- Prof Daniel T WilcoxChartered Psychologist - Registered Clinical & Forensic Psychologist / Managing DirectorProf Daniel T WilcoxChartered Psychologist - Registered Clinical & Forensic Psychologist / Managing Director
Prof Wilcox has a BA and MA in Psychology from the State University of New York and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey. Prof Wilcox has held a practice certificate and been Chartered with the British Psychological Society since 1991. He is a Fellow of the Society and is a member of The British Psychological Society's Faculty for Children, Young People and Families, as well as their Special Interest Group for People with Learning Disabilities.
Dr Wilcox is an 'Honorary Professor' of Forensic Psychology through appointment to the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University. Prof Wilcox has also been awarded the title of registered EuroPsy Psychologist and is qualified to practice throughout the European Union. He is a Chartered Scientist and is also a former Assessor with the BPS for their Qualification in Forensic Psychology. Prof Wilcox is a Registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. He held the title of Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, School of Medicine (Division of Psychiatry) from 2011 to 2019. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and an honorary research fellow with the University of Birmingham, Centre for applied Psychology.
He has provided specialist consultancy to the National Probation Service for over two decades and has been a member of the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Sexual Aggression and on the Editorial Boards of the Child Abuse Review and the European Polygraph Journal. Prof Wilcox has regularly presented at national and international conferences and has many publications in areas associated with the treatment, assessment and management of risk.
- Dr Rosie GrayRegistered Forensic PsychologistDr Rosie GrayRegistered Forensic Psychologist
Dr Gray is a registered forensic psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. She has a doctorate in Forensic Psychology; an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology; a 1st class BSc in Psychology and Criminology; a 1st class BA in Community and Criminal Justice; and a Level 4 NVQ in Working with Offending Behaviour.
Prior to working at WPA Limited, Dr Gray worked as a psychological therapist and project manager in a primary care mental health service. She is also a qualified probation officer and is on the executive committee for the Midlands branch of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA). Dr Gray has presented on a range of topics relating to the assessment and treatment of forensic clients, including interpersonal violence, domestic abuse, physical child abuse and sexual offending. She has also published in relation to sexual harm issues, including co-editing the 2017 publication, "Working with individuals who have committed sexual offences: A guide for practitioners" (Abingdon: Routledge).
- Dr Marguerite DonathyChartered Psychologist- Registered Forensic PsychologistDr Marguerite DonathyChartered Psychologist- Registered Forensic Psychologist
Dr Marguerite L Donathy is a Chartered Psychologist (BPS) and Registered Forensic Psychologist (HCPC). Dr Donathy has a Diploma in psychological studies from the University of Birmingham, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the Open University, an MSc in Criminological Psychology from the University of Birmingham and a Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice from the University of Birmingham. Dr Donathy is a member of the British Psychological Society and the Division of Forensic Psychology. She is a member and current Chair of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) in the Midlands. Dr Donathy has a number of publications in relation to offender assessment and treatment and has worked in forensic settings for over sixteen years. Her Doctoral research focused on the Community Management of Sexual Offenders. Dr Donathy has experience of working with a range of clients, children and adults, in both community and inpatient settings. Dr Donathy has contributed to Court reports in Care and Family Proceedings since 2005.
- Dr Stephanie WilsonRegistered Forensic PsychologistDr Stephanie WilsonRegistered Forensic Psychologist
Dr Stephanie Wilson is a Registered Forensic Psychologist. She holds a Doctorate in Forensic Psychology from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science in Psychology from Northumbria University. Dr Wilson has trained extensively in attachment theory and is certified as a reliable Adult Attachment Interviewer by the Family Relations Institute. She has also completed foundational training in Systemic and Family Therapy. Dr Wilson has specialism in:
- The effects of exposure to danger during childhood (e.g., neglect, physical, sexual, psychological abuse, domestic abuse and political violence)
- Making sense of the self-protective (attachment) strategies that individuals develop to adapt to their environment and increase their chances of survival
- Trauma (and its physiological, emotional, cognitive, behavioural and social effects)
- The relationship between dangerous experiences in childhood and current thoughts, feelings and behaviours
- Understanding psychopathology, interpersonal difficulties and harmful behaviours as adaptations to danger (in the individual's developmental history, family system and wider cultural experiences).
In her current clinical work, Dr Wilson conducts psychological assessments, including the assessment of risk, for Care and Family Proceedings and delivers psychological interventions. She uses a range of therapeutic approaches with children and adolescents in or at the edge of care, adults, families (including foster carers, adoptive parents and residential care staff) and wider systems.
Dr Wilson is passionate about teaching and sharing psychological information. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, University of Roehampton and the University of Wolverhampton. Dr Wilson has taught at undergraduate, Masters and Doctorate level. Topics include:
- The role of psychologists, as expert witnesses, conducting assessments for Care and Family Proceedings
- Understanding intimate partner violence (perpetration and victimisation)
- Theories of trauma
- Attachment and psychopathology
- Assessing, formulating and managing the risk of violent behaviour
- Adaptation, free will and forensic psychology
Dr Wilson is also involved in a variety of academic research projects and provides research supervision on an Master of Research programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham.
- Dr Alan KessedjianChartered Psychologist - Registered Clinical PsychologistDr Alan KessedjianChartered Psychologist - Registered Clinical Psychologist
Dr Kessedjian has over 30 years clinical experience and particular expertise in CBT, DBT, Schema Therapy and EMDR. Whilst much of his work is in adult mental health, he has substantial experience working with adolescents in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
Besides working as a WPA Consultant, he also currently holds practising privileges with Opus Performance LTD and continues to work on a part time basis for NHS Acute Psychology Services (BSMHFT) based at Oleaster. Specifically inputting the male intensive care unit and a female open ward.
He has held Consultant Clinical Psychology Posts for North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and was Clinical Lead for the Community DBT Service and Clinical Lead for Acute Psychological Services based at Harplands Hospital. He has previously held Consultant Clinical Psychology positions at St Andrews Hospital, and for Tranquil House Psychology Services and has also held other substantive posts for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and Woodbourne Priory Hospital (Adolescent Unit).
He is widely considered to hold expertise in the transcultural application of CBT and also transcultural psychology and training, presenting workshops and peer reviewed papers at international conferences in Switzerland, Palestine and Egypt. He was widely considered as instrumental helping to set up, teach and develop the CBT post graduate training programme at University of Birmingham between 2003 and 2008 and was involved with helping to establish the first ever Palestinian Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (PABCT).
He also has additional experiences to draw on as past Regional Chair of the West Midlands Branch of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and past elected Trustee / Board Director of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
- Dr Alex JackRegistered Forensic PsychologistDr Alex JackRegistered Forensic Psychologist
Dr Jack is a registered forensic psychologist. He commenced a Professional Practice Doctorate in Forensic Psychology at the University of Nottingham in September 2013, which he completed in 2017. Dr Jack also has an MSc in Psychology from Northumbria University and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from Middlesex University. He has experience working with adolescents and adults in specialist secure mental health services, as well as community settings.
Dr Jack has taught on a Professional Practice Doctorate in Forensic Psychology, and is a visiting Lecturer on a Masters in Investigative Psychology programme, as well as a BSc (Hons) in Psychology programme. In 2015, Dr Jack published an original research article concerning the environmental precedents of paranoid thinking and more recently, co-authored a publication in relation to assessing clerics.
- Dr Robert Werner-de-SondbergChartered Psychologist - Registered Occupational PsychologistDr Robert Werner-de-SondbergChartered Psychologist - Registered Occupational Psychologist
Dr Werner-de-Sondberg is a registered Occupational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. He is awaiting completion of his PhD in Forensic Psychology from Nottingham Trent University, having previously undertaken an MSc in Forensic Psychology, a doctorate in Occupational Psychology and an MSc in Occupational Psychology as well as a BSc honours in Psychology. Dr Werner-de-Sondberg presently works as an assistant lecturer in the Forensic Psychology department, Coventry University. He is an Associate Fellow of the BPS and was chartered as an Occupational Psychologist in May of 2005. Dr Werner-de-Sondberg has varied research and practice interests building upon more than thirty years experience as a police officer and latterly with WPA as an associate psychologist.
- Ms Rosalind BerryTrainee PsychologistMs Rosalind BerryTrainee Psychologist
Ms Rosalind Berry has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Liverpool, a conferred MSc in Forensic Psychology, and (pending amendments) has completed the Forensic Psychology Practice Doctorate (ForenPsyD) Programme at the University of Birmingham. She is anticipated to graduate in July 2020.
Ms Berry has previously worked within medium-secure forensic inpatient hospitals, on acute and rehabilitation wards. She has conducted risk and care planning assessments, undertaken individual/group therapies, and conducted research into the characteristics of mental health patients. She has experience across a number of private practices, jointly undertaking cognitive and intellectual functioning assessments, and has been employed by WPA Limited since the completion of her undergraduate degree in 2009. Ms Berry has experience of working with a range of clients, children and adults, in both community and inpatient settings, and has published in the area of psychological assessments in family and care proceedings.
- Ms Hannah DawsonTrainee PsychologistMs Hannah DawsonTrainee Psychologist
Ms Hannah Dawson has a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice from Liverpool John Moores University and an MSc in Forensic Psychology from Birmingham City University. She is currently in the final stages of her Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice, with the University of Nottingham.
Ms Dawson is a member of the British Psychological Society and the Division of Forensic Psychology. She is also a member of, and Branch Secretary/Treasurer for, the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) Midlands branch and a member of Mersey Care NHS Mental Health Trust. She has experience of working with a range of clients, both in the community and in secure inpatient settings. Ms Dawson's research focuses upon non-offending partners, personality assessment, and adverse childhood experiences.
Ms Dawson has published in relation to sexual offenders, and whilst studying for her first degree, she gained criminological experience working as an Appropriate Adult for Youth Support Services and attending HMP Altcourse with the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB). She began working full time at Wilcox Psychological Associates following her graduation in 2014.
- Miss Nicole HortonTrainee PsychologistMiss Nicole HortonTrainee Psychologist
Miss Horton gained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Forensic Psychology at Birmingham City University. Miss Horton has Graduate Member status within The British Psychological Society and is on the Management Committee for the West Midlands branch of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers. Miss Horton is currently in her second year of her Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice, with the University of Nottingham. Miss Horton has been employed by WPA full-time since 2014 and has also co-edited two publications relating to working with children.
- Miss Jordan BrooksAssisting PsychologistMiss Jordan BrooksAssisting Psychologist
Miss Brooks gained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Criminology from Keele University and was awarded a commendation upon completing her Masters in Forensic Psychology at Birmingham City University. Miss Brooks regularly contributes to assessments of adults and children with a range of needs, intellectual abilities and cultural backgrounds. Such assessments explore issues around violence and sexual risk, emotional harm/neglect, parental acrimony, alcohol and substance issues, ineffective boundary setting, etc. Following the completion of her MSc, Miss Brooks has had a continued interest in expanding her knowledge base in forensic psychology. Relatedly, she has attended training events on themes such as sexual homicide, 'cross-cultural working with perpetrators of Domestic Violence', the application of trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy, enhancing emotional resilience and expert witness testimony.
- Miss Laura ChapmanAssisting PsychologistMiss Laura ChapmanAssisting Psychologist
Miss Chapman received a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Psychology from York University. She started working at WPA following her graduation in 2017. Miss Chapman has experience working with a range of clients and has volunteered with a number of organisations, such as SOVA (Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults), where she mentored and supported offenders, helping them to rebuild aspects of their lives.
- Miss Sarah GadoAssisting PsychologistMiss Sarah GadoAssisting Psychologist
Ms Gado achieved a First Class (hons) degree in BSc Psychology from Manchester, as well as a diploma in groupwork practice in York with the Institute of Group Analysis. Ms Gado worked as an Assistant Psychologist in the NHS for over a year before moving to private practice.
Ms Gado has worked full-time on an Eating Disorder Unit, supporting patients who have experienced extreme trauma, as well as challenging behaviours including self-harm and bodily mutilation, aggression and attachment disorders. Ms Gado has experience of working within perinatal mental services and has also managed projects in mental health hospitals, including medium secure units, in London and across the UK. Ms Gado has worked closely with patients who experience Autism on a one to one basis and has also co-facilitated groups for patients with communication deficit disorder, utilising British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters.
- Mrs Sue WorrallBusiness Support AdministratorMrs Sue WorrallBusiness Support Administrator
Mrs Worrall has many years of experience and knowledge in delivering a range of support services, being highly skilled in Administration, Secretarial and Reception duties. Mrs Worrall has recently joined our team and is looking forward to continuing to build her skills and knowledge together with us here at WPA.
- Mrs Helen Wilcox, MBECo-Director - WPAMrs Helen Wilcox, MBECo-Director - WPA
Helen Wilcox is a Co-Director of WPA Ltd. She received an MBE for her contributions to social care in the UK. Mrs Wilcox has qualifications in social work and teaching with key local, regional, and national involvement to drive up standards in supporting our citizens through the widest range of life challenges. Mrs Wilcox is the Chair of the Black Country Partnership for Care and Former Vice Chair of the National Organisation, Skills for Care.