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Victoria Guthrie

Improvement Lead

Victoria Guthrie

Victoria's role

Vic’s role involves working with local and national partners to help drive activity which will help us achieve the ambitions set out within the National Strategy for community justice and improve outcomes for individuals and communities.


Vic is passionate about improving outcomes for people in or affected by the criminal justice system. She has a background in Psychology and Psychological Research Methods (BSc (Hons) and MSc) and has been involved in a wide variety of justice related research since 2007. Her main research areas relate to the development, delivery, and evaluation of interventions and support packages for people in or affected by the criminal justice system. Vic has a particular interest in interventions which support mental health and substance misuse recovery as well as parenting and family support programs.

Prior to becoming an Improvement Lead at Community Justice Scotland, she worked as a projects officer within CJS, a research officer for Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems and as a Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager at the University of Edinburgh.