Dr Sharon Riordan PhD MA PGD Psych BA (Hons)

Institute of Clinical Sciences
Programme Lead/Lecturer MSc PGD Forensic Mental Health Studies

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • PhD University of Birmingham
  • MA University of Leicester
  • PGD (Psych) The Open University
  • BA (Hons) Warwick University
  • The British Psychological Society MBPsS


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).  


  • Teaching mature students on the MSc/PGD/PGC Forensic Mental Health Studies course 
  • MB ChB Small Group Teaching
  • MSc Dissertation Supervision
  • Elective Student Project Supervision

Postgraduate supervision

MSc Dissertation Supervision


  • Research interests in restricted hospital order patients (Section 37/41 MHA)
  • Diversion at the Point of Arrest
  • Various subjects around the care and treatment of mentally disordered offenders

Other activities

  • Personal mentor to medical students on the MB ChB course
  • Member of the TPPC Committee
  • Member of the Misconduct Committee
  • Member of the Postgraduate Courses Comprehensive Review Panel


  • Tribunal Member
  • The Ministry of Justice
  • The First Tier Tribunal (Health and Social Care Chamber) Mental Health


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.

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