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Heather is a clinical forensic psychologist in the Forensic Psychiatry Program at SJHH. She has provided training in sexual offender assessment and treatment to government organizations and treatment facilities across Canada and internationally. She has authored numerous peer reviewed publications and invited chapters, and has presented at scholarly conferences in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has received financial support for her research examining etiological models of child sexual abuse, mental illness issues in sexual offenders and community reintegration. Her research interests include risk assessment, evaluating and enhancing treatment efficacy, and diagnostic issues relevant to risk and treatment.

Featured Publications

  • Moulden, H. M. & Myers, C. J. (in press). Change to the fullest potential: Doing what works in the forensic context. In R. Roesch & A. N. Cook (Eds.), The Handbook of Forensic Mental Health Services.
  • Prat, S., Losier, B. L., Moulden, H. M., & Chaimowitz, G. A. (2016). Incapacity of the mind secondary to medication misuse as a Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) defense. Journal of Forensic Sciences. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.13223
  • Kemshall, H., & Moulden, H. M. (2016). Communicating about child sexual abuse with the public: Learning the lessons from public awareness campaigns. Journal of Sexual Aggression. doi: 10.1080/13552600.2016.1222004.
  • Cook, A. N., Moulden, H. M. Lalani, S., Mamak, M., Messina, K., & Chaimowitz, G. (2016). Validating the HARM-FV and AIS using the HCR-20V3 and Overt Aggression Scale in a sample of forensic psychiatric inpatients. Assessment. doi: 10.7319/1116653828
  • Moulden, H. M., Chaimowitz, G., Mamak, M. & Hawes, J.  (2014). Understanding how sexual offenders compare across psychiatric and correctional settings: Examination of Canadian mentally ill sexual offenders. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 20, 172-181.
  • Zhu, N., Moulden, H. M., McNeely, H., & Mamak, M. (2013). The role of inattention in the relationship between major mental illness and crime. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 13, 28-39.

Clinical and Research Interests

Patient and Family Engagement, Forensic Psychiatry Program

International Knowledge Exchange Network: Communicating about Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual Deviance subgroup of the Evidence-Based Practices in Forensic Mental Health Task Force, under the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care


  • M.A./Ph.D. University of Ottawa, 2008

  • Predoctoral Residency, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, 2007

  • B.A. (Hons), Queen’s University, 2000

Research Areas

This faculty member is a core member of the Research and Clinical Training (RCT) stream in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University.  

Evaluation and rehabilitation of aggressive behaviour, the etiology of sexual violence and its treatment, effective forensic rehabilitation.

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