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David Cooke is a Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist and former head of the Forensic Clinical Psychology service in Glasgow. He is the Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University and a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway. He undertakes research on psychopathic disorder and violence,
and is interested in the clinical application of this research to risk assessment. He served on the Maclean Committee on serious violent and sexual offenders. He has served on the Programme Accreditation Panel of the Scottish Prison Service and a number of Home Office committees.
He is the author of over 155 scientific books, monographs, chapters and research papers. He has served on the editorial board of a number of journals including; the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health and Criminal Behavior and Mental Health, the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, Personality Disorder and Mental Health and Law and Human Behavior.
He was an associate editor of Criminological and Legal Psychology from its inception until 2005 and a Consulting Editor for Psychological Assessment for 5 years. He was until recently an associate editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders.
He has provided workshops on violence risk assessment and the assessment of psychopathy in the UK, Europe, North America, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh: he was awarded the Senior Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Forensic Psychology from the Division of Forensic Psychology of the British Psychological Society in 2006. He is President of the European Association of Psychology and Law.