Prof. Jane Ireland


School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB231

+44 (0) 1772 89 4471

Jane is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Forensic Research Group.

Full Profile

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).

Ohlsson, Ioan M. and Ireland, Jane Louise (2011) Aggression and offence motivation in prisoners: exploring the components of motivation in an adult male sample. Aggressive Behavior, 37 (3). pp. 278-288. ISSN 0096-140X

Ireland, Jane Louise (2010) The Importance of Coping, Threat Appraisal, and Beliefs in Understanding and Responding to Fear of Victimization: Applications to a Male Prisoner Sample. Law and Human Behavior, 35 (4). pp. 306-315. ISSN 1573-661X

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Research Activities

Research Area
Social psychology
Aggression research group

Research Students

  • Michael Lewis*
  • Polly Turner*
  • Ioan Ohlsson*
  • Fiona Wilks-Riley*
  • Sharon Xuereb*
  • Natalie Hearn*
  • Kirsty Alderson
  • Kimberley McNeill
  • Charlotte Caton*
  • Naomi Jones

*as Director of Studies


Postgraduate 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

Teaching Activities

PS 4804 Forensic Risk Assessment

PS 4805 Psychology, Investigation and the Courtroom

PS 4890 Project supervision

External Activities

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).