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Pauline Prior


BSocSc, MSc (Econ), DPhil
CQSW
Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
Room G.03, 1 College Park East
Ext: 3342; Email: p.prior@qub.ac.uk

After completing an undergraduate social science degree at University College Cork (UCC), Pauline worked as a community development worker in Africa. She qualified as a social worker at the London School of Economics, after which she taught at UCC and worked for a number of years in social services in Northern Ireland. A change of career into academia followed, initiated by the completion of a doctorate at the University of York, under the direction of Professor Kathleen Jones. This gave her ample opportunity to follow her research interest in social policy in general and in mental health policy in particular. Her current research continues to be focused on mental health issues, exploring gender, law, human rights, and the historical roots of service delivery.

Teaching

Convenor for SPY3016 Mental Health Policy and SPY3002 Policy Briefing Paper
Contributing lecturer to SPY1001 Finding Out about Social Policy.

Publications

Books

Prior, P. M. (ed.) (2012) Asylums, Mental health care and the Irish: Historical studies 1800-2010, Dublin/Portland, Oregon: Irish Academic Press. 

Prior, P. M. (2008) Madness and Murder:  Gender, crime and mental disorder in nineteenth-
 century Ireland.
Dublin/Portland, Oregon:  Irish Academic Press.

Hayes, B.C. and Prior, P.M. (2003) Gender and Health Care in the UK: Exploring the
Stereotypes.
Basingstoke and New York, Palgrave-Macmillan.

Sykes, R., Palier, B. and Prior, P. (eds.) (2001) Globalisation and European Welfare
States: Challenges and Change.
Basingstoke and New York, Palgrave.

Prior, P.M. (1999) Gender and Mental Health, London; Macmillan Press; New York: NY  University Press.

Prior, P.M. (1993) Mental Health and Politics in Northern Ireland. Aldershot:  Avebury.

Articles, book chapters, reports

Prior, P. M. (2012) ‘Mental health law on the island of Ireland 1800-2010’, in Prior, P. M. (ed.) Asylums, Mental health care and the Irish: Historical studies 1800-2010, Dublin/Portland, Oregon: Irish Academic Press.

Prior, P. M. (2012) ‘Overseeing the Irish asylums: the Inspectorate in Lunacy, 1845-1921’, in Prior, P. M. (ed.) Asylums, Mental health care and the Irish: Historical studies 1800-2010, Dublin/Portland, Oregon: Irish Academic Press.

Prior, P. M. and D. V. Griffiths (2012), The ‘chaplaincy question’ at Belfast District Asylum, 1834-1870, in Prior, P. M. (ed.) Asylums, Mental health care and the Irish: Historical studies 1800-2010, Dublin/Portland, Oregon: Irish Academic Press.

Wiggan, J. and Prior, P.M. (2010) A review of the evidence base on older people in Northern Ireland, (Report prepared in October 2010 in preparation for the Comprehensive Spending Review), Belfast: Age NI.

Prior, P. M. (2010) ‘Psychiatry and the fate of women who killed infants and young children 1850-1900’, pp. 92-112, in C. Cox and M. Luddy (eds.) Cultures of care in Irish medical history 1750-1970, Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Prior, P. M. (2009) ‘Emigrants or Exiles? Female ex-prisoners leaving Ireland 1850-1900’, Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 8: 30-47.

Prior, P. M. (2007) ‘Mentally disordered offenders and the European Court of Human Rights’, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 30 (6): 546-57.

Prior, P.M. (2007) ‘Citizenship and Mental Health Policy in Europe’, Social Work and Society, 5 (Festschrift Walter Lorenz): 115-24. Prior, P. M. (2006) ‘Roasting a man alive: The case of Mary Reilly, criminal lunatic’, Eire-Ireland. 41:1 & 2 (Spr/Sum):169-91.

Prior, P. M. (2005) ‘Murder and Madness: Gender and the use of the insanity defence in nineteenth-century Ireland’, New Hibernia Review, 9(4): 19-36.

Prior, P.M. (2005) ‘Contextualised Social Policy: Agenda and Priorities - a UK perspective’, in S. Ramon and J. E. Williams (eds.), Mental Health at the Crossroads, Ashgate: Avebury Press, pp. 51-61.

Prior, P.M. (2004) ‘Prisoner or Patient? The Official Debate on the Criminal Lunatic in Nineteenth Century Ireland’, History of Psychiatry, 15(2): 177-92.

Prior, P.M. (2003) ‘Removing children from the care of adults with diagnosed mental illnesses – a clash of human rights?, European Journal of Social Work, 6(2): 179-90.

Prior, P.M. (2003) ‘Dangerous Lunacy: The Misuse of Mental Health Law in Nineteenth Century Ireland’, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 14(3): 525-53.

Prior, P.M. and Hayes, B.C. (2003) ‘The Relationship between Marital Status and Health: An Empirical Investigation of Differences in Bed Occupancy Within Health and Social Care Facilities in Britain 1921-1991’, Journal of Family Issues, 24 (1): 124-48.

Prior, P.M. (2002) ‘Forward’, in J. Campbell, R. Manktelow, J. Park (eds) The Challenge of Change: Aspects of Policy and Best Social Work practice in the Fields of Mental Health and Learning Disability, Belfast: Social Services Inspectorate, DHSSNI. pp. 1-3.

Prior, P.M. and Hayes, B.C. (2001) ‘Marital Status and Bed Occupancy in Health and Social Care Facilities in the UK’, Public Health 115: 401-6.

Prior, P.M. and Hayes, B.C. (2001) ‘Changing Places: Men Replace Women in Mental Health Beds in Britain’. Social Policy and Administration, 35(4): 397-410.

Prior, P.M. and Hayes, B.C. (2001) ‘Gender Trends in Occupancy Rates in Mental Health Beds in Northern Ireland’. Social Science and Medicine, 52: 537-45.

Prior, P.M. (2001) ‘Protective Europe: Does it Exist for People with Mental Illnesses?’, Journal of European Social Policy, 11(2):25-38.

Prior, P.M. and Sykes, R. (2001) ‘Globalization and European Welfare States: Evaluating the Theories and the Evidence’, in R. Sykes, B. Palier, B. and P. M. Prior, (eds.) Globalisation and European Welfare States: Challenges and Change, pp. 195-210. London and New York, Palgrave.

Prior, P.M. (2001) ‘Mental Disorder’, in M. May, E. Brunsden and R. Page (eds.) Understanding Social Problems: An Introduction, pp. 163-74. Oxford: Blackwell.

Prior, P. M. (1998) ‘Mental Health Policy in Northern Ireland’, in J. Campbell and R. Manktelow (eds.) Mental Health Social Work in Ireland: Comparative Issues in Policy and Practice, Aldershot: Ashgate, (pp. 29-41).

Prior, P.M. (1998) ‘Comparative Issues in Mental Health Care’, in Social Policy Review 9 (pp. 237-56), London: Social Policy Association. (Special editors: E. Brunsden, H. Dean and R. Woods).

Prior, P.M. (1997) ‘Mad, not bad: Crime, Mental Disorder and Gender in Nineteenth Century Ireland’, History of Psychiatry 8(4): 501-16.

Prior, P.M. (1997) ‘Women, Mental Disorder and Crime in Nineteenth Century Ireland’, in Byrne, A. and Leonard, M., Women in Ireland: A Sociological Reader, Beyond the Pale Press, Belfast. (pp. 218-32)

Prior P.M. and D. V.Griffiths (1997) ‘The Chaplaincy Question: The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland versus the Belfast Lunatic Asylum’, Eire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies, 33 (2 & 3 Summer/Fall) : 137-53.

Prior, P.M. (1996) 'Where Lunatics Abound: A History of Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland', in Berrios, G. and Freeman, H. (eds) 150 Years of British Psychiatry Vol. 2. London: Athlone Press, pp. 292-308.

Prior, P.M. (1996) 'The Dark Side of Goodness: Women, Social Norms and Mental Health', Journal of Gender Studies, 5 (1): 27-37.

Prior P.M. (1995) 'Surviving Psychiatric Institutionalisation: A Case Study, Sociology of Health and Illness, 17 (5): 651-67.

Prior, P.M. (1993) 'Mental Health Policy in Northern Ireland'. Social Policy and Administration. 27(4): 323-34.

Prior, P.M. (1992) 'The Approved Social Worker - Reflections on Origins'. British Journal of Social Work, 22 (2):105-19.

Prior, P.M. (1981) ‘The Death of a Child’, British Journal of Social Work, 11(3): 315-27.

Prior, P.M. (1997) ‘Women, Mental Disorder and Crime in Nineteenth Century Ireland’, in Byrne, A. and Leonard, M., Women in Ireland: A Sociological Reader, Beyond the Pale Press, Belfast. (pp. 218-32) 

Prior, P.M. (1996) 'Where Lunatics Abound: A History of Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland', in Berrios, G. and Freeman, H. (eds) 150 Years of British Psychiatry Vol. 2. London: Athlone Press, pp. 292-308.