Deputy Director of Forensic Programmes, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Simon Duff has a BSc in Psychology and Physiology (University of Southampton), MSc in Forensic Psychology (University of Surrey), and a PhD in Applied Psychology (University of Cambridge). He received a SERC-NATO post-graduate scholarship and worked for 2 years at the University of California, San Diego with Professor Donald Norman. After graduating from the Professional Guitar Program at the Musician's Institute of Technology he took up an Assistant Professor post at the Cognitive Section at the University of Bergen, Norway. This led to a Senior Research Fellow post and a Lectureship at the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool. During this time Simon qualified through the BPS Stage II route to become a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist. Simon moved to the University of Nottingham to work on the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Programme where he is the Deputy-Director of Forensic Programmes, Director of the Top-Up (2 year) doctorate and Placement Manager. He is a member of the Division of Forensic Psychology committee and the BPS Research Board.
Simon's primary clinical work, based at the Merseycare NHS Trust community service, Mersey Forensic Psychology Service and the MSU, The Scott Clinic, is with men who have offended sexually against children. However, working across a community and medium secure setting he also routinely works with men who have offended sexually against adults, women who have offended against children, violent people, stalkers, and individuals with fetishes. This work is the driver behind much of Simon's research focus, which is concerned with sexual offending and stalking. Additionally he is involved with the award winning team at Mersey Forensic Psychology Services in the development of services for the partners of individuals who have offended sexually against children.
Simon collaborates with a number of international colleagues on projects concerned with stalking and with fringe consciousness, has provided input to the BPS response to the government's plans for new stalking legislation, and is an editor on a number of professional journals. As a trained hypnotherapist Simon has been involved in work concerned with the use of hypnosis in changing the quality of life of individuals living with Dementia, with Dr Dan Nightingale, and is collaborating with Dr Jeremy Tree on the use of hypnosis in simulating a variety of neuropsychological disorders. Simon is trained in a number of different ways of working with individuals such as EMDR, EFT, and NLP.
Occasionally Simon works outside of the NHS and has provided expert opinion for the Parole Board, the Courts, MAPPA, and has advised on IPP cases. He also provided clinical input to an episode of the ITV program Bad Girls and spoke on local radio about pornography.
Stalking, sexual offending, anger and aggression, communication skills, cognitive interview, the jury, genograms, working with complex cases.
Aspects of stalking
Conceptualizations of rape
Theory of Mind
Simon's clinical work is currently with the team at Mersey Forensic Psychology Service, a specialist NHS service providing assessment and intervention for offenders in the community and in a medium secure service. The team use a variety of approaches to work with individuals including EMDR, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, and CBT both in individual and group settings. Simon was the manager and co-facilitator for the introductory sex offender group, working mainly with men who have offended sexually against children, at the stage when these men are at their most psychologically fragile and vulnerable and co-facilitated the intermediate group with a focus on Schema approaches. Most recently he has co-facilitated the Non-Offending Partners Group. The forensic team are involved in a number of research projects, regularly present at the Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, and provide teaching to a range of programmes at a variety of universities.
Simon has played in a number of infamous bands from Hollywood to Rushden including Light a Big Fire, Vladd Roxx, Oui 3, Zeurche!, and Frodo. Currently he plays with Studio7, a classic rock covers band, and has collaborated on songs with the German band BENJROSE, with one featured on their recently released album. He also appears as guitarist on a Daniel Adams EP and as a multi-instrumentalist on a Chris De Burgh fan club album release.
Simon attended the last ever Firefest in October 2014.
Simon is an adventure motorcyclist. After a 2 year spell racing an MV Agusta at Thundersprints and raising money for the cancer charity CLIC Sargant by riding throughout Europe on the Barry Sheene Challenge Simon has continued to explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilizations by riding through the Himalaya region of India, through Cambodia, Mongolia, Patagonia, Vietnam, and the US. He has bought petrol at the highest fuel station in the world, worn leathers at the site of the highest recorded earth temperature (and been asked if he would sell them to a traveling preacher), rode the world's largest production bike up Europe's steepest and twistiest road, and holds the completely unofficial record for circumnavigating Guernsey on a Vespa. He recently completed a trip by Hindustan Ambassador through India and an Arctic dog-sledging escapade. The next trip is hiking through Jordan.
Attributions in male sexual offenders
Child vs Adult Theory of Mind differences in male sexual offenders
Aspects of therapeutic need in male sexual offenders
Personality Disorder and Aggression
An ICS conceptualisation of Personality Disorder
Self-harming; 1) attitudes of staff working with women in a medium secure unit
2) attitudes of staff working with men in a high secure hospital
3) attitudes of men in a high secure hospital
Religion and sexual offending
Fringe consciousness (with Dr. Elisabeth Norman and Dr. Mark Price, University of Bergen, Norway)
Further aspects of pornography, voyeurism, voice hearing, and drawing.
CAHALANE, H. and DUFF, S., 2018. A qualitative analysis of nonoffending partners’ experiences and perceptions following a psychoeducational group intervention Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice. 24, 66-79
EGAN, VINCENT and DUFF, SIMON, 2018. Psychopathy and Sexual Offending. In: MATT DELISI, ed., Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime Taylor & Francis Group. 12
DUFF, S.C., 2017. Offenders and Substance Abuse. In: K. BROWNE, A.R. BEACH, L.A. CRAIG and S. CHOU, eds., Assessments in forensic practice: A handbook John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
DUFF, S., WAKEFIELD, N., CROFT, A., PERRY, L. and VALAVANIS, S., 2017. A service for non-offending partners of male sexual offenders Journal of Forensic Practice. 19(4), 1-8 DUFF, S., NAMPWEYA, M. and TREE, J., 2017. Why men undertake passion killings – The Namibian Context The Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
SHERIDAN, L., SCOTT, A.J., DUFF, S.C. and THOMAS, K., 2016. Introducing a stalking protection order: British Psychological Society response to the Home Office
HATTON, V.A. and DUFF, S.C., 2016. A systematic literature review: which factors influence English and
Welsh perceptions towards victims of child sexual abuse? Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice.
CHALLINOR, L.E. and DUFF, S.C., 2014. The perceptions of sex offenders: A comparison between professionals and paraprofessionals in a forensic environment and the general public. Forensic Update. 117, 32-36
BECKLEY, K., BATES, A., DUFF, S.C., NEWBERRY, M. and SCOTT, A.J., 2012. Consultation on stalking; British Psychological Society Response to the Home Office.
GORDON, S., DUFF, S., DAVIDSON, T. and WHITAKER, S., 2010. Comparison of the WAIS-III and WISC-IV in 16 year old special education students Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 23(2), 197-200 DUFF, S.C. and KINDERMAN, P., 2008. Predicting the behaviour of offenders with personality disorder: issues for investigative psychology Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. 5(1-2), 45-57
LOGIE, R.H. and DUFF, S.C., 2007. Separating processing from storage in working memory operation span.. In: N. OSAKA, R.H. LOGIE and M. D’ESPOSITO, eds., The Cognitive Neuroscience of Working Memory. Oxford University Press.
NORMAN, E., PRICE, M., DUFF, S.C. and MENTOZONI, R.A., 2007. Gradations of awareness in a modified sequence learning task. Consciousness and Cognition. 16, 809-837 DUFF, S.C. & KINDERMAN, P., 2006. An Interacting Cognitive Subsystems approach to Personality Disorder Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. 13, 233-245
DUFF, S.C. and NIGHTINGALE, D.J., 2006. The assessment of the longer term
efficacy of hypnosis in changing the quality of life in patients with dementia European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. 7(1), 2-8
DUFF, S.C. and NIGHTINGALE, D.J., 2005. The efficacy of hypnosis in changing the
quality of life in patients with dementia: A pilot-study evaluation European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. 6(2), 20-29
DUFF, S.C. and LOGIE, R.H., 2001. Processing and storage in working memory span Journal of Experimental Psychology: Section A - Human Experimental Psychology. 54(1), 31-48
DUFF, S.C. and LOGIE, R.H., 1999. Storage and processing in visuo‐spatial working memory Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. 40(4), 251-259