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Dr Wendy Dyer

Senior Lecturer

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.


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

Key Publications

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  • Making space for mental health care within the penal estate, Cassidy, K., Dyer, W., Biddle, P., Brandon, T., McClelland, N., Ridley, L. 24 Feb 2020, In: Health and Place
  • Assessing the predictability of self-harm in a high-risk adult prisoner population, 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. 14 Dec 2017, In: Methodological Innovations
  • 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, Dyer, W., Biddle, P. Jan 2016, In: Social Policy and Society
  • Mental Health Street Triage, Dyer, W., Steer, M., Biddle, P. Dec 2015, In: Policing
  • Assessing the risk of self-harm in an adult offender population: an incidence cohort study, Horton, M., Wright, N., Dyer, W., Wright-Hughes, A., Farrin, A., Mohammed, Z., Smith, J., Heyes, T., Gilbody, S., Tennant, A. Oct 2014, In: Health Technology Assessment
  • Reducing Re-Offending Group Evaluation, Myers, S., Dyer, W., Humble, D. 2014
  • Criminal Justice Diversion and Liaison Services: A Path to Success?, Dyer, W. Jan 2013, In: Social Policy and Society
  • North East Big Diversion Project: Final Report, Dyer, W., Biddle, P. 1 Aug 2013

PGR Supervision

  • 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: 07/10/2014
  • Kara Danks Exploring the Service Development and Implementation of the NHS Health Trainer Initiative in the Prison Setting: A Complex Realist Inquiry Start: 07/10/2014
  • 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: 19/12/2013


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