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Dr Julie Trebilcock
Deputy Head of Department / Divisional Lead - Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology with more than fifteen years experience of working in higher education, and of conducting research in the field of forensic mental health and imprisonment. My research interests have diversified through my career, but have been primarily focused with the management of violent and sexual offenders with personality disorder. I have experience of researching the institutional pathways and legal authority by which high risk offenders are detained, Parole Board and Mental Health Tribunal decision-making, and the staffing challenges involved with working with offenders with personality disorder. In the last five years, I have been involved (as a co-investigator) with two national evaluations of the Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway (one with men, one with women). I have also published widely in the field of mental health and offending, and am author (along with Dr Sam Weston) of the book Mental Health and Offending: Care, Coercion and Control, which was published by Routledge in 2019. I have close links with the Howard League and currently sit on their Research Advisory Group. I have also been commissioned by them on several occasions to undertake research, with people serving short prison sentences and, people affected by gambling and crime. In the last 2-3 years I have also been exploring other areas of interest, leading me to publish work in relation to the motivations students have to study criminology, immigration policies in the UK, and prescription medication guidance in prisons.


SFHEA (Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy) 

PhD Criminology (Keele) 

MA Criminology & Research Methods (Keele) 

BA(Hons) Criminology & Applied Social Studies (Keele) (First Class)

Newest selected publications

Vamvakas, G., Jarrett, M., Barrett, B., Campbell, C., Forrester, A., Trebilcock, J., et al. (2024) 'The effectiveness of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway: A propensity score-matched analysis'. Psychology, Crime and Law, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 21. ISSN: 1068-316X Open Access Link

Journal article

Brown, G., Trebilcock, J. and Harding, N. (2023) 'Lived experiences of gambling, gambling-related harms and crime within ethnic minority communities, London: Howard League for Penal Reform.'. Available at:


Trebilcock, J. (2023) 'Holding it all together and picking up the pieces: Women’s experiences of gambling and crime'. Place of publication: Howard League for Penal Reform. Available at: Access Link


Moran, P., Jarrett, M., Vamvakas, G., Roberts, S., Barrett, B., Campbell, C., et al. (2022) 'National Evaluation of the Male Offender Personality Disorder Pathway Programme'. Place of publication: HM Prison and Probation Service. Available at: Access Link


Griffiths, C. and Trebilcock, J. (2022) 'Continued and intensified hostility: The problematisation of immigration in the UK government’s 2021 New Plan for Immigration'. Critical Social Policy, 0 (in press). pp. 401 - 422. ISSN: 0261-0183 Open Access Link

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