Christopher Dean (BSc, MSc, C.Psychol. AFBPS, C.Sci)

Chris is a Registered Forensic and Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Chris has worked as a forensic psychologist for over 15 years in prisons, high secure hospitals and in National Offender Management Services (NOMS) headquarters.

From 2008 - 2015 he was a member and then head of, a specialist team in NOMS who have pioneered the development of innovative,  psychologically-informed assessments and interventions to prevent extremism, terrorism and group-based violence. These include the Extremism Risk Guidelines (ERG 22+), Extremism Risk Screen (ERS), Healthy Identity Intervention (HII), Developing Dialogues (DD) and Identity Matters (IM). The the Extremism Risk Guidelines and Developing Dialogues have also been adapted to assess and intervene with individuals in the community (through the Channel process) identified as having an interest in extremist ideas, groups or causes.  

Chris has developed and informed policies, processes and research to identify and address prison radicalisation, to effectively manage extremist offenders and successfully reintegrate them into society. He has provided consultancy nationally and internationally to government departments, agencies, correctional services and academia. This includes being a member of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism’s expert committee on the role of psychology in the rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist offenders.  He has also consulted with the Home Office on various projects including the Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP).

He has trained professionals in the UK and internationally in assessments and interventions to prevent extremist offending and group-based violence and has authored a number of papers and book chapters in his areas of expertise . He is a Senior Fellow at the Global Centre on Co-operative Security (UK) where he is currently developing and delivering the Countering Violent Extremism in Prisons (CVE-P) training and consultancy programme to support prison services internationally to counter violent extremism. He is also a Home Office approved intervention provider.

His current and previous roles include being a practitioner, trainer, supervisor, consultant, researcher, policy developer, project manager and senior manager within NOMS.



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