Dr. Lori Haskell is a clinical psychologist who splits her time between delivering professional training and educational presentations across Canada and her clinical private practice. She is a nationally recognized expert on trauma and abuse, and on trauma informed approaches to mental health service delivery and on legal responses.
Dr. Haskell has worked on collaborative projects addressing the impact of trauma on Indigenous peoples, trauma and the service challenges for developmentally disabled people, complex trauma and homelessness, and restorative justice and gendered violence. She has provided expert evidence in a number of legal proceedings, including criminal trials and gave expert testimony at the Coroner’s Inquest of the domestic homicide of Sunny Park, her son and parents, in British Columbia.
She has a status appointment as an assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Toronto and is an academic research associate with the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, at Western University.
She regularly delivers professional trainings at conferences for Crown Attorneys and other lawyers, to service providers, mental health professionals, professional colleges, and to police forces across Canada, on the need for trauma informed criminal justice system responses and enhanced understandings of the neurobiology of trauma.
Her recent keynote addresses have included the Maddison Chair Trust Lecture in Northern Justice, in 2018 in the Yukon on “Disrupted Attachment: The Effects of abuse and harm on Indigenous People,” and a 2018 Keynote address to the National Symposium on Sexual Assault Cases in the Criminal Court: The Latest Developments in Law, Science and Practice. (April 21, 2018) on “the Neurobiology of Sexual Assault.”
Dr. Haskell has also published a book (First Stage Trauma Treatment: A Guide for Therapists Working with Women (Toronto: CAMH, University of Toronto, 2003) and numerous articles on issues of trauma and abuse, including co-authoring a recent report for Justice Canada, “The Impact of Trauma on Adult Sexual Assault Victims: What the Criminal justice system needs to know” (2019).