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Dr Meron Wondemaghen

Dr Meron Wondemaghen

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Criminology, Sociology and Policing

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Melbourne)
  • PhD (Monash University)
  • MA

Summary

Dr Wondemaghen is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Her previous roles include teaching in Behavioural Sciences at Monash University (Australia) and Criminology at The University of Southampton.

Wondemaghen is multidisciplinary as a researcher and draws from Criminology, Criminal Law, Mental Health Law, Psychiatry, and Media Studies. Her research includes examining the policing of mentally ill persons in public spaces, the criteria of criminal responsibility for mentally ill offenders, and human rights principles for those with mental disability.

Wondemaghen is a heavy consumer of cinema, in particular the crime, thriller & espionage genres and has, at times, commented on the portrayal of mental or personality disorder in critically acclaimed TV shows such as 'Breaking Bad' and 'Homeland'.

Students interested in any of these topics or related ideas are welcome to get in touch for a chat.

Becoming a Criminologist - L4

Criminal Psychology - L6

Mental Health, Illness & Society - L6

Analysing Qualitative Data - L7

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Insanity Constructs

Wondemaghen, M. (2017). Insanity Constructs. In M. D. White (Ed.), The Insanity Defense: Multidisciplinary Views on its History, Trends, and Controversies (133-152). Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO

Journal Article

Policing mental illness: Police use of section 136 – Perspectives from police and mental-health nurses

Wondemaghen, M. (2021). Policing mental illness: Police use of section 136 – Perspectives from police and mental-health nurses. Medicine, Science and the Law, 61(4), 266-274. https://doi.org/10.1177/0025802421993363

Homeland and its use of bipolar disorder for sensationalist and dramatic effect

Wondemaghen, M. (2019). Homeland and its use of bipolar disorder for sensationalist and dramatic effect. Social Semiotics, 29(2), 131-144. https://doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2017.1422900

Testing Equality: Insanity, Treatment Refusal and the CRPD

Wondemaghen, M. (2018). Testing Equality: Insanity, Treatment Refusal and the CRPD. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 25(2), 174-185. https://doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2017.1371575

Evaluating Predominant Causes of Insanity in Cases of Drug-Induced Psychoses

Wondemaghen, M. (2015). Evaluating Predominant Causes of Insanity in Cases of Drug-Induced Psychoses. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 14(1), 76-84. https://doi.org/10.1080/14999013.2015.1019682

Research interests

mental disorder & criminal responsibility; jury decision making; CRPD, decision making capacity & crime; media coverage of crime & offending behaviour; policing mental illness in public spaces

Postgraduate supervision

Students interested in the following psycho-legal & criminological areas of research are welcome to reach out for an initial chat: mental disorder & criminal responsibility; jury decisions; CRPD, decision making capacity & crime; media coverage of crime & offending behaviour; policing mental illness in public spaces; and any related themes.

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