Anger and psychopathology in a forensic patient population: a look at psychiatric diagnosis in family members

The purpose of the present study is to investigate the nature of the association between dysfunctional anger, personal and familial psychopathology, and aggression within a sample of Forensic patients. The study will include all patients receiving treatment within the forensic program at the Brockville Mental Health Centre and The Royal Champlain site. The finding of an association between psychopathology and dysfunctional anger may lead to a better understanding and treatment of the patients with major mental disorders who have come into conflict with the law and thereby reduce risk of future aggression.

Age range

18 and over


Male and Female

Individuals are eligible if they

  • Have been admitted to the Forensic Unit at the Brockville Mental Health Centre, the Champlain of the ROH and/or have been an outpatient in supervised placements within in the community during the study period;
  • Are 18 years of age or older;
  • Are carrying a diagnosis of Major Mental Illness (Axis I diagnosis);
  • Are able to read/write the English language;
  • Have a demonstrated willingness to participate in the study

Individuals are not eligible if they

  • Are unable to speak/understand English;
  • Are unable to actively participate in the interviews (e.g., have been diagnosed with a serious  intellectual disability) and cannot provide informed consent;
  • Are adopted and have no knowledge of family history 


Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre    
1145 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON  


Brockville Mental Health Centre
Forensic Treatment Unit    
1804 Hwy 2 East, Brockville, ON     

Recruitment Via

  • Self-Referral (by participant) Principal Investigator: Dr. AG Ahmed 


Nicole Rodrigues
+1 (613) 345-1461 ext. 2621

*This study is currently recruiting participants