Jeremy Coid is Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Queen Mary University of London and East London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. He is Director of the Violence Prevention Research Unit (VPRU) in the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine and a participent in the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance.
He has made two extended appearances on the TV discussion programme After Dark. In the first, chaired by Matthew Parris in 1991, he joined among others Michael Winner and the father of The Yorkshire Ripper. The second, in 2003, chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, aroused a measure of controversy.
VPRU research focuses on the epidemiology of violence in the general population, prediction of violence and risk assessment for offenders. The VPRU have made a major breakthrough in identifying the causal link between delusions and violence. A survey of Young Men's Health led to the identification of the previously undescribed heavy burden on NHS Mental Health Services posed by gang members in the UK. No stranger to controversy, Professor Coid has recently described the difficulties of using standardised tools to predict violence amongst psychopaths, with statistical findings proving that they are no more reliable than chance and has reopened debate on this subject and received a lot of media attention.
- Jeremy W. Coid, MD; Simone Ullrich, PhD; Constantinos Kallis, PhD; Robert Keers, PhD; Dave Barker, MRCPsych; Fiona Cowden, MRCPsych; Rebekah Stamps, MRCPsych. The Relationship Between Delusions and Violence: Findings From the East London First Episode Psychosis Study. JAMA Psychiatry 2013 May;70(5):465-71. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.12 PMID 23467760.
- "Gang violence cause of high levels of mental disorders" BBC News
- Jeremy W. Coid, Simone Ullrich and Constantinos Kallis. Predicting future violence among individuals with psychopathy. Br J Psych 2013;203(5):387-8. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.112.118471
- Alec Buchanan. Predicting violent offences by released prisoners. Br J Psych 2014;204:240. doi:10.1192/bjp.204.3.240
- Jeremy Coid, Simone Ullrich and Constantinos Kallis. Authors' Response. Br J Psych. 2014;204;240-1. doi:10.1192/bjp.204.3.240a
- "Predicting violence in psychopaths is 'no more than chance'" By Kate Kelland, Reuters.