Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science

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.

Research staff

Chair: Dr Rachael Fullam

Indicative publications