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Dr. Ferencz joined the McMaster Department of Psychiatry in 1993 when he assumed the directorship of the Forensic Psychiatry Service at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. In 2005 he became the head of the Schizophrenia Service at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and subsequently the Assistant Chief of Psychiatry between 2006 and 2011. He became the Interim Psychiatrist-in-Chief at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in 2012 until 2014. In addition to his primary areas of practice Dr. Ferencz worked as a staff psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Emergency Service between 1993 And 2013. He has since returned to the full-time practice of Forensic Psychiatry at the West 5th site of St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

Featured Publications

  • Ferencz, J., Mental Illness, Confessions and Inculpatory Statements. In: H. Bloom and R.D Schneider (Eds), Law and Mental Disorder: A Comprehensive and Practical Approach, Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013
  • Ferencz, Joseph C., Risk Management in the Community, in Chaimowitz, G. and Mamak, M., Companion Guide to the AIS and the HARM. Hamilton: St. Joseph’s Healthcare, 2011
  • Jackson, M.L. and Ferencz, J.C.  Charles Bonnet Syndrome: Visual Loss and Hallucinations. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2009; 181(3-4): 175-176


  • RCPSC Subspecialty, Forensic Psychiatry, 2014
  • Residency, Psychiatry, McMaster University, 1993
  • MD, McMaster University, 1989
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Waterloo, 1982
  • MA, Psychology, University of Guelph, 1977
  • BA, Psychology, University of Guelph, 1975
  • BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Guelph, 1974

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