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I am a mixed-methods researcher with expertise in managing complex national multi-site projects.  My research focuses on pathways through forensic mental health services, with a particular emphasis on admission from and return to prison from secure psychiatric services and access to healthcare in the prison estate.


Research interests

Curent projects:

'Access assessements for admission to adult low and medium secure services.'

‘An investigation into aftercare planning for those remitted to prison from secure services’.


Doctoral research:

'A comparative prospective cohort study of people transfered from prison to hospital under the Mental Health Act: their pathways and outcomes.'

 - A national prospective cohort study of people all prisoner-patients remitted to prison from 33 NHS medium secure services over a 6 month period. This project utilised mixed methodology and includes a one year follow-up of prison remittals in 58 prisons, alongside a qualitative individual interviews and a focus group study with forensic clinicians, exploring their experiences of treating transferred prisoners and remitting to prison. 


PhD Medicine  - University of Manchester (2018)

MRes Psychology  - University of Manchester (2011)

BSc (Hons) Psychology  - University of Manchester (2010)



BSc Psychology - Lecturer 

MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health - Dissertation module - Dissertation Supervisor

Supervision information

Supervison of current masters projects:

'Changes to dynamic risk factors post-discharge from medium secure services: the relationship between dynamic risk change and violence outcome.'

'Changes to dynamic protective factors post-discharge from medium secure services: the relationship between dynamic protective factor change and violence outcome.'

'Mental health professionals experience of caring for patients with a violent criminal conviction within a PICU setting in Ireland.'


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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  • IAFMHS 2016 Presentation Award

    Leonard, Sarah (Recipient), 11 Jul 2016

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