About the authors

Seena Fazel, MBChB, MRCPsych, MD

Dr Seena FazelProfessor of Forensic Psychiatry & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.


Professor Fazel started researching prisoner health in 1998, when he was the research worker on a study of mental health problems in older men. Since then, he has conducted systematic reviews into the prevalence of serious mental disorders, substance abuse and dependence, intellectual disabilities, and mental health problems in juveniles in custody. He has conducted some descriptive research into rates of suicide in prisoners in England and Wales, and more recently examined risk factors for suicide.


Email: seena.fazel@psych.ox.ac.uk 


Declaration of interest: None


Lisa Marzano, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

Dr Lisa MarzanoAssociate Professor of Psychology at Middlesex University.


Dr Marzano has been researching suicide and self-harm in prisons since 2000. She has conducted extensive work on self-injury in male prisoners, and on the impact on staff of prisoner self-harm. She is currently investigating risk factors and psychological mechanisms for near-lethal suicide attempts in women’s prisons.


Email: l.marzano@mdx.ac.uk


Declaration of interest: None


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