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Anne Aboaja
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist/Visiting Research Fellow



Anne is a consultant forensic psychiatrist with an interest in research. She completed a PhD in Global Health at the University of Edinburgh, and now leads the Forensic Research Group at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust which has a partnership with the University of York.


  • BMedSci
  • BM BS
  • MRCPsych
  • MMedSci
  • MPH
  • PhD



Anne's research interests include global aspects of mental health; the mental health and wellbeing of offenders; and the mental health experiences of females.


  • NIHR Research Design Service funded project to explore carer involvement in research within forensic services
  • Cochrane reviews of interventions for substance misuse among offenders
  • Mental health and spirituality of female prisoners in Chile

Research group(s)



  • 4th year medical students


  • Junior doctors (CT1-3)

External activities


  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Academic Secretary for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Northern and Yorkshire Division
  • Chair of Forensic Research Group; Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust
  • Member of the World Psychiatric Association (Forensic Section)

Invited talks and conferences

  • Anscombe Bioethics Centre – July 2018, “Decision-making in Forensic Psychiatry” Mind, Medicine and Morals Conference in Oxford
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust – October 2016, “Global Perspectives on Offender Health and Overseas Prison Research” Offender Health Conference in Durham
  • University of Chile – October 2015, “Forensic psychiatry in the UK” Special seminar hosted by the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile
  • Bolivian National Association of Psychiatrists – August 2014, “A systematic review of the prevalence of depression in prisoners in Latin America” National Congress of Psychiatry in Sucre, Bolivia

Media coverage

  • Radio interview on mental health in Copiapó, Chile, in September 2015.

Contact details

Dr Anne Aboaja
Visiting Research Fellow
Health Sciences


Selected publications

  • Aboaja, A., Mack, F., Ensaldo-Carrasco, E. and Stirzaker, A. (2018) Accessing the latest medicines information and minimising error. Journal of Medicines Optimisation.4(1):3-9
  • Aboaja, A., Rivera, G. & Grant, L. (2015) Mental health law in Bolivia. BJPsych International 12(4):89-92
  • Aboaja, A., Myles, P. & Hughes, P. (2015) Mental health e-supervision for primary care doctors in Sudan using the WHO mhGAP intervention guide. British Journal of Psychiatry International 12: s16-19
  • Carvajal, D., Aboaja, A. & Alvarado, R. (2015) Validation of Warwick-Edinburgh mental wellbeing scale in Chile. Revista de Salud Pública. 1:13-21 (in Spanish)
  • Aboaja, A., Duggan, C., & Park, B. (2011). An exploratory analysis of the NEO-FFI and DSM personality disorders using multivariate canonical correlation. Personality and Mental Health, 5: 1-11.
  • Bickle, A., Abdelrazek, T., Aboaja, A. & Page, K. (2008). Audit of Statutory Urgent Treatment at a High Secure Hospital. Journal of Mental Health Law. 5: 66-74