Forensic mental health
Our research in forensic mental health addresses questions related to the assessment and treatment of people with a mental disorder and a history of offending, or those who are at risk of offending. The work aims to further understand these relationships and to reduce and eliminate offending by people with mental illnesses.
Our research in this area focuses on:
- Understanding the relationship between mental illness and offending
- Developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions to reduce the risk of offending among people with mental disorders
- Developing and evaluating forensic mental health services
We enjoy a strong partnership with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).
Key projects in this area include:
- data linkage studies exploring the rate of offending and violence among people with mental illnesses
- identifying the percentage of offenders with mental illnesses
- investigating ways to intervene with mentally ill offenders to reduce their offending and assist in their mental health recovery.
Chair: Dr Rachael Fullam
- Allnutt, S., Ogloff, J. R. P., Adams, J., O’Driscoll, D., Daffern, M. D., & Carroll, A. et al. (2013). Managing aggression and violence: The clinician’s role in contemporary mental health care. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47, 728 – 736.
- Ogloff, J. R. P., Talevski, D., Lemphers, A., Wood, M., & Simmons, M. (2015). Co-occurring mental illness, substance use disorders, and antisocial personality disorder among clients of forensic mental health services. Psychiatric rehabilitation journal, 38(1), 16.
- Sheehan, R., & Ogloff, J. R. P. (Eds.).(2015). Working in the forensic paradigm: Cross-discipline approaches for policy and practice. Oxon, UK: Routledge.
- Short, T., Thomas, S., Mullen, P. & Ogloff, J. R. P. (2013). Comparing violence in schizophrenia patients with and without comorbid substance-use disorders to community controls. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 128, 306–313.
- Bennett, D. J., Ogloff, J.R.P., Mullen, P.E., Thomas, S.D.M., Wallace, C., Short, T., (2011). Schizophrenia disorders, substance abuse and prior offending in a sequential series of 435 homicides. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 124, 226-233.
- Chu, C. Thomas, S. D. M., Ogloff, J. R. P. & Daffern, M. (2011). The predictive validity of the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START) in a secure forensic hospital: Risk factors and strengths. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 10, 337–345.
- Lee, J., Daffern, M., Ogloff, J. R. P. & Martin, M. (2015). Towards a model for understanding the development of post-traumatic stress and general distress in mental health nurses. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24, 1, 49 – 58, doi: 10.1111/inm.12097.