Our trustees and staff are highly experienced in the areas of psychology, law and social policy, providing a solid basis for our interdisciplinary endeavour
David Rhys Jones
David Rhys Jones began his career in the refugee field in the Refugee Unit of the UK Immigration Advisory Service (UKIAS) and he has since worked with UNHCR in Asia, Refugee Legal Centre (RLC), Glazer Delmar solicitors, the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). In January 2002 he began work as a policy officer at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. In 2007 his role was redefined to concentrate on medico-legal issues. David left the Medical Foundation in 2010. He continues to work as a consultant, researcher and trainer in the torture/trauma medico-legal field working with colleagues from centres in the UK (principally the Helen Bamber Foundation) and elsewhere in Europe. David is co-author of the article Medical Evidence in Asylum and Human Rights Appeals (IJRL, Vol 3, No. 3, 381-410).
Chris is a Professor of Psychology at University College London and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Traumatic Stress Clinic, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. His work on depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and responses to trauma includes studies on diagnosis, risk factors, treatment, and psychological and biological mechanisms. He is particularly interested in memory and trauma and in designing effective mental health responses to disasters and major incidents. He took a lead role in the design, implementation and evaluation of the mental health response to the London Bombings.
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Mary Robertson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and heads the Traumatic Stress Clinic (TSC), Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to coming to the UK, Mary managed the Trauma Clinic at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa. She has had extensive experience in working with trauma in a variety of settings and with diverse client groups. She has local and international experience in consultancy, training, programme evaluation and policy development. She was one of the founder members, acting co-ordinator and trustee of the South African Network of Trauma Service Providers (Themba Lesizwe) and she was a member of a national reference group on the National Crime Prevention and Victim Empowerment Programme in South Africa.
Professor Memon's main area of expertise is Applied Social and Cognitive Psychology and she has been conducting research in the Psychology and Law area for 25 years. Her research is international with collaborations in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, North America, Germany and Sweden. Prof. Memon has received numerous awards to support her research and has over 80 publications. Current projects including work on false memories, detection of deception, video parades, child witnesses, older adult witnesses and the Cognitive Interview.
Catriona Jarvis is a UK lawyer and former Judge of the United Kingdom Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), with 21 years’ experience as a judge in the fields of immigration, asylum and human rights law. She has extensive experience working internationally on refugee rights, especially in relation to gender issues, women and children, including publications and training work with the UK judiciary, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and other organisations. She was a UK expert on refugee and human rights law providing assistance to the Maltese judiciary during the period of pre-accession to the European Union. She is Chair of the Board of Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund and a trustee of the Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust. She is a former Council Member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges and former Rapporteur of its Vulnerable Persons Working Party. She has written on a variety of aspects of refugee and human rights law and is currently working with lawyers and non-governmental organisations on Lesbos as well as Co-Convening with Syd Bolton, the Last Rights project. Working with affected individuals and organisations as well as national and international representatives, Last Rights will develop protocols on best practice and procedure for those working with dead and missing migrants and for bereaved family members. The protocols will be informed by relevant domestic and international law, as well as research such as that of the Mediterranean Missing project; but be practical, make families and their rights visible and assist those working in these areas on a daily basis to better carry out their tasks so as to ensure that the rights and dignity of the missing and dead are respected as well as those of the bereaved. She has been a team member of the Mediterranean Missing project whose research is now being published:
She is the author of “In Potters’ Fields,” a viewpoint piece published in November 2015 that seeks to throw light on the matter and calls for action including the development of guiding protocols:
Martha Spurrier is Director of human rights NGO Liberty. Before joining Liberty, she was a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, where she specialised in public law and human rights. Martha has a particular interest in issues relating to access to justice, mental health and women's rights.
Clare Hogan is the Law Supplement Assistant Editor at The Times, and has a longstanding commitment to human rights.
Kate Gleeson is Deputy Programme Director / Research Director of the PsychD in Clincal Psychology Programme at the University of Surrey. Kate is a qualitative researcher with a track record in feminist publication (including editing special features for Feminism and Psychology and numerous presentations and keynote talks at women’s studies conferences).