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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine (WIPM)

Dr Mark Freestone


Reader in Mental Health, Centre for Psychiatry

Telephone: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 2033
Room Number: 2.12, Yvonne Carter Building


Dr Mark Freestone is Reader in Mental Health and Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the Wolfson Institute. Following a background in social science, he has since come to work mainly in the field of forensic mental health, conducting both epidemiological and health services research into the efficacy of treatments for offenders. He is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at East London NHS Foundation Trust and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. He has also consulted on forensic mental health issues for NHS England and recently the BBC America drama series Killing Eve.

Dr Freestone’s current work includes: the epidemiology of violence; outcomes research in forensic mental health services; causal inference networks for violence risk management; clinical sub-types of personality disorder and psychopathy; substance misuse as a risk factor for violence; and patterns of service use by young men in the UK. His current research is into the understanding of causal mechanisms in risk assessment using advanced statistical modelling, and the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for offenders with personality disorder.

Dr Freestone has previously held grants from both the NIHR and ESRC. In 2015 he received funding from the UK Ministry of Justice to conduct a mixed-method evaluation of the combined Ministry of Justice/NHS England initiative to develop Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPEs) within HM Prison Service and the Probation service across England and Wales.


  • Machine-learning algorithms to assist decision-making in management of violence risk
  • Innovative use of routine healthcare data to model mental health outcomes
  • Evaluation of Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPES) within HM Prison and Probation Services
  • Clinical sub-groups within psychopathy and antisocial/borderline personality disorders
  • Social climate within forensic settings
  • Psychosocial interventions for personality disorder
  • Causal mechanisms for violence


Forensic Mental Health, Risk Assessment, Personality Disorder, Psychopathy, Therapeutic Communities, Epidemiology of Violence, Psychodynamic Approaches to mental disorder