Prof. Jane Ireland


School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB231

+44 (0) 1772 89 4471

Jane is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Forensic Research Group and is the Academic and Clinical Lead for the Ashworth Research Centre (ARC), based in Ashworth High Secure hospital, Mersey Care NHS Trust.

Full Profile

Jane joined the Department of Psychology in 2000 as a lecturer in forensic psychology. She joined on a part-time basis (0.1) whilst still employed as a forensic psychologist for HM Prison Service and, later, as a forensic psychologist for Ashworth High Secure Hospital Personality Disorder Service. She became a Reader in Forensic Psychology in 2003, and Professor of Forensic Psychology in 2006.


Violence Treatment Lead and Highly Specialist Clinician Grade, Ashworth High Secure Hospital, Mersey Care NHS Trust.

EMDR (trauma) accredited therapist, 2017.

Government REF Committee (Research), Panel for Psychiatry and Psychology, REF 2021, 2014.

Graduate Diploma in Law, 2013.

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Law: Mental Health, 2012.

Academician of Social Sciences, 2009, ongoing.

Chartered Psychologist - BPS - 2003
Forensic Psychologist (HCPC registered and BPS, Division of Forensic Psychology).

Accredited Expert Witness PG Certificate, Cardiff University, 2002.

PhD, Psychology (UCLan), 2000.

MSc, Psychology & Criminology, 1997.

BSc, Applied Psychology, 1995.


Recent sample journal articles include:

Mooney., R., Ireland, J. L., Lewis., M. (2019). Understanding interpersonal relationships and psychopathy in forensic psychiatric and student samples. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 1 – 28.

Cramer, R.J., Ireland, J.L., Long, M.M., Hartley, V., & Lamis, D.A. (2019). Initial Validation of the Suicide Competency Assessment Form among Behavioral Health Staff in the National Health Services (NHS) Trust. Archives of Suicide Research, 1 – 14.

Ireland, J.L., Sebalo, I., McNeill, K., Murphy, K., Brewer, G., Ireland, C., Chu, S.,l Lewis., M., Greenwood, L. Nally, T (2019). Impacting on factors promoting intra-group aggression in secure psychiatric settings. Heliyon 5 (3), March, e01400. doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01400

Ireland, C.A., Ireland, J.L., Jones, N.S., Chu, S., & Lewis, M. (2019). Predicting security incidents in high secure male psychiatric care. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 64, May-June, 40 – 52.

Lewis, M., Ireland, J. L. (2019). Understanding motives for aggression in forensic psychiatric patients: A preliminary study. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, p. 1 – 13.

Recent books/international handbooks include:

Ireland, J. L., Ireland, C. A., Birch, P (Eds.) (2018). Assessment, Treatment and Management of Violent and Sexual Offenders, 2nd Edition, Routledge: New York, US.

Ireland, J. L., Birch, P., Ireland. C. A. (Eds.) (2018). Routledge International Handbook on Aggression, Routledge: New York, US.

Ireland, J. L., Ireland, C. A., Fisher., M., Gredecki., N (Eds.) (2017). Routledge International Handbook of Forensic Psychology in Secure Settings. Routledge: New York, US.

More publications

Teaching Activities

PS 4804 Forensic Risk Assessment | PS 4805 Psychology, Investigation and the Courtroom | PS 4890 Project supervision


Jane leads for UCLan an international academic training and research unit, physically based within the Ashworth Research Centre (ARC) in Mersey Care NHS trust. ARC commenced in 2010, with the training unit developed in 2015. The last three years has seen considerable stabilisation and growth. It now comprises a number of interns, trainees and PhD students. It includes work directly with Maastricht University Postgraduate scheme (Forensic Psychology), which involves managing and training research interns from countries such as Russia, Canada, Spain, Greece, Sri Lanka, Croatia, Philippines and Germany.

Jane's current research interests concern aggression and violence, in particular: bullying in secure settings; treatment of aggression and anger; self-harm; violence risk assessment; psychopathy, personality disorder and violence; indirect aggression; sex differences in aggression; sleeping difficulties and aggression. She is also interested in attitudes towards offender groups, forensic mental health and sex offenders (notably cognitively impaired sex offenders).

Research Activities

Research Area

  • Forensic psychology
  • Aggression research
  • Psychopathology and complex populations

Research Students


  • Ivan Sebalo*
  • Soren Henrich*
  • Rebecca Ozanne*
  • Thomas Nally*
  • Lisa Hodgkinson*


  • Michael Lewis*
  • Polly Turner*
  • Ioan Ohlsson*
  • Fiona Wilks-Riley*
  • Sharon Xuereb*
  • Natalie Hearn*
  • Leah Greenwood*
  • Charlotte Caton*
  • Kirsty Alderson
  • Kimberley McNeill
  • Naomi Jones

*as Director of Studies

External Activities

Jane is currently Editor in Chief for the following journals; Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research and Journal of Criminological Research Policy and Practice. She is Associate Editor for Aggressive Behavior and for Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. She has a number of honorary appointments, including honorary professor at Charles Sturt University (Australia), visiting professor at Cardiff Metropolitan University and a docent at Abo Akademi (Finland). She continues to review for a number of Research Councils, including the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (RGC).