Stuart Thomas is a Professor in Justice and Legal Studies with RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Professor Stuart Thomas specialises in mental health epidemiology.
His background is in psychology and law; he completed his PhD in Health Services Research specialising in Forensic Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
Stuart's research interests span police contact with vulnerable and otherwise marginalised populations, mental health stigma, missing persons, police decision-making, police use of force and outcome measurement.
He has also supervised 11 Doctoral students to completion (3 PhD, 8 Professional Doctorate), 5 Masters students to completion, and 16 Honours students to completion.
Currently Stuart is the Course Coordinator for JUST2323 Introduction to Criminal Psychology.
- PhD Health Services Research / Forensic Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, England (2005)
- MSc Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England (2002)
- LLM Criminal Justice (by Distinction), University of Kent at Canterbury, England (2002)
- BA (Honours) Social Science, University of Leicester, England (1995)
- Duff, C.,Kokanovic, R.,Flore, J.,Thomas, S.,Callard, F.,Blackman, L. (2020). Perspectives on person-centred care for borderline personality disorder: a critical research agenda In: Health Sociology Review, 29, 1 - 15
- Maylea, C.,Makregiorgos, H.,Martin, J.,Alvarez-Vasquez, S.,Dale, M.,Hill, N.,Johnson, B.,Thomas, S.,Weller, P. (2020). Independent Mental Health Advocacy: A Model of Social Work Advocacy? In: Australian Social Work, 73, 334 - 346
- Maylea, C.,Alvarez-Vasquez, S.,Dale, M.,Hill, N.,Johnson, B.,Martin, J.,Thomas, S.,Weller, P. (2019). Evaluation of the Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service (IMHA) In: Victoria Legal Aid Melbourne
- Adams, J.,Thomas, S.,Mackinnon, T.,Eggleton, D. (2019). How secure are the secure psychiatric units in New South Wales? In: Australasian Psychiatry, 27, 32 - 35
- Thomas, S.,Nixon, M.,Ogloff, J.,Daffern, M. (2019). Crime and victimization among people with intellectual disability with and without comorbid mental illness In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32, 1088 - 1095
- Weller, P.,Alvarez-Vasquez, S.,Dale, M.,Hill, N.,Johnson, B.,Martin, J.,Maylea, C.,Thomas, S. (2019). The need for independent advocacy for people subject to mental health community treatment orders In: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 66, 1 - 9
- Jones, L.,Thomas, S. (2019). A pilot study exploring mental health consumers' experiences with the police In: Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 26, 235 - 251
- Stevenson, E.,Thomas, S. (2018). A 10 year follow-up study of young people reported missing to the police for the first time in 2005 In: Journal of Youth Studies, 21, 1361 - 1375
- Addicott, F.,Thomas, S.,Ogloff, J.,Daffern, M. (2018). Frequency and characteristics of police involvement in potentially criminal behaviour in disability services In: Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 5, 47 - 57
- Maylea, C.,Alvarez-Vasquez, S.,Dale, M.,Hill, N.,Johnson, B.,Martin, J.,Thomas, S.,Weller, P. (2018). Independent Mental Health Advocacy - An Independent Evaluation In: Hear the Whisper, Not the Roar: Proceedings of the 28th The MHS Conference 2018, Adelaide, 29/8/18-31/08/18
- Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project Grants 2019 from (2021 to 2024)
- Experiences of police apprehension for psychosocial disability: a co-designed investigation. Funded by: National Disability Research Partnership grants 2021 onwards from (2021 to 2022)
- Equally Well Healthtalk: Physical Health Among People with Lived Experience of Mental Illness online resource.. Funded by: National Mental Health Commission from (2020 to 2022)
- Exiting prison with complex needs: the role of housing assistance (administered by UNSW). Funded by: Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) - Competitive from (2019 to 2020)
- To evaluate the Youth Diversion Pilot Program which operates in the Children's Court of Victoria. Funded by: Children's Court of Victoria Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2016)
3 PhD Current Supervisions