Current Research Projects

Current Research Projects (Active Protocols)


2014 Protocol Year

Active Protocols from 2014
Title Principle Investigator
Use of electroconvulsive therapy in adolescents with treatment-resistant depressive disorders: A retrospective study Dr. Darren Courtney, Staff psychiatrist - Child & Adolescent - Youth, ROMHC

2013 Protocol Year

Active Protocols from 2013
Title Principle Investigator
A case series study in the use of anti-androgens to treat pramipexole induced problematic sexual behaviours Lisa Murphy, Sexual Behaviours Clinic Coordinator, IFP
An Initial Phase 2 Trial of an Add-On Nicotine Agonist Treatment for Sensory and Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia Dr. Verner J. Knott, Ph.D., C. Psych - Director, Clinical Neuroelectrophysiology and Cognitive Research Lab, ROMHC
Attitudes Towards Sex Offenders:  A Comparison of Attitudes of professionals and students before and after observing sex offender therapy groups Dr. Paul Fedoroff, Director, FRU - IMHR
Can scores on the Psychopathy Checklist differentiate between child pornography offenders and hands-on offenders? Dr. Paul Fedoroff, Research Unit Director, FRU - IMHR
Community forensic services in Ontario:  Who is served, and in what way? Dr. Sandy Simpson, Clinical Director, Law and Mental Health, CAMH
Dangerous Offender and Long-Term Offender Designations: Do the Use of Psychiatric Recommendations and Risk Assessments Influence Judicial Outcomes? Rebekah Ranger, Research Assistant II, IMHR - honours student, UofO
Effects of a Cognitive Skills Program for Offenders with Serious Mental Illness: A Randomized Controlled Trial Drew Kingston, PhD, C. Psych - STU, BMHC
Effects of CDP-Choline on Gating and Cognitive Deficits in First Episode Psychosis Dr. Verner J. Knott, Ph.D., C. Psych - Director, Clinical Neuroelectrophysiology and Cognitive Research Lab, ROMHC
Electrophysiological and Neurocognitive Predictors of Antidepressant Response in Two Treatment Groups:  Intensive Pharmacotherapy Compared with Tertiary Care Services (Addendum to REB # 2012011) Verner Knott, PhD, C. Psych
Director, Clinical Neuroelectrophysiology & Cognitive Research Lab, ROMHC
Ensuring Uptake of RAI Evidence, and Knowledge by All: A Strategy for Persons with Mental Illness Dr. Lynn Martin, Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University
Exploring What Works in Huntington Care Nancy Brookes, RN, PhD - Nurse Scholar, Professional Practice, The Royal
Forensic Risk Communication: The Effect of Graphs, Statistical Reasoning and Evidence Based Policy and Practice Dr. Zoe Hilton, Psychologist, Senior Research Scientist - Waypoint Research Institute
Going home: Community reintegration of persons found not criminally responsible due to mental disorder Dr. Anne Crocker, PhD - Associate Professor, McGill University/Douglas Mental Helath University Institute
Meaning and motivation: A qualitative analysis of child pornography offenders Natasha Knack, BA Research Assistant, Forensic Research Unit, IMHR
Nursing Practice in Forensic Psychiatry: Towards an Understanding of Gender Relations / La pratique infirmière en milieux de psychiatrie légal:  vers une compréhension des rapports sociaux de genre Nancy Paris, RN, PhD (c) - Université d'Ottawa, Faculté des sciences de la santé, École des sciences infirmières
Prescribed Nabilone Powder in a Correctional Population: A Retrospective Evaluation of Its Indications, Dosing and Outcomes Colin Cameron, MDCM, FRCPC - Clinical Director/Program Director, Trauma Disorders Program - IFP/STU, BMHC
Probing the Pharmacogenetic Underpinnings of Human Attention with Brain Potentials Dr. Verner J. Knott, Ph.D., C. Psych - Director, Clinical Neuroelectrophysiology and Cognitive Research Lab, ROMHC
Relationship between clozapine treatment and concurrent cannabis abuse in adolescents with treatment resistant psychotic disorder - A Retrospective Case Series Dr. Sephora Tang, Resident - Department of Psychiatry, UofO
Dr. Darren Courtney, Psychiatrist - Youth Program, ROMHC
Separate and Combined Effects of Nicotine and Nabilone on Cognitive and Emotional Processing in Healthy Volunteers:  A Brain Event-Related Potential Study Dr. Verner J. Knott, Ph.D., C. Psych - Director, Clinical Neuroelectrophysiology and Cognitive Research Lab, ROMHC
Sleep Problems and Fertility Issues:  A possible link? Dr. Elliot Lee, MD - Sleep & Neuroelectrophysiology Research Unit
The meaning of desire:  A phenomenology of child molesters' motivations Dave Holmes, University Research Chair, Forensic Nursing, University of Ottawa
The Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors Inventory (SABI): A Validation Study Lorraine Cheng, MA - Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology PhD Program, Alliant International University, San Diego
Typical and Atypical Sexual Interests and Behaviours of Men and Women Dr. John Bradford, Clinical Director - FTU/BMHC/ROHCG
Dr. Meredith Chivers, Assistant Professor - Psychology Department, Queen's U - Clinical Psychology
Understanding Sexual offenders and substance involvement: Implications of specific drug and alcohol issues before and during offending Natasha Knack, Research Assistant, Forensic Research Unit, IMHR

2012 Protocol Year

Active Protocols from 2012
Title Principle Investigator
Adapted Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Chronically Suicidal and Self-Harming Adolescents: A Pilot Controlled Study Dr. Darren Courtney, MD - Director, Youth Inpatient Unit, ROMHC
Are there Neural Differences of the Self in Eastern and Western Depression - A Cross-Cultural Imaging Study Dr. Georg Northoff, MD, PhD - Research Director, Mind, Brain Imaging & Neuroethics - ROHCG/IMHR
Augmenting Cognitive Behavioural Group Therapy for Social Phobia with virtual reality-based social skills training. Kylie Francis, PhD C. Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Program, ROMHC (Oct 23/13)
Chart Review Preparatory Study for the Randomized Trial Examining Effectiveness of Conversion of Co-Therapy with Clozapine to Monotherapy Dr. Alexandra Baines, MD, Clinical Fellow - Schizophrenia Program, ROHCG/Psychiatry Program, UofO
Cognitive and Neural Response to Cranial Electroacupuncture in Healthy Volunteers: A Pilot Study Dr. Verner J. Knott, PhD, C. Psych. - Clinical Neuroelectrophysiology & Cognitive Research Lab, IMHR
Comparing the accuracy of still images to mobile avatars in determining sexual preference in sex offenders against children and men with pedophilia and/or hebephilia Dr. Paul Fedoroff, Director, Sexual Behaviours Clinic; Director, IMHR's Forensic Research Unit - Forensic Program - Champlain, ROHCG
Descriptive research on mentally disordered sex offenders: cognitive impairment, comorbid diagnoses and risk Dr. Brad Booth, Psychiatrist - IFP, ROHCG
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing and a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills-Based Intervention for Youth Dr. Shelley McMain, PhD, C. Psych. - Clinic Head, Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic, CAMH
Evaluating the implementation of the Brockville Risk Checklist, Fourth edition (BRC-4) at the Forensic Treatment Unit Dr. Michael Seto, Consultant, FTU, BMHC, IFP
Family Involvement in the Rehabilitation of Forensic Psychiatric Clients Dr. Michael Seto, Director of Forensic Rehabilitation Research, Forensic Treatment Unit, BMHC - Integrated Forensic Program
Improving Mental Health Through the Adult Lifespan: Intensive Pharmacotherapy Compared with Tertiary Care Services for Depression Dr. Pierre Blier, MD - Director - Mood Disorders Research Unit, IMHR
Optimization of the antidepressant action of ketamine in treatment-resistant depression and investigations on it's mechanism of action [Study Addendum added May 13/13 entitled: Electrophysiological Correlates and Predictors of Ketamine Treatment in Depression] Pierre Blier, MD, PhD - Director, Mood Disorders Research, IMHR/ROMHC
Verner J. Knott, PhD, C. Psych [Added May 13/13 Addendum PI]
Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Forensic Services in Ontario:  A cross sectional study of prevalence, characteristics and care pathways Dr. Marc Woodbury-Smith, Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences - St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton; Provincial Forensic Psychiatry Program - McMaster University
Predictors of recurrent and chronic course in major depressive disorder. A follow-up study. Dr. Sabrina Paterniti
Self-Referrals to the Sexual Behaviours Clinic: Understanding the Quest for Treatment Natasha Knack, Research Assistant - Forensic Research Unit - IMHR
The Characteristics of Child Pornography Offenders:  A Comparison with Contact Sexual Offenders and Sexual Offenders with both Child Pornography and Contact Sexual Offenses Dr. Drew Kingston, PhD, C. Psych - STU
The influence of sleep medicine on CPAP use Dr. Elliot Lee, MD - Sleep & Neuroelectrophysiology Research Unit
The Relationship between Serious Mental Illness and Recidivism among Sexual Offenders Dr. Drew Kingston, PhD, C. Psych - STU
Treatment and reintegration of high risk offenders found NCR for committing sexually motivated homicides and potential homicide: A case series Dr. John Bradford, Psychiatrist - IFP, The Royal