Dr Nicola Bowes




   Position: Senior Lecturer and Joint Programme Director MSc Forensic Psychology
   School: Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
   E-mail: nbowes@cardiffmet.ac.uk
   Telephone: +44(0)29 2020 1169
   Room No: D3.12


Programme Director

  • Joint Programme Director Doctorate Forensic Psychology
  • Programme Director Post Graduate Diploma in Practitioner Forensic Psychology

Module Leader
  • Portfolio (PG Dip Practitioner Forensic Psychology)
  • Functional Assessment and Formulation
  • Teaching and Training

  • Largely on Post Graduate Programmes, some involvement to Forensic Psychology module in BSc Psychology


Published and accepted for publications

  • Nicola Bowes, Julian Walker, Elise Hughes, Rhiannon Lewis, Gemma Hyde. The Role of Violent Thinking in Violent Behavior: It’s More About Thinking Than Drinking. Article first published online: August 4, 2017 https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517724254
  • Bowes, N., McMurran, M., Evans, C., Oatley, G., Williams, B. & David, S. (2014) Treating alcohol-related violence: a feasibility study of a randomized controlled trial in prisons , The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 25:2, 152-163.
  • Bowes, N., McMurran, M. (2013) Cognitions Supportive of Violence and Violent Behavior, Aggression and Violent Behavior, (in press)
  • Goodwill, A. M., Stephens, S., Oziel, S., Sharma, S., Allen, J.C., Bowes, N., Lehmann, R., (2013) Advancement of Criminal Profiling Methods in Faceted Multidimensional Analysis, Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling,10:1, 71-95.
  • Walker, J., Bowes, N., (2013) The evaluation of violent thinking in adult offenders and non-offenders using the Maudsley Violence Questionnaire. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 23:3, 113-123.
  • Bowes, N., Ruck, S., Tehrani, N., (2013) Evaluating Trauma Debriefing within the UK Prison Service, British Journal of Forensic Practice, 15,4.
  • Bowes, N. McMurran, M., Williams, B., David, S., Zammit, I. (2012) Treating Alcohol-related violence: Intermediate outcomes in a feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial in prisons, Criminal Justice and Behaviour, Vol. 39 No.3, pp333-344
  • McCarthy, J., Bowes, N., White, A., Warren, S., Fisher, D., Sellen, J., (2012) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with female forensic patients with borderline personality disorder: preliminary findings from a pilot study, Forensic Update, 105, pp7-17
  • Goodwill, A.M., Stephens, S., Oziel, S., Yapp, J. & Bowes, N. (2012). Multidimensional latent classification of ‘street robbery’ offences, Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 9, 93-109.
  • Palmer, C., Bowes, N., Kissell, A., Dunn, E., Taylor, P.J. (2011) Length of prison stay of custodially remanded pre-trial men, Forensic Update, 102.
  • Bowes, N., Sutton, A., Jenkins, S., & McMurran, M., 2009. The alcohol treatment needs of violent and non-violent prisoners. British Journal of Forensic Practice. 11:1, pp3-7
  • Bowes, N. 2008, Psychology in Prisons, Book Review: Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 18:5, pp 321-322.

Conference Presentations and Poster Presentations
  • 2014 - Randomized controlled trials (RCT) in UK prisons: Findings from a feasibility study exploring the impact of an alcohol related violence intervention. Paper presented at the Forensic Science and Criminalistics Research conference, Singapore.
  • 2012 – British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Presentation: Violent thinking.
  • 2011 – American Society of Psychology and Law International Conference: Poster Presentation: Profiling Robbery Offenders from Crime Scene Behaviours: A Revised Framework for Multidimensional Statistical Profiling.
  • 2010 – Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference: Presentation: Control of Violence for Angry, Impulsive Drinkers (COVAID): current Findings from a randomised controlled trial feasibility study.
  • 2009 – British Criminological Society National Conference: Presentation: The Alcohol Treatment Needs of Violent and Non-violent Offenders.
  • 2008 – British Psychological Society, Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference: Poster presentation: The window of opportunity for mental healthcare among remanded prisoners.
  • 2008 – Offender Health Research Network: Poster presentation: Violent Thinking and Violent Behaviour.
  • 2008 – Offender Health Research Network: Poster presentation: Profiling Robbery Offenders


Nicola is a Forensic Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her practice and research interests relate to violent offending. She is interested in develop the methodologies used by clinicians in the risk assessment of violent offenders and exploring how more effective interventions can be developed. Nicola is a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council and also works as a Visitor for the HPC assisting them to evaluate academic programmes for practitioner psychologists in the UK. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Full Member of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP). She is a member of the DFP committee and is currently Consultations Lead and Lead Web Editor.

Nicola is the Programme Director for the Practitioner Forensic Psychology Programme (which has been running since January 2012) and is the Joint Programme Director for the MSc Forensic Psychology. She has jointly developed the practitioner programmes at Cardiff Metropolitan University to provide the first programmes to allow our students to study towards being registered psychologists eligible to practice in the UK. She has many collaborative projects with organisations external to the university, including National Offender Management Service, Amelia Trust (funded by Beacons for Wales), Group 4 Security, Cardiff Youth Offending Team (Funded by Strategic Insight Programme), Partnerships in Care – Llanarth Court (funded by Strategic Insight Programmes) and many others. She recognises the value in sharing knowledge between academics and practitioners and seeks to share this with students at Cardiff Metropolitan University to extend the application of psychology in practice.