Focusing on impact

Our journalist Ella Rhodes visited the Division of Forensic Psychology’s annual conference held at the Hilton Hotel Gateshead.

Professor Laurence Alison (University of Liverpool) describes himself as an ‘oddball’ forensic psychologist whose focus is very much on making a difference to people’s lives. His career has seen him work with law enforcement, the military and in major incident debriefs following the Buncefield fire and 7/7 terrorist attacks in London.

Throughout his career Alison said he’s managed to avoid metrics and focused instead on impact. It is a waste of public money, he said, when researchers


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