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Area of academic expertise - outline

I have an interest and research experience in 

  • PTSD and psychological trauma;
  • the consequences of psychological trauma on health and offending;
  • alcohol and drug misuse;
  • military and veterans mental health and wellbeing;
  • military and veteran offending;
  • the mental health, social and criminogenic needs of prisoner and their sub-groups;
  • suicide and the management of self-harm in prison.

I also have an interest in and experience of researching the role of men in nursing and issues of gender balance in the healthcare workforce.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

In addition to working in academia (University of Stirling and Edinburgh Napier University before joining UWS) I have had many years' experience of working within the health/ social care arena in both public and private sectors, including health and criminal justice, covering both local and national issues. In previous positions I have had lead responsibility for the Scottish Prison Service's (SPS) National Strategies for Suicide Risk Management and for the Management of Mental Health. This included their development, evaluation and revision, and the development of associated national training and education plans. I developed the SPS Clinical Healthcare Standard for Mental Health, chaired a review of the prison service's substance misuse clinical standards, and developed, and led, the SPS' national audit and review process for apparent self-inflicted deaths in custody. I have acted as an expert witness on matters relating to mental health and suicide to court during Fatal Accident Inquiries following apparent self-inflicted death in custody. I was an external specialist adviser for Scottish Government commissioned research examining alcohol use with offenders.

Target collaborative organisations

NHS, Criminal Justice Services, Third Sector Organisations

Desired research direction

I am interested in continuing to develop my research into the military veterans and offending, particularly the influence of psychological trauma on offending behaviour and pathways to prison. I am also interested in researching the impact of adverse childhood and life experiences on mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, I am interested in looking at decision making processes for in prison systems related to supporting prisoners identified as being at risk of suicide.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Mental health nursing; Forensic mental health; Cognitive behavioural therapy; Other trauma related psychological therapies, eg EMDR; Barriers and challenges to males entering the nursing workforce.

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Research Output 2012 2020

  • 5 Article
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 1 Presentation
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

An exploration of the influences on under-representation of male pre-registration nursing students

Whitford, H. M., Marland, G. R., Carson, M. N., Bain, H., Eccles, J., Lee, J. & Taylor, J., 23 Oct 2019, In : Nurse Education Today. 84, 104234.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nursing Students
Focus Groups
Mental Health
mental health
144 Downloads (Pure)

Trauma-informed practice: a paradigm shift in the education of mental health nurses

Young, J., Taylor, J., Paterson, B., Smith, I. & McComish, S., 18 Jun 2019, In : Mental Health Practice. 22, 3, 10 p., 1359.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mental Health
Mental Health Services
Wounds and Injuries
Open Access
Male Nurses
Nursing Education

Press / Media

Scottish study recommends ‘rebranding’ of nursing to attract more male recruits

James Taylor & Heather Whitford


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Why do we need more men in nursing?

Heather Whitford & James Taylor


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Veterans discharged for misconduct have higher risk of homelessness

James Taylor


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment