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Rongqin Yu


Senior Researcher

My research focuses on examining the link between mental illnesses and criminal behaviours. I am currently working at Professor Seena Fazel's Forensic Psychiatry group. My main work focuses on developing and validating violence and suicide risk assessment tools (, conducting epidemiological studies examining the link between mental illnesses, violence (especially sexual and domestic), and suicide, as well as exploring the effects of imprisonment.   

Another focus of my work is on resilience. I investigate links between individual characteristics and psychosocial, psychiatric and violent outcomes. I examine whether individual characteristics, such as biological markers and personality characteristics, can make people differentially susceptible to adverse environments and have different developmental outcomes. 

Our recent paper on the link between mental disorders and intimate partner violence can be found at:

Meanwhile, we have developed risk assessment tools for individuals convicted of sexual violence and arrested for domestic violence.

Prediction of reoffending risk in men convicted of sexual offences: development and validation of novel and scalable risk assessment tools (OxRIS)
Journal of Criminal Justice (2022) – doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2022.101935

Development and validation of a prediction tool for reoffending risk in domestic violence
JAMA Network Open (2023) – doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.25494

See more of our work via Google Scholar.