Harry Kennedy


Consultant forensic psychiatrist and executive clinical director, National Forensic
Mental Health Service, Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin 14, Ireland. Clinical
Professor of Forensic Psychiatry Trinity College Dublin. Honorary Skou professor of
forensic psychiatry, University of Aarhus 2019-2023. Formerly Clinical Director, North
London Forensic Service and Hon Senior Lecturer, Royal Free Hospital Medical School,
University College London, UK. Trained Dublin and London. External examiner, MSc in
forensic mental health, Kings College London / Institute of Psychiatry 2016-2020. Invited
expert advisor, Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture.

Professor Kennedy has been involved in the reform and re-organisation of the Central Mental
Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin from 2000 to present and in 2020 with colleagues will move the
service to a new purpose built secure forensic hospital, developing new services including a
forensic child and adolescent service, forensic mental health intellectual and developmental
disorders service and an extended women’s service. A network of community high support
step down places has been established along with in-reach and court diversion services to
remand and sentenced prisons and to youth justice. Professor Kennedy has been involved in
the design, commissioning and transition to new forensic hospitals and new models of care twice in the last 20 years.

Professor Kennedy also teaches forensic psychiatry and publishes research on the
epidemiology of homicide and suicide, triage and recovery in therapeutically safe and secure
pathways (DUNDRUM toolkit), neuroscience and violence, mental health law and human

Research: forensic psychiatry and medicine –