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Image of scales and brainForensic Mental Health

The forensic mental health group work nationally and internationally to bring together psychological evidence and practice into the criminal justice system. The theme is led by Dr Amanda Perry who links to the wider academic network on mental health through Crim Net at the University of York.

Projects focus on:

Problem solving skills

  • A peer-led problem solving scheme for people in custody
  • Problem solving to reduce depression, anxiety and self-harm for forensic in-patients
  • International problem-solving training for prison officers in Poland

Systematic reviews and synthesis of research evidence

  • Interventions for drug using female offenders and offenders with co-occurring mental health problems
  • Interventions for treatment of self-harm in young offenders
  • Interventions for treatment of gambling for people in the criminal justice system

National evaluations of suicidal behaviour in prisons

  • Using an adapted cognitive behaviour therapy to help people who self-harm
  • The development of a new monitoring tool to support the management of ‘at risk’ people in custody

Physical and Mental Health of Older Prisoners (PAMHOP)

  • An integrated systematic review
  • Co-production of an intervention tool kit to improve mental health


Problem Support Mentor (6-Step)

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A 6-step problem solving model to help people in custody to cope better with the problems they experience: the 6-step project 

International Adaptation of Problem Solving Skills in Poland (IAPSS) 

The international adaptation and development of using problem solving skills with Polish prison staff: the IAPSS project

Systematic Review of Gambling Interventions for People Involved in the Criminal Justice System (GI-CJS)

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Working in partnership with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Consultants and academics are gathering evidence to produce a systematic review on evaluating the effectiveness of evidence for treatment interventions on gambling in the criminal justice system: the GI-CJS project

Forensic Sleep Research Group

Working in partnership with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College London, with an emphasis on patient and public involvement, to improve sleep in secure mental health settings: Forensic Sleep Research Group

Problem Solving in Secure Environments (IS-DASH)

In collaboration with Tees Esk Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust we are conducting a study to evaluating how problem solving skills can improve symptoms of depression, anxiety and self-harm for patients living in a secure hospital environment: the IS-DASH project.



Systematic Review for Drug Using Offenders (DUO)

Two recently published Cochrane Collaboration systematic reviews on drug using offenders: the DUO PROJECT

Developing a new Monitoring Tool for
Self-Harm Risks in Prison

Working in collaboration with University of Oxford and University of Manchester to develop a new monitoring tool for self-harm risk in prisons: the RAPPS study

Trials of Suicidal Behaviour in Prison (PROSPECT)

Working in collaboration with the University of Manchester and Kings College London on the PROSPECT study: Prevention of suicide behaviour in prison: enhancing access to therapy

Physical and Mental Health of Older Prisoners (PAMHOP)                   

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Working in collaboration with HMPPS, RDaSH and the Prison Radio Association to produce a tool kit to improve the mental health of older prisoners with physical and mental health needs (PAMHOP)

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Words Mental Health

The University of York has extensive research expertise in crime and criminal justice spread across various departments in the Social Sciences and beyond. CrimNet is a forum in which academics interested in crime can share their expertise and collaborate across departments