Kevin S. Douglas, LL.B., Ph.D.
Dr. Douglas currently is Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University. He is also a Guest Professor of Applied Criminology at Mid-Sweden University, and a Senior Research Advisor at the University of Oslo. He has been at SFU since 2004, after having spent three years on faculty at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. Dr. Douglas received his law degree in 2000 from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in clinical (forensic) psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2002. He received a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar Award (2005-2010), and was the recipient of the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law (2005), awarded jointly by the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He was on the Executive Board for the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and the Board of Directors for the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS). Currently he is the Treasurer of IAFMHS. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (USA), Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He is or has been the Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, or Co-Investigator on grants totaling approximately $5.5 million CAD. His research interests include violence risk assessment and management, the association between various mental and personality disorders (i.e., psychosis; psychopathy) and violence, and dynamic (changeable, treatment-relevant) risk factors. More recently, he has been conducting research on other violence-related adverse experiences, including suicide-related behaviour, and being victimized by violence. On these topics, Dr. Douglas has provided extensive training, and has authored over 100 journal articles, books, or book chapters. In addition to co-authoring the HCR-20 (Versions 1, 2, and 3), he is also co-editor of the HCR-20 Violence Risk Management Companion Guide.
Stephen D.Hart, Ph.D.
Dr. Hart obtained his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia in 1993. He currently holds positions as Professor in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen. His expertise is in the field of clinical-forensic psychology, with a special focus on the assessment of violence risk and psychopathic personality disorder. He has received grants totaling more than CAD $2 million; co-authored more than 190 books, chapters, and articles; and co- authored more than 430 conference presentations. His manuals and guidelines on the assessment of violence risk and psychopathic personality disorder have been translated into more than two dozen languages and are used around the world. He was Co-Editor and later Editor of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health from 2001 to 2011, and in 2012 was appointed Editor of the new Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. He is a member of the editorial board of five other journals, and an ad hoc reviewer for more than 30 other journals, as well as numerous granting agencies. He was an executive committee member – including President – of the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association), and currently is President-Elect of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services and a Director of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He has led more than 380 training workshops for mental health, law enforcement, corrections, and legal professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australasia. He has been qualified to give expert testimony regarding risk assessment in the superior courts of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario in Canada; in the superior courts of Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin in the United States; and before parliamentary committees in Canada and Scotland. He has received various distinctions for his professional work, including the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association), the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Research Excellence in Psychology and Law from the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.
Christopher D. Webster, Ph.D.
Dr. Webster received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Dalhousie University in 1967. After a few years as a Research Scientist at the then Addiction Research Foundation in Toronto, he moved to the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and coordinated research and clinical programs for children with severe developmental and conduct problems. In 1975 he was appointed Professor and Director of the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Returning to Toronto in 1977, he was again appointed a Research Scientist at the Clarke Institute and also Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Criminology. It was during this period that he developed an interest in forensic mental health, with emphasis on violence risk assessment and treatment. He was as well Head of Psychology at the Institute between 1986 and 1992. In 1993, he was appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. At Simon Fraser University, he is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, and at the University of Toronto, he is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry. He is a Senior Research Consultant at Child Development Institute and others. In addition to several books and hundreds of articles, he has, in recent years, published with colleagues in Vancouver and Toronto a number of practical manuals for use by mental health and correctional practitioners that focus on the broad-based screening of violence (HCR-20), sex offenders (SVR-20), aggressive children under 12 years old (EARL-20B, EARL-21G) and the Short Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Royal Society of Canada.
Henrik Belfrage, Ph.D.
Dr. Belfrage is Professor of Criminology at Mid Sweden University and visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway. Dr. Belfrage also has worked as Director of Research at two of Sweden’s biggest forensic psychiatric hospitals (Vadstena and Sundsvall). Over the years, he has assessed numerous violent offenders in both the forensic psychiatric system and the correctional system. He has published extensively in the area of spousal assault and risk, and in addition to joining the authorship group on HCR-20 (Version 3), he is co-author of the Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER), sometimes referred to as the Short Version of the SARA, and the lead author of the PATRIARCH,a new tool for assessing risk for honour-based violence.