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Academic Biography

Maggie’s early career was originally in nursing and then in social work. Maggie started her first academic post at the University of Wolverhampton in 2005 where she was the Head of Department for Childhood, Families and Communities. In 2014 Maggie took up the post of Professional Lead for Criminology at Leeds Beckett University, and in September 2017, she moved to her current post at Teesside University. Maggie is now the Head of Department for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Summary of Research Interests

Maggie's research interests include, vulnerable groups within the criminal justice system, with a focus on children and young people, mental illness and personality disorders. Her recent research has focused on policing and mental health, the experience of personality disordered offenders within secure psychiatric hospitals and the provision of gender-specific support services for female prisoners. Maggie is interested in how the label of 'dangerous offender' influences sentencing and post-release supervision, and womens' experience of imprisonment.

Research Projects & External Funding

  • 2018-2019 A mixed-methods study of the increased security measures in a Drug Recovery Prison. Completed July 2019.
  • 2016-2017 An investigation into gender-specific services in a women’s prison. Completed July 2017
  • 2015-2016 An investigation into patient’s experience of multi-disciplinary ward meetings in a low to medium secure hospital. Completed in December 2016
  • 2015-2016 An investigation into mental health in police custody, commissioned by West Midlands Police. Completed in February 2016
  • 2015-2016 Evaluation of Inter-professional Learning, Leeds Beckett University.
  • 2013-2014 Evaluation of young offenders’ health and well-being of children and young people within the Scottish Children’s Hearing System with the University of Wolverhampton.
  • 2013-2014 Evaluation of play@home for NHS Scotland
  • 2010-2011 Consultation project on the provision of Childcare within the West Midlands with Walsall Local Authority
  • 2007-2009 Every Child Matters, cross-university project/Curriculum design for Integrated Children’s Services

PhD and Research Opportunities

Maggie is currently supervising PhD students in the area of prisons, drugs and young people in precarious employment. Maggie is keen to hear from potential PhD students interested in any of her areas of research.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Peer reviewer for the Police Journal: Theory, Practice & Principles
  • Peer reviewer for the Journal of Criminal Psychology
  • Peer reviewer for the Journal of Policing & Society
  • Member of British Society of Criminology
  • Graduate Member of British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Prison and Offender Research in Social Care and Health Network
  • Associate Member of Fuse - The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health

External Research Collaborations

  • 2015-2016 Research Consultant for Mental Health Crisis Intervention study - Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2009-2012 Children's Workforce Development Council evaluation of Early Years Professional status longitudinal study advisory group
  • 2008-2010 Member of the CWDC Qualifications Panel
  • 2007-2010 Integrated Services for children, Young People and Families Expert Group
  • 2006-2007 Evaluation Working Party - Children's Centre Derby

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

  • Youth Justice
  • Prison and Prisoner Experience
  • Policing & Mental Health
  • Sexual Offending

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 8 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Other contribution

A Mixed Methods Study of Increased Security Measures in a Drug Recovery Prison

Leese, M. & Bell, V., 30 May 2019, 23 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch


Exploring Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings on a Personality-Disorder Ward within a Forensic Setting

Leese, M. & Fraser, K., 19 Aug 2019, In : Mental Health Review Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Personality Disorders
Decision Making

Vulnerable Women: Meeting the needs of female offenders within a gender-specific service

Leese, M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Prison Service Journal. 235, 17

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
child custody
correctional institution

Mental health, vulnerability and risk in police custody

Leese, M. & Russell, S., 12 Jun 2017, In : The Journal of Adult Protection. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
child custody
mental health