I am an NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow.
My doctoral research is an intervention development study to improve the health and desistance outcomes of offenders who have personality disorder/s. This is the first known study to apply an occupational perspective to the barriers and opportunities to participation in society after release to the community.
I maintain clinical responsibilities as an occupational therapist at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. In addition I sit on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Research and Development Board.
Complex interventions in forensic mental health; forensic mental health and criminal justice services; forensic occupational therapy; personality disorder; crime, recidivism and desistance from an occupational perspective
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) / Higher Education England (HEE)
- Dr Vivek Furtado, Warwick Medical School
- Professor Swaran Singh, Warwick Medical School
- Dr Elizabeth McKay, Edinburgh Napier University
I qualified as an occupational therapist in 2010, having completed a Bsc (Hons) Occupational Therapy at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Since qualifying I have worked as an occupational therapist in Birmingham in mental health and forensic mental health services.
In 2013 I undertook a Masters in Clinical Criminology at the University of Birmingham whilst leading the occupational therapy provision on the newly established Personality Focused Recovery Service. I attracted external funding from the European Union and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to conduct a pan-European evaluation of the impact of external factors on forensic length of stay, and a pan-European evaluation of forensic occupational therapy respectively.
Currently, I am an NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow at the Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. I additionally sit on the Research and Development Board of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
1. Connell C, Furtado V, McKay EA and Singh SP. What influences social outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: A systematic review. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health. 2018; 28: 390-6.
2. Connell C, Seppänen A, Scarpa F, Gosek P, Heitzman J and Furtado V. External factors influencing length of stay in forensic services: A European evaluation Polish Psychiatry. 2018; In press.
3. Connell C, Furtado V, McKay EA and Singh SP. How effective are interventions to improve social outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: A systematic review. BMC Psychiatry. 2017; 17: 368.
4. Connell C. Forensic occupational therapy to reduce risk of reoffending: A survey of practice in the United Kingdom. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. 2016; 27: 907-28.
MSc Clinical Criminology, University of Birmingham, 2015
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Robert Gordon University, 2010