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Dr Wendy Dyer

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Department: Social Sciences

Wendy joined Northumbria University in January 2008.

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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Qualifications

PhD, BA

  • PhD Sociology and Social Policy, Durham University, 2001 (ESRC Funded) 
  • BA (Hons) Sociology, Durham University, 1994 
  • Diploma in Nursing Science, Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, 1988  

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Wendy’s main research interests centre on issues around the health and social care of offenders, and mentally disordered offenders. Her previous research focused on custody diversion and developed a methodological approach which enabled the exploration of large and complex datasets and the identification and mapping of criminal/psychiatric careers. She has been involved in projects which evaluated the national Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) programme, and has been awarded regional funding to review the provision of custody diversion schemes, healthcare provision within police stations, the management of chronic disease within prisons, prison health discharge planning, and a custody diversion ‘best practice’ update. Current and on-going projects include measuring the impact of Mental Health First Aid training in a number of prisons across the North East, and a joint project with Leeds University which aims to identify/develop a screening tool to assess the risk of future self-harm in adult offenders.

Wendy particular welcomes enquiries from students interested in undertaking PhDs in the health and social care of offenders and mentally disordered offenders.

 

Teaching

Wendy offers her own module option to 3rd year undergraduate students, and is involved in teaching core and optional modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students:

  • SO0838 Mentally Disordered Offenders
  • SO0608 Crime and Society: an introduction to Criminology
  • SO0709 Prisons and Punishment
  • SO0915 Contemporary Challenges in Criminal Justice
  • SO0913 Researching Crime and Criminal Justice

Professional Activity

Selected Research and Consultancy Reports:

Hand, R,, Strinati, C., Dyer, W. and Biddle, P. (2016) Prison Self-Harm Project. Ministry of Justice.

Steer, M., Biddle, P., Dyer, W., and Alali, Y. (2015) Cleveland Street Triage. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Myers, M., Dyer, W. and Humble, D. (2014) Reducing Re-Offending Group Evaluation. Addaction.

Horton, M., Wright, N., Dyer, W., Wright-Hughes, A., Farrin, A., Mohammed, Z., Smith, J., Heyes, T., Gilbody, S. and Tennant, A. (2014) Assessing the risk of self-harm in an adult offender population: an incidence cohort study. Health Technol Assess. 18(64):1-152. doi: 10.3310/hta18640.

Dyer, W. and Biddle, P. (2013) North East Big Diversion Project. Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Dyer, W. and Biddle, P. (2012) Measuring the Impact of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training in Prisons Across County Durham – Phase Two. North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit.

Burns, T., Yiend, J., Fahy, T., Fazel, S., Fitzpatrick, R., Sinclair, J., Rogers, R., Vasquez Montes, M., Clarke, M., Doll, H.,  Dyer, W.,  Elkington, Z.,  Foster, A.,  Johnston, L.,  Jones, C., Linsell, L., McKinnon, H.,  Prendergast, J.,  and Willmott, L. (2011) Inclusion for DSPD: Evaluating Assessment and treatment (IDEA). Final Report to NHS National R&D Programme on Forensic Mental Health.

Dyer W., Biddle P. and Irving A. (2010) Mapping the Clinical Pathway from Prison Healthcare to Community Healthcare in Four North East Prisons. North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit.

Dyer, W. (2009) Review of Health Care Delivery in Police Stations in the North East. Health and Social Care in Criminal Justice (NE)

Carpenter, J. and Dyer, W. (2007) Outcomes of Custody Diversion for Violent Offenders. Department of Health, National Forensic Mental Health R&D Programme.

 

Research Supervision:

Exploring the Development and Impact of Speech and Language Services for Young Offenders

Exploring the Impact of the NHS Health and Justice ‘Health Trainers’ Initiative on Prisoner Engagement and Health-Related Behaviour Change

Cypriot Penal Exceptionalism

 

Selected Research Funding Record:

Prison Mental Health Enhanced Care and Observation Unit – Development and Evaluation Project. NHS England, Secure and Detained Mental Health.

Sex Offenders & Self Harm Research Project – Liaison & Diversion Interventions. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

N-of-1 in Social Science? International Journal of Social Research Methodology

MHRN local Clinical Research Group: Offender mental health – screening and early intervention. NIHR Mental Health Research Network

North East Big Diversion Project: evaluation of three pilot projects. Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Liaison and Diversion Service Audit. Department of Health

Screening for the risk of self harm in an adult offender population. NIHR HTA Programme, Diagnostic Test and Test Technologies

Mapping the Clinical Pathway from Prison Healthcare to Community Healthcare in Four North East Prisons. North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit

Outcomes of Custody Diversion for Violent Mentally Disordered Offenders. NHS National R&D Programme on Forensic Mental Health

The Identification of the Careers of Mentally Disordered Offenders Using Cluster Analysis in a Complex Realist Framework. Economic and Social Research Council

 

External Engagement and Esteem Indicators:

Membership of the Tees and Wear Reform Prisons Advisory Board

Founder and Coordinator of the cross-faculty ‘Northumbria University Offender Health Research Network’.

Research Lead for the Prison and Offender Health Research Network

Peer Reviewer for Economic and Social Research Council

Member and Peer Reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research, College of Experts

Member of the NHS Improving Health Supporting Justice – North East Advisory Group

External Reviewer for University Programmes

Peer Reviewer for a number of journals and publishers including the International Journal of Social Research Methodology; the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health; International Journal of Mental Health Systems, Sage and Routledge.

Research Advisory Group member for a number of research projects.

Key Publications

Dyer, W. (forthcoming) 'Cluster analysis'. In The Sage Encyclopaedia on Research Methods. London: Sage.

Williams, M. and Dyer, W. (forthcoming) 'Complex realism in social research'. Methodological Innovations.

Dyer, W. and Biddle, P. (2016) '“Enhanced support for high intensity users of the Criminal Justice System” – an evaluation of mental health nurse input into Integrated Offender Management Services in the North East of England'. Social Policy and Society, 15 (1), pp. 43-44.

Dyer, W., Steer, M. and Biddle P. (2015) 'Mental health street triage'. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. 9 (4), pp.377-387.

Dyer, W. and Biddle, P. (2013) 'Prison health discharge planning – evidence of an integrated care pathway or the end of the road?' Social Policy and Society, 12 (4), pp.521-532.

Dyer, W. (2013) 'Criminal justice diversion and liaison services – a path to success?' Social Policy and Society, 12 (1), pp.31-45.

Dyer, W. (2011) 'The psychiatric and criminal careers of mentally disordered offenders referred to a custody diversion team in the United Kingdom'. In Byrne, D. and Uprichard. E. (eds.) Cluster Analysis. London: Sage.

Dyer, W. (2011) 'Mapping pathways'. In Williams, M. and Vogt, W.P. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Innovation in Social Research Methods. London: Sage.

Williams, M. and Dyer, W. (2009) 'Single-case probabilities'. In D. Byrne and C. Ragin (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Case Based Methods. London: Sage, pp.84-100.

Dyer, W. (2006) 'The psychiatric and criminal careers of mentally disordered offenders referred to a custody diversion team in the United Kingdom'. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. 5 (1), pp.15-28.

To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here.


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