Christopher D. Webster, PhD

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Dr. Christopher D. Webster, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Dalhousie University in 1967.  After a few years as a Research Scientist at the then Addiction Research Foundation in Toronto, he moved to the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and coordinated research and clinical programs for children with severe developmental and conduct problems.  In 1975 he was appointed Professor and Director of the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.  Returning to Toronto in 1977, he was again appointed a Research Scientist at the Clarke Institute and also Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Criminology.  It was during this period that he developed an interest in forensic mental health, with emphasis on violence risk assessment and treatment.  He was as well Head of Psychology at the Institute between 1986 and 1992.  In 1993, he was appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.  There he continued to develop his interests in structured professional judgment (SPJ) approaches to risk assessment in collaboration with Kevin Douglas, Stephen Hart, Derek Eaves, Randy Kropp, Deborah Ross, Henrik Belfrage, Rudiger Müller-Isberner, and many others. 

Returning to Toronto in 1997, he has continued to work with his colleagues in British Columbia, but formed new alliances with Mary-Lou Martin at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, and Johann Brink, Tonia Nicholls, and Sarah Desmarais of the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia. 

He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Royal Society of Canada.  At Simon Fraser University he is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, and at the University of Toronto, he is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry. 

His latest book (with Stephen Hucker) is Violence Risk Assessment and Management (Wiley, 2007) and his latest edited book (with Hy Bloom) is Essential Writings in Violence Risk Assessment and Management (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2007).

Christopher D. Webster, PhD