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.

Rotating weekly themes include:

  • Introductory topics
  • Advanced topics
  • Controversies and innovations
  • Global perspectives

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

Upcoming Lectures


Oct. 22: Dr. Matthieu Lacambre—The French Framework for Sexual Offenders (Global)

Oct. 29: Forensic Forum – Open Discussion Format (Register HERE: tiny.cc/ifplsforum)


Nov. 5: Dr. Joseph Ferencz—Ethics in Forensic Psychiatry (Introductory)

Nov. 12: Dr. Michiel de Vries Robbe—Protective Factors in Forensic Mental Health (SAPROF) [Advanced]

Nov. 19: Dr. Terje Toerrissen—Psychosis, Violence and Far Right Ideology (Controversies and Innovations)

Nov. 26: Dr. Mathieu Dufour—Forensic Psychiatry in Quebec (Global)


Dec. 3: Dr. Richard Tremblay—Violence Prevention from Childhood (Introductory)

Dec. 10: Dr. Mansfield Mela—Treatment of Individuals with FASD (Advanced)

Dec. 17: Dr. James MacKillop—Cannabis and Cognition (Controversies and Innovations)

January 2021

Jan. 7: Dr. Liam Marshall—Escapes from Forensic Facilities (Introductory)

Jan. 14: Dr. Robin Wilson—Treatment of Sexual Offenders in US Prisons (Advanced)

Jan. 21: Mr. Devon Watts—Artificial Intelligence in Forensic Psychiatry (Controversies and Innovations)

Jan. 28: Dr. Tarik Hassan—Forensic Psychiatry in Pakistan (Global)

February 2021

Feb. 4: Dr. Grainne Neilson—The Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities: Where Should Psychiatry Go From Here? (Introductory)

Feb. 11: Dr. Joseph Ferencz—Insight in Forensic Psychiatry (Advanced)

Feb. 18: Dr. Drew Kingston—Hypersexuality (Controversies and Innovations)

Feb. 25: Dr. Lisbeth Sorensen—Forensic Psychiatry in Greenland (Global)

March 2021

Mar. 4: Dr. Philip Klassen—Intoxication as a Mental Disorder (Introductory)

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

Mar. 18: Dr. Graham Glancy— Competence by Design (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

Apr. 15: Justice Richard Schneider—Mental Health Courts and Diversion

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

You can access past webinars on the Recordings page.