Research programme: Occupation and mental health in forensic and prison services
Associate Professor Louise Farnworth from Monash
University in Australia and Dr Jane
Cronin-Davis, Senior Lecturer at York St John University
will be jointly leading the research programme in occupation and
mental health in forensic services. This research programme aims to
build international occupational therapy networks to facilitate
building an evidence base for forensic and prison mental
health. The focus is on developing geographically diverse research
groups to support research, increase individuals capacity as
well as facilitating the opportunity to undertake larger, cross
cultural studies related to the contribution of occupational
therapy to forensic mental health.
The research program aims to help locate studies, including
publications in non-english language sources, and foster the
development of research skills through mentoring and supporting
people to frame research questions, apply for local and
internationally available research grants, develop protocols for
data collection and analysis methods, and facilitate the
dissemination of research findings at occupational therapy and
relevant social science conferences, and publication in
Dr Jane Cronin-Davis, Senior Lecturer from York St John
University has summarised her own doctoral research conducted in
forensic mental health; and encourages occupational therapists to
conduct research and contribute to the evidence-base.
Read about it here.
O’Connell, M., Farnworth, L., & Hanson, C. H. (2010). Time
Use in Forensic Psychiatry: A Naturalistic Inquiry into Two
Forensic Patients in Australia. International Journal of
Forensic Mental Health, 9: 101–109.