An interview with Dr Ruth Tully, Director of Tully Forensic Psychology Ltd and winner of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Junior Award in Forensic Psychology 2013.
Where/what did you study and what are your qualifications?
Registered Forensic Psychologist (HCPC); Chartered Psychologist (BPS); Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (DForenPsy), University of Nottingham; MSc Forensic Psychology and Crime, Coventry University; BSc(Hons) Psychology and Counselling Studies, University of Derby.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (The Wells Road Centre) 2011-present; Tully Forensic Psychology 2012-present; HM Prison Service 2006-2012.
What are your current projects?
Current projects alongside my client work include training other professionals in various areas such as personality assessment and risk assessment of sexual/violent offenders. I have strong links with the University of Nottingham Forensic Psychology Doctoral Training Programme and I supervise Doctoral Forensic Psychologists in Training both in relation to their practice and also their research. I am an honorary lecturer at the University of Nottingham and enjoy teaching the next generation of psychologists alongside developing my own ongoing research projects.
Who have you worked with?
I have worked in many forensic settings such as in prisons, secure hospitals and in the community. I have worked with men and women with various difficulties and diagnoses including mental heath difficulties, personality disorders, learning disabilities, Asperger's and Autism, substance misuse and so on. I specialise in the assessment of risk of sexual and violent offending.
What inspired you to get into this field?
I always found psychology interesting and after studying how it can be applied to help people, I wanted to see this in practice. After starting my job in the prison service, I knew I wanted to understand risk to aid rehabilitation.
If you weren't an expert in your field, what would you be?
If not an expert in forensic psychology I would like to have been a solicitor or barrister; I have a particular interest in the law.
What do you do away from work?
I enjoy spending time with my family and when I get the opportunity I like to go on holiday to warmer climates.
What is your favourite book and why?
Unfortunately I don't get much time to read outside of the reading I need to do to keep up to date in my ever developing field, but I do like Snakes in Suits by Babiak and Hare. This gives a different slant to the traditional view of psychopathy.
What is your favourite album and why?
Oasis ‘Definitely Maybe’ as it reminds me of the North West and of times gone by.
Who's your favourite musician/composer/singer, and why?
I also love the Les Miserables soundtrack; a contrast to Oasis!
Whom do you most admire, and why?
There isn't one person I most admire, but the types of person I most admire are those who overcome adversity to achieve positivity in life.
Dr Ruth Tully (BSc(Hons), MSc, DForenPsy, CPsychol) founded Tully Forensic Psychology Ltd, Dr Tully was nominated for, and was then awarded, the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Junior Award in Forensic Psychology 2013.
Date Added: April 15, 2014