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Professor Jane Ireland

School of Psychology and Computer Science

Jane teaches across a range of forensic psychology subjects. She is a practicing Forensic Psychologist who works as a clinician at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, where she runs violence therapy programmes. She is also an accredited EMDR (trauma) therapist and provides trauma therapy across services. She heads up a forensic research unit in Ashworth High Secure Hospital calls ARC. Several of her PhD and postgraduate students are based there, completing research.

Jane has published widely in the areas of aggression, psychopathy, personality disorder, self-injury and psychological trauma. She has written several handbooks. One of the most popular has been the Assessment, Treatment and Management of Violent and Sexual Offenders, 2nd Edition (2019), published by Routledge. Jane is a lead for research within the School and leads with teaching in forensic risk assessment, including psychopathy and personality disorder.

Jane originally worked in HM Prison Service, as a forensic psychologist, before moving into High Secure Psychiatric care. She has continued to work there whilst also developing and maintaining the academic portion of her career. She commenced in the School as a senior lecturer, before proceeding to become at Reader and then a Professor by age 30. She has developed a keen interest in editorial duties, starting two new Journals and remaining as Editor-in-Chief for them both (Journal of Aggression Conflict and Peace Research; Journal of Criminological Research Policy and Practice), whilst also remaining as an Associate Editor for Aggressive Behavior and for Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. Jane set up the BPS accredited MSc Forensic Psychology in 2000, and remained Course Director for several years. This has remained one of the most popular programmes of study. Jane now focuses on the risk assessment and personality injury aspect of the programme, leading with a module on Forensic Risk Assessment and contributing to a module on Court application. In 2010 Jane set up the Ashworth Research Centre (ARC), funded by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. The ARC is now an international centre for research and training, with an established collaboration with Maastricht University in place since 2015. The centre comprises of Research Fellows, Senior Research Leads, Interns, Trainees and PhD students. Jane holds a number of visiting/honorary titles in addition to her Chair at UCLan. These include: Docent, Åbo Akademi University, Finland; Visiting Professor, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Visiting Professor, Charles Sturt University, Australia.