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Jane joined the Department of Psychology in 2000 as a lecturer in forensic psychology. She joined on a part-time basis (0.1) whilst still employed as a Forensic Psychologist for HM Prison Service and, later, as a Forensic Psychologist for Ashworth High Secure Hospital Personality Disorder Service. She became a Reader in Forensic Psychology in 2003, and Professor of Forensic Psychology in 2006.
Ireland, Jane Louise and York, Charlotte (2012) Exploring application of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behaviour to self-injurious behaviour among women prisoners: Proposing a new model of understanding. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 35 (1).
Aggression Research Group
Laura Turner, Fiona Wilks-Riley*
Abigail Thornton,Christina Power*
* as Director of Studies
Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Law: Mental Health, 2012
Graduate Diploma in Law, 2013
BSc, Applied Psychology, 1995
MSc, Psychology & Criminology, 1997
PhD, Psychology (UCLan), 2000
Assoc. Fellow - British Psychological Society - Chartered Forensic Psychologist
Accredited Expert Witness (Court Appointed Consultancy), 2002
Chair- BPS Division of Forensic Psychology, 2006
Violence Treatment Lead and Highly Specialist Clinician Grade, Ashworth High Secure Hospital, Mersey Care NHS Trust 2005
PS 4804 Forensic Risk Assessment
PS 4805 Psychology, Investigation and the Courtroom
PS 4890 Project supervision
Jane was co-editor for the British Psychological Society publication Forensic Update 2000 - 2005 , and is currently Consulting Editor for the international journal Aggressive Behavior. She has acted as an independent expert reviewer for NHS LREC and MREC committees for forensic research proposals, and reviewed grant proposals for NHS forensic grant programmes. She also represents UCLan as the Academic Research Lead for the Ashworth Research Centre, Mersey Care NHS Trust. She is a regular reviewer for a number of high impact journals. She also reviews book proposals relating to forensic psychology for a range of publishers.
Jane's current research interests concern aggression and violence, in particular: bullying in secure settings; treatment of aggression and anger; self-harm; violence risk assessment; psychopathy, personality disorder and violence; indirect aggression; sex differences in aggression; sleeping difficulties and aggression. She is also interested in attitudes towards offender groups, forensic mental health and sex offenders (notably cognitively impaired sex offenders).