Dr Sharon Riordan is the Programme Lead for the MSc/PGD/PGC in Forensic Mental Health Studies and a Lecturer in Forensic Mental Health Care at the University of Birmingham. Her main research interests are concerning the care and treatment of mentally disordered offenders. She has undertaken projects concerning various aspects of forensic psychiatry including research into medium secure care, mentally disordered offenders contact with the police and the effectiveness of statutory community aftercare for potentially dangerous offenders. She has presented her work at both national and international conferences.
In addition she is a tribunal member of the First Tier Tribunals (Health and Social Care Chamber) Mental Health where she is involved in deciding the legitimacy of detention for those compulsory detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007).
Riordan, S, Haque, S and M Humphreys Possible Predictors of outcome for Conditionally Discharged Patients – A Preliminary Study. Medicine Science and the Law (2006) Vol 46, No 1.
Riordan, S, Lewis, K and Humphreys, M Conditionally Discharged Patients-The Role of the Social Supervisor. The British Journal of Forensic Practice Volume 8 Issue 1 February 2006.
Riordan, S Wix, S and Humphreys, M Forensic community mental health nurses’ perceptions of statutory community aftercare: Implications for practice Journal of Forensic Nursing Winter 2005 Volume 1/Number 4.
Riordan, S, Baker, J, Chalder, G, Griffin, N and Kenney-Herbert, J. (2005) Specific Joint Working III: Multidisciplinary Statutory Follow-up of Conditionally Discharged Patients in Multidisciplinary Working in Forensic Mental Health Care (eds) Oxford Elselvier Science.
Wix, S. Riordan, S and Humphreys, M (2005) Multidisciplinary Research in Multidisciplinary Working in Forensic Mental Health Care (eds) Oxford Elselvier Science.
Riordan S, Donaldson S and Humphreys, MS (2004) The imposition of restricted hospital orders: potential effects of ethnic origin. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry Vol 27, Issue 2, March-April 2004, Pages 171-177.