Meet the team

Find out more about the Broadmoor research team leads, our clinical research staff and other research support staff and opportunities across the Trust. 

Dr Jonathan Hafferty, Research lead

I'm a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist to one of the mental illness admission wards of Broadmoor Hospital and also the hospital’s research lead. I did my medical and postgraduate training at the University of Oxford and have also completed a PhD in data science and health informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

I've also completed a postgraduate diploma in medical education (with distinction) at the University of Oxford and a postgraduate certificate in drug development science (with distinction) at King’s College, University of London.

I'm a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My research interests include the application of data science and medical technology to forensic psychiatry, the recognition and management of self-harm, and advanced psychopharmacology. 

Rita Hira, Research assistant

Working on research within Broadmoor Hospital has helped me connect my work directly with patient experiences. Through the hub not only have I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of different research projects (self-harm & suicide, ACE and Personality Disorders), but I also help set up some important aspects of a research team. Including the Patient Co-Production Group, creating our website and helping Dr Hafferty with the research strategy. It has been a unique opportunity I couldn't have gained elsewhere.

Josephine Broyd, Research assistant

Having worked in the Research Hub as a psychology student and now a research assistant I’ve had the opportunity to work on a range of projects that aim to improve the quality of care, treatment, assessment and understanding of patients at Broadmoor Hospital. Previous work includes an evaluation of the autism awareness training provided to staff and examining the link between neuropsychological profiles and vulnerability to spending time in seclusion. Current research projects are based on trauma, autism, incels and traumatic brain injury. As an aspiring clinical psychologist, I'm particularly interested in how we can make our service more neurodiversity-informed.

Simon Draycott

I am currently the lead psychologist within the high secure personality disorder pathway and a part-time lecturer of psychology at Bournemouth University. My main interests are how individuals with personality disorder and psychopathy may process emotional information, maintain interpersonal cycles and respond to treatment. Outside of personality disorder, I research readiness to change in forensic settings.


James Tapp

Having spent over a decade at Broadmoor Hospital, I had the opportunity to train in forensic psychology while also completing a PhD with Surrey University exploring what works in high secure inpatient services. I currently work within the clinical research and governance and HSS PD pathway, acting as a senior lecturer at Kingston University. My current research interests include: restorative justice in mental health settings, psychological assessment, and violence and aggression in secure settings.

Read more on James Tapp's profile on the research gate website. 

David Murphy

BSc (Hons), MSc, D Clin Psychol, PG dip clinical neuropsychology, PGC Autism.

I am a chartered forensic and consultant clinical neuropsychologist with over 20 years’ experience working in a range of forensic settings. My research interests are in most aspects of neuropsychology related to mentally disordered offenders and offenders with neurodevelopmental disorders. I also teach at a number of universities around forensic neuropsychology and the forensic aspects of autism, as well as presenting at national and international conferences.


Azizah Attard

I have 12 years' experienced with Dr David Taylor at Maudsley Hospital, researching various aspects of psychopharmacology. At the start, I focused largely on the link between physical and mental health disorders. Now I evaluate medication in clinical practice. I am actively interested in the psychopharmacology of treatmeant-refractory schizophrenia and the outcomes of psychopharmacological interventions.

I am passionate about destigmatising mental health and I dedicate time teaching and talking publicly in various countries in West Africa where suicide is still illegal.

The wider trust team

The Broadmoor Research Hub is a specialised part of the wider West London Trust research team led by Dr Samantha Schotlz. Together, we consist of a team of specialised researchers who develop knowledge in key areas for the trust including questions related to older adults, children and adolescents, personality disorder (PD), psychosis and forensics.

At West London NHS Trust we are privileged to have the world-renowned Broadmoor hospital as a flag-ship service in forensic psychiatry. Broadmoor has a track history of providing academic expertise, training and leadership and I am very pleased that we are reviving this through the Research Hub. New and exciting research and innovation is being nurtured here, in collaboration with our academic partners and service users and clinicians. There is so much expertise in Broadmoor, and it is an example of how the trust works towards being outstanding that this expertise is being translated into research that is clinically focussed and will have impact for the patients we care for

Samantha Scholtz

Learn more about the work the wider reasearch team do at the Trust

Student placements

Alongside many clinical placements, Broadmoor Hospital partners with Cardiff University (Psychology with Professional Placement BSc) to provide one student with forensic research experience within the Research Hub.

With the aim of nurturing future talent, our previous research students have had the opportunity to work on their own research projects/service evaluations and gain hands-on experience in clinical neuropsychology evaluations.

Read more about Lauren’s experience in our 2020/2021 student cohort:

This is a really valuable opportunity for an aspiring Clinical Psychologist and a unique opportunity as an undergraduate student!

Through the incredible support and encouragement of Dr Murphy, I have been able to contribute to multiple research projects that are soon to be published. I was given the change to present one of my research projects at a Broadmoor Conference, winning the award for the best project.

Alongside my research role, I have also been able to gain extensive amount of clinical experience, even completing neuropsychological assessments of patients and attending clinical meetings.

I could not have asked for a more beneficial placement year working as a Student Research Assistant within the Research Hub. The placement has affirmed my career aspirations and I look forward to applying my acquired knowledge in my final year of university and beyond.