International Journal of Forensic Mental Health
The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health is the official journal of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. A complimentary subscription to the journal is a benefit of membership of the society. The journal published its first issue in March, 2002, and four issues are published annually. The latest (2022) impact factor of the journal is 1.4 (Journal Citation Reports® Clarivate Analytics, 2023).
The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health is devoted to research and practice in the field of forensic mental health. It provides an international forum for encouraging and disseminating research and practice developments to forensic mental health professionals, academics, and scholars. The focus of the journal is on forensic mental health service issues including, but not limited to, the assessment, treatment, recovery and rehabilitation of youth and adults with mental health problems who also have a history of offending, as well as matters pertaining to criminal responsibility, competency or fitness to stand trial, and risk assessment and management. The journal reflects the international audience represented by the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and articles describing or comparing the law and/or practice in different countries are encouraged.
The target audience for the journal is mental health practitioners, service administrators and policy makers, and other professionals whose research or practice focuses on forensic mental health.
Manuscript submissions should be submitted online (click here for instructions). Manuscripts should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Edition). More detailed instructions on how to format and submit your manuscript can be found HERE.
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Become an Editorial Board MemberThe International Journal of Forensic Mental Health invites people who are appropriately qualified and have diligently provided high quality reviews to the journal to self-nominate for the Editorial Board. Editorial Board members are required to commit to reviewing ~6 papers per year. Please send a succinct paragraph to an Associate Editor who is familiar with your reviews, the Editor-in-Chief (Michael Daffern - firstname.lastname@example.org), or the Editorial Assistant (Riley Luke - - email@example.com) describing your qualifications to be a reviewer, your contributions to the Association (e.g., served on the Advisory Board, worked on a Local Organizing Committee), and/or journal to date (e.g., provided high quality reviews consistently for past 3 years). Finally, please include a minimum of 4-5 areas of expertise and your preferred title and affiliation.
Become a Reviewer
If you are interested in becoming an ad-hoc reviewer please contact us. In order to facilitate this process, we recommend that you are nominated by a member of IAFMHS (a succinct email is sufficient) and provide us with your CV and up to five areas of expertise; you can send this to our editor-in-chief with the editorial assistant in CC.
We are particularly interested in supporting student reviewers. Students should be admitted to a graduate program in a related discipline and must have a direct supervisor who is willing to collaborate on the review(s). If you are interested in becoming a student reviewer, please send your CV with a brief statement of support by your supervisor, and include up to five areas of expertise, to our editor-in-chief, with the editorial assistant in CC.
Editor-in-Chief | Michael Daffern
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology, and Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare); AUSTRALIA
Associate Editor | Brian McKenna
School of Clinical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, and Auckland Regional Forensic Psychiatry Services; NEW ZEALAND
Associate Editor | Stuart Thomas
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University; AUSTRALIA
Associate Editor | Alicia Nijdam-Jones
Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba; CANADA
Associate Editor | Jack Tomlin
School of Law and Criminology, University of Greenwich; UNITED KINGDOM
Associate Editor | Georgia Winters
School of Psychology and Counselling, Fairleigh Dickinson University; USA
Associate Editor | Carlo Garofalo
Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy
Ronald Roesch - Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Stephen D. Hart - Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Adam Coffey, Private practice, Salem, Oregon, USA
Jennifer Cox, Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, USA
Vivienne de Vogel, Centre for Social Innovation, Utrecht University of Applied Science, Netherlands
Eric Elbogen, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, USA
Emily Glorney, Royal Holloway University of London, England
Kris Goethals, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium & Mental Health Care WNB, The Netherlands
Emily Gottfried, Community & Public Safety Psychiatry Division (CPSPD), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, USA
Kirk Heilbrun, Department of Psychology, Drexel University, USA
Harry Kennedy, Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Christopher M. King, Department of Psychology, Montclair State University, USA
Mette Kreis, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland, UK
Brianne Layden, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Tella Lantta, Department of Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland
Tess Maguire, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Hjalmar van Marle, Department of Forensic Psychiatry of the Erasmus Medical Center and the Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Michael McKeown, School of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England
Kaitlyn McLachlan, Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Canada
Abby L. Mulay, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, USA
Norbert Nedopil, Department of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Munich, Germany
Ade Ogunwale, Dept. of Clinical Services, Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Nigeria
Suzanne O'Rourke, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Kiran Patel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
Stephanie Penney, Forensic Division at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada
Emile Picard, Private Practice, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Danny Sullivan, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, Australia
Laurence Roy, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Canada
Barry Rosenfeld, Department of Psychology, Fordham University, USA
Michael Seto, The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research, Canada
Stephane Shepherd, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Alexander (Sandy) Simpson, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada
Ben Spivak, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Australia
Gina Vincent, Law & Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Patricia Zapf, Continuing & Professional Studies, Palo Alto University, USA