Professor Tony Gerard Butler

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Since completing my PhD into the epidemiology of prisoner health, I have continued to conduct research into offender populations.  I have conducted numerous studies examining the health of adult and juvenile offenders and have co-authored many peer-reviewed journal articles on the health of offenders.  Areas of interest include: mental illness, the role of traumatic brain injury in offending behaviour, blood-borne viral infections, smoking cessation, health surveillance, the development of health indicators for prisoners, sexual health, and violence (including domestic violence).  The Justice Health Research Program (JHRP) has an interest in the ethics of offender health research and examining the public’s views of offenders.  We are currently undertaking a randomised control trial of a pharmacotherapy for impulsive-violent offenders.  I currently lead the NHMRC Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Offender Health.  

The JHRP currently offers two electives at UNSW:  Public Health and Corrections (CRIM 3022), and Inside the Criminal Mind (SOMS1501).  

Broad Research Areas:
Public health, offender health, epidemiology, Infectious diseases, Violence

Specific Research Keywords:
Prisoner health, Smoking cessation, sexual health, ethics, deliberative research