Adjunct Staff

Professor Jane Ireland

BSc Applied Psychology, MSc Psychology and Criminology, PhD Psychology, GDL (Law)

Adjunct Professor


Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. Holds a Professorial Chair at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Is Violence Treatment Lead within High Secure Services, Ashworth Hospital, Mersey Care NHS Trust.  Is an elected academy fellow of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and fellow of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA).  Currently academic lead for the Ashworth Research Centre (ARC), an NHS centre for research based within Mersey Care NHS Trust. Also, Research Lead for the School of Psychology, Faculty of Science, UCLan. Formerly worked for HM Prison Service and continues to work for Serco (private prison sector).


Teaching covers forensic risk assessment, legal application of psychology, violent and sexual offending, personality disorder and psychopathy.


I currently supervise 8 PhD students covering a range of topics within the forensic and criminological fields. These students at all based at UCLan. I also supervise, on average, 10 Masters students a year.


Core areas of research focus on:

  • Aggression, including sexual aggression. This captures understanding the origins and facilitating factors.
  • Self-injurious behaviour in secure settings.
  • Risk assessment for violence and the approaches to consider in relation to this.
  • Security incidents in secure settings, including bullying and crisis incidents.
  • Psychopathy and personality disorder; correlates, causes and promoting features. Further extends to the development of measures.

Professional Memberships & Activity

Co-founded two journals, one in 2015 and another in 2008, remaining Editor in Chief for both; The Journal of Criminological Policy and Practice and the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.

Consulting editor on Aggressive Behaviour and also The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology.

Currently external examiner for the British Psychological Society for their stage II (Forensic Psychology) training.

Academician of the Academy of Social Science. Elected in 2009.

Research Excellence Framework 2021 (UK) panel member for Panel 4 (Psychology, Psychiatric and Neuroscience).


Jane has been obtaining funding successfully since 2003. Focusing just on the past three years, Jane has acquired the following:

  • 2018: £280,000 for research unit and PhD funding (various research streams, all capturing secure based forensic research).
  • 2018: £34,000 from NHS Trust for CQUIN trauma intervention.
  • 2017 – 2018: £245,000 from NHS Trust to continue and expand secure services research, with an additional £12,000 for a PhD part time funding.
  • 2016 – 2017: £263,000 from NHS Trust to continue and expand secure services research, with an additional £12,000 for a PhD part time funding.  Includes a full time PhD scholarship.
  • 2016 – 2017: £200,000 to developed forensic research across various topics.
  • 2015 - 2016: £164,000 from NHS Trust to conduct research into aggression and security incidents, with an additional £48,000 for a PhD scholarship.
  • In addition, I have acquired 12 ERASMUS university scholarships for interns, from 2015 to the current date.

Selected Publications

Jane has around 150 publications. Examples of the most recent that would be expected to reach a 3* or 4* level on the UK Government REF (i.e. international world leading) are:

Adams, C., Ireland, J. L. (2018). The role of beliefs and trait aggression in prison bullying among young offenders. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology.

Ireland, J. L., Birch, P., Kolstee, J., Ritchie, A. (2017). Partner abuse and its association with emotional distress: A preliminary study exploring LGBTI relationships.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 54: 118 – 132.

Booth, J., Ireland, J. L., Mann, S., Eslea, M. J., Holyoak, L. (2017). Anger expression and suppression in the workplace: Causes, characteristics and predictors. International Journal of Conflict Management, 28, pp. 368 – 382.

Lewis, M., Ireland., J. L., Abbott, J., Ireland, CA. (2017).  Initial development of the Psychopathic Processing and Personality Assessment (PAPA) across populations. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 54: 118 – 132.

Ireland, J. L., Ireland, C. A., Lewis, M., Jones, C., Keeley, S. (2016). Affective, Cognitive and Lifestyle (ACL): Initial development of an implicit and explicit approach to assess psychopathy. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 46: 117 – 128.

Barker, L. F., Ireland., J. L., Chu, S., Ireland, C. A. (2016). Sleep and its association with aggression among prisoners: Quantity or quality? International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, July – August, 47, 115 – 121.

Ireland, J. L., Ireland, C. A., Power, C.L. (2016).  Attitudes towards prisoner-to-prisoner bullying and association with prison environments: Examining the components.  Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 8, 124 – 136.

Ireland J. L., Priday, L., Ireland, C. A., Chu, S., Kilcoyne., Mulligan, C., (2016) Predicting hospital aggression in secure psychiatric care.  British Journal of Psychiatry, Open. 2 (1), 96-100.

Ireland, J.L., Adams, C. (2015).  Implicit aggression among young male prisoners: Association with dispositional and current aggression. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, 41, 89 – 94.


In addition, in the past 14 months Jane has led with the editing of three invited international handbooks, for Routledge; International Handbook on Forensic Practice in Forensic Settings (2017); International Handbook on Aggression (2018); and Violent and Sexual Offenders (2018).

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