I am a postdoctoral research associate with over ten years’ experience in health and social science research, and the practical application of research methods within criminology, health and forensic mental health. Since 2009, when appointed by the University of Liverpool, I have been engaged in developing and managing projects exploring different aspects of violence and risk within mental health and criminal justice settings, with the view to identify safe, ethical, and effective approaches to care of people with mental health problems and complex needs. I have published research based on complex evaluations and mixed methods design (quantitative and qualitative), and research using qualitative techniques only (i.e. observations, videoing) to explore risk management and decision making within mental health settings. I have completed my PhD with the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield (2010) on the subject of policing and automated surveillance. Prior to my PhD I worked within the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, part of the team evaluating prisoner resettlement and offender rehabilitation projects within the SW of England.
I am currently working on developing a number of projects in the mental health area, part of a collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. This involves initiating and contributing to substantial funding applications to NIHR, EU, and other external organisations; managing research projects as a Principal Investigator; supervising research and clinical staff; supervising PGRs; recruiting new staff; disseminating research; and contributing to strategic research programme planning. Current projects include: an investigation of the relationship between staff perceived safety, physical environment characteristics and violence within mental health services; an exploration of risk and protective factors for both perpetrators and victims (as carers) reported in domestic homicide reviews; an ethnographic investigation of multidisciplinary team meetings and decision making in forensic settings; an evaluation of therapeutic interventions provided within prison based personality disorder service; and a series of studies investigating the prospective validity of instruments used to assess both risk and protective factors for service users in forensic and acute settings (e.g. HCR-20; START and SAPROF). I am also involved in developing research aiming to improve the physical health of people experiencing serious mental health problems, as well studies to improve suicide prevention, for example developing and testing digital technologies and machine learning algorithms with the view to complement clinical practice and improve identification of risk of self-harm and suicide.