Updates on Risk Assessment Research

Alliance for Internationa Risk Research

DouglasSinghThe Alliance for Risk Assessment Research (AIRR) provides a free monthly bulletin for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers interested in forensic risk assessment. The AIRR bulletin compiles references to recent articles related to violence, sex offender, and general offender risk assessment published in over 80 scholarly journals. The aim of the AIRR is to promote the implementation of the latest evidence-based practices in mental health and criminal justice systems, provide a manageable resource for interested legal professionals and policymakers, and keeping researchers up-to-date on trends in risk assessment literature.

The Editors-in-Chief of the AIRR Bulletin are Drs. Kevin Douglas and Jay Singh, two prominent researchers in the field of risk assessment. To sign up for monthly AIRR updates, click the button below.

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Kevin S. Douglas, LL.B., Ph.D., 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. 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. 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. His research addresses 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. He is co-author of the Historical-Clinical-Risk Management-20 (HCR-20) violence risk assessment measure, which has been translated into 18 languages and is used broadly around the world (roughly 35 countries) in correctional, forensic, and psychiatric settings to help guide decisions about violence potential and how to reduce it. Dr. Douglas is lead author on the latest (third) revision of the HCR-20, called the HCR:V3. 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 authored over 100 journal articles, books, or book chapters.

Jay P. Singh, Ph.D.,  is Senior Clinical Researcher in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology for the mental health services division of the Department of Justice located in the Canton of Zürich, Switzerland. Dr. Singh also serves as Associate Professor (II) at Molde University College in Norway and is the Swiss representative to the Mental Health Law and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Singh completed his graduate studies in psychiatry at the University of Oxford as well as a post-doctoral fellowship in the Mental Health Law and Policy Department at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. He previously served as a clinical associate at Yale University School of Medicine, where he assisted in conducting a controlled trial of Social Problem Solving Training in the Connecticut Youth Justice System. Dr. Singh also worked as a practicum student in the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Belmont, Massachusetts. Dr. Singh’s most recent research has used systematic review and meta-analytic methodology to explore a number of major issues concerning the utility of violence risk assessment tools. In addition, he is actively involved in the development of novel statistical methodologies for measuring the predictive validity of structured risk instruments as well as tool construction. Dr. Singh also has interest in the nexus between forensic psychiatry and forensic epidemiology, using population-based datasets to inform both policy and practice.

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