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Webinar and Podcast Recordings

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.

Note: Recordings are only available upon consent of the speaker. Free registration is needed to access webinar recordings, which are available for up to 90 days after the event. Effective November 11, 2021, recordings will be available for up to ONE YEAR!

December 2021

The Dr. Perlin’s  talk from December 2, 2021.


November 2021

The Dr. McKinnon’s  talk from November 18th, 2021.


The Dr. Cortoni’s talk from November 11th, 2021.


The Dr. Candilis’ talk from November 4th, 2021.


October 2021

The Dr. Giovanni de Girolamo’s talk from October 28th, 2021.


The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard Schneider’s talk from October 21st, 2021.


Dr. Shan Jumper’s talk from October 14th, 2021.


Dr. Luiza Gea’s talk from October 7th, 2021.


September 2021

Dr. Birgit Vollm’s talk on September 23, 2021.

Dr. Caroline Logan’s talk on September 23, 2021.

Dr. Lindsay Thomson’s talk on September 16, 2021.

Dr. Emily Gottfried’s talk on September 9, 2021.

Learning Outcomes:

1.Describe the case law relevant to Sexually Violent Predator Acts in the United States.
2. Discuss appropriate vs. inappropriate uses of penile plethysmography (PPG) in sexual behaviour evaluations.
3. Understand the initiative to create international standardization for the use of PPG. 

Dr. Hy Bloom’s talk on September 2, 2021.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. The nature and sources of expert psychiatric bias;
  2. The historic and recent judicial and legislative responses to concerns about bias; and
  3. Practical tips for psychiatric experts and the lawyers who retain them in identifying risk scenarios and reducing/eliminating bias


Recordings of older lectures are no longer available. However, to see a full list, see the Past Lectures page.

Hitting the Hammer Podcast

Welcome to the Hitting the Hammer Podcast, a production of the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the McMaster University division of Forensic Psychiatry, in collaboration with the Multimedia and Entertainment Department at Mohawk College.

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Podcast recordings

A discussion with Brian Rose who was a forensic patient and is now a Peer Support worker at Ontario Shores in Whitby. Brian discusses his experience going through the forensic system in Ontario (2019-10-18)

Today’s episode is a conversation regarding the designation Not Criminally Responsible with host KT Specialist Brandon Sunstrum and Head of Service for the Forensic Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Dr. Gary Chaimowitz (2019-07-05)

Today, the topic will be about Forensic Psychiatry and some general information regarding Forensics and the role of a Forensic Psychiatrist (2019-05-06)