Jack Tomlin

Dr Jack Tomlin LLM, LLB, PhD, AFHEA

Lecturer in Criminology

Jack Tomlin is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Law and Criminology. Prior to this he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at Rostock University Medical Centre, Germany. He studied for an LL.B and an LL.M at Maastricht University in the Netherlands before completing his PhD in forensic mental health at the University of Nottingham, UK in 2019. He is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, and is a Review Editor for the Forensic Psychiatry section of Frontiers in Psychiatry. He and has twenty international peer-reviewed publications and has received funding from German, UK and EU bodies.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Lecturer in Criminology
  • Interim Programme Leader BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology (semester one; 2022-23)
  • Module co-lead: Foundations of Criminology
  • Module co-lead: Criminological and Forensic Psychology
  • Module co-lead: Criminological Research Methods
  • Module co-lead: Forensic Mental Health
  • UG and PG dissertation supervisor

Awards

  • 2022. Best publication from work during doctoral studies/dissertation, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham, U.K.
  • 2019. Ludwig-Meyer Preis für Forensische Psychiatrie, Germany
  • 2018. Best publication from work during doctoral studies/dissertation, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham, U.K.
  • 2018. Royal College of Psychiatrists Forensic Research Prize, U.K.
  • 2017. Sue Watson Postgraduate Oral Presentation, 3rd Prize Winner, U.K.

Recognition

  • Member of the European Society of Criminology
  • Member of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services
  • Associate Fellow at the Higher Education Academy, U.K.

Research / Scholarly interests

Jack works in academic and clinical settings to research the treatment of justice-involved people with mental disorders. His research interests relate to forensic mental health patients’ experiences of care, procedural justice and legitimacy, and mental health in the criminal justice system. He works with patients, clinicians and scholars, and uses a variety of research methods in projects with colleagues in the U.K., Germany and elsewhere. These interests are underpinned by values of social justice, equity in healthcare and evidence-based rehabilitation.

Jack is currently working on projects to explore the applicability of procedural justice theory in forensic mental health settings, outcomes for conditionally discharged forensic patients, trauma-informed practice in prisons, and factors that influence student attitudes towards criminal justice involved persons with mental illnesses.

Funded research projects
DateProject informationTotal Amount Awarded
2022-2024Co-investigator. Robert Bosch Foundation. ‘PART: Patientenbeirat für partizipative Forschung in der Medizin’ [Patient Council for Participatory Research in Medicine]326,000 EUR
2022-2023Co-investigator. Welsh Government. PrisOn WAles TrAumatic StRess II (POLAR II)£197,664
2022Chief-Investigator. University of Greenwich Impact Development Fund. ‘Procedural Justice in forensic mental health: A participatory action research project’£1998.40
2022Chief-Investigator. Health Education England. Conditionally discharged forensic patients in England and Wales: A systematic literature review£5,800
2020Main applicant. University of Rostock, FORUN-Program for Junior Scientists. ‘Aufbau einer deutschlandweiten Datenbank für forensische Patienten, die nach section 63 StGB behandeltwerden’ [The CONNECT Study: ‘Collaboration to establish a national database on the criminological and treatment outcomes of forensic psychiatric patients in Germany’.10,698 EUR
2015-2019Student applicant. ESRC +4 Doctoral Studentship£72,436
2018Main applicant. ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit to Canada£2100
2015Main applicant. EU COST Action Short Term Scientific Mission to the Netherlands€1550

Recent publications

Journal Articles
  • Tomlin J. & Tonkin, M. (2022): The EssenCES Measure of Ward Atmosphere: Mokken Scaling, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, and Investigating Patient-Level Characteristics. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/14999013.2022.2134946
  • Tomlin J., Walker K., Yates J., Dening T. Völlm B., & Griffiths C. (2022): Older forensic mental healthcare patients in England: demographics, physical health, mental wellbeing, cognitive ability and quality of life. NIHR Open Research, 2, 9.
  • Tomlin J., Walde P., & Völlm, B. and the CONNECT Study Group. (2022): Study Protocol for the CONNECT Project: A national database and prospective follow-up study of German forensic psychiatric patients. Frontiers in Psychiatry. Vol. 13, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.827272 [IF: 3.5 in 2019]
  • Walker K, Yates J, Dening T, Völlm B, Tomlin J, Griffiths C. (2022): Staff perspectives on barriers to and facilitators of quality of life, health, wellbeing, recovery and reduced risk for older forensic mental-health patients: A qualitative interview study. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy. 2022;27(4):287-300. doi:10.1177/13558196221094512 doi:10.1177/13558196221094512
  • Tomlin J. & Völlm B. (2022): Forensic Mental Health in Europe: Shared legal heritage and contemporary landscape. Health Sciences in Eastern Europe. 31 (7): 146-152, DOI: 10.35988/sm-hs.2021.237
  • Tomlin J. & Jordan M. (2021). Strength- and Recovery-Based Approaches in Forensic Psychiatry in Late Modernity: Implementing with Human Rights? Social Theory & Health. DOI: 10.1057/s41285-021-00169-x [IF: 2.3 in 2020]
  • Gosek, P., Kotowska, J., Rowińska-Garbień, E., Bartczak, D., Tomlin, J., & Heitzman, J. (2021): Longer than prison: Length of stay in a forensic hospital for perpetrators of non-life-threatening crimes. Preliminary data from a medium security setting. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health. Published online 09 June, 2021. DOI: 10.1002/cbm.2202 [IF: 1.2 in 2019]
  • Tomlin J., Lega I., Braun P., Kennedy H.G., Tort Herrando V., Barroso R., Castelletti L., Mirabella F., Scarpa F., Völlm B. & the experts of COST Action IS1302 (2021): Forensic mental health in Europe: some key figures. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 56(1), 109-117. DOI: 10.1007/s00127-020-01909-6 [IF: 3.3 in 2019]
  • Tomlin, J. The climate crisis and forensic mental healthcare: what are we doing? (2021): BJPsych Bulletin. Vol. 45, Iss. 1: 5-7. DOI: 10.1192/bjb.2020.36 [IF: Not Available]
  • Tomlin J., Bartlett P., Völlm B., Furtado V., & Egan V. (2020): Perceptions of Restrictiveness in Forensic Mental Health: Do Demographic, Clinical, and Legal Characteristics Matter? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 64(9), 994-1012. DOI: 10.1177/0306624X20902050 [IF: 1.0, 2-year]
  • Tomlin J., Bartlett P., Furtado V., Egan V., & Völlm B. (2020): An item response theory analysis of the Forensic Restrictiveness Questionnaire (FRQ). The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 31(4), 503-519. DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2020.1771614 [IF: 1.1 in 2019]
  • Tomlin J. (2020): What does social distancing mean for patients in forensic mental health settings? Forensic Science International: Mind and Law, Nov; 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.fsiml.2020.100018 [IF: Not Available]
  • Traub HJ., Tomlin J., Weithmann G., Flammer E., & Völlm B. (2020): Court Sentences to Forensic-Psychiatric Treatment and Imprisonment in Germany: Types of Crimes and Changes from 1995 to 2009. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 71. Volume 71, July–August 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2020.101577 [IF: 1.3 in 2020]
  • Rabab S., Tomlin J., Huband N., Völlm B. (2020): Care quality commission inspections of high-security hospitals. The Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 22, No. 2. DOI: 10.1108/JFP-09-2019-0044 [SCOPUS CiteScore: 0.7 in 2020]
  • Senn D., Bulten E., Tomlin J. and Völlm B. (2020): A Comparison of English and Dutch Long-Stay Patients in Forensic Psychiatric Care. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11:574247. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.574247 [IF: 3.5 in 2019]
  • Tomlin J., Dalgleish-Warburton B, Lamph G (2020): Psychosocial Support for Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology, 11:1960. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01960 [IF: 2.4 in 2019]
  • Tomlin J., Völlm B., Furtado V., Egan V. & Bartlett P. (2019). The Forensic Restrictiveness Questionnaire: Development, Validation, and Revision. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 805. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00805 [IF: 3.5 in 2019]
  • Tomlin J., Egan V., Bartlett P., & Völlm B. (2019). What Do Patients Find Restrictive About Forensic Mental Health Services? A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 19(1), pp.44-56. DOI: 10.1080/14999013.2019.1623955 [IF 1.1 in 2019]
  • Tomlin J. (2019): Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and the Recovery Paradigm: Are they compatible? Journal of Recovery in Mental Health. Vol. 2, No. 2/3, Winter/Spring. [IF: Not Available]
  • Tomlin J., Bartlett P., & Völlm B. (2018): Experiences of restrictiveness in forensic psychiatric care: Systematic review and concept analysis. International journal of law and psychiatry, 57, 31-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2017.12.006  [IF: 1.3 in 2020]
Edited Books
  • Tomlin J. & Völlm B. (Eds.) (2023): Marginalisation and Diversity in Forensic Mental Health Care. Routledge. London, UK
    • Endorsement by David Lammy, MP: "This collection is eye-opening, accessible and pioneering. An invaluable toolkit for anybody interested in criminal justice and mental health.".
Book Chapters
  • Tomlin J. & Völlm, B. (2023): Forensic Mental Health, Minority Groups and Inequality: An Introduction. In: Tomlin, J. & Völlm, B. (Eds.) Marginalisation and Diversity in Forensic Mental Health Care. Routledge. London, UK
  • Tomlin J. & Völlm, B. (2023): Conclusion: Pulling towards justice. In: Tomlin, J. & Völlm, B. (Eds.) Marginalisation and Diversity in Forensic Mental Health Care. Routledge. London, UK
Unpublished Reports
  • Tomlin, J., Oliveira, D. & Orrell, M. (2018): World Health Organization QualityRights Training on Mental Health, Human Rights and Recovery: Validation of QualityRights Questionnaire. University of Nottingham.

Presentations

  • 2022. London, UK. Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services Medium and Low Secure Annual Forum 2022. ‘Human Rights Informed Reduction of Restrictive Practice’ [Online]
  • 2021. Bucharest, Romania. European Society for Criminology. Paper ‘Predictors and Outcomes for Offenders with Substance Misuse Disorders in Compulsory Treatment: A Systematic Literature Review’. [Virtual, co-presented with Esther Meise]
  • 2021. Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish Occupational Therapy Association's 2nd Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Congress. ‘Forensic Mental Health in England and Wales: The Role Of Occupational Therapy’. [online]
  • 2021.Budapest, Hungary. Milestone Institute’s Law and Ethics Society. ‘Crime and the mind’. [online]
  • 2020. Warsaw, Poland. International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) Annual Conference. Chair of Symposium titled ‘Measuring Patients’ Experiences of Restrictiveness in Forensic Mental Health: Perspectives from four Countries’. [postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19] [Virtual]
  • 2019. Singapore. Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law 39th Annual Congress. Paper ‘Restrictiveness in Forensic Psychiatry: Developing and Validating the Forensic Restrictiveness Questionnaire (FRQ).’
  • 2019. Mainz, Germany. IX. Symposium EFPPP. Paper ‘Restrictiveness in Forensic Psychiatry: Developing and Validating the Forensic Restrictiveness Questionnaire (FRQ).’
  • 2019. Toronto, Canada. Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences' Annual Conference. Paper ‘Restrictiveness of Forensic Psychiatry: Measuring Patient Experience’
  • 2018. Liverpool, UK. Carceral Geography Working Group (CGWG) of the Royal Geographical Society and The International Criminological Research Unit (ICRU). Paper ‘Restrictiveness of Forensic Psychiatry: Patient Experience’
  • 2018. Cairo, Egypt. LIFE Project Conference. Paper Forensic Patients and Late Modern Social Control.
  • 2018. Antwerp, BelgiumInternational Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) Annual Conference. Paper ‘The Restrictiveness of Forensic Care: Exploring Patient Experience’
  • 2018. Nottingham, UK. Royal College of Psychiatrists Forensic Section Annual Conference. Paper ‘The Restrictiveness of Forensic Care: Exploring Patient Experience’
  • 2018. Nottingham, UK. Mental Disability Law Conference. Paper ‘The Restrictiveness of Forensic Care: Exploring Patient Experience’
  • 2017. Nottingham, UK. CJRC East Midlands Postgraduate Conference. Paper ‘The Restrictiveness of Forensic Psychiatric Care: A Concept Analysis’
  • 2017. Brighton, UK. Sussex CRC Annual Graduate Conference. Paper ‘Criminal Responsibility and Mental Illness: Are the Two Mutually Exclusive?’
  • 2016. Nottingham, UK. Inaugural UK Mental Health Law Conference. Paper ‘Conceptualizing Restrictiveness in Forensic Care: Tentative Findings from the Literature’
  • 2016. Bath, UK.  ESRC NCRM Research Methods. Poster ‘Policies and care pathways in forensic-psychiatric care: Patient experience in two European countries'
  • 2016. Nottingham, UK. IMH, 10 Year Anniversary. Poster ‘Policies and care pathways in forensic-psychiatric care: Patient experience in two European countries’
  • 2016. Helsinki, Finland. Modern forensic in-patient facility design standards. Paper ‘Conceptualizing Restrictiveness in Forensic Care’
  • 2015. Warwick, UK. Long Stay in Forensic Psychiatric Services Training School.