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Rohan Borschmann

PhD DClinPsych PG-Dip(Psych) BBSc


  • NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow
  • Psychologist
  • Honorary Research Facilitator, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

I am a psychologist and visiting academic from the University of Melbourne. I am interested in mental health in adolescents and young adults, with a particular focus on marginalised groups. My research focuses on three main areas: (1) adolescent mental health; (2) the health of people who come into contact with the criminal justice system; and (3) self-harm and suicide prevention.

Based in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, I work with Prof. Mina Fazel and her team on the OxWell Student Survey, examining mental health and self-harm in primary and secondary school students across England. As a former prison psychologist, I also lead the multi-national Mortality After Release from Incarceration Consortium (recent findings here). 

I am pleased to consider applications from prospective MSc & DPhil students with interest in adolescent mental health, self-harm and/or suicide prevention, or the intersection between health and the criminal justice system.


1)       Borschmann, R… the MARIC collaborators… Kinner SA. (2024). Rates and causes of death after release from incarceration among 1,471,526 people in eight high-income and middle-income countries: an individual participant data meta-analysis. The Lancet, 403(10438), pp.1779-1788.

2)       Borschmann, R, Janca, E, Carter, A, Willoughby, M, Fazel, S, … Snow, K, Kinner, SA. (2020). The health of adolescents in detention: a global scoping review. The Lancet Public Health, 5(2), pp.e114-126.

3)       Borschmann, R, Becker, D, Coffey, C, Spry, E, Moreno-Betancur, M, Moran, P, Patton, G. (2017). Twenty-year outcomes in adolescents who self-harm: a population-based cohort study. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 1(3), 195-202.

4)       Borschmann, R, Craig, S, Hiscock, H. (2020). Reducing suicide after hospital-treated self-harm in young people. The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, 4(2), 92-93.

5)       Borschmann, R, Kinner, SA. (2019). Responding to the rising prevalence of self-harm. The Lancet Psychiatry; 6(7), 548-549.

6)       Kinner, SA, Aon, M, Borschmann, R. (2024). Preventing suicide in people who experience incarceraton. The Lancet Psychiatry, May 29.

7)       Borschmann, R, Marino, J. (2018). Sexual identity and mental health in young people: An opportunity to reduce health inequity. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 3(2), 57-59.

8)       Borschmann, R, Young, JT, Moran, P, Spittal, MJ, Kinner, SA. (2017). Self-harm in the criminal justice system: A public health opportunity. The Lancet Public Health, 3(1), e10-11.

9)       Patton, G, & Borschmann, R. (2017). Responding to the adolescent in distress. The Lancet, 389(10094), 536-538.

10)    Hedrick, K, Armstrong, G, Borschmann, R. (2019). Self-harm among asylum seekers in Australian immigration detention. The Lancet Public Health, 4(12), E604.

11)    Aggarwal, S, Borschmann, R, Patton, GC. (2021). Tackling stigma in self-harm and suicide in the young. The Lancet Public Health, 6(1), E6-E7.

12)    Kinner, SA, Borschmann, R. (2019). Dual-harm, complex needs, and the challenges of multi-sectoral service coordination. The Lancet Public Health, 4(5), e210-e211.

13)    Calais-Ferreira, L, Young, JT, Francis, K, Willoughby, W, Pearce, L, Clough, A, Spittal, MJ, Brown, A, Borschmann, R, Sawyer, SM, Patton, GC, Kinner, SA. (2023). Non-communicable disease mortality in young people with a history of contact with the youth justice system in Queensland, Australia: a population-based cohort study. The Lancet Public Health, 8(8), E600-E609.

14)    Kinner, SA, Borschmann, R. (2018). Parental supply and alcohol-related harm in adolescents: Emerging but incomplete evidence. The Lancet Public Health, 3(2), e53-e54.

15)    Kinner, SA, Spittal, MJ, Borschmann, R. (2017). Suicide and the criminal justice system: A more complete picture. The Lancet Psychiatry, 5(2), 106.

16)    Kinner, SA, Borschmann, R. (2021). Polysocial risk scores for assessing social determinants of health. JAMA, 324(16), 1680-1681.

17)    Borschmann, R, Kinner, SA. (2021). Preventing overdose deaths following release from incarceration: context is crucial. Addiction, 2022, 117(2), 442-443.

18)    Kinner, SA, Borschmann, R. (2024). Preventing suicide after release from incarceration requires a multi-sectoral response. JAMA Network Open, 7(5):e249951.

19)    Borschmann, R, Moran, P. (2020). Treating self-harm in young people. EClinicalMedicine, 19,100259.

20)    Borschmann, R*, Geulayov, G*, Mansfield, K, Hawton, K, Moran, PA, Fazel, M. (2022). Utilisation and acceptability of formal and informal support for adolescents following self-harm before and during the first COVID-19 lockdown: results from a large-scale English schools survey. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13:881248.

21)    Rice, S, Oliffe, J, Seidler, Z, Borschmann, R, Pirkis, J, Reavley, N, Patton, GC. (2021). Gender norms and the mental health of boys and young men. The Lancet Public Health, 6(8), E541-E542.

22)    Borschmann, R, Mundy, LK, Canterford, L, Moreno-Betancur, M, Moran, PA, Viner, RM, Allen, NB, Degenhardt, L, Kosoloa, S, Fedyzsyn, I, Patton, GC. (2020). Self-harm in primary school-aged children: prospective cohort study. PLOS ONE, 15(11): e0242802.

23)    Borschmann, R, Oram, S, Kinner, S, Dutta, R, Howard, L, Zimmerman, C. (2016). Self-harm in adult victims of human trafficking accessing secondary mental health services. Psychiatric Services, 68(2), 207-210.

24)    Borschmann, R, Coffey, C, Moran, P, Hearps, S, Degenhardt, L, Kinner, S, Patton, G. (2014). Self-harm in young offenders. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 44(6), 641-652.

25)    Carter, A, Butler, A, Willoughby, M, Janca, E, Kinner, SA, Southalan, L, Fazel, S, Borschmann, R. (2022). Interventions to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviours among people in contact with the criminal justice system: A global systematic review. EClinicalMedicine, 44, 101266.

26)    Hedrick, K, Armstrong, G, Coffey, G, Borschmann, R. (2019). Self-harm in the Australian asylum seeker population: A national records-based study. SSM – Population Health, 8, 100452.

27)    Schölin, L, Tucker, Z, Chopra, A, Borschmann, R, McKay, C. (2023). Detention of children and adolescents under mental health legislation: a scoping review of prevalence, risk factors, and legal frameworks. BMC Pediatrics, 24:12,

28)    Rice, SM, O’Gorman, KM, Jovev, M, Cranston, I, Borschmann, R, Cotton, S, Purcell, R, Chanen, A. (2023). Unmet mental health and criminogenic needs among justice-involved young people: A role for clinicians in the community. Clinical Psychologist,

29)    Borschmann, R, Moran, P. (2022). Adversity, social support, and risk of self-harm during the COVID-19 pandemic (editorial). BJPsych Open, 8, e141, 1–2.

30)    Slade, K, Justice, L, Martijn, F, Borschmann, R, Baguley, T. (2024). Deaths in adults under supervision of the England and Wales’ probation services: Variation in individual and criminal justice-related factors by cause of death. Health & Justice, 12:10.

31)    Addison, M, James, A, Borschmann, R, Costa, M, Jassi, A, Krebs, G. (2024). Suicidal thoughts and behaviours in body dysmorphic disorder: Prevalence and correlates in a sample of mental health service users in the UK. Journal of Affective Disorders, May 29.