UK – Public Lecture – People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System

Criminal Justice System

Professor Glynis Murphy. Photo University of Kent

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People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System

06 Oct 2016

3 November 2016 at 18:00
Venue: GW256 (M.A. Vassalli Conference Centre)

People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System

Public Lecture by Prof. Glynis Murphy
Tizard Centre, University of Kent, United Kingdom


There have been a very large number of studies of people with IDD in the Criminal Justice System (CJS), conducted in a variety of countries, and it is widely reported that people with IDD are over-represented in the criminal justice system (CJS). However, while this is true in some countries and in some parts of the CJS, it is not universal. Furthermore, the prevalence figures that are found may not be disproportionate, given the levels of poverty and social deprivation that many people with IDD experience. More importantly, when people with IDD are involved in the CJS, they are disadvantaged in relation to understanding and exercising their rights. Many jurisdictions have attempted to reduce these disadvantages and the success of some of these measures will be reviewed. Furthermore, the effectiveness of the interventions that have been trialled to support people with IDD who have been suspects and offenders will be evaluated. The legislation and policies that different jurisdictions have set up to divert people with IDD who have engaged in criminal acts out of the CJS, and to promote community living for those who are at risk of offending will also be considered.

Biography: Prof. Glynis Murphy studied Physiology & Psychology (PPP) at Oxford University, where she obtained a first, and undertook her clinical psychology training at Birmingham University, where she was awarded the Crothalls prize, and completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. Since then, she has held posts at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent, and Lancaster University (where she was academic director on the DClinPsy course). Currently, Glynis Murphy holds a joint Chair of Clinical Psychology and Disability at the Tizard Centre.

Prof. Murphy first joined the Tizard Centre in 1993.  Following a brief spell at Lancaster University she returned to the Tizard and was appointed Co-Director in 2011.  Her principal research interests are in the field of challenging behaviour and learning disabilities.  Professor Glynis Murphy has played a key role in developing new guidance on addressing behaviour that challenges in people with a learning disability. Prof Murphy was chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) group that developed the new guidance. The guidance says that there needs to be a shift away from an over-reliance on antipsychotic medication given to people with a learning disability to manage challenging behaviour.

Her current and recently completed studies include:  the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy for people with learning disabilities who have committed offences; screening for people with learning disabilities in prison; the effectiveness of social care for ex-offenders with learning disabilities. 

She was co-editor of the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability until 2014, is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, and was President of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, the world’s largest research organisation in intellectual disabilities, between 2008 and 2012. Glynis Murphy was awarded the British Psychological Society’s MB Shapiro prize for contributions to clinical psychology in 2013.  She was an Associate Director for the School of Social Care Research, part of NIHR, until April 2014. The Tizard Centre was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Higher Education, and Prof Glynis Murphy is one of few social scientists to have been conferred with the award of Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).


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