JUN 12 - 14  

International Journal of Forensic Mental Health

The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health is the official publication of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and the journal is a benefit of membership. The journal is devoted to research and practice in the field of forensic mental health, will publish empirical articles, descriptions of forensic programs and services, legal reviews, and case studies. The journal published its first issue in March, 2002. The impact factor of the journal is 1.362 (© 2017 Clarivate Analytics, 2016 Journal Citation Reports®). Please let your colleagues know about our journal and the Association.

The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health is intended to provide an international forum for disseminating research and practical developments to forensic mental health professionals. Forensic populations include both adults and youth involved in the criminal justice system, particularly mentally disordered offenders and sex offenders. The focus will be on forensic issues such as criminal responsibility, competency or fitness to stand trial, risk assessment, family violence, and treatment of forensic clients. The journal will reflect the international audience represented by the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and articles comparing the law and/or practice in different countries will be encouraged.

The target audience for the journal is psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, administrators, and other professionals whose research or practice focuses on forensic mental health.

Manuscript submissions should be submitted online (click here for instructions). Manuscripts should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). More detailed instructions on how to format and submit your manuscript can be found HERE.

All Members have Free Online Access to the Journal

As a member of International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services you are eligible to access International Journal of Forensic Mental Health online. Please follow the instructions below to claim your access to the journal.

If you do not already have a tandfonline.com account, please go to http://www.tandfonline.com and click "Register" in the upper right hand corner. Enter your name, country, and a valid email address, and choose a password to access your account. When finished entering your account information click Register. Then, check your email. A message from support@tandfonline.com should appear within 30 minutes. Please check your Spam folder if you do not see it in your Inbox. Click the link in the message to activate your account.

Once you have claimed access, you will be able to access journal content from any computer, any time by clicking on the following link and entering your email address and password. Please note that your subscription is contingent on having an active membership with the Association. You can renew your Association membership here

Become a Reviewer

If you are interested in becoming an ad-hoc reviewer please contact us. In order to facilitate this process, we recommend that you are nominated by a member of IAFMHS (a succinct email is sufficient) and provide us with your CV and up to five areas of expertise; you can send this to tnicholls@forensic.bc.ca and ilvy.goossens@forensic.bc.ca

We are particularly interested in supporting student reviewers. Students should be admitted to a graduate program in a related discipline and must have a direct supervisor who is willing to collaborate on the review(s). If you are interested in becoming a student reviewer, please send your CV with a brief statement of support by your supervisor, and include up to five areas of expertise, to tnicholls@forensic.bc.ca and ilvy.goossens@forensic.bc.ca.

Editorial Team


Editor -in-Chief   |  Tonia L. Nicholls

Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia; BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services; CANADA



Associate Editor  |  Michael Daffern

 Centre for Forensic Behavioral Science, Swinburne University of Technology; AUSTRALIA


Associate Editor  |  Matthew Huss

Department of Psychology, Creighton University; USA


Associate Editor  |  Lorraine Johnstone 

Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist Head of Child and Family Clinical Psychology, NHS Forth Valley Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde; UK


Associate Editor  |  Martin Sellbom

University of Otago, DunedinNEW ZEALAND


Associate Editor Jennifer E. Storey

Royal Holloway, University of London; UK

  Editorial Assistant  |  Ilvy Goossens

Graduate Student, Simon Fraser University; CANADA


Ronald Roesch - Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Stephen D. Hart - Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada


Henrik Belfrage -  Sundsvall Forensic Psychiatric Centre, Sweden

David Bernstein - Maastricht University, Netherlands

Stål Bjørkly -  Oslo University Hospital and Molde University College, Norway

David Cooke -  Douglas Inch Centre and Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

Raymond R. Corrado -  School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Keith Cruise - Fordham University, USA

Corine de Ruiter -  Department of Clinical Psychological Science, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Kevin Douglas -  Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Joel Dvoskin -  University of Arizona College of Medicine, USA

John Edens -  Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Sam Houston State University, USA

Jorge Folino -  School of Medicine, National University of La Plata, Argentina

Kris Goethals - Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium, & Medical Health Care WNB, Netherlands

Naomi Goldstein - Department of Psychology, Drexel University, USA

Kirk Heilbrun -  Department of Psychology, Drexel University, USA

Mette Kreis - Forth Valley Prisons, Scotland, UK

Friedrich Lösel -  Institute of Psychology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Caroline Logan -  University of Liverpool and Ashworth Hospital Authority, England

Hjalmar van Marle -  Department of Forensic Psychiatry of the Erasmus Medical Center and the Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Trish Martin -  Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Monash University, Australia

Dale E. McNiel -  Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco , USA

Rüdiger Müller-Isberner -  Haina Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Germany

Norbert Nedopil -  Department of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Munich, Germany

Tonia L. Nicholls - Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services,University of British Columbia, Canada

Tom Palmstierna - Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Antonio Andres Pueyo - University of Barcelona, Spain

Andrew Rasmussen - New York University School of Medicine, USA

Randall T. Salekin -  Department of Psychology, University of Alabama, USA

Martin Selbom - Department of Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand

Lorraine Sheridan - School of Psychology, Curtin University, Australia 

Jennifer Skeem -  Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, USA

Ulf Stridbeck - University of Oslo School of Law, Norway

José G. V. Taborda -  Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine, Federal Faculty of Medical Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brazil

Simon Verdun-Jones -  School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Geert Vervaeke -  Faculty of Law, Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium

Jodi Viljoen -  Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Gina Vincent -  Law & Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

Patricia Zapf -  Department of Psychology, John Jay College, USA

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