Given the extenuating circumstances our community is currently facing, we appreciate your understanding of our decision to cancel the Risk and Recovery Conference.


Dr. Mark Olver, Ph.D., R.D. Psych

Dr. Olver is a Professor and Registered Doctoral Psychologist at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he is involved in program administration, graduate and undergraduate teaching, research, and clinical training. Prior to his academic appointment, Mark worked as a clinical psychologist in various capacities, including providing assessment, treatment, and consultation services to young offenders in the Saskatoon Health Region and with adult federal offenders in the Correctional Service of Canada. He has published over 125 journal articles and book chapters and his research interests include offender risk assessment and treatment, young offenders, psychopathy, and the evaluation of therapeutic change. He is co-developer of the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offene version (VRS-SO) and Violence Risk Scale-Youth Sexual Offense version (VRS-YSO), and he provides training and consultation services internationally in the assessment and treatment of sexual, violent, and psychopathic offenders. 

Dr. Joseph Ferencz, MD, Ph.D., FRCP(C)

Dr. Ferencz assumed the directorship in the Forensic Psychiatry Program at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital in 1993. in 2005 he became the head of the Schizophrenia Service at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and the Assistant Chief of Psychiatry between 2006 and 2011. He was the Interim Psychiatrist-in-Chief at St. Joseph's Healthcare in 2012 until 2014. in addition to his primary areas of practice, Dr. Ferencz worked as a staff psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Emergency Service between 1993 and 2013. He has since returned to the full-time practice of Forensic Psychiatry at the West 5th site of St. Joseph's Healthcare. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University 

Dr. Xiaoping Wang, MD, Ph.D. 

Dr. Wang obtained his Ph.D. In Psychiatry and Mental Health from Hunan Medical University, and did on-year psychiatric residency training with Dr. Guilbert in France, as well as a one-year Clinical fellowship of forensic psychiatry with Dr. Murphy at the University of British Columbia. He was an Assistant/Associate Professor of psychiatry at the second Xiangya Hospital, Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University. Dr. Wang is currently a Full Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Faculty, Central South University, as well as the Director of National Clinical Research Center for Mental Disorders, the Vice President and Secretary-General of Chinese Society of Psychiatry (CSP) since 2018, and vice-Chairman of Chinese Society of Neuroscience and Psychiatry since 2014. Dr. Wang's research focus is on the bio-psychosocial contributions to the violence of patients with mental disorders, criminal responsibility assessment in patients with mental disorders and Chinese mental health policy and evaluation. 

Dr. Adelle Forth, Ph.D. 

Dr. Forth is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She worked with Robert Hare to develop the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and is the senior author of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV; Forth, Kosson & Hare, 2003). She is also the co-author of the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth, a risk scale for adolescent violence and has co-authored two textbooks, Forensic Psychology and Criminal Behaviour: A Canadian Perspective. Dr. Forth devotes her time to teaching forensic psychology and research on the assessment of psychopathy, the relationship between emotional and cognitive processes and psychopathy, victims of psychopathy, and violence risk assessment. She has extensive experience training a wide variety of professionals on the administration, scoring, and use of the PCL-R and PCL:YV throughout North America and Europe. Dr. Forth is noted for her organized, engaging and interactive presentational style. 

Dr. Bernice Downey, Ph.D. 

Dr. Downey is a woman of Ojibwe and Celtic heritage, a mother and a grandmother. She is a medical anthropologist with research interests in health, health literacy, and Indigenous Traditional knowledge and health/research system reform for Indigenous populations. Bernice is currently cross-appointed to the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and is the Indigenous Health Lead for the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. Most recently, she was awarded the Heart & Stroke Foundation - Canadian Institute of Health Research - Chair in Indigenous Women's Heart and Brain Health. Bernice's professional experience includes Sole Proprietor of her consulting company; 'Minoayawin - Good Health Consulting; Chief Executive Officer of the National Aboriginal Health Organization, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada. She is one of two Indigenous leads for the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, Canadian Reference group. As well as the Director and Research Associate of the Well Living House - Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. She was a member of the Canadian Institute of Health Research - Institute of Aboriginal Health, Advisory Board for six years. Bernice also successfully led the development of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute. She is an experienced administrator, facilitator, and an organizational and systemic change agent. She is also a life-long advocate in the work towards addressing the serious health inequities among Indigenous populations in Canada.


Dr. Heather Moulden is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist in the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, a teaching hospital associated with McMaster University where she holds faculty positions as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and Associate Member status in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Department of Psychology. Dr. Moulden has worked with individuals convicted of sexual abuse for over 20 years. She has authored numerous publications and chapters, and has presented at scholarly conferences both nationally and internationally. Dr. Moulden has provided training and  consultation to all levels of government regarding evidence-based approaches to sexual offence prevention and management. She is a Fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse.

Dr. Mini Mamak is the Senior Psychologist at the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton. Dr. Mamak also holds the status of Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.  In addition, Dr. Mamak is a member of the Board of Advisory for the Canadian Critical Incident Association and a member of the Ontario Review Board. Her professional and research interests include aggression, female offending, risk prediction, and hostage negotiations. Dr. Mamak has provided psychological and threat assessment services to both private and public sector organizations both nationally and internationally. She has been a sought-after speaker and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops.

Dr. Gary Chaimowitz is the Head of Service and the Academic Lead of the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton.  He is holds the title of Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and he is a Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physicians.  He is Vice-Chair of the Psychiatry Section of the Ontario Medical Association and Past President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association. In addition, he chairs the Forensic Psychiatry Specialty Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been granted Forensic Psychiatry Founder Status. He is a Past President of the Medical Staff Association of St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, is on the Board of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services and the Council of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He is also the Co-Chair of the Ontario Forensic Directors Group, Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and American Psychiatric Association, and a Member of the Ontario and Nunavut Review Boards.  Dr. Chaimowitz is also the Vice-Chair of the Consent and Capacity Board.  


Ashley Palmer, R/TRO holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Therapeutic recreation degree from the University of Waterloo. Since 2009, she has worked as a Recreation Therapist at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton for the Forensic Psychiatry Program. Ashley also holds a range of recreation-related experience in mood-disorders, acute care, corrections, and with the acquired brain injury population. 

Dr. Bruno Losier, Ph.D., C. Psych, ABPP(CN) is a psychologist in the Forensic Psychiatry Program of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. He joined the program in 2013. He is passionate about therapeutic programming. 

Devon Watts is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at McMaster University. His research focuses on predictive models in psychiatry using machine learning techniques. 

Dylan Gatner, M.A., is a doctoral candidate from Simon Fraser University's Clinical-Forensic Psychology Stream. He is currently a Psychology Resident at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations in the area of personality disorder and violence risk assessment. 

Jay Boudreau is the Safety Specialist for the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He has led a number of strategic initiatives and process improvements that have mitigated complex forensic safety issues and concerns by engaging staff, patients and important stakeholders. Mr. Boudreau has over 16 years of experience in healthcare safety and security.

Kandice Hurlock holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Community and Criminal Justice from Conestoga College and is a recent graduate of the Recreation Therapy Intensive Diploma program at Mohawk College. Kandice has a range of recreation-related experience in youth corrections, mental health, and addictions. Most recently, she has completed practicum experiences at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the Centralized Rehabilitation Resource Clinic and Forensic Outpatient Program. Kandice is a Professional Member of TRO and is working towards obtaining her R/TRO designation.

Karrie Peart is the Liaison Worker for the Acute Stabilization Unit for St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Site. Her background as a registered nurse has allowed her to develop skills in numerous areas including Forensic Psychiatry. In her role of Liaison Worker, Karrie will work with the detention centre identifying individuals who require treatment, bridging the current gap in mental health care for remanded individuals.

Kathleen Robb is Clinical Legal Counsel at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.  She worked in the Forensic Psychiatry Program from 2002 to 2004.  After practicing Civil Litigation for 15 years, she re-joined the Forensic Psychiatry Program in March 2019.  Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an LLB from Western University.  She was called to the Ontario Bar in June 1996.

Kyrsten Grimes is a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is currently completing her residency at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the Forensic Stream. Her research examines the metacognitive and neurocognitive predictors of psychosis in schizophrenia and how this knowledge can be used to further develop psychosocial interventions for the illness in forensic psychiatric settings.

Lana Vedelago is a is a graduate student with the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research and is completing a Master's in Neuroscience at McMaster University. Her thesis focuses on impulse control deficits in Canadian federal offenders.

Lauren Barney is Clinical Legal Counsel at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton. She joined the Forensic Psychiatry Program in October 2014 and has attended over 150 Ontario Review Board hearings on behalf of the hospital. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethics and a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2014.

Nancy Kahl, R/TRO. Before her entry into Recreation Therapy, Nancy held a range of positions over a span of 15 years as a Registered Massage Therapist. After completing her Diploma with Honours in Recreation Therapy at Mohawk College in 2016, she was the successful recipient of the Adrienne Gilbert Award of Student Excellence. Nancy has obtained valuable experience in the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. From there, she performed numerous other duties, including stays in the Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic and Central Rehabilitation Resource Clinic. 

Natalie Dubeau (OT) is an occupational therapist in the Forensic Psychiatry Program of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. She joined the program in 2014. She is passionate about therapeutic programming. 

Sophia Roth is a PhD candidate in the Research and Clinical Training stream of the graduate Psychology Program at McMaster University. She is currently completing a psychology practicum placement in the Forensic Psychiatry Program at SJHH and concurrently conducting research on health scale development and moral injury in forensic psychiatric populations.

Theresa Sanson is a manager in the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. By background, she is a Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Windsor. Ms. Sanson has nine years of nursing  experience working within various roles in the Forensic Psychiatry Program and also a Registered Nurse in Acute Psychiatry.  She has a penchant for random facts, and enjoys spending her off hours raising two young dogs.

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