Nathan Hughes is Professor of Adolescent Health and Justice in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. He joined the University as Professorial Fellow in 2017. He was previously senior lecturer in social policy and social work at the University of Birmingham, and Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Centre, Melbourne, having completed his PhD at the University of Warwick.
Nathan’s research is primarily concerned with the disproportionate prevalence of various childhood health and developmental difficulties among young people in our criminal justice systems, and the education, social care, housing and justice system practices and interventions that discriminate against, disable and therefore criminalise these young people. He is committed to using this evidence to improve policy and practice, nationally and internationally. Acquired brain injury (ABI) has been a key focus of this work in understanding both prevalence in and experience of criminal justice systems.
Nathan is engaged in a range of policy impact activity. He is co-chair, with Andy MacDonald MP, of the ABI Justice Network, a consortium of charities, senior professionals and academics engaging policymakers, civil servants, and service leads promoting effective policy and practice in support of those with ABI. He is a founding member of NABLES, which seeks to improve educational experiences after an ABI, supported the development of the key Time for Change policy report, and has advised successive New Zealand Principal Youth Court Judges.
Nathan is also inaugural co-chair of the Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association special interest group on neurodiversity and law enforcement – one of the thematic issues around which this large, global network of health and justice policymakers, practitioners and academics is organised.
He is also the founding co-chair – with Kerry Albright, Deputy Director, UNICEF – of the Campbell Collaboration Coordinating Group on Children and Young People’s Wellbeing, the world-leading international social science research network for the production and dissemination of high quality, open and policy-relevant evidence syntheses.
- Childhood developmental disability, and experiences of education, social care and criminal justice
- The relationships between health and youth crime
- Legal rights and criminalisation of cognitive and communication impairments
- Family carers
- Clasby B, Hughes N, Clasby E & Catroppa C (2023) School-based interventions for children and adolescents following traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. NeuroRehabilitation, 52(4), 539-568.
- Linden MA, Forbes T, Brown M, Marsh L, Truesdale M, McCann E, Todd S & Hughes N (2022) Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on family carers of those with profound and multiple intellectual disabilities: perspectives from UK and Irish non-governmental organisations. BMC Public Health, 22(1).
- Turner K & Hughes N (2022) Supporting young people’s cognition and communication in the courtroom: a scoping review of current practices. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health.
- Bowden N, Milne B, Audas R, Clasby B, Dacombe J, Forster W, Kokaua J, Gibb S, Hughes N, MacCormick C , Smiler K et al (2021) Criminal justice system interactions among young adults with and without autism: A national birth cohort study in New Zealand. Autism.
- Chandan JS, Hughes N, Thomas T, Nirantharakumar K, Bandyopadhyay S & Taylor J (2020) Exploration of a novel preventative policing approach in the United Kingdom to adverse childhood experiences. Child Abuse Review, 29(2), 144-158. View this article in WRRO
- Hughes N, Sheahan F, Williams WH & Chitsabesan P (2020) Ensuring the rights of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities within child justice systems. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 4(2), 163-166.
- Hughes N, Ungar M, Fagan A, Murray J, Atilola O, Nichols K, Garcia J & Kinner S (2020) Health determinants of adolescent criminalisation. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 4(2), 151-162.
- Kirby A, Williams WH, Clasby B, Hughes N & Cleaton MAM (2020) Understanding the complexity of neurodevelopmental profiles of females in prison. International Journal of Prisoner Health, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print).
- Young JT & Hughes N (2019) Traumatic brain injury and homelessness: from prevalence to prevention. The Lancet Public Health. View this article in WRRO
- Kinner SA, Hughes N, Borschmann R, Southalan L, Clasby B, Janca E, Willoughby M & Williams H (2019) The health of children deprived of liberty: a human rights issue. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. View this article in WRRO
- Williams WH, Fazel S, Chitsabesan P, McMillan T, Hughes N, Parsonage M & Tonks J (2018) Traumatic Brain Injury: A potential cause of violent crime?. Lancet Psychiatry, 5(10), 836-844. View this article in WRRO
- Clasby B, Hughes N, Catroppa C & Morrison E (2018) Community-based interventions for adolescents following traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. NeuroRehabilitation. View this article in WRRO
- Hughes N, Chitsabesan P, Bryan K, Borschmann R, Swain N, Lennox C & Shaw J (2017) Language impairment and comorbid vulnerabilities among young people in custody. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58(10), 1106-1113.
- Hughes N & Strong G (2016) Implementing the evidence on young adult neuromaturation: The development of a specialist approach in probation services. Probation Journal, 63(4), 452-459.
- Hughes N, Sciberras E & Goldfeld S (2016) Family and Community Predictors of Comorbid Language, Socioemotional and Behavior Problems at School Entry. PLoS ONE, 11(7). View this article in WRRO
- Hughes N, Williams WH, Chitsabesan P, Walesby RC, Mounce LTA & Clasby B (2015) The Prevalence of Traumatic Brain Injury Among Young Offenders in Custody. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(2), 94-105.
- Hughes N (2015) Understanding the influence of neurodevelopmental disorders on offending: utilizing developmental psychopathology in biosocial criminology. Criminal Justice Studies, 28(1), 39-60.
- Ryan NP, Hughes N, Godfrey C, Rosema S, Catroppa C & Anderson VA (2015) Prevalence and Predictors of Externalizing Behavior in Young Adult Survivors of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(2), 75-85.