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Seena Fazel

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Forensic psychiatrist

I studied medicine in Edinburgh, and moved to Oxford to train clinically in psychiatry. I became interested in forensic psychiatry after working in secure hospitals and prisons, and have been researching the mental health of prisoners, violence risk assessment, and adverse outcomes in severe mental illness over the past few years as part of a Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship. I continue to work clinically as a visiting psychiatrist to a local prison. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, reading non-fiction (with Oxford historian Peter Frankopan’s recent book on the New Silk Roads and Abbas Amanat’s on modern Iran next on my reading list), in between listening to Radio 6, Radio 3’s Late Junction, Radiohead, and catching up on a variety of podcasts on politics (especially FT Politics and Talking Politics), football and culture. 

Here's some links to some further work I have done:

Talk online on violence and mental illness. Watch here

An interview with the mental elf on domestic violence research network: watch here

Podcast on health of prisoners: watch here

Another more general pod on prison health: Watch here


Wednesday 27th Feb 2019, 08.30am

Can computers predict crime?

You can’t turn on the TV or read a newspaper article without a daily reporting of crime. As technology and computer algorithms advance we want to know if there will be a computer model that could know us better than ourselves.

In this episode of the Big Questions podcast we visited Seena Fazel, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford to ask...

Can computers predict crime?