Forensic Psychiatry is a subspecialty of psychiatry in which mental health overlaps with the law. The University of Ottawa Division of Forensic Psychiatry is:
- One of the first programs in Canada to offer a Royal College approved PGY-6 year in Forensic Psychiatry
- Recipient of 2015, the Division's Sexual Behaviours Clinic (SBC) of the APA's Gold Awards as the best academic clinical-research program in North America
- Actively involved in teaching, research and clinical care of youth, men and women with mental health problems involving fitness to stand trial, criminal responsibility, anger, family court issues and the paraphilias.
- Involved in the assessment and treatment of both out-patients and in-patients in Ottawa and Brockville
- Created the first unit for mental health treatment of provincial offenders (Secure Treatment Unit) in Brockville
- Involved in Ottawa's mental health court which aims to assist in diverting people with mental illness from prison to treatment aimed at preventing future crimes
The University of Ottawa's Division of Forensic Psychiatry is fully affiliated with the Integrated Forensic Program (IFP) of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and the Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR). It was campuses in Ottawa and Brockville and provides assessment and treatment to people with psychiatric disorders who have come into conflict with the law or who have the potential to do so. It is involved in local, national and international research collaborations and provides learning and research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in criminology, law, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, and other allied mental health disciplines.
Contact Information for Division Head:
Dr. Paul Fedoroff
The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
1145 Carling Avenue