Dr Briony Jain (nee Murphy) is a mixed-methods public health and injury prevention researcher, specialising in the use of existing datasets to improve health and justice outcomes for society's most vulnerable populations. Briony is currently employed as a Research Fellow in Social Care and Social Policy, within the Department of Mental Health and Social Work at Middlesex University, London.
In 2017, Briony completed her PhD with the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia under the primary supervision of Professor Joseph Ibrahim and supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program. Her thesis entitled: “The epidemiology and prevention of intentional deaths from suicide and resident-to-resident aggression among nursing home residents in Australia”, was the first research of its kind in Australia and largest study in the world to utilise existing medico-legal death investigation information to describe the prevalence and nature of such deaths on a national scale.
Briony has a background in criminal justice administration and injury prevention research after graduating from RMIT in 2013 with first class honours in Criminal Justice Administration (BA) for her thesis identifying opportunities for prevention of intimate partner homicide through service contacts proximate to the homicide. While completing her thesis, Briony worked in the Coroners Prevention Unit at the Coroners Court of Victoria, where she assisted on a number of research projects with an injury/death prevention focus and became familiar with the coronial process and the use of medico-legal information for research purposes.