Aggressive Offenders' Cognition
Forensic Clinical Psychology
Editor: Dr Theresa A. Gannon
Editor: Tony Ward
Editor: Anthony R. Beech
Editor: Dawn Fisher
The book focuses specifically on aggressive offenders and is divided into two parts. Part I deals with
sexual abusers whilst Part II is concerned with violent offenders. Each part discusses theory, latest
research and treatment related information. Emphasis is placed on discussing cognition in context i.e.
identifying the factors impacting upon and related to offenders' cognition.
Dr Theresa A. Gannon
Theresa A. Gannon, DPhil, CPsychol, is Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent,
United Kingdom, and also works in a practical setting, one day a week, at the Trevor Gibbens Unit
Forensic Psychiatry Services, Kent, UK. Her research interests include the examination of cognition in
child sexual abusers, rapists and violent offenders using experimental techniques. She is lead
investigator on two funded projects investigating the cognition of offenders. One is investigating the
existence of offence-supportive schema in women sexual abusers and the other is the development of a
pictorial cognitive test for adolescent offenders. Theresa is also interested in public attitudes towards
offending populations and models of offender rehabilitation.
Tony Ward, PhD, DipClinPsyc, is Director of the Clinical Psychology Programme at Victoria University of
Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests include the offence process in offenders, cognitive
distortions and models of rehabilitation. He has published over 200 research articles, chapters and books.
These include Remaking Relapse Prevention, with D. R Laws and S. M. Hudson (Sage, 2000),
Sourcebook of Treatment Programs for Sexual Offenders, with W. L. Marshall, Y. A. Fernandez, and S.
M. Hudson (Plenum, 1998), and Theories of Sexual Offending, with D. L. L. Polaschek and A. R. Beech
Anthony R. Beech
Anthony R. Beech, PhD, CPsychol, is a professor of criminological psychology at the University of
Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Over the last 10
years he has been involved in treatment evaluation and the development of systems to look at treatment
need and treatment change in sex offenders. He has written widely on these topics and other related
Dawn Fisher, PhD, is Head of Psychological Services at Llanarth Court Psychiatric Hospital, Raglan,
Wales and is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Her current research interests
are risk assessment, sexual offenders' perspectives on treatment, treatment of adult and adolescent
sexual offenders and the use of equine assisted psychotherapy. She has published widely in the area of