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The Forensic Research Group explores the complex relationship between mental disorders and crime. We use a developmental lifespan perspective to understand the aetiology and development of this relationship, using epidemiological, cognitive psychological and neuroimaging research methods. 

The group is led by Nigel Blackwood and Deirdre MacManus, both clinical academics in forensic psychiatry. Our clinical work in forensic services takes place in the Criminal Justice System (police stations, courts, prisons) and in secure forensic services within SLaM.  

We teach the next generation of academics and clinical academics in the MSc in Forensic Mental Health

Group meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at the IoPPN (timetable/meeting alerts via @forensicrg


Current grants, fellowships, and program grants come from: the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Councilthe Department of Health (NIHR), the European Union, Forces in Mind Trust and Help for Heroes