Forensic Mental Health

FMH Program Staff Profiles


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Professor Kimberlie Dean MBBS, MRCPsych, MSc, PhD

Professor Dean completed her medical studies in Tasmania and Adelaide. She completed basic training and advanced training in forensic psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London while obtaining MSc degrees in Forensic Mental Health Science at Kings College London and Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She completed a PhD at Kings College London based on epidemiological research undertaken in collaboration with the National Centre for Register Research in Denmark and focused on familial patterns of mental disorder occurrence and criminality.

Professor Dean worked as an honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in a medium secure unit within the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust for three years. She was appointed Programme Leader of the MSc in Forensic Mental Health Research offered at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. She was appointed Professor of Forensic Mental Health at UNSW Australia and Justice Health in 2011. Professor Dean is Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health. 


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Associate Professor Andrew Ellis BMed, MA, MSc, FRANZCP

Andrew Ellis is the Clinical Director and Medical Superintendent of The Forensic Hospital in Sydney. He is a Consultant to NSW Police and has a private medicolegal practice.

Dr Ellis has previously held posts in London as the National Health Service International Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry, as Chair of Training in Forensic Psychiatry for the RANZCP, as Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist to the NSW Statewide Court Liaison Service, Community Forensic Mental Health Service, Correctional Mental Health Service and Sexual Behaviours Clinic. He has studied Mental Disability Law at the New York Law School, Forensic Investigation at University of Liverpool, UK and has research interests in arson, impulsivity, sex offenders, prisons and rehabilitation of mentally disordered persons in the criminal justice system. He has wide experience in teaching and supervision of medical, mental health and professions involved in the justice system.



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Professor David Mace Greenberg O.A.M, MB, ChB, FFPsych (SA), MMed (Psych), FRCPC (Canada), FRANZCP

Professor David Mace Greenberg is a formally trained Forensic Psychiatrist. He was the inaugural Chair and Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at University of Western Australia and now is the Professor of Psychiatry, a conjoint appointment, at UNSW Australia. Professor Greenberg has been practising medicine for 40 years. He graduated in Medicine from the University Cape Town, South Africa, in 1979, and obtained his Psychiatry Fellowship from the College of Medicine in 1988. He completed a Masters degree in Psychiatry in 1990 and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1992. Professor Greenberg undertook full-time formal university forensic psychiatry fellowship training in Canada for an additional year. He was the Associate Professor of Forensic Psychiatry in Canada at University of Ottawa. In 1999 Professor Greenberg was appointed as the Statewide Director of the State Forensic Mental Health Services for the Western Australian Health Department. In January 2002, he was recruited by NSW Health to establish the Court Liaison Service in NSW, which was awarded the NSW Premiers Gold Award for public service.

Professor Greenberg is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in Forensic Psychiatry. He is the recipient of distinguished awards from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is the recipient of the Order of Medal of Australia.


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A/Professor John V. Basson MB, ChB, BSc (Hons), MPhil, FRCPsych, FRANZCP

A/Professor Basson has worked in Forensic and General Mental Health Management in Scotland, England and Australia. He has run services in prisons, high security hospitals, and medium and low secure units. He has provided evidence in courts at all levels and was involved in community Forensic Services in Scotland and London.

A/Professor Basson has published in the areas of Psychiatric Intensive Care, Hep B and HIV in prison settings, comparisons of mental illness in the community and prison, and the treatment of nonmetastatic pain, and illicit drug testing in high security hospitals. Since his migration to Australia, he has worked as the Statewide Director for Forensic Mental and as has held the appointment of Chief Psychiatrist, NSW Health. Professor Basson at present is the Clinical Director at Bunya Unit Cumberland Hospital and is the psychiatrist member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.


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Dr Claire Gaskin MB BS, MRCPsych (UK), FRANZCP

Dr Gaskin qualified in medicine from St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1991. Dr Gaskin then trained in psychiatry, gaining Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1998.

Dr Gaskin completed Advanced (Specialist Registrar) training at the Maudsley Hospital in both Child and Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry.

Dr Gaskin has worked as a Consultant in specialist adolescent forensic services since 2003, first in the UK and since 2006 in New South Wales with Justice Health, where Dr Gaskin has been involved alongside other relevant agencies in developing a range of mental health services to young offenders in the community and custody.

Dr Gaskin has collaborated on projects to enhance provision of mental health care to the young offender populations, including the production of a World Health Organisation Manual to aid the management of mental health disorders in the prison setting.

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Dr Barbara Sinclair MBChB; MPharm; FRANZCP; Cert Forensic Psych; FAChAM

Dr Barbara Sinclair is a Consultant Forensic and generalist adult Psychiatrist. She is also an addiction medicine specialist. Barbara has worked as a treating psychiatrist  and a reporting psychiatrist in custodial, forensic, and court settings. She currently works as the Medical Director of Drug and Alcohol Services  for Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, NSW. She was involved in the inception of the NSW  Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment programme and was previously Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Staff Specialist in the Forensic Hospital of the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network. Dr Sinclair has a research interest in the interplay between drug and alcohol use, dependence and comorbidity and integrated care. She has been associated with the Master of Forensic Mental Health program as a course convenor since its commencement. She was recently awarded the Best Teacher award for 2020. Barbara has said that the most pleasing aspect of being involved with this course has been the enthusiasm of the students and lecturers.





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Dr John Kasinathan MBBS (Hons I; Syd), M.Psychiatry, FRANZCP, Cert. Forensic Psych., M.FMH (UNSW), Cert. Child Adol. Psych.

Dr John Kasinathan is a senior forensic, child and adolescent psychiatrist, a conjoint senior lecturer with UNSW and visiting fellow with the ANU. His specialist appointments are as Clinical Director Adolescent Mental Health, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network; and Medical Director for the highly regarded private adolescent and young adult inpatient program at Northside Clinic St Leonards. His research and clinical interests include ADHD and comorbidity in young offenders, the appraisal of imminent aggression and re-offending in mentally ill adolescents, interpersonal drivers for self-harm in prisoners, psychopharmacology addressing violence in adolescents and adult forensic patients, and the management of sexual deviance in youth.

Dr Kasinathan is experienced in providing forensic psychiatric reports and expert opinions for the Federal Court, Family Court, Children’s Court, Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Coroner’s Court and Mental Health Tribunals in NSW, ACT and NT. He is an accredited WorkCover NSW and Motor Accident Authority Trained Assessor of Permanent Impairment. Dr Kasinathan has authored 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, a textbook chapter and presented at local and international conferences on forensic psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.



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Mr Lee Knight RN(MH), MN(CP), MFMH

Mr Knight trained in the UK at the University of Nottingham as a registered nurse in mental health. After working in the field of acute psychiatric admissions he immigrated to Australia in 2000. Lee has extensive experience in acute inpatient mental health, community case management, acute care, consultation liaison psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

In 2006 Lee joined Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network as a clinical nurse consultant in forensic psychiatry. Lee has worked for the Court Liaison Service offering comprehensive assessments on mentally ill offenders producing hundreds of comprehensive psychiatric reports and facilitating referrals both in custody and in community mental health facilities. In 2013 Lee was seconded to the University of NSW as the clinical coordinator for a large randomised control trial to determine if a commonly prescribed antidepressant can reduce impulsive acts of violence in male offenders. Additionally Lee works in private practice authoring medico-legal reports for persons before the courts as well as offering treatment for a wide range of mental health disorders.

Lee’s qualifications include a Master of Nursing in Clinical Practice (Majoring in Mental Health) (UTS) and a Master of Forensic Mental Health, UNSW Sydney. He is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Mental Health at the Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health.

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Corrie Goodhand, MFMH
Corrie Goodhand is a barrister practising at Black Chambers in Sydney and was admitted to practice in 1999 as both a solicitor and was called to the bar in 2015.  Corrie has over 21 years legal experience in a variety of areas of the law including crime, parole, serious and high risk offenders, mental health and intentional torts.  Corrie grew up in Darwin and received her Bachelor of Laws from the Northern Territory University (now known as Charles Darwin University). She has since obtained a Masters in Health Law from the University of Sydney, Masters in Forensic Mental Health at the University of New South Wales, and is currently undertaking a Masters of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. Corrie has been working as Academic Consultant with the Program since 2016 and in August 2020, Corrie was appointed an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health, UNSW Medicine & Health.


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Dr Kerri Eagle, MFMH

Dr Kerri Eagle is a qualified and experienced forensic psychiatrist. She is also employed as a senior staff specialist for Sydney Local Health District. She has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in law and has practised as a solicitor. She has experience providing expert psychiatric reports in a variety of contexts including criminal trials involving mental illness or mental impairment, fitness hearings, and sentencing proceedings. She has worked as a Court appointed psychiatrist in proceedings involving the management of high risk offenders and has also been an expert witness appointed by the Coroner. She has given evidence in a number of Court forums including the Court of Criminal Appeal, Supreme Court, District Court, Local Court, Mental Health Review Tribunal and Coroner's Court.


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Dr Antonella Ventura, MFMH

Dr Antonella Ventura is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist currently working in her own medicolegal practice.

She completed her undergraduate medical studies at UNSW in 1985, later training in psychiatry and obtaining her FRANZCP qualifications in 1995. Antonella comes to Forensic Psychiatry with a strong background in Adult Psychiatry, medical leadership, and medical education. From 2009 she has practiced Forensic Psychiatry and in 2011 she was awarded the Masters in Forensic Mental Health from UNSW. She worked as a consultant psychiatrist at the Forensic Hospital of the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health network for almost ten years. She has provided clinical leadership and supervision to the Northern Territory Forensic Psychiatry service. Antonella’s contribution to the Masters of Forensic Mental Health was recognised in 2017 when she won the Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Postgraduate Teaching in Forensic Mental Health.

She currently provides expert reports in a variety of context, including criminal proceedings, civil litigation, medical negligence, child protection, and historical sexual abuse cases. She practices Forensic Psychiatry in NSW, ACT, Victoria and the Northern Territory.


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Associate Professor Richard Cogswell SC, LLB (UTAS), MA (Oxon.)

Richard Cogswell SC is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychiatry, UNSW Medicine. He has been appointed (from 1 July 2021) an Honorary Professor with the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Wollongong where he has been teaching the elective of Mental Health and the Law in the School of Law since 2019.

Richard practised law for nearly 30 years in Sydney. After working as an employed solicitor for 3 years, he went to the NSW Bar in 1981. After 10 years of a mostly civil private practice from Wentworth Chambers, Richard was appointed a Crown Prosecutor, thus remaining at the Bar but changing from the private to the public sector.  Briefed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions he prosecuted jury trials in the District and Supreme Courts and appeared regularly in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.  He was appointed a Senior Counsel in NSW in 1997 and a Queen’s Counsel in Tasmania in 1998. 

In 2000 Richard was appointed the NSW Crown Advocate.  The Crown Advocate shares chambers with the Solicitor General and appears in complex and high-profile criminal-related cases in the Court of Criminal Appeal and at first instance as well as undertaking occasional work in the NSW Court of Appeal, the High Court and giving advice to the Attorney General and other public officers. In February 2007 Richard was appointed to the District Court of NSW. He sat in civil and criminal cases in metropolitan Sydney and on various country circuits. In 2016 Richard was appointed full-time President of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal for 3 years. Richard retired from the Court and the Tribunal in February 2019.


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Dr Vindya Nanaykkara, MFMH

Dr Vindya Nanaykkara has over 16 years of experience in forensic psychological practice and over ten years of experience in health management in forensics. She has worked across court, prison, inpatient and community settings with both youth and adult patients. She currently holds the position of Co-Director Forensic Mental Health, with Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network and a conjoint lecturer appointment with the University of NSW. She has published in the field of forensic mental health and since completing her postgraduate studies in 2009, completed a PhD on deliberate firesetting in 2019.


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Dr Yolisha Singh, MFMH

Dr Yolisha Singh is the first female chair of SCAFP, and one of the first RANZCP dual certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. She is also an inadvertent collector of adventures and stories. Her peripatetic career has spanned her home in rural South Africa, the villages of Nepal and the cities of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia.

Her current specialist appointments include Director of Advanced Training in Forensic Psychiatry - NSW and principal psychiatrist on the only adolescent secure inpatient unit in Australia. She previously held appointments as the Clinical Director of Adolescent Mental Health (JH&FMHN) in NSW and also provides private court assessments and reports through FACE Psychiatry in Sydney.

Her academic appointment is as a conjoint lecturer in psychiatry with the UNSW. Her research interests include, family work, trauma and psychosis and service development; specifically in regard to child and adolescent forensic populations.