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Adverse events among individuals in contact with the criminal justice system

   Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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  Prof J Shaw, Dr D Pratt, Dr Florian Walter  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

People in contact with the criminal justice system (CJS) are at elevated risk for an array of adverse events, particularly fatal and non-fatal self-harm. Those residing in prisons are significantly more likely to die by suicide than the general population (1). Previous studies have focussed primarily on those who have been, or currently are, in prison with self-harm and reoffending being the most commonly examined outcomes. However, little is known about other risks across the whole CJS, including while in custody and on probation. There is also little research on how different types of support received by individuals affect the risk of experiencing such events.

This project aims to provide a comprehensive description of the prevalence of different adverse event and support provided to individuals in contact with the CJS in order to provide recommendation how these risks could be mitigated.

The successful candidate will identify and utilise existing data sources and apply different quantitative methods to analyse the prevalence of outcomes of interest across the CJS. A qualitative analysis of available support services will complement the epidemiological findings and will allow the candidate to make recommendation which have the potential to improve the safety of individuals in contact with the CJS.

This mixed-methods project enables the candidate to focus on their area of interest while providing a comprehensive analysis of the research topic.

Entry Requirements

Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) a First or Upper Second Class Bachelor’s degree (or its international equivalent) and a relevant Master’s degree. Candidates with a particular interest in forensic psychology and/or epidemiology are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website ( Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor. On the online application form select the appropriate subject title.

For international students, we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences.

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Funding Notes

Applications are invited from self-funded students. This project has a Band 2 fee. Details of our different fee bands can be found on our website (


Fazel, S., Ramesh, T. and Hawton, K., 2017. Suicide in prisons: an international study of prevalence and contributory factors. The Lancet Psychiatry, 4(12), pp.946-952.
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