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.


Forensic assessments
I conduct assessments of general, violent, and/or sexual recidivism of men in conflict with the law. My assessments are based on empirically supported risk measures and include a description of historical as well as dynamic risk variables relevant to an individual. I also use personality measures to help describe recidivism risk. In risk assessments where the individual is at the beginning of a sentence (e.g., pre-sentence reports, intake assessments), I make treatment recommendations that comment on the required intensity of correctional treatment indicated, identify treatment targets, and comment on characteristics of the individual that treatment providers should take into account in order to maximize treatment benefit.

I can also make psychological diagnoses to assist in the determination of fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility.

Training and consultation
I have provided training at mental health and correctional institutions to:

• Help correctional staff and members of the Parole Board of Canada understand variables associated with recidivism risk (e.g., the difference between static/historical predictors and dynamic/changeable predictors, variables that are and are not predictive of recidivism);

• Help correctional program facilitators and general mental health staff training in the area of emotional management when working with difficult populations such as personality disordered sexual offenders or intellectually disabled psychiatric patients;

• Help Program facilitators better manage correctional treatment groups.

At this time, I provide training in the above areas. I am available for training in specific topics related to forensic assessment and treatment with advanced notice.

I am also available for consultation regarding difficult or unusual forensic cases.