M., Meloy, J., Roy, S., Salekin, R., Snowden, R., Thomson, N...., & Yoon, D. (n.d.) Reliability and validity of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised in the assessment of risk for institutional violence: A cautionary note on DeMatteo et al. (2020).. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 26(4), 490-510.
    http://orca.cf.ac.uk/131301/
  5. Roy, S., Vize, C., Uzieblo, K., Dongen, J., Miller, J., Lynam, D., Brazil, I., Yoon, D., Mokros, A., Gray, N., Snowden, R., & Neumann, C. The perils of untested assumptions in theory testing: A reply to Patrick et al. (2020). Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment
    http://orca.cf.ac.uk/133958/

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Teaching

  • PS-M29 Psychopathy and Sexual Offending

    Psychopathy is a severe personality disorder strongly associated with violence and antisocial behaviour and places a large demand on both mental health services, and the judiciary system. The module will cover the measurement of psychopathy, the aetiology of psychopathic traits, and models of psychopathic behaviour from a biosocial viewpoint. Sexual offending is a major societal problem. The module will examine how deviant sexual interests may occur, and how these might be measured. The issues of the assessment of risk posed by sexual offenders and the management/treatment of offenders will be discussed.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). They must also complete an Ethical Considerations Form, showing that they have considered and resolved ethical issues relating to their project.

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and research topics. Students must design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). They must also complete an ethical considerations form, showing that they have considered and resolved ethical issues relating to their project.

Supervision

  • Title: The Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour-based (DASH) violence risk assessment for police: An Analysis of Efficacy in Practice (current)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Mrs Julia Pridmore
  • Evaluating Measures of Resilience, Stress and Trauma (current)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • Thesis Part 1: Supporting Reduction of Suicide in the General Population of Wales via the use of Structured Professional Judgement«br /»«br /»«br /» «br /»«br /»«br /» &«br /»«br /»«br /» «br /»«br /»«br /» Thesis Part 2: How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected the mental health and wellbeing of the Welsh population?«br /»«br /»«br /» «br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
  • Implicit measurement of psychological pathologies as predictors of psychopathy and offending (current)

    PhD
  • A Randomised Control Trial evaluating The GUIDE Cymru: All Wales mental health literacy in all Year 9 children in Wales. (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Kemp
  • Development of the Stigma and Self-Stigma Scale (SASS) as a measure of mental health attitudes in the workplace. (awarded 2020)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeremy Tree

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2016 Health and Social Care Impact Award - Cardiff University

External Responsibilities

  • Director, Wales Applied Risk Research Network

    2018 - Present

  • BPS Advisor, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

    2018 - Present

  • Associate Fellow , British Psychological Society

    2018 - Present

  • Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Authority

    2018 - Present