Lead, Forensic Psychiatric Services
Johann Brink, MB, ChB, FRCP
Vice President - Medical Affairs and Research, Forensic Psychiatry Services
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
Dr. Johann Brink is the Vice President, Medical Affairs and Research for Forensic Psychiatric Services in British Columbia (BC). Dr. Brink is a psychiatrist and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, where he co-directs the fellowship program in Forensic Psychiatry. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Brink completed his undergraduate and postgraduate training in psychiatry in South Africa, before moving to Canada in 1992. He was the Clinical Director of a federal forensic psychiatric hospital in BC before joining Forensic Psychiatric Services in 2002. Dr. Brink has authored and co-authored papers on forensic psychiatric epidemiology, neuroimaging and electrophysiological aspects of psychopathy, and violence risk-related issues, including START (Short Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability). He is a co-author of the START Manual, and is actively engaged in knowledge translation initiatives on violence prevention locally, nationally and internationally.
Current research projects include an examination of resilience in forensic psychiatric populations, the nature of interaction between police and persons with severe mental health disorders, signature risk markers in forensic patients, the legal and practical aspects of Canada’s Long Term Offender legislation, and an ongoing program of research in the validation and implementation of START.