Psychology of crime

Psychology of crime

A novel network connects mental health researchers
March 1, 2003

Research on crime, violence, and mentally disordered offenders is critical to the protection of society and the potential rehabilitation of prison inmates. Sharing the results of that research is the goal of a new collaborative network based at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

The Forensic Mental Health Research and Training Network uses video-conferencing, high-speed Web servers, and a host of advanced networking tools. The goal? To share research on identifying mentally ill inmates, developing new risk-assessment tests, and improving correctional and forensic mental health facilities.

Psychologist Dr. Ronald Roesch conceived the Network as a vital collaborative tool that allows psychology and criminal law researchers in all parts of the country to share their findings, while reducing the need to travel to workshops and conferences.