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Professor Tammi Walker


BSc, CPsychol, FBPsS, SFHEA

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Principal of St Cuthbert's Society +44 (0) 191 33 43403
Principal of St Cuthbert’s Society and Professor of Forensic Psychology in the Department of Psychology  
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


Tammi Walker is Principal of St Cuthbert’s Society and Professor of Forensic Psychology at Durham University. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Registered Senior Fellow with Advance HE and a mental health nurse by clinical background. Tammi has a visiting position at the Manchester University.

She has spent extensive experience of researching and working in prison and secure care settings, including maximum security prisons for recidivistic sexual and violent offenders. She has completed work in this profession for over 17 years and has an advanced level of knowledge in forensic mental health, forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology. See grant information for more details.

She is currently working as a series editor with Graham Towl (Durham University) on a new series entitied: New Frontiers in Forensic Psychology for Routledge. These short, co-authored books over the next two years will provide insight into new areas of investigation in forensic psychology, or new perspectives on existing topics of enquiry.

Tammi currently collaborates with a number of prison and secure care services. She co-authored 'Tackling Sexual Violence at Universities: An International Perspective' (2019: Routledge Press) and was the lead author of 'Preventing Self-injury and Suicide in Women's Prisons' (2016: Waterside Press) with Professor Graham Towl, which won the national British Psychological Society Book Award 2017 for Best Practitioner Text.

Information for potential PhD and postdoc researchers

Tammi is interested in supporting applications for PhDs or postdoctoral fellowships from researchers who want to pursue interdisciplinary projects in the areas of forensic psychology and psychiatry. She is also interested in supporting projects on behavoural science interventions in these areas.

Potential funding streams applicants should consider include the ESRC Nine-DTP stream for PhDs and postdoctoral fellows and the University's doctoral studentships.

Research interests

  • Women in contact with the criminal justice system
  • Prisoner self-harm and suicide
  • Physical health inequalities and serious mental illness
  • Addressing sexual violence at universities
  • Addictions and offender health