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2017-2018 Executive

Chair

Jim Cheston

Dr. Cheston is the Chief Psychologist at the Ontario Correctional Institute, a provincial correctional treatment facility for adult male incarcerates. He previously worked as a staff psychologist, first at the Northern Treatment Centre (now the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre) in Sault Ste. Marie from 1991 to 1993, and then at the Ontario Correctional Institute from 1993 to 2001. From 1999 to 2008 Dr. Cheston conducted Psychological Risk Assessments of federal incarcerates for the National Parole Board and counselling federal parolees in the community, under contract to Correctional Service Canada.

Vice Chair

Sandy Jung 

Sandy Jung is an Associate Professor of Psychology at MacEwan University.  She conducts research on the prevention of sexual assault and intimate partner violence and is a practicing forensic psychologist.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and on the Editorial Board for Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.

Past Chair

Vacant

Secretary/Treasurer

Karl Hanson

R. Karl Hanson is a Senior Research Officer with Public Safety Canada, who specializes in sexual offenders and abusive men. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and has been Secretary-Treasurer of the Criminal Justice Section since 1996.

Managing Editor, Crime Scene 

Fiona Dyshniku

Fiona Dyshniku is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor under the supervision of Dr. Alan Scoboria. Through her research, she hopes to identify treatment targets for therapeutic and rehabilitative work with violent and/or sexual offenders.

Membership Coordinator

Natalie Jones

Natalie Jones completed her Ph.D. in forensic psychology under the supervision of Dr. Shelley Brown. Natalie also earned her M.A. at Carleton under the supervision of Dr. Craig Bennell, during which time her primarily interests resided in the area of police psychology. Specifically, her research background examines issues pertinent to serial homicide, offender profiling, linkage analysis, and diagnostic decision-making in policing contexts. Her current research activities lie principally in criminal risk assessment, with particular emphasis on the psychology of female offenders.

Director-At-Large, Francophonie

Franca Cortoni

Franca Cortoni received her Ph.D. in clinical and forensic psychology from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Since 1989, she has worked with and conducted research on male and female offenders in a variety of Canadian and Australian penitentiaries and community settings. In addition, she has provided consultancy and training services in the assessment, treatment, and management of sexual offenders in Canada, Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. Her audiences include parole and probation officers, parole board members, psychologists and criminologists, police forces (including Interpol) and criminal court judges. Formally with the Correctional Service Canada, Dr. Cortoni is now an Associate Professor at the School of Criminology of the Université de Montréal and a Research Fellow with the International Centre for Comparative Criminology. Her research interests include factors associated with the development of sexual offending behavior, risk assessment and treatment of both male and female sexual offenders. She has published and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences on these topics. Dr. Cortoni is also an Associate Editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sexual Aggression.

Director-At-Large NAACJ

Steve Wormith

J. Stephen Wormith is Chair of Forensic Psychology, in the Psychology Department, University of Saskatchewan. Formerly, he was Psychologist-in-Chief for the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Deputy Superintendent (Treatment) at Rideau Correctional and Treatment Centre. He provides forensic clinical consultation services to the Regional Psychiatric Centre, youth and adult court, the Saskatchewan Department of Corrections and Public Safety, the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Saskatoon Police Services Commission, the Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board. He is the Canadian Psychological Association’s representative on the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice (NAACJ). He is active in the voluntary sector as Vice-president of the Canadian Training Institute, and is on the Board of Directors of The International Institute on Special Needs Offenders and Policy Research (). Dr. Wormith’s research activities have concentrated on the assessment, treatment and therapeutic processes of offenders, including various special offender groups, such as young offenders, sexual offenders and mentally disordered offenders. He is co-author of the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory

Director-At-Large Clinical/Training

Michael Sheppard

Dr. Sheppard received his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 and started working for CSC's Pacific Regional Reception and Assessment Centre. He currently works part-time for CSC (Vancouver Area Parole) while he completes a part time post-doctoral fellowship at the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Sheppard's clinical interests include Cluster B personality disorders, deliberate self-harm, the therapeutic relationship, and assessment. His research interests include psychological defense mechanisms and offender assessment. In addition to his interests in criminal justice psychology, he is also an active member and on the executive of the CPA's Section for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology.

Director-At-Large

Dorothy Cotton

Dorothy Cotton is currently a neuropsychologist with Correctional Service Canada. She was previously the Program Administrative Director for Forensic Services and Chief Psychologist at the . She also holds adjunct appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Queen’s University, is a member of the Council of Psychologists of Ontario, and writes several newspaper and magazine columns about everyday applications of psychology (including one specifically for police officers). Dr. Cotton has a specific interest in interactions between the police and individuals with mental illnesses. She co-chairs the Canadian National Committee for Police/Mental Health Liaison, a subcommittee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Her research interests include a variety of topics related to cognitive function as a responsivity issue in offenders, as well as issues related to police/mental health systems interactions, and the broader field of police psychology. It is her goal to be instrumental in establishing a “home base” for psychologists working with police services, whether in clinical, I/O or research capacities. In her spare time she plays the bassoon.

Director-At-Large, Conference Programme

Joanna Hessen-Kayfitz

Director-At-Large Website Coordinator

Joe Camilleri

Joseph is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. His research involves studying the etiology of interpersonal conflict, particularly sexual conflict in committed relationships. He also has interests in program development and evaluation to address partner rape, psychopathy, and domestic violence. Joseph also currently serves as Steering Committee Chair for the 4th North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference (June, 2019), was the CJPS student representative from 2002 to 2007, and was Chair of the Section for Students from 2004 to 2005. 

Review Editor, Crime Scene

Kyrsten Grimes

Kyrsten is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). She has a strong interest in the study of psychopathology, treatment outcome, and the ecological validity of assessment measures. Her program of research pertains to the development of psychosis in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Her dissertation work focuses on examining the efficacy of psychosocial interventions for psychosis and the use of virtual reality in these interventions. Clinically, she is specializing in forensic psychology and clinical neuropsychology, with an emphasis on the intersection between neuropsychology and mental illness. Kyrsten serves as Editor-in-Chief for Mind Pad, a publication distributed by the Section for Students in Psychology. She also serves as Review Editor of Crime Scene, a publication distributed by the Criminal Justice Psychology Section. Additionally, she is one of UTSC’s Canadian Student Representatives for the National Academy of Neuropsychology. 

Student Representative 

Alisha Salerno

Alisha is currently completing her PhD at York University. Her research interests include the forensic implications of developmental disability, sexual assault and extra-legal factors that influence legal decision-making. Her program of research focuses on police response to developmental disability. Alisha is also the co-founder of Reach Toronto, a not-for-profit organization for youth and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.