Dr Chris Hobson
Senior Academic Tutor
Areas of interest
Attachment and Trauma, Mentalization, Personality Difficulties, Forensic Mental Health/Risk, Development of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Children/Adolescents, Mental Capacity, Parenting.
Prior to doctorate training I completed a Masters in Forensic Psychology, and then a PhD in Developmental Neuropsychology whilst working on a clinical trials of parenting interventions to reduce conduct problems in children. Before working on the Clinical Training Programme, I worked for six and a half years in secure settings with offenders who have a history of personality-type difficulties, including in a Mentalization Based Treatment service for men and leading a specialist assessment and treatment service in a women’s prison. My clinical work is currently with the Wales Offender Personality Disorder Pathway (an NHS/NOMS/Probation partnership) providing psychological formulations about high risk offenders to support the work of Probation, and separately I also conduct assessments of parents involved in childcare proceedings for the family courts and local authorities.
I have a strong interest in not only assessing and intervening in those adults who have struggled with pervasive and persistent emotional and behavioural problems, but understanding the development of those problems. I currently work one day per week as a Clinical Research Fellow in the Neurodevelopmental Assessment Centre at Cardiff University, which takes referrals from schools for young children (3-8 years old). The children and parents complete a number of assessments which serve a dual purpose of providing feedback to the school to better understand the child, and also help increase our knowledge base about the underlying factors related to emerging emotional and behavioural difficulties.