Professor Gisli Gudjonsson CBE

Professor Gisli Gudjonsson CBE

Professor Gudjonsson is an Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, and currently a Professor of Psychology at Reykjavik University. Prior to his retirement from King’s College on 1st January 2012 he was the Head of Forensic Psychology Services for the Lambeth Forensic Services and Medium Secure Unit at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM). He is also a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a registered practitioner (clinical and forensic) with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Professor Gudjonsson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine in 2001 by the University of Iceland for services to forensic psychiatry and psychology. In April 2009 the British Psychological Society presented Professor Gudjonsson with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded The European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) Life Time Achievement Award for 2012 and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2011 Honours List for services to clinical psychology.

Professor Gudjonsson has published extensively (over 300 peer reviewed journal articles) in the areas of forensic psychology, including papers on offending, violence, police interviewing, psychological vulnerabilities, suggestibility, compliance, false confessions, false memories, memory distrust syndrome, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He has also acted as a consultant in over 1000 cases for the police, prosecution, Criminal Cases Review Commission, and defence lawyers, including landmark murder and terrorist cases. He provided written or oral testimony in many cases, including the Guildford Four, the Birmingham Six, Judith Ward, Engin Raghip, Idris Ali, Colin Stagg, Steven Miller, Barry George, Kenneth Erskine, Donald Pendleton, Andrew Evans, Derek Bentley, Ashley King, Patrick Kane, Robert Adams, Darren Hall, Peter Fell, John Flanagan, Patrick Nolan, Ian Lawless, Raymond Gilmour, Andrew Reeves, and Delroy Brown. Professor Gudjonsson has also testified abroad, including the USA, Canada, Norway, Iceland, Israel, and The Hague. In December 1999, he acted as an expert for the Council of Europe on a CPT inspection visit to Northern Ireland. In 1989 he testified at the arbitration hearing regarding the Zeebrugge disaster on behalf of three of the complainants. 

Declaration of Interest

  • Professor Gudjonsson has given presentations and attended meetings sponsored by Janssen-Cilag and Eli Lilly.
  • Professor Gudjonsson has received a joint grant from Janssen-Cilag.