International Journal of Forensic Mental Health

The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health is the official publication of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and the journal is a benefit of membership. The journal is devoted to research and practice in the field of forensic mental health, will publish empirical articles, descriptions of forensic programs and services, legal reviews, and case studies. The journal published its first issue in March, 2002. The impact factor of the journal is 1.121. Please let your colleagues know about our journal and the Association.

The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health is intended to provide an international forum for disseminating research and practical developments to forensic mental health professionals, academics, and scholars. Forensic populations include both adults and youth involved in the criminal justice system, particularly mentally disordered offenders and sex offenders. The focus will be on forensic issues such as criminal responsibility, competency or fitness to stand trial, risk assessment, family violence, and treatment of forensic clients. The journal will reflect the international audience represented by the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and articles comparing the law and/or practice in different countries will be encouraged.

The target audience for the journal is psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, administrators, 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.

All Members have Free Online Access to the Journal

As a member of International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services you are eligible to access International Journal of Forensic Mental Health online. Please follow the instructions below to claim your access to the journal.

If you do not already have a account, please go to and click "Register" in the upper right hand corner. Enter your name, country, and email address, and choose a password to access your account. You will need to enter the same email address under which your IAFMHS membership is registered. When finished entering your account information click Register. Then, check your email. A message from should appear within 30 minutes. Please check your Spam folder if you do not see it in your Inbox. Click the link in the message to activate your account. Add '' to your safe senders list to ensure these types of emails are not sent to your spam folder or blocked by your service provider.

Once you have successfully registered and 'logged in' click into 'Your Account' under your name at the top of the page. On the drop-down arrow you will see 'Account settings' click into this. Then click into 'Access entitlements' to the left of your screen. You will then see the journal title, click into this and you will be taken to the volumes/issues.'

Once you have claimed access, you will be able to access journal content from any computer, any time by clicking on the following link and entering your email address and password. Please note that your subscription is contingent on having an active membership with the Association. You can renew your Association membership here

For useful information, frequently asked questions and additional help, please visit Help Centre.

Become an Editorial Board Member

ThInternational 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 - the Editorial Assistant (Riley Luke - - 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.

Editorial Team


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|  Lauren Kois

Collaborative Law and Social Sciences Laboratory, The University of Alabama; USA



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  |  Jamie Livingston

Department of Criminology, Saint Mary’s University; CANADA


Associate Editor   |   Stephanie R. Penney

Forensic Division at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; CANADA




Ronald Roesch - Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Stephen D. Hart - Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada


Jennifer Cox, Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, USA

Keith Cruise, Department of Psychology and Fordham School of Law, Fordham University, USA

Sarah Desmarais, Department of Psychology, NC State University, USA

Kevin S. Douglas, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Vivienne de Vogel, Centre for Social Innovation, Utrecht University of Applied Science, Netherlands

Joel A. Dvoskin, University of Arizona College of Medicine, USA

John Edens, Depatment of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Texas A&M University, USA

Eric Elbogen, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, USA

Carlo Garofola, Tilburg University, The Netherlands 

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

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

Norbert Nedopil, Department of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Munich, Germany

Alicia Nijdam-Jones, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Ade Ogunwale, Dept. of Clinical Services, Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Nigeria

Suzanne O'Rourke, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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, CAN

Jodi Viljoen, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Gina Vincent, Law & Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

Patricia Zapf, Continuing & Professional Studies, Palo Alto University, USA

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