I qualified in medicine in the United Kingdom(MB, BS, Newcastle, 1970) and am licensed to practice medicine by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario. I am certified in psychiatry by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (1977) and before that by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom (1975). I was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1985.
I have held senior administrative and academic positions at three Academic Health Sciences Centres in Ontario (Queen’s, McMaster and Toronto) and have held the rank of Full Professor in all of them.
My clinical practice was for many years in the area of forensic psychiatry though I have only a small practice in this area now and devote most of my professional time to correctional psychiatry.
I have been involved in this sub-specialty for many years. I conducted administrative reviews of several psychiatric treatment centres run by Correctional Services of Canada: Dorchester (1989-91); Regional Treatment Centre (Ontario) (1985, 1988, 1989, 1994); and Regional Psychiatric Centre (Prairies) (1987). I was a consultant to the Attorney General and Department of Corrections, State of Michigan, USA, (1987-95) in connection with a class action suit of a similar kind to that involved here and was recently retained again on a related matter involving policy development.
I have held a contract with Correctional Services Canada providing psychiatric risk assessments on inmates for the use of the Parole Board of Canada since 1991 and since 2011 have received contracts to provide treatment and consultative services at various institutions in the Ontario Region (some of which have, over this time period, closed or amalgamated with other institutions): Regional Treatment Centre (Ontario), Kingston Penitentiary, Collins Bay Institution (maximum, medium and minimum), Joyceville Institution (minimum) and Henry Traill (formerly Portsmouth) Community Correctional Centre, and the Intermediate Mental Health Care Unit at Millhaven Institution (now part of the Regional Treatment Centre at Millhaven Institution. In 2015-6 I was contracted to provide assessments of several individuals being held at the Special Handling Unit, Regional Reception Centre, Saint-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec.