3rd International Conference, Building Bridges of Knowledge to Intervention Models for Combatting Filicide Monash Centre, Prato, Tuscany, 14 – 15 June 2017

Monash Centre
Prato, Tuscany
14th - 15th
June 2017

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Keynote Speakers - Alphabetical Order

Dr Dominique Bourget

Dr. Bourget is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and supervises medical students, residents in psychiatry and fellows training in forensic psychiatry. As a past president of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (CAPL) and chair of the Section of Forensic Psychiatry under the Canadian Psychiatric Association from 1999 to 2005, her reputation as a national and international leader in forensic psychiatry is well established. 

Her contributions to forensic psychiatry in Canada were recognised through the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law “Bruno-Cormier Award”, awarded in March 2002. From 2000 to 2015, Dr. Bourget was the Program Director and Coordinator of the Annual Winter Conference of CAPL, a 3-day accredited scientific conference.  She was awarded a distinguished fellow with the American Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Psychiatric Association.  

Dr. Bourget has authored many research articles and she presented both nationally and abroad on a variety of topics relevant to criminal and civil Forensic Psychiatry. She authored an editorial entitled “Forensic Psychiatry in Canada: A Journey on the Road to Specialty”, in which she outlined some of the important background work done by her colleagues and herself for the specialty to obtain the recognition of forensic psychiatry as a subspecialty in Canada.  Dr. Bourget is committed to promoting standards of excellence in the practice of forensic psychiatry. She currently practices at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre in Ottawa. 

Professor Marian Brandon, PhD

Marian Brandon is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia. She has a significant body of mixed methods research and publications over many years in child protection, children’s views of child protection, family support and inter-agency working. For over a decade she has, with Dr Peter Sidebotham, directed national analyses of cases of child fatality and serious harm (Serious Case Reviews) for the English Government and has also carried out a study of family involvement with the serious case review process. 

Marian has undertaken two studies for the England Office of the Children’s Commissioner about children and young people’s views of child abuse and child protection and how to improve children’s access to early help.  She has most recently been directing a two year study of men’s perspectives on encounters with the child protection process funded by the Nuffield Foundation. Marian is a founder member of the International Association for Outcome-based Research and Evaluation on Family and Children’s Services and has advised the Ombudsman for New South Wales Australia about their child death review process. [email protected]

Professor Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph, Canada

Myrna Dawson is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice, Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence (, University of Guelph, and Co-Director of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative ( Her most recent projects examine intimacy, violence and the law and recommendations from domestic violence death review committees in the international context. In particular, related to filicide, her current research examines: 

(1) how filicides compare to child homicides more generally in characteristics and context, including the criminal justice response; 

(2) how Australian and Canadian courts, particularly judges, respond to and construct filicides by mothers and fathers (with D. Tyson, Deakin University, Australia); and 

(3) the frequency, type and content of recommendations generated by domestic violence death review committees internationally as they relate to child welfare and child deaths.


Dr Peter Jaffe
Dr. Peter Jaffe is a psychologist and Professor in the Faculty of Education and the Academic Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada).  He has co-authored ten books, 29 chapters and over 80 articles related to domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, homicide prevention and the role of the criminal and family justice systems.

Since 1999, he has been on faculty for the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges in the US for judicial education programs entitled “Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases”. He was a founding member of Ontario's Chief Coroner’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. He has also been instrumental in developing violence prevention programs for schools and has been a trustee on the Thames Valley District School Board since 1980. 

Together with David Wolfe, Claire Crooks and Ray Hughes, he helped in the  development of “The Fourth R: Skills for Youth Relationships”, a school-based curriculum targeting multiple forms of violence, including bullying, dating violence and peer violence. The curriculum is being used in over 5,000 schools in Canada and the US. In 2009, he was named an Officer in the Order of Canada by the Governor General for his work preventing domestic violence in the community. 

Dr Peter Sidebotham

Dr Peter Sidebotham is a Consultant Paediatrician in Warwickshire and an Associate Professor of Child Health at the University of Warwick. He is a member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and is Designated Doctor for Child Protection in Warwickshire.  

Peter’s research includes studies on risk factors for child maltreatment and work on unexpected child deaths including sudden infant death syndrome, child death review and fatal maltreatment. He is the author/editor of three books and several book chapters and has published extensively on child abuse and child death review.  Peter is a co-editor of the journal Child Abuse Review and a member of the BASPCAN Board of Trustees.  

Peter contributes to training programmes in child health, safeguarding and child death review both locally and nationally. He is the course director of the University of Warwick advanced course in the Management of Unexpected Childhood Death, and has produced national training materials on child death review, safeguarding in dentistry and child protection for consultant paediatricians.

Dr Pierre Gagné, MD, FRCPC, DLFAPA

Dr Gagné is an associate professor, Faculty of medicine, University of Sherbrooke, Canada. He is a Founder, Forensic Psychiatry, Royal College of Canada. He was given the Bruno Cormier award by the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law in 1996 and the title of Distinguished Life Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association in 2006.

He is the director of the Forensic Psychiatric Clinic, in Sherbrooke. He has 43 years’ experience in the field of clinical forensic psychiatry and has been called as an expert witness in hundreds of civil and criminal cases in Canada, the United States and Europe. 

His main fields of research are related to domestic violence, suicide and sexual offenders.