Research opportunities

As the first and largest SARC in the country, our mission is to continue pioneering work in this field. We seek to promote excellence in care through developing research-based knowledge and undertaking evidence-based practice.

We are always keen to collaborate on worthwhile projects with academic, research or other clinical partners. If you have an interest in this area, contact our in-house researcher Dr Rabiya Majeed-Ariss. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing potential opportunities.

*Dr Rabiya Majeed-Ariss is the centre’s Research Associate.
Her contact information is as follows:

Tel: +44 (0) 161 701 2692 / E-mail: Rabiya.majeed@cmft.nhs.uk

On-going research projects

SARC Projects

  • Strangulation and sexual violence. Dr Cath White, St Mary’s SARC Clinical Director.
  • Sexual assault in context of domestic violence. Dr Cath White, St Mary’s SARC Clinical Director.
  • Injuries amongst under 8’s who have disclosed abuse. Dr Cath White, St Mary’s SARC Clinical Director.
  • Female street sex workers accessing St Mary’s SARC services. Dr Rabiya Majeed-Ariss, St Mary’s SARC Research Associate.
  • Clients’ experiences of St Mary’s SARC. Dr Rabiya Majeed-Ariss, St Mary’s SARC Research Associate.
  • St Mary SARC’s learning disability prevalence study: LDSQ. Dr Rabiya Majeed-Ariss, St Mary’s SARC Research Associate.
  • Descriptive study of St Mary SARC’s CSE and CSA cases. Dr Rabiya Majeed-Ariss, St Mary’s SARC Research Associate.
  • Experience of pre-trial therapy at St Mary’s SARC. Nicky Paris, St Mary’s SARC Counselling lead.

SARC Collaborations

  • Effectiveness and appropriateness of SARC video court room link: Dr Kate Cook, Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Forensic Psychology & Mental Health Programme / Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Health Programme MSc projects: Dr Tammi Walker, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester
  • St Mary SARC staff’s vicarious trauma: Dr Miranda Horvath, Middlesex University and Ms Kristina Massey, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • First point of contact: An examination of practitioners' communication with victims of sexual assault who self-refer to St Mary’s SARC: Dr Michelle Mattison, Department of Psychology, University of Chester
  • Journey of a St Mary’s SARC client with learning disabilities, NIHR RfPB bid: P.I. Prof Hugh McLaughlin, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Australian forensic medical unit’s learning disability prevalence study: LDSQ. Dr Maria Nittis and Dr Rosemary Isaacs, New South Wales Forensic Medical Unit Leads
  • Staff survey and audit of forensic services delivered to clients with learning disabilities: Dr Angela Olsen, School of Midwifery Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford
  • Systematic review of evidence around therapy for people with LD who have been abused: Dr Yolanda Martinez, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence