Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine - Barts and The London

Dr Mark Freestone

Senior Lecturer/MSc Coordinator, Centre for Psychiatry

Email: m.c.freestone@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 2033
Room Number: 2.08 Old Anatomy Building


Dr Mark Freestone is a Lecturer in Psychiatry within the Wolfson Institute and teaches on the MSc Psychological Therapies course. He originally trained in Sociology, obtaining his PhD – an ethnographic study of anti-globalisation protest – in 2005. He has since come to work principally in the fields of forensic psychiatry and psychology, conducting both epidemiological and health services research into the efficacy of treatments for offenders. He remains clinically active as a training psychoanalytic psychotherapist and retains strong links to the Forensic Directorate in East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Since his initial appointment to Queen Mary in 2009, Dr Freestone has worked on studies including 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 causal mechanisms in risk assessment using Bayesian Networks, 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 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.


  • Generation and evaluation of Bayesian Networks to assist decision-making in risk management
  • Evaluation of Psychologically Informed Planned Environments within HMPS and UK Probation
  • 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
Forensic Psychology
Risk Assessment
Personality Disorder
Therapeutic Communities
Epidemiology of Violence
Psychodynamic Approaches