Mental Health and Criminal Justice

The Mental Health and Criminal Justice strand of the Centre for Criminal Justice Research and Partnerships offers cross-disciplinary excellence in relation to research and knowledge around mental health and criminal justice.

The mental health theme examines key issues related to mental health and the criminal justice system. We are particularly interested in matters of diversity, the interface between services, prevention and risk, and interventions to ensure the streamlining and inclusivity of services for vulnerable people.

Public health and the needs of persons with mental illness within the criminal justice system is also a key priority for us. Partnership working is central to our group and we are keen to foster links with agencies, organisations and users of services and their families for whom criminal justice is important.

Our work is cross-disciplinary and the strand consists of academics from Policing, Nursing, Community Health, Art Design and Fashion, Law, Management, Psychology, Criminology, and Social Work.

Co-Leads: Professor Mick McKeown and Professor Karen Wright

Deputy Lead: Dr Gary Lamph


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    The Public Psychiatric Emergency Assessment Tool (PPEAT) is the only tool of its kind in the world enabling frontline police officers to rapidly and accurately identify people with mental disorders.

    Wednesday 6 October 2021
  • Project representatives from UCLan at the official launch of the Criminal Justice Partnership.

    The UK's criminal justice sector will benefit from UCLan's expertise through a new scheme designed to deliver tailored research projects to help the sector.

    Wednesday 21 December 2016