James Taylor

Accepting PhD Students


Research activity per year

Personal profile

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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Doctoral supervisor Laura Hulse, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling


Doctoral supervisor Karen Rimicans, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling

2015 → …


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