About the Project
Randomised control trial of an intervention to reduce impulsivity in those with histories of violence and repeated contact with the criminal justice systemz2185283
Serotonergic dysfunction in the brain is linked to impulsive behaviour, and impulsivity is linked to offending behaviour, including violent offending. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of antidepressants that aim to regulate serotonin metabolism in the brain. It is hypothesised that by regulating serotonin metabolism this will reduce impulsivity and thus lead to improved offending outcomes.
Undertake a trial of an SSRI versus placebo in a sample of community-based offedners.
Design & Method
Double blind, placebo controlled, randomised control trial
Currently undergoing ethics approvals
Demonstrate that the intervention works with impulsive violent offenders.
Professor and Program Head
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A/Professor Peter Schofield (Hunter New England Health & Newcastle University); Professor David Greenberg (Justice Health NSW); A/Professor Don Weatherburn (NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research); Professor Kay Wilhelm (St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney); Professor Vaughan Carr (Schizophrenia Research Centre, UNSW); Professor Catherine D’Este (University of Newcastle); Professor Phil Mitchell (School of Psychiatry, UNSW); Prof Alison Jones (School of Medicine, University of Wollongong); Professor Val Gebski (NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Sydney University); Professor Tony Keech (NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Sydney University); Dr Devon Indig (Justice Health NSW); Professor Rodney Scott (Hunter New England Health & Newcastle University); Ms Jocelyn Jones (National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University); Mr Luke Grant (Corrective Services NSW); Ms Carolynn Dixon (Justice Health NSW); Ms Alison Churchill (CRC Justice Support); Dr Steven Allnutt (Justice Health NSW); Lee Knight (Justice Health NSW); Dr Andrew Ellis (Justice Health NSW)
Project Collaborators: External
Hunter New England Health
School of Psychiatry (University of New South Wales)
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Schizophrenia Research Centre (University of New South Wales)
St Vincent’s Hospital; (Sydney)
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
National Drug Research Institute (Curtin University)
School of Medicine (University of Wollongong)