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I am a Licensed Psychologist in the District of Columbia and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I obtained my Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Applied Psychology in 2000, my Master of Science degree in Psychoanalytic Studies in 2002 and my Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology in 2005. Since qualifying, I have been employed as a Registered Clinical Psychologist working in forensic services in the U.K. Since 2015, I have also been employed as a Licensed Psychologist working in psychiatric forensic services in the District of Columbia. 

I am currently employed on a full-time basis as an Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. I am also a visiting associate at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at Kings College London, U.K. My clinical and research specialization lies within violence risk assessment and personality disorder in forensic settings. Over the past 10 years I have published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, empirical studies, and book chapters on the subject of forensic psychology. 

Research Interests

  • Personality disorder  
  • Risk assessment 
  • Service evaluation 
  • Dangerousness  
  • Inpatient violence 


Bruce, M., Cobb, D., Clisby, H., Ndegwa, D., & Hodgins, S. (2013). Violence and crime among male inpatients with severe mental illness: attempting to explain ethnic differences. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epistemology, 49(4), 549-558. 

Bruce, M., Jeffcote, N. Cowley, S., & Coulston, B. (2013). Community DSPD pilot services in south London: Rates of reconviction and impact of supported housing on reducing recidivism. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 24, 129-140. 


Bruce, M., & Laporte, D. (2015). Childhood trauma, antisocial personality typologies and recent violent acts among inpatient males with severe mental illness: exploring an explanatory pathway. Schizophrenia Research, 162, 285-290. 

Bruce, M., Kerr, R., Russell, S., & Cullen, A. (2017). Psychologically Informed Practice (PIP) for staff working with offenders with personality disorder: A pragmatic exploratory trial. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 27(4), 290-302.