Reader Karen De Claire



   Position: Senior Lecturer. Module leader PG Dip Practitioner Forensic Psychology
   School: Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
   Telephone: +44(0)29 2041 1169​
   Room No: D3.12


Module Leader
  • Portfolio (PG Dip Practitioner Forensic Psychology)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Practitioner Forensic Psychology
  • MSc Forensic Psychology

Postgraduate Supervision
  • Postgraduate student – Trainee Forensic Psychologist on the PG Dip in Practitioner Forensic Psychology


  • De Claire, K. & Dixon, L. (2015). The Effects of Prison Visits From Family Members on Prisoners’ Well-Being, Prison Rule Breaking, and Recidivism: A Review of Research Since 1991. Trauma Violence Abuse. 1524838015603209, doi:10.1177/1524838015603209


Dr De Claire is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Forensic Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She is a full member of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP), Associate Fellow and Chartered Scientist of the BPS and an EMDR therapist. Dr De Claire has a part time role with the National Offender Management Service leading on specific projects related to prisoner management and welfare. Dr De Claire's background is as a practitioner forensic psychologist, with particular expertise in assessment and intervention of high risk men who have engaged in violent and sexual offending, in custody and the community. She also has considerable experience of consultancy within forensic settings on a range of issues which affect prisoners their children and families and prison staff. She also has experience of and continues to advise during critical incidents in prisons. Her research interests include: desistance and family relationships, the role of attachment in offending, the effect of the treatment of trauma on re-offending behaviour.

Dr De Claire is a co-opted member of the DFP committee and the BPS Wales Policy Committee and is currently treasurer of the Wales DFP.