Dr. Hilton conducts research that pertains to offenders, psychiatric patients and the professionals who provide services for them. She supervises research interns and co-op students at Waypoint. She can also supervise thesis work for graduate students in research or clinical programs and serve as an external examiner.
Dr. N. Zoe Hilton is Senior Research Scientist in the Waypoint Research Institute, a Registered Psychologist, and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. She is based at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. She serves on the Ethics Committee and the Quality of Medical Care Audit Committee at this hospital.
Current funded work includes the Trauma in the Workplace Project, a multi-site research study with an integrated knowledge user model. A key research objective is to understand how workplace factors impact trauma experiences among staff working in psychiatric hospitals.
She was previously the lead on the research team that developed the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA), a brief actuarial tool created to aid decision making by police and other first responders to intimate partner violence. She continues to conduct validation studies of the ODARA and other risk assessment tools, and led the development and evaluation of in-class and online professional training (“ODARA 101”). She has also developed a research database of over 600 men admitted to a forensic assessment unit, which is the platform for several studies on topics such as adverse childhood experiences, criminogenic needs, actuarial risk assessment, and the first Canadian study of weight gain and metabolic syndrome among forensic patients. Additional research addresses risk communication and decision-making.
Dr. Hilton has received several competitive grants for her research. She was awarded the 2010 Significant Contribution Award by the Canadian Psychological Association Criminal Justice Section for outstanding contributions to domestic violence risk assessment, as well as multiple Provincial awards for teamwork and community service.