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Dr Lisa Reynolds

Divisional Lead (Nursing)

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

Contact Information


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MG53, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Lisa is the Divisional Lead for the Nursing Division in the School of Health Sciences. She is a mental health nurse, specialising in forensic mental health care.

Lisa has worked in low, medium and community forensic mental health services in the UK , and has also undertaken an educational project with medium secure mental health services in South Africa.
Lisa was funded by the Health Foundation in 2005 as a doctoral research fellow. For her PhD Lisa undertook an observational study of an inner city medium secure forensic mental health service. Her current research is in the use of serious gaming to support forensic mental health service users' recovery


  1. PhD, City University London, United Kingdom
  2. MSc Forensic Mental Health, St George's Hospital Medical School, United Kingdom
  3. B/Nurs, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  4. PGDip Academic Practice, City University London, United Kingdom
  5. RN mental health, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Administrative role

  1. Member of SHS Senior Management Team

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. NMC; FHEA
  2. Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services


Research overview

Lisa's main areas of research are; forensic mental health; risk assessment and management; and participatory research

Research methodologies and methods

Grounded theory; ethnographic methods including participant observation; participatory approaches to research

Completed research

Health Foundation 2005-2010 doctoral research fellowship

City University Funded Research 2013-2014; Serious gaming and recovery in forensic mental health care; a small scale feasibility study.

Principal collaborators

Professor Alan Simpson, Jacqueline Davies, Dr Julia Jones


Chapters (5)

  1. Reynolds, L. (2014). Fallon inquiry. A Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health & Risk ISBN 978-1-4473-1034-1.
  2. Reynolds, L. (2014). Dialectical behaviour therapy. A Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health & Risk ISBN 978-1-4473-1034-1.
  3. Reynolds, L.M. and Oates, J. (2009). Risk Assessment and Management in Dual Diagnosis. In Phillips, P., McKeown, O. and Sandford, T. (Eds.), Dual Diagnosis Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-8009-2.
  4. Parker, J., Reynolds, L.M. and Wilmott, D. (2009). Teaching and Learning for Social Transformation. In Hatton, D.C., Fisher, A.A. and Coyle, A. (Eds.), Women prisoners and health justice Radcliffe Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84619-242-5.
  5. Davies, J., Godin, P., Heyman, B., Reynolds, L.M. and Shaw, M. (2008). Ecological Validity and Risk Management in Forensic Mental Health. In Wilkinson, I. and Peterson, A. (Eds.), Health, risk and vulnerability Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-415-38307-3.

Internet publication

  1. Reynolds, L. and Attenborough, J.A. (2018). Brave nurses who helped win women the vote can inspire today's leaders. Nursing Standard.

Journal articles (19)

  1. Foye, U., Simpson, A. and Reynolds, L. (2020). “Somebody else’s business”: The challenge of caring for patients with mental health problems on medical and surgical wards. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 27(4), pp. 406–416. doi:10.1111/jpm.12596.
  2. Tuffour, I., Simpson, A. and Reynolds, L. (2019). Mental illness and recovery: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of Black African service users in England. Journal of Research in Nursing, 24(1-2), pp. 104–118. doi:10.1177/1744987118819667.
  3. Page, P., Simpson, A. and Reynolds, L. (2019). Constructing a grounded theory of critical illness survivorship: The dualistic worlds of survivors and family members. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(3-4), pp. 603–614. doi:10.1111/jocn.14655.
  4. Attenborough, J., Reynolds, L. and Nolan, P. (2019). The Nurses That Roared: Nurses From History Who Found Their Voices and Challenged the Status Quo. Creative Nursing, 25(1), pp. 67–73. doi:10.1891/1078-4535.25.1.67.
  5. Page, P., Simpson, A. and Reynolds, L. (2019). Bearing witness and being bounded: The experiences of nurses in adult critical care in relation to the survivorship needs of patients and families. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(17-18), pp. 3210–3221. doi:10.1111/jocn.14887.
  6. Halse, J., Reynolds, L. and Attenborough, J. (2018). Creating new roles in healthcare: lessons from the literature. Nursing Times, 114(5), pp. 34–37.
  7. Attenborough, J.A., Reynolds, L. and Halse, J. (2018). Creating new roles in healthcare: lessons from the literature. Nursing Times, 114(4), pp. 34–37.
  8. Reynolds, L.M., Hodge, P. and Simpson, A. (2017). Serious games for mental health. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 24(4), pp. 183–184. doi:10.1111/jpm.12385.
  9. Reynolds, L., Davies, J., Mann, B., Tulloch, S., Nidsjo, A., Hodge, P. … Simpson, A. (2016). StreetWise: developing a serious game to support forensic mental health service users’ preparation for discharge: a feasibility study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Early View. doi:10.1111/jpm.12340View.
  10. Hodge, P., Davis, J., Maiden, N., Mann, B., Nidsjo, A., Simpson, A. … Reynolds, L. (2015). StreetWise: A valid ecology for a serious game in a secure forensic mental health setting. Procedia Computer Science, 63, pp. 252–259. doi:10.1016/j.procs.2015.08.341.
  11. Reynolds, L.M., Jones, J.C., Davies, J.P., Freeth, D. and Heyman, B. (2014). Playing the game: Service users' management of risk status in a UK medium secure forensic mental health service. Health, Risk and Society, 16(3), pp. 199–209. doi:10.1080/13698575.2014.911820.
  12. Heyman, B., Godin, P.M., Reynolds, L. and Davies, J.P. (2013). Assessing the probability of patients reoffending after discharge from low to medium secure forensic mental health services: An inductive prevention paradox. Health, Risk and Society, 15(1), pp. 84–102. doi:10.1080/13698575.2012.751090.
  13. Reynolds, L. and Oates, J. (2009). Risk Assessment and Dual Diagnosis. pp. 37–50. doi:10.1002/9781444314571.ch4.
  14. Simpson, A., Reynolds, L., Light, I. and Attenborough, J. (2008). Talking with the experts: evaluation of an online discussion forum involving mental health service users in the education of mental health nursing students. Nurse Educ Today, 28(5), pp. 633–640. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2007.09.009.
  15. Simpson, A., Reynolds, L., Light, I. and Attenborough, J.A. (2008). Talking with the Experts: Evaluation of an online discussion forum with mental health service users and student nurses. Nurse Education Today, 8(5), pp. 633–640.
  16. Godin, P., Davies, J., Heyman, B., Reynolds, L., Simpson, A. and Floyd, M. (2007). Opening communicative space: A Habermasian understanding of a user-led participatory research project. JOURNAL OF FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY & PSYCHOLOGY, 18(4), pp. 452–469. doi:10.1080/14789940701470283.
  17. Davies, J.P., Heyman, B., Godin, P.M., Shaw, M.P. and Reynolds, L. (2006). The problems of offenders with mental disorders: A plurality of perspectives within a single mental health care organisation. SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 63(4), pp. 1097–1108. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.03.002.
  18. Heyman, B., Shaw, M.P., Davies, J.P., Godin, P.M. and Reynolds, L. (2004). Forensic mental health services as a risk escalator: a case study of ideals and practice. HEALTH RISK & SOCIETY, 6(4), pp. 307–325. doi:10.1080/13698570412331323216.
  19. Reynolds, L. (2004). Women who offend. HEALTH RISK & SOCIETY, 6(4), pp. 407–408.


  1. Attenborough, J. and Reynolds, L.M. (2009). Hearsounds: the Butabika Project (DVD and reusable learning object for service user and carer education and training.


Educational leadership

Link programme director for overseas nursing and return to practice

Undergraduate modules

CH2083 - APEL claim
HS1012 - relating social sciences to healthy communities

Post graduate modules

APM004 - assessing and understanding mental health problems

Other teaching expertise

Risk assessment and management, Forensic mental health care, Leadership and management in health care


Link lecturer for students at University College London Hospitals

Other Activities

Editorial activity

  1. Health Risk and Society, Reviewer.