Welcome to the new Forensic Psychiatry Institute

The Forensic Psychiatry Institute is where you will find information on the long-running Risk and Recovery Conference, Forensic Psychiatry Retreat, Radical Collaborations Research Day, Aggressive Incidents Scale (AIS) and Hamilton Anatomy of Risk Management (HARM), International Journal of Risk and Recovery and Hitting the Hammer Podcast.

Introducing the International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series

Logo for McMaster University's International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series

With COVID-19 cancelling many events in 2020, the Forensic Psychiatry Institute made a pandemic pivot and launched the International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series.

Hosted by McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, this weekly educational webinar series provides engaging and innovative topics on forensic psychiatry. Talks will be no longer than one hour and include a question and answer period. Attendees will have the flexibility to register for any topics that pique their interest.

Learning Outcomes include:

  1. A more sophisticated understanding of key forensic topics to eventually improve practice (rotating weekly themes include: introductory, advanced, controversies and innovations, and global perspectives)
  2. Enhanced international multi-disciplinary collaboration

All learners, faculty, researchers and individuals working in mental health and the law are welcome to attend, learn and collaborate!

Upcoming Lectures

April 2021

Apr. 8: Dr. Phillip Resnick—Child Murder by Parents and the Insanity Defense (Advanced)

Apr. 15: Dr. Adelle Forth: Victims of Psychopaths (live stream from Risk and Recovery Conference Keynote)

Apr. 22: Dr. Florence Thibaut—WFSBP Guidelines on the Pharmacological Treatment of Paraphilias (Global)

Apr. 29 (WPA hosted) —Dr. Peter Collins – TBD

May 2021

May 6: Dr. Hy Bloom – Perspectives on Bias: The Challenges of Being a Psychiatric Expert in the Days of Increasingly Knowledgeable and Suspicious Lawyers, and more Effective Judicial Gatekeepers (Intro)

May 13: Dr. Nathan Kolla – Neurochemistry of Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorders (Advanced)

May 20: Dr. Jennifer Skeem – Race, Risk, and Recidivism: Predictive Fairness in the Age of the Algorithm (Controversies and Innovations)

May 27: Dr. Alana Cook – Canadian judicial opinions of expert evidence on violence risk assessment (Global)

June 2021

June 3: Dr. Mansfield Mela – Treatment of Individuals with FASD (Intro)

June 10: Dr. Renee Sorrentino, Dr. Susan Hatters Friedman, Dr. Brian Holoyda and Dr. John Alligre – Bestiality (Advanced)

June 17: Dr. Patrice Renaud – Virtual Reality and Forensic Psychiatry (Controversies and Innovations)

June 24: Dr. Barry Rosenfeld – TBD (Global)

July 2021

July 1: Holiday – Canada Day (no lecture)

July 8: Dr. Vivienne de Vogel – Violent Women in Forensic Psychiatry – Are Gender-Specific Approaches to Risk Assessment and Treatment Needed? (Advanced)

July 15: Dr. Renee Sorrentino – Chemical Castration (Controversies and Innovations)

July 22: Dr. Najat Khalifa – Risk factors for terrorism: Towards developing an empirical typology (Global)

July 29 (WPA hosted): Dr. Clive Meux – The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture: Issues within Forensic Psychiatry

August 2021 (HOLIDAY)

September 2021

Sep 2: TBD (Intro)

Sep 9: Dr. Emily Gottfried – TBD (Advanced)

Sep 16: Dr. Lindsay Thomson – The Right to be Fat in Forensic Mental Health Services – morbidity and mortality in forensic patients (Controversies and Innovations)

Sep 23: Dr. Caroline Logan – The role of formulation in gender-based risk assessment and management (Global)

Sep 30 (WPA Hosted): Dr. Birgit Völlm – Forensic Psychiatry in Europe: Concepts and Service Provision

October 2021

Oct 7: Dr. Heather Moulden and Dr. Luiza Gea – How can biomarkers contribute to forensic psychiatry? (Intro)

Oct 14: Dr. Shan Jumper – Working With Transgender Individuals Who Sexually Harm (Advanced)

Oct 21: Justice Richard Schneider – Mental Health Courts and Diversion (Controversies and Innovations)

Oct 28: Dr. Giovanni de Girolamo and Marco Picchioni – The EU-VIORMED project: a multinational study of forensic psychiatry in five European countries. An oveview of study results (Global)

You can access past webinars on the Recordings page.