The International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) was established in 2000 as an international non-profit association, with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The goals of the Association can be broadly defined as follows:

1. To enhance the standards of forensic mental health services in the international community
2. To promote an international dialogue about forensic mental health, in all its aspects, including violence and family violence
3. To promote education, training and research in forensic mental health
4. To inform professional communities and the public about current issues in forensic mental health
5. To promote and utilize advanced technologies in the pursuit of the above goals
6. To form informal and formal liaison with organizations having a similar purpose

A primary part of the Association's mandate is to hold an annual conference, providing an arena for information sharing on the latest research, program development, as well as legal, administrative, and ethical matters. As well, the Association publishes the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.

Click here for our bylaws. To read our latest minutes from the Annual General Meeting, click here.


Members At-Large 

Ex-Officio Members

Patricia Zapf, Ph.D., Publications Liaison - IAFMHS
Palo Alto University
, Vice President, Continuing & Professional Studies, California, USA

Tonia Nicholls, Ph.D., Editor - International Journal of Forensic Mental Health
Associate Professor, Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Senior Research Fellow, Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, PHSA, Vancouver Canada

Maria Aparcero-Suero, M.A., Student Representative
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, Fordham University, New York, USA


Kim Ellen Biesman, Chair, Offenders with Intellectual Disability (The Netherlands)

Peter Braun, Ph.D., Chair, Long-Term Forensic Psychiatric Care (The Netherlands)

Johann Brink, MB ChB, BA Hons, FCPsych(SA) FRCPC, Member-at-Large (Canada)

Gary Chaimowitz, MB, ChB, MBA, FRCP(C), Past Director (Canada)

Adrian Cree, MBBS, Past Director (UK)

Keith Cruise, Ph.D., Past LOC Chair (USA)

Vivienne de Vogel, Ph.D., Past Director (The Netherlands)

Kevin Douglas, Ph.D., Past Director (Canada)

Michael Doyle, Ph.D., Past Director (UK)

Michele Galietta, Ph.D., Member-at-Large (USA)

Emily Glorney, Ph.D., Member-at-Large (USA)

Stephen Hart, Ph.D., Past Director (Canada)

Ed Hitlerman, Ph.D., Past Director (Spain)

Mette Kreis, Ph.D., Representative Young Career Professional (UK)

Brian McKenna, Ph.D., Member-at-Large (New Zealand)

Kaitlyn McLachlan, Ph.D., Past Director (Canada)

Adegboyega Ogunwale FWACP, LL.M, Chair, African Interest (Nigeria)

Suzanne O'Rouke, Ph.D., Member-at-Large (UK)

Stephanie Penney, Ph.D., Chair, RISC-Team (Canada)

Lindsay Thomson, MB ChB FRCPsych MPhil MD, Chair, Service Development, Organization, Strategy & Delivery (UK)

Karen Wright, Ph.D., Chair, Forensic Mental Health Nursing (UK)

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