After graduating from University of London, Jo Borrill began working as a Psychologist in HMP Pentonville Prison. She subsequently lectured at Thames Valley University, completed her PhD, and became Clinical Research Manager for the Mental Health Foundation, a national charity. Borrill then returned to working with the prison service, as Research Programme Manager for the safer custody team, focusing on developing strategies and training to reduce prison suicides and self-harm.
She joined the University of Westminster in 2006 and has continued to do research related to suicide and self-harm in forensic settings as well as measuring self-harming behaviour by students. In 2008, Borrill was commissioned by the Home Office and Border Immigration agency to review suicides by Foreign National prisoners. She is currently doing research with the London Probation Trust on suicide and self-harm by community offenders.
Her main teaching areas are Forensic Psychology and the ‘Work Experience in a Psychological Setting’ module which she leads. Borrill also contributes to undergraduates and postgraduate modules in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, and Research Methods. She is Employability coordinator for the Psychology Department and is closely involved with supervising students taking the optional Placement Year.
Her recent publications include:
- Kavanagh, Laura and Borrill, Jo (2013) Exploring the experiences of ex-offender mentors. Probation Journal, 60 (4). pp. 400-414. ISSN 0264-5505
- Mackenzie, Jay-Marie and Borrill, Jo and Dewart, Hazel (2013) Researching suicide, attempted suicide and near-lethal self-harm by offenders in community settings: challenges for future research. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 12 (1). pp. 26-32. ISSN 1499-9013
- Cook, Lisa C. and Borrill, Jo (2013) Identifying suicide risk in a metropolitan probation trust: risk factors and staff decision-making. Legal and Criminological Psychology, Early View . ISSN 1355-3259 (In Press)
Credits to University of Westminster
Published: 11 September 2014
Last update: 22 April 2015