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CADDRA Fireside Chat – Some ADHD concepts and their relevance to Forensic Mental Health… A Conversation with Professor Philip Asherson, Dr. Martin Gignac and Dr. Andrew Bickle

March 29 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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CADDRA members are invited to join the 2023 series of free, member-only, virtual Fireside Chats. This is an interactive session and attendees are encouraged to ask questions and get involved in the discussion. In our second Fireside Chat of 2023, “Some ADHD concepts and their relevance to Forensic Mental Health… A Conversation with Professor Philip Asherson, Dr. Martin Gignac and Dr. Andrew Bickle, where they will share their expertise and answer audience questions on the identification and treatment of offenders with ADHD.

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Some ADHD concepts and their relevance to Forensic Mental Health… A Conversation with Professor Philip Asherson, Dr. Martin Gignac and Dr. Andrew Bickle

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
8: p.m. – 9: p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Online – Zoom


About this Session
Professor Philip Asherson will discuss important concepts in ADHD and their significance to justice-involved individuals.  Topics will include the role of mind-wandering in ADHD, the role of emotional instability in ADHD and the relevance of this psychopathology to forensic populations.  He will go on to contrast the experience of ADHD in offenders with that of students.  We expect this fireside chat will be of particular interest to those grappling with the challenge of providing excellent ADHD services in criminal justice systems as well as of wider interest to members.


Guest Speaker
Philip Asherson is Emeritus Professor of Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry at King’s College London. He was among the first clinical experts to work with adult ADHD in the United Kingdom, joining the Maudsley Hospital Adult ADHD National Clinic in 1996. His background training is in adult psychiatry, as well as genetic studies of mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders. More recently he investigated the effects of methylphenidate on ADHD, aggression, and behaviour in young adult prisoners with ADHD. He has longstanding interests in the psychopathology of ADHD including excessive mind wandering and emotional dysregulation. He has over 400 peer reviewed publications. He was a member of the guideline development group for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2008 and 2018 as the leading medical expert for adult ADHD. He is Emeritus President of the UK Adult ADHD Network (www.ukaan.org) and was a Senior Investigator for the UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). A large part of his work has been engaged in teaching about the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan to scientific, clinical and public audiences.


Dr. Andrew Bickle MBChB, LLM(Dist), FRCPsych, FRCPC trained in Forensic Psychiatry in the UK and has practiced in Canada since 2019.  He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.  He has extensive experience in Correctional Mental Health, having been a psychiatrist at 10 institutions in the UK and Canada over the last 17 years, in addition to other duties as a forensic psychiatrist in the UK at secure hospitals, in community forensic teams, with police forces and in medicolegal work.  He co-ordinates a new graduate course in Biological Psychiatry at Queen’s University, at which he lectures on ADHD.  He joined CADDRA in 2019 and served on the Membership Committee before joining the Board in 2022.

Dr. Martin Gignac obtained his medical degree from McGill University in 1998 and completed his training in psychiatry at the Université de Montréal in 2003. He completed a fellowship in pediatric psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Boston’s Harvard Medical School in the United States in 2003-2005. He has since been working as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the field of severe disruptive disorders (ADHD, ODD, CD, SUD) at the Intitut Philippe-Pinel in Montreal. He is currently appointed as the Head of the child and adolescent psychiatry division of the Psychiatry Department at McGill University and the chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at the McGill University Health Center, Montreal Child Hospital.
In addition, he is the Chair of the CADDRA Board since 2019. He has been speaking at national and international conferences, involved in several studies and published articles and book chapters in the field of pediatric psychopharmacology.


About CADDRA Fireside Chats
CADDRA’s series of member-only Fireside Chats are free one-hour online discussions on a particular topic hosted on zoom every two months feature leading health practitioners and researchers in the field of ADHD. The Fireside Chats are informal chats between a moderator and a guest and audience participation through questions is encouraged. Fireside chats will not be recorded. Space is limited.



March 29
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
http://Online - Zoom


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