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Forensic 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 treatment of self-harm in young offenders
  • Forensic sleep research group: systematic scoping review.

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.

International evaluations: Latin American prisons

  • International collaboration to develop forensic mental health clinical research network across Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Undertaking research reflecting the priorities of the region and the needs of individual countries
  • Building sustainable research capability and capacity.

Addressing Mental health in Custody: A Brief Learning Environment (AMICABLE) 

Working in partnership to evaluate a six-step peer-led problem support mentor scheme to improve mental health and well-being in prisons: the AMICABLE 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

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.



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

Networking Through CrimNet                                                                                                                                                                                      

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

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)                   

Line of people

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)

Latin America-UK Collaboration (LATAM)           ‌

The Latin America-UK Collaboration for Forensic Mental Health Research, Development and Innovation (LATAM) aims to improve the mental health of individuals throughout the criminal justice pathway in Latin America and the Caribbean through networks, research and capacity-building activities