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International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series

When COVID-19 cancelled 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 lecture 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.

General learning outcomes of the International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series 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!

December 2021

Dec. 9: Dr. Paul Fedoroff — The Trouble With Sex (Advanced)

Dec. 16: Dr. Bruno Losier — The Role of Neuropsychology in Forensic Psychiatry Assessments (Controversies and Innovations)


January 2022

Jan. 6: Dr. Krystle Martin — The Bias Cascade Effect: Investigating the impact of cognitive bias in documentation in the forensic mental health system (Intro)

Jan. 13: Dr. Skye Stephens — Overcoming Barriers to the Development and Implementation of Secondary Prevention Services for People Sexually Attracted to Children (Advanced)

Jan. 20: TBD (Controversies and Innovations)

Jan. 27: Dr. Yolanda Fernandez — A Look At Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (Global)

February 2022

Feb. 3: Dr. Percy Wright — TBD (Intro)

Feb. 10: Dr. Stephanie Penney — Neurolaw: What can it tell us about the nature of free will and criminal responsibility? (Advanced)

Feb. 17: Dr. Jennifer Chandler — A legal perspective on autism spectrum disorder in Canadian criminal cases (Controversies and Innovations)

Feb. 24: Dr. Vincent Denault — Don’t Blink! The Impact of Nonverbal Behavior in Courtrooms (Global)

March 2022

Mar. 3: Dr. Kevin Nunes — Evaluative Attitudes Toward Violence: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Relationship with Violent Behaviour

You can watch past lectures on the Recordings page.

To see lectures that are no longer available to watch, visit the Past Lectures page.