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Dr. Ambrosini is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster. Before arriving at McMaster, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School and a research lawyer with the Law Commission of Ontario. He was founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Journal of Law & Health, lectured at Harvard and McGill, and worked with criminal defense firms in Quebec and Ontario. The topic of his doctoral dissertation explored clinical, ethical, and legal aspects of psychiatric advance directives and the role of autonomy for individuals with mental illness. He has taught across various faculties and departments of universities including medicine, psychology, law, business, and social work. As a barrister and solicitor of the Bar of Ontario, he has practiced law in forensic psychiatry, has been a senior lawyer of the Consent and Capacity Board, and operated in private law practice.

Featured Publications

Ambrosini, D. L., Crocker, A. G., & Latimer, E. (2012). Preferences for instructional or proxy advance directives in mental health: A mixed methods study. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health6, 2012.

Ambrosini, D. L., Bemme, D., Crocker, A.G., & Latimer, E. (2012). Narratives of psychiatric advance directives: qualitative study. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 6, 2012.

Ambrosini, D. L., & Crocker, A. G. (2007). Psychiatric advance directives and the right to refuse treatment in Canada. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 52(6), 397-402.

Ambrosini, D. L., & Joncas, L. (2013). Civil commitment: a cross-country check-up, In Bloom, H., Schneider, R. (Eds.). Law and Mental Disorder: A Comprehensive and Practical Approach (Toronto: Irwin Law).


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2013
  • PhD (Psychiatry), McGill University, 2011
  • MSc (Psychiatry), McGill University, 2007
  • LLB/BCL (Law), McGill University, 2007
  • BA (Psychology), McGill University, 2003
  • BA, University of Toronto, 2001

Research Areas

Neurolaw, neuroethics, mental health law, psychiatric ethics

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