IAFMHS Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Committee


Mission Statement

The IAFMHS Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Committee (EDIC) is committed to fostering equity and diversity in our organization and the field of forensic mental health. The committee promotes diversity in the Association’s membership, as well as an inclusive environment that enables the contributions of all members. In order to enhance the standards of forensic mental health services in the international community, the committee will take a proactive response to ensure that organizational activities, protocols and structures are culturally sensitive, non-discriminatory and responsive to the needs of vulnerable communities. The IAFMHS Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Committee is also committed to strengthening IAFMHS research capacity and the delivery of best practice forensic mental health services by recognizing diversity of background, experiences, orientations, and abilities.


EDIC Goals

  1. To enhance the standards of forensic mental health services in the international community by ensuring that IAFMHS acts as an organization that is culturally sensitive, non-discriminatory and responsive to the needs of vulnerable communities
  2. To promote an international dialogue about diversity issues and considerations in forensic mental health
  3. To promote education, training, and research in diversity issues in forensic mental health services
  4. To support and create membership, leadership, and research opportunities for members of under-represented groups
  5. To inform professional communities and the public about current diversity issues in forensic mental health services




EDIC Members

Maria Aparcero-Suero, Fordham University (USA/Spain)

Hanie Edalati, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction & Philippe-Pinel National Institute of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Montreal (Canada/Iran)

Jourdan Jackson, Simon Fraser University (Canada/USA)

Brian McKenna, Auckland Regional Forensic Psychiatry Services and Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)

Sajid Muzaffar, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom)

Alicia Nijdam-Jones, University of Manitoba (Canada)

Wendy Olson, Saint Elizabeths Hospital (USA)

Sarah Schaaf, Fairleigh Dickinson University (USA/Germany)

Stephane Shepherd, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)

Roger Tan, Institute of Mental Health (Singapore) 

Viola Vaughan-Eden, Norfolk State University (USA)


For more information about EDIC, please contact the Co-Chairs, Sarah Schaaf, or Brian McKenna


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