Professor Seena Fazel | University of Oxford

Professor Seena Fazel

Professor of Forensic Psychiatry & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science, Department of Psychiatry


Professor Fazel’s research focuses on the relationship between mental illness and violent crime, the mental health of prisoners, and violence risk assessment.

He was the expert forensic psychiatrist appointed by the UN-sponsored Khmer Rouge Tribunal to assess the fitness to plead and stand trial of the defendants in Case 002.

His clinical work includes sessions for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust as a visiting psychiatrist at a local prison.


  • Prison mental health
  • Prison suicide
  • Violence in people with mental illness
  • Secure psychiatric hospitals
  • Fitness to plead and stand trial

Media experience

Professor Fazel has extensive experience in radio and print media, both national and international, and some experience in television. He has also participated in a number of Science Media Centre press briefings on his research.