Dr. Tracy Desjardins

Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care,
St. Joseph's Health Care London

P.O. Box 5777, Stn. B
London, ON  N6A 4V2
Telephone: (519) 631-8510, ext. 49183
Email: tdesmill@gmail.com

Clinical interests: Primary interests include assessment (e.g., violence risk, criminal responsibility, malingering, diagnosis) and treatment in forensic settings; PTSD; substance use disorders. I work with adults with a bona fide or suspected mental disorder who have come into contact with the legal system. The most common presentations include psychotic disorders, major mood disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse disorders. My theoretical approach to assessment follows a biopsychosocial framework, integrating data from multiple areas of functioning over time, psychometric measures, informants, and collateral documents. My overarching theoretical approach to treatment provision in forensics follows the Risk-Need-Responsivity model, which emphasizes providing services to high risk individuals targeting criminogenic (changeable) risk factors in a manner that is tailored to each individuals' needs and abilities. My primary theoretical approaches to intervention include cognitive-behavioural and interpersonal process oriented approaches.

Topics for workshops, seminars: Assessment, Intervention, and ethical issues in forensic psychology practice

Type of clinical practica: Initial assessment; Advanced assessment; Advanced intervention

Types of clients: Adult

Modality: Individual, Group (pending availability)

Theoretical orientation: Cognitive behav., Eclectic, Behavioural, Interpers. process, Cognitive, ACT/Mindfulness

Types of client problems: Intellectual disability, ADHD disorder, Impulse control, PTSD, Bipolar & related disorders, Depressive disorders, Anxiety disorders, Schiz. & other psychotic disorders, Paraphilias, Disrupt. impulse & conduct disorders, Neurocognitive disorders, Personality disorders, Med-induced movement disorders & other adverse effects of medication

Type of supervision you can provide: Students describes case to you, Co-therapy/Co-interview, You observe student live

Recent students:

Current students: D. Lau (2019)

Clinical contact: No

Research interests: I am interested in predictors of forensic system entry/outcome; emotional support; program evaluation; and measurement issues.

Available to supervise: TBD after July 2020


Last updated: May 21, 2019