Speaker Series

Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice (FPAC) welcomes renowned guest speakers to share presentations on various topics that appeal to current and prospective students as well as community members.



We welcomed The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard D. Schneider (B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., LL.B., LL.M., C.Psych) Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice (appointed 2000), Deputy Judge of the Territorial Court of Yukon, and Chair of the Ontario Review Board, and Alternate Chair of the Nunavut Review Board.

Hon. Justice Schneider reflected on his experiences with the forensic system in Ontario and issues relating to criminal responsibility and fitness to stand trial. Hon. Justice Schneider was previously a criminal defence lawyer, certified clinical psychologist, and Counsel to the Ontario Review Board from 1994 to 2000. Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Criminal Litigation, his private practice was generally limited to the representation of mentally disordered accused.

He is also an Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, a Specially Appointed Researcher’, China University of Political Science, Law, and Criminal Psychology Research Centre and named Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association in 2002.

A great deal of his time has been spent presiding at the Mental Health Court in Toronto. Major research interests are competency and criminal responsibility.


Mental Health Courts: Decriminalizing the Mentally Ill (2007, with H. Bloom and M. Heerema); Annotated Mental Health Statutes [with Pakosh,C., and Paton,L.] (Fifth Edition, in press); The Lunatic and the Lords (2009); Law and Mental Disorder: A Comprehensive and Practical Approach (2013, with H. Bloom); Mental Disorder and the Law: A primer for legal and mental health professionals (2nd Ed., 2017, with H. Bloom); Fitness to Stand Trial: Fairness First and Foremost (with H. Bloom), 2018. The Death of a Butterfly: Mental Health Court Diaries, 2019 [all published by Irwin Law / www.irwinlaw.com].