Dr. Tonia Nicholls is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and Distinguished Scientist, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services, Vancouver, Canada.
Professor Nicholls is particularly interested in the assessment and treatment of violence and criminality and the development and implementation of evidence-informed services. To that end, she has published several manuals to support the translation of research into practice and has actively engaged in large-scale implementations and evaluations. These include measures to inform: violence risk assessments and mental health screening in correctional settings (Jail Screening Assessment Tool (JSAT), Nicholls et al., 2005), broad-scale mental health assessments and treatment planning for diverse mentally ill and justice-involved populations (Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability – adult and adolescent versions (START) Webster et al., 2009; (START:AV), Viljoen, Nicholls et al., 2014) and service planning for women with abusive (ex-)intimate partners (Decision-making In Abusive Relationships Interview (DIARI), Nicholls et al., 2016). She has produced >100 publications, including co-editing a book which was a ground-breaking critique of the IPV field (Hamel & Nicholls, 2007). She has given 18 Keynotes and >100 workshop at prestigious conferences in Australia, , Canada, Spain, Germany, Finland, the U.K. and U.S. She has received several notable awards including the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions, the Canadian Psychological Association President’s New Researcher Award and recently received a CIHR Foundation award (> $2 million; 2015-2022) to fund research relevant to victimization, crime and violence among mentally ill and marginalized populations.