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Jenny Mackay

Jennifer Mackay

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Dr Jenny Mackay is Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Associate Course Leader for MSc Forensic Mental Health, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered Psychologist. She lectures on both the undergraduate and postgraduate psychology courses, including modules such as psychology of criminal behaviour, trauma in children and adolescents and forensic mental health. Jenny provides supervision to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is currently on supervision teams for two PhD students.

Career overview

Before joining NTU, Dr Jenny Mackay conducted her PhD titled, 'Comparing the treatment needs of women and men who perpetrate intimate partner violence'. Whilst undertaking her PhD, Jenny taught on the psychology courses at Coventry University and gained Associate Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to this, Jenny has spent her career in predominantly practitioner roles, working with vulnerable clients in a range of settings, both forensic and non-forensic. She has delivered substance misuse work, offending behaviour programmes and psychological one-to-one work in prisons with adults and young adults. She has worked in a Secure Children's Home with 10-17 year olds who have offended or who are considered 'at risk'. Jenny also gained experience carrying out in-depth functional analyses and was trained to write and evaluate Positive Behaviour Support plans whilst working as a Behavioural Clinical Specialist for the NHS with adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Jenny has also worked for the Probation Service, as a Project and Policy officer for an adult education research charity and has delivered workshops for expectant and new parents.