Professor Nicola Bowes




   Position: Professor in Forensic Psychology and Programme Director Post Graduate Diploma in
   Practitioner Forensic Psychology
   School: Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
   Telephone: +44(0)29 2020 1169
   Room No: D3.12


Programme Director

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Practitioner Forensic Psychology

  • Nic designed and leads the largest practitioner forensic psychology programme in the UK. She teaches and supervises practitioner forensic psychologists and forensic psychologists in training working towards qualification. She also supervises a small number of PhD students and MSc students at Cardiff Met.


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
  • 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


Nic is a Forensic Psychologist and Reader at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her practice and research interests relate to violence, preventing violence and improving wellbeing. Nic is a registered forensic psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and also works as a Lead Visitor for the HCPC 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 the Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology.

Nic is the Programme Director for the Practitioner Forensic Psychology Programme which is the largest practitioner forensic psychologist training programme in the UK. Nic 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.