Division of Psychiatry

Forensic Psychiatry

Working with mentally disordered people in secure facilities.

Forensic Mental Health Services assess and treat mentally disordered offenders and patients with major behavioural and mental health problems, in a range of secure health facilities and in the community, police stations, courts and prisons.

Changing legislation and practice

Research has contributed to major change in mental health legislation, facilities, and treatment and management initiatives, including a systematic approach to risk assessment and management.

These developments bring with them a substantial research and educational agenda to ensure improved patient care and public safety.


Example projects include:

A Study of Restricted Patients in Scotland 1960-2005

An Evaluation of Appropriate Adult Schemes (for The Scottish Executive)

Appeals Against Detention in Conditions of Excessive Security at the State Hospital, 2006 -2010

Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the Prison Population

Drug and Alcohol Use in Mentally Disordered Offenders

Exploring Violence Risk and Risk Management amongst Offenders with Mental Disorder

Forensic Network - Medication for sexual offenders

Measuring the effect of a psycho-education programme for psychosis

Review of independent homicide inquiries

A Prospective Study of Risk of Harm to Others in People with a Mental Disorder

Sex Offender Liaison Service - Clinical evaluation

Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia: Identification and Outcome in a Forensic Population (for The State Hospitals Board for Scotland)



School of Forensic Mental Health

The School of Forensic Mental Health was established in 2007 and is available to colleagues and associates from across the Forensic Network to assist with any teaching, training and research needs.

School of Forensic Mental Health

Group members

Get in touch with members of the Forensic Psychiatry group.

Group members