Queensland Cross-Sector Research Collaboration


1. To investigate the dynamic relationships between mental illness and offending, including:

  • Impact of people experiencing mental illness on the criminal justice system.
  • Impact of the criminal justice system on people experiencing mental illness.

2. To identify interventions to prevent individuals experiencing mental illness from offending and reoffending.

3. To identify appropriate strategies to manage and treat mentally ill offenders to ameliorate the adverse consequences of offending for people with a mental illness.

About the project

Using data, the team has been able to identify and examine the accumulation of risk factors for mental illness, the timing of exposure to risk and their interaction with key points of transition in childhood, adolescence and adult development. With support from our most recent ARC Linkage Project (Understanding the relationship between mental illness and offending: Implications for Prevention, Management and Treatment in the Justice System) and six industry partners, the team is now undertaking its most ambitious data linkage project to date.

The project will link 13 administrative datasets including child protection, mental health, youth and adult offending, police and births deaths and marriages. The resulting longitudinal population based datasets will contain more than 2000 variables for about 200,000 individuals.

This data has far-reaching applications and the team aims to capitalise on its strength to advance Developmental and Life Course Criminology (DLC) theory, to build substantive knowledge on risk and resiliency, and to promote translational work  highlighting the implications for policy and intervention.

Moreover, this data expansion will set a new standard for DLC studies using administrative data linkage that will be difficult to replicate, and puts the team at the forefront of developmental research using linked administrative data resources.

Project Leader: Dr Troy Allard and Dr Carleen Thompson

Project Team: Professor Anna Stewart (Griffith University), Professor Susan Dennison (Griffith University),  Associate Professor Lisa Broidy (Griffith University), April Chrzanowski (Griffith University), Emily Hurren Patterson (Griffith University), Dr Belinda Crissman (Griffith University)

Industry Partners: Queensland Government

Type of Funding: Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project; Australian Institute of Criminology (Criminological Research Grants)

Dates: Ongoing

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