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Academic Biography

Tammi is a Professor of Psychology and Research Director for the Centre for Applied Psychological Science in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Registered Senior Fellow with Advance HE and a mental health nurse by clinical background. Tammi is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Psychology at Durham University.

Tammi is an NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme Committee member and Associate Editor of The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Forensic Psychology. She is a Trustee at WISH - the only national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs in prison, hospital and the community  -  https://www.womenatwish.org.uk. Tammi is also a reviewer for grant applications submitted to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC). 

She is currently working as a series editor with Professor Graham Towl (Durham University) on a new series entitied:  New Frontiers in Forensic Psychology for Routledge. These short, co-authored books over the next two years will provide insight into new areas of investigation in forensic psychology, or new perspectives on existing topics of enquiry.   

Summary of Research Interests

Tammi currently collaborates with a number of prison and secure care services. She recently co-authored 'Tackling Sexual Violence at Universities: An International Perspective' (2019: Routledge Press) and was the lead author of 'Preventing Self-injury and Suicide in Women's Prisons' (2016: Waterside Press) with Professor Graham Towl, which won the national British Psychological Society Book Award 2017 for Best Practitioner Text.

She has extensive experience of researching and working in prison and secure care settings, including maximum security prisons for recidivistic sexual and violent offenders. She has completed work in this profession for over 17 years and has an advanced level of knowledge in forensic mental health, forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology. Tammi has contributed extensively to the development and delivery of interventions with imprisoned women in general and she has considerable expertise in the areas of suicide and self-injury

Tammi is an experienced qualitative researcher with special interest in participatory research, in-depth interviewing, researching sensitive topics, ethics, and ethnographic methods. She is very keen for this work to be triangulated with quantitative research and is often leading projects that use mixed methods approaches. Tammi’s research and publications include suicide, self-harm, forensic mental health, women in the criminal justice system, mental health, sexual violence and recovery.

Research Projects & External Funding

National Institute of Health Research [ARC NENC]: Heroin Assisted Treatment Intervention (HATI): A qualitative exploration. Principal Investigator [2021-2022]. [With Universities of Durham and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine].

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Closing the Gap Colloboration Fund: Physical Health Inequalities in Imprisoned Women with Serious Mental Illness: A plan for action. Principal Investigator [August 2020-December 2020]. [With Keele Univeristy].

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Closing the Gap Colloboration Fund: Altered eating in women with serious mental illness in secure mental health: exploring the relationship with food in an institutionalised setting. Co-Applicant – Mentoring PI [October 2020-March 2021]. [With Newcastle University].

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) MARCH Network: Life at a distance: a pilot study of two mutual aid services to support vulnerable individuals in coastal communities. Principal Investigator [2020-2021]. 

NIHR - Research for Patient Benefit Programme, 'Increasing Physical Actitivty in a Medium Secure Service: The Development and Feasibility of a Physcial ACTivity Intervention [IMPACT]'. Principal Investigator [2021-2023].  [With Universities of Leeds, York, British Columbia and Huddersfield].

NIHR - Health Techonology Assessment Programme, ‘A risk assessment tool to help identify prisoners at further risk of self-harm’. Co-Applicant – Qualitative Lead. [2018-2021]. [With Universities of Oxford, Manchester and York].

NIHR - Health Techonology Assessment Programme, 'Women Offenders Repeat Self-Harm Intervention Pragmatic Trial: WORSHIP III'. Co-Applicant – Qualitative Lead. [2018-2022].  [With Universities of Manchester, Oxford and St George's University of London]. 

PhD and Research Opportunities

PhD Supervisions

I am extremely interested in hearing from potential students who wish to carry out a PhD around the topic areas above.

Current PhD students 

ESRC NINE DTP - 1+3 Year Studentship - Ms Fleur Riley. Young Female Prisoners – Trust and Trauma in a Forgotten Population. 2020-2024.

Doctor of Philosophy -  Ms Julie Devon. Space to Grow: sense of being, place and purpose. ‘Learning to feel well, a person-centred resource: becoming an expert in yourself. 2020 -2023.

I currently supervise 10 Msc Forensic Psychology students.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society
  • Senior Fellow of Advance HE
  • Associate Editor of The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Forensic Psychology.
  • Trustee WISH: https://www.womenatwish.org.uk/
  • Member of Prison and Offender Research in Social Care and Health Network
  • Member of the Offender Health Research Network.

External Research Collaborations

  • University of Durham
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Huddersfield

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Research led teaching, doctoral training, students as researchers.


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