Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Institute for Applied Health and Wellbeing (LIFE)

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.

Meet the team

Professor Mick Mckeown

Professor Mick Mckeown is the Lead for Mental Health and Criminal Justice strand. Mick is Professor in Democratic Mental Health. He has consistently supported public engagement initiatives and helped found the Comensus service user and carer involvement initiative at the university. This has involved a significant amount of inter-disciplinary scholarship and alliance building, community engagement, and support for user groups.

Dr Kathryn Gardner
Deputy Lead

Dr Kathryn Gardner is the Deputy Lead for the strand. Kathryn is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Programme Director for the MSc Applied Clinical Psychology and joint Programme Director for the Postgraduate Diploma Associate Psychological Practitioner (PGDip Cert) course.