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Dr Jennifer Crean

Professional Description:

Consultant Clinical Psychologist


BSc (Hons) Psychology; DClinPsy; AFBPsS, HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist; CPsychol; Certified Counsellor; EMDR training

Area of work:

Greater Manchester, North West, North East, Midlands, North & Central Wales, Lancashire, Merseyside


Dr Crean qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2005 and has provided reports in Family and Criminal Proceedings, youth Court, Civil Court and the Court of Protection, since 2008. She regularly accepts instructions from solicitors, barristers and Local Authorities. She has completed over 500 reports. She has an extensive range of experience in assessing a wide variety of mental health difficulties by objective psychometric assessments and by clinical interview. She has regularly appeared in Court in the capacity of an expert witness, is experienced in working with Intermediaries, and is Bond Solon trained.

Dr Crean qualified in 2005 as a Clinical Psychologist within the area of adult Learning Disability/adult Mental Health. Until September 2018, she was employed by Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust, as the Lead Psychologist for the Forensic Support Service, a consultancy service for Learning Disabled adults in contact with the Criminal Justice System for the North West area. She is currently employed by Pennine Care NHS Trust, Consulting within Complex Safeguarding/Youth Offending/Child Sexual and Criminal Exploitation teams in Greater Manchester.

For 7 years, Dr Crean worked as the Lead Clinical Psychologist in South Manchester for Manchester Learning Disability Partnership, a joint NHS and social care service. Prior to training with Merseycare NHS, she worked with Older Adult services and Drug and Alcohol treatment services across Greater Manchester. Dr Crean teaches and acts as an examiner and clinical placement supervisor for the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster and Liverpool Doctoral Training programmes.

Dr Crean has acted as an expert witness since 2008, assessing clients for diagnosis of learning disability, fitness to plead, and Mental Capacity Act assessments, including capacity to parent and capacity to conduct Court proceedings. She has worked on many NHS cases with clients who are involved in Court of Protection, Family Court and Criminal Court matters.

Dr Crean is experienced in conducting assessments of individuals presenting with aggression/violence/sexual violence, partner violence, personality disorder, emotional and anger management deficits, those at risk of suicide and self-harm, clients who present with cognitive deficits and cognitive functioning problems, and those presenting with symptoms of mental illness. She is trained and qualified to conduct various structured risk assessments including the Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP); the Historical, Clinical Risk 20 (HCR-20); the Assessment of Protective Factors in Risk of Violence (SAPROF) and the structured assessment of personality using the Millon Multi-axial Inventory (MCMI-IV).


Specific Areas of Expertise

• Assessment of Capacity to litigate
• Assessment of Cognitive functioning and impact on parenting and working with professionals
• Personality and psychological disorders in adults (incl. MCMI-IV)
• Assessment of Learning Disability in adults (WAIS-IV plus adaptive functioning)
• Addictions and substance misuse
• Domestic violence and dysfunctional relationships
• Risk assessment - risk of violent offending (HCR-20) & risk of sexual violence (RSVP)
• Possession Proceedings where disability or capacity are of concern

• Intellectual functioning (16+) and impact on functioning and understanding of their offending
• Fitness to Plead (mental capacity) and Malingering (TOMM)
• Mental Health assessment, intervention and impact on functioning and offending
• Offence focused assessment and intervention (e.g. sexual offending, murder, manslaughter, violence, domestic violence, PTSD/Complex Trauma and drugs and alcohol)
• Risk of harm to others and self
• Personality Disorder
• Developmental disorders (e.g. Learning Disability) and impact on functioning, understanding and offending.

Dr Crean also has experience in providing interventions using ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’ (EMDR); cognitive analytic (CAT), and Family Therapy/systemic approaches, training and consultation across the North West. She has experience of working with adults in both secure forensic and community facing settings.


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology; 15 years post qualification experience in NHS in Adult Learning Disability & forensic services.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University of Liverpool (2005); BSc (hons) Psychology from University of Manchester (1999).

Expert Training

Bond Solon trained expert in Criminal Law & Procedure; Report Writing & Courtroom Cross Examination


Division of Clinical Psychology of British Psychological Society; Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy; Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society; Practitioner Psychologist of the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

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