Science Advisor appointed for the Justice sector

11 December 2015

Dr Ian Lambie, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Auckland, has been appointed to the role of Justice Sector Science Advisor.

Secretary for Justice Andrew Bridgman said Dr Lambie would work across the justice sector (Police, Corrections, Justice, Crown Law, and Serious Fraud Office) to improve access to and use of evidence in the sector.

"Dr Lambie will help the justice sector to improve the lives of New Zealanders by advising on the use of best evidence in our cross sector work to reduce crime, victimisation and harm," he said.

"We are putting a lot of focus on using data, research and evidence to support funding and delivery of justice sector services for the best outcomes."

Dr Lambie is Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Auckland University. His research and clinical specialty is youth offending, and child and youth forensic psychology and conduct problems.

He's a member of his profession's disciplinary tribunal, and on the editorial board of a number of journals. He's also served on a number of government advisory committees and held advisory roles to the Youth Crime Action Plan, Corrections, Police and the Principal Youth Court Judge.

The role is part of the network of science advisors established across government by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman.

Dr Lambie will also continue his work at the University of Auckland.

For more information, please contact Antony Paltridge on either 04 9188980 or 027 6890667.

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