There are 2 primary aims of this group. First, to conduct internationally recognised research. Second, to provide high quality training to practitioners in applied settings. The group has strong links with national and local providers of services for offenders in both the public and private sectors.
FPRG carries out research on a range of projects relevant to our understanding of casual factors in crime, risk for serious offending, relationship between psychological abnormality and offending, drug / alcohol abuse, motivational factors and compliance / treatment effectiveness for offenders.
This includes developing measures of motivation, as well as enhancing
motivation, for treatment engagement and change.
One major project is a
randomised control trial investigating the effectiveness of a motivation
intervention, and another is concerned with motivation for employment,
including understanding barriers to employment.
Recent smaller projects have included a comparison of motivational
interventions with sex offenders, and also an investigation into motivation
in young people in prison (youth offenders aged 15-17).
This area of research seeks to investigate a variety of interventions and
examine their effectiveness in terms of both process and outcome evaluation.
There are a number of projects within this domain, for example, the
Supporting Offenders through Restoration Inside programme and evaluation of
the Control of Violence in Angry Impulsive Drinkers.
Dr Siriol David, Head of Psychological Services, NOMS Cymru
Professor Mary McMurran, Nottingham University, UK
Professor David Cohen, Director of Wales Health Economics Support
Bowes, N., Sutton, A., Jenkins, S., McMurran, M. (in press). The alcohol
treatment needs of violent and non-violent prisoners. British Journal of
European Research Advisory Board bid made for the evaluation of an
alcohol and violence intervention (COVAID). Awaiting decision.
Sian Lewis, Forensic Psychologist in Training, NOMS Cymru
Cardiff Metropolitan Univesity Foundation are exploring potential for
further funding to support a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student.
These posts would develop the collaboration with HMP Cardiff and NOMS
Cymru to examine the contribution that SORI can make nationwide.
Amy Williams, Cardiff University, UK.
Professor Pamela Taylor, Cardiff University, UK
PI. Professor Taylor. Medical officer’s grant, Cardiff University,
Dr Julian Walker, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Fromeside Clinic,
Dr Alasdair Goodwill, University of Birmingham, UK