Dr. Lynsey Gozna has recently joined the University of Lincoln and the Forensic and Clinical Research Group (FCRG) as a Visiting Fellow in Forensic Psychology. Lynsey has a track record of working successfully in applied settings and in parallel to her doctoral research investigating the detection of deception by law enforcement practitioners, Lynsey worked as a Senior Psychologist and Capability Group Leader at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (later QinetiQ) on research programmes for the Ministry of Defence. This included psychological research and consultancy for the military and OGDs on strategic, operational, and tactical challenges in the field of security and she continues to be involved in inputs to work in this field in response to contemporary global challenges.
Lynsey’s forensic research, teaching, and practice experience is in the development of tailored approaches to working in applied settings and emphasises the importance of personality, motive, mindset and risk. The objective of her approach is to increase the effectiveness of practitioner work across and within a range of forensic settings, for example, crisis management and hostage negotiation, interviews with suspects of serious crime, case building and assessments for court, and risk scenario development in community, prison, and forensic mental health settings. This work has included the development of a personality informed approach to forensic interviewing, a national programme focusing on kidnap in the UK, organised crime and firearm offences, and most recently, the investigation of revenge motivated offending and the implications for practitioner decision-making in regard of risk. Her academic work has involved positions at the University of Surrey and most recently the University of Lincoln where she taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the field of forensic psychology.
Lynsey is currently undertaking further professional practice training at the University of Nottingham where she has worked in the Psychology Department at the East Midlands Centre for Forensic Mental Health (Medium Secure Unit) delivering therapeutic interventions and facilitating treatment programmes. She is currently working with the police and other agencies variously in the areas of Public Protection, Sexual Offence Investigation (including online), Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Persons conducting assessments and interventions with individuals convicted of sexual offences and advising on the investigation of complex cases and case building for court. Her work in the area of Child Sexual Exploitation comprises delivering training to practitioners, community involvement and tailored interventions for children and young people at risk or being exploited. She continues to be involved in a Police Hostage Negotiation Cadre and is a member of the National Arson Prevention Forum and the National Working Group network for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People.
Recently, Dr. Gozna wrote an article for ‘The Psychologist’ about Banksy’s Dismaland. To read, click here.