My research examines the development of antisocial behaviour and offending; health well-being and disease in prisons; and interventions to reduce offending. Funders of my research include the Ministry of Justice, HM Prison & Probation Service, the Home Office, Health Foundation and the Sentencing Council. Recently completed research includes:
MoJ funded process evaluation of the Drug Recovery Prison at HMP Holme House which took a whole-prison approach to reducing drug use in the prison.
MoJ funded evaluation of digital technology in prisons exploring the impact on prisoners and staff of in-cell phones self-service kiosks for prisoners and in-cell laptops.
Sentencing Council funded research examining the impact of new sentencing guidelines for robbery and sexual offences. This used sentencing data to quantitatively examine whether the introduction of new sentencing guidelines were being implemented appropriately in terms of the factors contributing to sentencing decisions.
I am currently a co-investigator on a physical health needs assessment in Scottish prisons funded by the Scottish Prison Service.
I am the co-lead of the Prisons Research Network at Leicester.
Day A. Phelps K. Maltby J. Palmer E. J. Snell K. Raine D. & Conroy S. (in press). A realist evaluation of loneliness interventions for older people. Age and Ageing.
Maltby J. Hunt S. A. Ohinata A. Palmer E. J. & Conroy S. (in press). Social isolation and frailty: The importance of social isolation from a wider social network. Journal of Aging and Health.
Palmer E. J. (2019). Group programmes with offenders. In P. Ugwudike H. Graham F. McNeill P. Rayner F. Taxman & C. Trotter (Eds.) The Routledge companion to rehabilitative work in criminal justice. London: Routledge.
Maltby J. Day L. Hatcher R. Tazzyman S. Flowe H. D. Palmer E. J. Frosch C. A. O’Reilly M. Jones C. Buckley C. Knieps M. & Cutts K. (2016). Implicit theories of online trolling: Evidence that attention-seeking conceptions are associated with increased psychological resilience. British Journal of Psychology, 107, 448-466.
Palmer E. J. & Humphries L. M (2016). Differences between completers and non-completers of offending behavior programs: Impulsivity social problem solving and criminal thinking. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 21, 407-416.
Palmer E. J. Hatcher R. M. McGuire J. & Hollin C. R. (2015). Cognitive skills programs for female offenders in the community: Effect on reconviction. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 42, 345-360.
Langdon P. E. Murphy G. H. Clare I. C. H. Palmer E. J. & Rees J. (2013). An evaluation of the EQUIP treatment programme with men who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 26, 167-180.
Palmer E. J. Hatcher R. M. McGuire J. Bilby C. A. L. & Hollin C. R. (2012). The effect on reconviction of an intervention for drink-driving offenders in the community. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 56, 525-538.
Hatcher R. M. McGuire J. Bilby C. A. L. Palmer E. J. & Hollin C. R. (2012). Methodological considerations in the evaluation of offender interventions: The problem of attrition. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 56, 447-464.
Palmer E. J. McGuire J. Hatcher R. M. Hounsome J. C. Bilby C. A. L. & Hollin C. R. (2009). Allocation to offending behaviour programmes in the English and Welsh Probation Service. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36, 909-922.