Dr. Michael Sheppard

I'm a registered psychologist with a PhD whose training included concentration in correctional psychology. I've worked with provincial and federal correctional organizations and have done research in assessing offenders. My assessments are clear, jargon-free, and based on empirically validated risk measures.

I am happy to take on recidivism risk assessments for the defense or the Crown; I tailor my reports in such a way that individuals with different perspectives should draw the same conclusions from them.


I earned my PhD in clinical psychology (with a forensic concentration) at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. Both my clinical program and my pre-doctoral internship were accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. In addition to my PhD, I completed a one-year part-time post-doctoral fellowship at the DBT Centre of Vancouver in 2013.

I began working for the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) after graduating. My work there included conducting numerous assessments of violence and/or sexual violence risk, both at intake and for the Parole Board of Canada. In addition to my private business, I currently work at the DBT Centre of Vancouver conducting assessments and providing individual and group psychotherapy.

My research interests include personality and forensic assessment. I have presented my research at regional, national, and international conferences. I am a member of the executive of the Canadian Psychological Association's Section for Criminal Justice Psychology and the Section for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology.

My focus when conducting forensic assessments is to provide a balanced psychological portrait of an individual, identifying targets for correctional treatment as well as areas of strength and resilience.


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