Dr. William Honer is pleased to announce that Dr. Johann Brink has agreed to be the Program Director for the Forensic Psychiatry Program. Dr. Roy O’Shaughnessy recently stepped down as Program Director after many years of service to both UBC and psychiatry.
In the kind words of Dr. Brink “Dr. Roy O’Shaughnessy began his association with UBC in 1986 and over the past 26 years, made distinguished and highly influential contributions to the department and the discipline of forensic psychiatry.
Dr. O’Shaughnessy exhibited from the outset outstanding talents across a range of professional and academic endeavour and inspired generations of trainees. His leadership skills led him to become President of both the American and Canadian Academies of Psychiatry and the Law, Clinical Director for B.C. Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services, Head of the Forensic Psychiatry program at UBC and leading the Civil Psychiatry Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital.
He is an outstanding teacher and has for many years taught courses and seminars on medical ethics and professional practice standards in general as well as forensic psychiatry, the principles of legal medicine, PTSD, chronic pain, malingering, and violence risk assessment. More recently, his educational and professional expertise was formally recognized when Dr. O’Shaughnessy was appointed to the Royal College Examination Committee for Forensic Psychiatry as a new subspecialty.
Roy is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in youth forensic psychiatric matters, has published numerous papers and book chapters on various aspects related to young persons who are in conflict with the law and has served as a member of review tribunals and review committees, both nationally and internationally. His expertise in criminal matters related to fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility in adults is widely recognized and his opinion is regularly sought in high profile cases before the court. Dr. O’Shaughnessy is generally regarded as one of the top forensic psychiatric practitioners in North America, and his commitment to, and advocacy for, ethical standards of all aspects of psychiatric practice is exemplary. His tireless investment in teaching as well as mentoring younger colleagues has been an inspiration to us all.
UBC is fortunate to have had the services of Roy at the helm of its forensic psychiatry program. His commitment, leadership and Irish humour will continue to resonate and charm us all.