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My research focuses on the relationship between mental illness and violent crime, the mental health of prisoners, and violence risk assessment. This is funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of a Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science.
My principal collaborations are with the Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and the Centre for Suicide Research and Social Psychiatry group in the department.
With the Centre for Suicide Research, I have worked with Professor Keith Hawton to examine suicide risk in prisoners, and rates and factors associated with self-harm in custody. We have recently completed a national study of psychiatric, psychological, and psychosocial factors associated with near-lethal suicide attempts ('near-misses') in English and Welsh prisoners. With the Social Psychiatry group, we have been studying a cohort of severely personality disordered offenders (as part of the IDEA study), and examining relationships between treatment, capacity and coercion.
Other research collaborations include with Manchester University's Department of Psychiatry examining mental health needs of older prisoners.
I am an external examiner for the MSc in Forensic Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Associate Editor of the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, sit on the advisory committee of the South Central Region for the Research for Patient Benefit Programme of the NIHR, and the editorial board of BMC International Health and Human Rights.
Clinical work includes sessions for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust as a visiting psychiatrist at a local prison.