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, including our April Risk and Recovery Conference and our August forensic psychiatry retreat, 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

March 2021

Mar. 4: Dr. Philip Klassen and Dana Peterson—What do R. v Sullivan and R. v Chan Mean for Substance-Induced Psychosis? (Intro)

Mar. 11: Dr. Paul Fedoroff—Of Love and Lust-Is Pedophilia an Orientation? (Advanced)

Mar. 18: Dr. Drew Kingston—Best Practices in the Assessment and Diagnosis of Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (Controversies and Innovations)

Mar. 25: Dr. Abdulmohsen Alhumoud—Forensic Psychiatry in Kuwait and the UAE (Global)

April 2021

Apr. 1: Dr. Sandy Simpson—Recovery Principles and Measurement (Introductory)

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

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

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

Apr. 29: Forensic Forum (WPA hosted)—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)

You can access past webinars on the Recordings page.