Dr Sam Warner is a chartered and consultant clinical psychologist (qualifying in 1991), and she holds an honorary lectureship in the school of society and health, Salford University.

Sam works as an academic, consultant, expert witness, researcher, therapist and trainer. Throughout Sam’s career she has specialised in sexual violence, child abuse, domestic abuse and their impacts on mental health.

Sam has written books and papers on abuse and related issues, such as self-harm. Her books include Understanding the effects of child sexual abuse: Feminist revolutions in theory, research and practice (2009, published by Routledge), and with Helen Spandler (ed.s) (2007) Beyond fear and control: Working with young people who self-harm (PCCS Books). Sam is working on a second edition of Understanding child sexual abuse: Making the tactics visible (PCCS Books).

Sam has a particular interest in sexual violence and has worked in and led a variety of specialist sexual violence therapy services both in the third sector and statutory mental health services, working with both children and adults. Sam has also been engaged by the Department of Health and British Government as an expert in mental health on both national and international sexual violence projects. Sam has been the external examiner for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Open University for their undergraduate and postgraduate training on behalf of the UK Government on personality disorder. 

Sam has worked as a clinical consultant with Barnardos Safer Future Services in the North West and recently acted as clinical lead for Cambian Group’s specialist residential placements for girls at risk of sexual exploitation in Humberside. Sam is on the board of directors of the Association of Child Protection Professionals’ charity, as the education, learning and policy co-chair and is the mental health consultant for the Frank Bruno Foundation.