When Charlie Brooker (right) reviewed mental health and prisons, he found that there were only two clinical studies of interventions in the world.
The new chair in mental health and criminal justice at Lincoln hopes to change this by founding an Institute for Criminal Justice and Health in England and Wales, with Paul Rogers of Glamorgan University.
"There are huge mental health problems in prisons. Prisoners should have access to the same services as people outside," said Professor Brooker.
"We want to be at the forefront of innovation and education in research in the field," he said.
Sara Owen has been appointed from Nottingham as professor of nursing to oversee the BSc nursing degree programme. Journalists Bridget Kendall and Phillip Knightley have been appointed visiting professors at the university's School of Journalism.
Adrian Croft has been appointed senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care.
Tony Taylor , professor of food sciences for more than 20 years, is retiring.
Norma Starszakowna becomes full professor after a visiting professorship at the faculty of art, architecture and design.
Emily Levine , researcher in companion animal behaviour at Riseholme Park, has returned to private practice in the US.