Professor Donald Grubin
Professor of Forensic Psychiatry

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  • Address: Department of Forensic Psychiatry
    St Nicholas Hospital
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE3 3XT

Professor Grubin holds the Chair in Forensic Psychiatry within the Faculty of Medical Sciences and is an honorary consultant forensic psychiatrist in Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.  He has an international reputation in relation to the assessment, treatment and management of sexual offenders, and he has published widely in respect of a number of areas of forensic psychiatry. 


Professor Grubin received his undergraduate education at Oriel College, Oxford University, graduating with a BA in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology.  He received his medical degree from Kings College Hospital, London University.  He trained in psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, and the Maudsley and Broadmoor Hospitals.  He obtained his MRCPsych in 1989, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2004.  He was appointed to a Senior Lectureship in Newcastle in 1994, and to the chair in Forensic Psychiatry in 1997.

Roles and Responsibilities

Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Board Member, Independent Safeguarding Authority

Board Member, Scottish Risk Management Authority

Panel Member, Ministry of Justice Correctional Services Accreditation Panel

Member of the Northumbria MAPPA Strategic Management Board


MA (Oxon)

Research Interests

My research interests cover a range of forensic psychiatric issues, but my primary activity in recent years has related to the assessment and treatment of sex offenders, and to prison health screening. In terms of the former, I have been looking closely at polygraphy, and its potential role in the assessment, treatment and management of offenders. Regarding the latter, my team and I have been responsible for the redesign of health screening procedures in the remand prisons of England and Wales, and we are now involved in an evaluation of health screening in police custody.

Other Expertise

I am a consultant to the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) sex offender treatment programmes in prison and probation.  I am particularly involved in the facilitation of prescribing medication for sex offenders.