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Dr Wendy Dyer

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Sciences

ADSS Wenddyer Staffprofile 255Wendy joined Northumbria University in January 2008. Prior to this, Wendy was awarded ESRC funding for her PhD: ‘The Identification of the Careers of Mentally Disordered Offenders Using Cluster Analysis in a Complex Realist Framework’, University of Durham, Department of Sociology and Social Policy. Wendy went on to work on a project with the Centre for Public Mental Health, Durham University, which provided technical support to local Mental Health Trusts during the roll-out of the Mental Health Minimum Dataset. In 2004, she was awarded funding by the NHS National R&D Programme on Forensic Mental Health (along with Professor John Carpenter) to undertake a follow-up study looking at the Outcomes of Custody Diversion for Violent Mentally Disordered Offenders. Wendy was then appointed Senior Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford working on a project to evaluate the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) programme. Wendy's research concentrates on issues around the health and social care of offenders and mentally disordered offenders.

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  • Prisoners with Severe Mental Illnesses and Everyday Prison Interior (Re)design, Cassidy, K., Dyer, W., Biddle, P., Ridley, L., Brandon, T., McClelland, N. 4 Dec 2022, The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Design, Cham, Switzerland, Springer
  • The introduction and development of a mental health integrated support unit within an English Prison: clinical, care staff and Operational Officer perspectives, McClelland, N., Brandon, T., Dyer, W., Cassidy, K., Ridley, L., Biddle, P. 3 Nov 2022, In: Journal of Forensic Practice
  • Using a Realist approach in understanding Youth Offending Service delivery requirements for young people who offend with speech, language and communication needs in England., Redgate, S., Dyer, W., Smith, M. 1 Nov 2022, In: Discover Social Science and Health
  • Quantification and realist methodologies, Dyer, W., Williams, M. 2 Jan 2021, In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
  • The Development of a Prison Mental Health Unit in England: Understanding Realist Context(s)., Dyer, W., Cassidy, K., Ridley, L., Biddle, P., McClelland, N., Brandon, T. 3 Apr 2021, In: International Journal of Forensic Mental Health
  • The sources of adversity in the delivery of mental healthcare in prisons, Rippon, D., Smith, M., Dyer, W. 2021, In: Wellbeing, Space and Society
  • Making space for mental health care within the penal estate, Cassidy, K., Dyer, W., Biddle, P., Brandon, T., McClelland, N., Ridley, L. 1 Mar 2020, In: Health and Place
  • Assessing the predictability of self-harm in a high-risk adult prisoner population: A prospective cohort study, Horton, M., Dyer, W., Tennant, A., Wright, N. 21 Sep 2018, In: Health and Justice
  • Reflections on a Project to Prevent Suicide and Self-Harm among Prisoners Identified as High Risk in Two Prisons in Northern England, Biddle, P., Dyer, W., Hand, R., Strinati, C. 3 Dec 2018, In: Health and Justice
  • Complex realism in social research, Williams, M., Dyer, W. 2017, In: Methodological Innovations

  • Kara Danks Exploring the Service Development and Implementation of the NHS Health Trainer Initiative in the Prison Setting: A Complex Realist Inquiry Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 13/11/2018
  • Katerina Spyrou A Critical Exploration of The Causes and Challenges of The Rise in The Prison Population in The Prison Establishment in Cyprus - The Central Jail of Nicosia Start Date: 19/12/2013 End Date: 27/10/2017
  • Mary McNamara The consequences and adverse effects of section 8(2) of the Mental Health Act, 2001 on persons transitioning from childhood to adulthood in particular those aged between 17 and 19 who are a danger to themselves and / or others as a result of suffering from a personality disorder. Start Date: 11/03/2021
  • Samantha Redgate When Two Worlds Collide: Examining the Incorporation Speech, Language and Communication Provision within a Youth Offending Setting through a Complexity informed Realist approach Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 25/06/2020

  • Sociology PhD June 30 2001
  • Sociology BA (Hons) June 30 1994


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