Miss Avril McAlees is a highly skilled and experienced forensic psychologist who has worked in health, as well as criminal justice settings. She provides expert evdience in criminal, civil and family proceedings.
Instructing Miss Avril McAlees
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Experience of giving evidence
Miss McAlees has vast experience of giving oral evidence. She has appeared many times in the family courts and in the youth court. She has given evidence at oral hearings of the Parole Board. Although less frequently, she has direct experience of giving evidence in the criminal courts. In her hospital career, Miss McAlees is familiar with giving evidence before the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier tribunal for mental health. She is comfortable in her ability to speak in public. She speaks persuasively and confidently and is measured in her delivery.
Miss McAlees is regularly instructed to provide her expert opinion to the family and criminal courts as well as the Parole Board.
Her work for the criminal courts and the Parole Board typically involve assessments of:
- Sexual offending
- Violent behaviour offending
She is experienced in giving opinions about the link between intellectual/personality functioning and offending behaviour, and about risk.
Her work for the family courts includes:
- Carrying out psychological assessments to provide an understanding about problem parenting, capacity, ability/readiness for change, and ability/willingness to engage with professional agencies
- Conducting cognitive assessments and commenting on the effect of intellectual disability on parenting
As an experienced psychologist, Miss McAlees has developed her expert witness work over several years. In addition to supervising clinical staff in an innovative criminal justice project, she now dedicates several days of her working week to her medicolegal practice. This means that she has good availability to accept instructions and to provide oral evidence.
Qualifications & Professional memberships
- BSc(Hons) in Psychology
- MSc in Clinical Criminology
- HCPC registered
- Member of British Psychological Society
- Member of Division of Forensic Psychology
- Member of NOTA