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Dr. John Bradford

Dr. Bradford was a Full Professor in the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa and Head of the Division until 2010 when his term ended. He had a cross appointment as Full Professor in the Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa. He was also previously a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Queen’s University as well as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan Dr. Bradford is a graduate in medicine and received a Diploma of Psychological Medicine, both from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He holds specialist degrees in Psychiatry from South Africa, the UK, USA and Canada; he also has an added qualification in Forensic Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Founder of Forensic Psychiatry granted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He was also the Chair of the Examination Board for the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry under the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He stepped down in 2016 after a 5 year term.

 

Research Interests & Expertise

Dr. Bradford’s research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of the paraphilic disorders, as well as other aspects of forensic psychiatry. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers; more than 45 chapters in academic books, including textbooks; presented at over 300 peer-reviewed international and national conferences, co-authored 4 books.
 
Dr. Bradford’s expertise in the field of forensic psychiatry is well recognized, not only from his peers, media and judiciary but from many levels of government as well. He has sat on task forces, expert panels, served as expert witness and provided special consultation to national and international working groups.

 

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Area of Expertise

Forensic Psychiatric Evaluation of fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility (was the forensic psychiatric expert in the Bernardo, Picton, Williams, Kachka trials and many others)

Forensic Psychiatric Evaluation

Forensic Psychiatric Evaluation of fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility (was the forensic psychiatric expert in the Bernardo, Picton, Williams, Kachka trials and many others)
Forensic Psychiatry related to Human Rights, Seclusion and Restraint, Torture and other Violations to Human Rights (Barker and Maier at the Provincial Psychiatric Hospital at Oakridge, Penetangueashene)

Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic Psychiatry related to Human Rights, Seclusion and Restraint, Torture and other Violations to Human Rights (Barker and Maier at the Provincial Psychiatric Hospital at Oakridge, Penetangueashene)
Dangerous Offender Evaluations (completed over 100)

Dangerous Offender Evaluations

Dangerous Offender Evaluations (completed over 100)




Consulting with Various Governmental Agencies relating to Forensic Psychiatry (Government of the Netherlands, The State of New York and Connecticut, Provincial)

Consulting with Various Governmental Agencies

Consulting with Various Governmental Agencies relating to Forensic Psychiatry (Government of the Netherlands, The State of New York and Connecticut, Provincial)
Civil Forensic Psychiatric evaluations testamentary capacity and various levels of competency

Civil Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations

Civil Forensic Psychiatric evaluations testamentary capacity and various levels of competency



Participating in Governmental Committees in Ontario (Health and Corrections) and Consulting both at the Federal and Provincial level

Participating in Governmental Committees

Participating in Governmental Committees in Ontario (Health and Corrections) and Consulting both at the Federal and Provincial level
Civil Forensic Psychiatry evaluations related to psychiatric malpractice (DeJong, Richardson and Barker and Maier and many others)

Civil Forensic Psychiatry Evaluations

Civil Forensic Psychiatry evaluations related to psychiatric malpractice (DeJong, Richardson and Barker and Maier and many others)
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Recognition

Most recently, his work has been recognized by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, having received the Seymour Pollock award in 2007. He was the recipient of the Isaac Ray Award in 2009 an international award for outstanding contributions in jurisprudence and mental health granted by the American Psychiatric Association. He was also the 1st person to receive the Bruno Cormier award granted by the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He is also a recipient of the Silver Apple, Red Apple  and Golden APPle awards from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He also received the Inaugural Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Psychological Association for the applied science of psychopharmacology. He was on DSM IV work groups and was a scientific advisor to Sexual Disorders work group DSM 5. He co-chaired the task force report of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry on the biological treatment of the paraphilias co-chaired a 2nd task force of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry on adolescent sexual offenders. He was also the Chair of Research of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Education and Research Institute from 2002 until 2015.

Dr Bradford has received a number of honorary appointments, including being made a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. In addition he received the Order of Canada in 2011 and the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Awards

Order of Canada

Awarded May 26, 2011

Diamond
Jubilee Medal, 2012

Issac Ray Award,
American Psychiatric Association

Awarded 2009

Seymour Pollock Award

Awarded 2007

Bruno Cormier Award

Awarded 1994