Ronald Roesch

Professor | Director - Mental Health, Law and Policy Institute

Areas of interest

Law and Forensic (primary), Clinical Science

Research Interests

Law and psychology, including forensic assessment, competency to stand trial, jail mental health, juvenile justice. 

Selected Publications

Roesch, R. (Volume Editor). (2022). Psychology and law, a volume of Routledge encyclopedia of psychology in the real world. New York: Routledge.

Roesch, R., & Goossens, I. (2020). Improving police procedures for dealing with individuals with mental illness. In P. Marques & M. Paulino (Eds.), Police psychology: New trends in forensic psychological science. New York: Elsevier Academic Press.

Roesch, R., Kayfitz, J. H., Watt, M. C., Cooper, B. S., Guy, L. S., Hill, D., Haag, A. M., Pomichalek, M., & Kolton, J. C. (2019). Fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility assessments: Advocating for changes to the Canadian Criminal Code. Canadian Psychology, 60, 148-154.

Roesch, R. (2018). Forensic mental health services and competence to stand trial. In T. Grisso & S. Brodsky (Eds.), The roots of modern psychology and law: A narrative history (pp. 127-142). New York: Oxford University Press.

Roesch, R., & Cook, A. N.  (Eds.). (2017). Handbook of forensic mental health services. New York: Routledge.

Jackson, R. A., & Roesch, R. (Eds.). (2016). Learning forensic assessment: Research and practice. New York: Routledge.

Roesch, R., Zapf, P. A., Hart, S. D., & Connolly, D. A. (2014). Forensic psychology and law: A Canadian perspective. Toronto, ON: Wiley.

Roesch, R., & Zapf, P. A. (Eds.). (2012). Forensic assessments in criminal and civil law: A handbook for lawyers. NY: Oxford University Press.

Cook, A. N., & Roesch, R. (2012). "Tough on crime" reforms: What psychology has to say about the recent and proposed justice policy in Canada. Canadian Psychology, 53, 217–225.

Zapf, P. A., & Roesch, R. (2009). Best practices in forensic mental health assessments: Evaluation of competence to stand trial. NY: Oxford University Press.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.