Dr. Joyce Radford

London Family Court Clinic (LFCC)

254 Pall Mall Street, Suite 200
London, ON  N6A 5P6
Telephone: (519) 679-7250, ext. 114
Email: joyce.radford@lfcc.on.ca

Clinical interests: I have worked with adolescents for the majority of my career and, in particular, with marginalized youth.  For the past 16 years, I have worked with criminally involved young people in the London and surrounding county area, conducting psychological assessments (Section 34 reports) for youth court.  I have also been involved in  research with street youth from across Canada, working to understand their sexual attitudes, knowledge and behaviours for the Street Youth and AIDS Study and, as well, have worked in a similar capacity with HIV infected youth in Toronto.  As such, much of my work has included research as well as assessment and clinical intervention with high-needs and high-risk youth.  My training and clinical work has largely been informed by a psychodynamic approach and attachment theory.  My psychological assessment work for court purposes is also trauma informed with a forensic lens, and an awareness of the Justice System and the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is critical to my practice.

Topics for workshops, seminars: Mental health concerns and risk factors related to youth in conflict with the law; Youth Court in Ontario and new initiatives including therapeutic court and mental health diversion programs; Sexual behaviour problems in youth—interviewing challenges and and assessment practices

Type of clinical practica: Advanced assessment practica (Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychology

Types of clients: Adolescents

Modality: Individual; Family

Theoretical orientation: Psychodynamic; Eclectic; Cognitive; Family systems 

Types of client problems: Intellectual disability; ADHD; Communication/Learning disorder; Impulse control; PTSD; Adjustment disorder; Reactive attachment disorder; Anxiety disorders; Bipolar & related disorders; Disassociative disorders; Depressive disorders; Schitz & other psychotic disorders; Disrupt. impulse & conduct disorders; Personality disorders

Type of supervision you can provide: Student describes case; Co-therapy/Co interview; You observe student live

Recent students: A. Snowshoe; C. Hahn; C. Lau (2018)

Current students:

Clinical contact: Not Available

Research interests: I have previously been involved in a number of research activities and community-based program evaluation projects. My experience includes National survey research with youth as well as program evaluation projects related to improving services for youth as well as high-risk families of young children. General areas of interest at this time would include youth in the justice system and qualitative research methods. Currently I am involved at the LFCC with the Poverty Reduction Project, which is a 3 year initiative funded by the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office of the Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat. As youth living in poverty are represented in the court system an estimated 10 times higher than in the general youth population, we see this project as offering opportunity to respond to the current and future needs of court involved youth. The project will allow us to more clearly understand the characteristics of young people in the justice system, and specifically, those factors that contribute to poverty (i.e., school dropout, lack of job skills, homelessness). As part of this project, we will seek to improve young people’s access to services in the community through a specialized clinical team intervention, involving service coordinators. It is hoped that through a more immediate and collaborative response following court involvement, youth can be encouraged to improve their service engagement and accept needed supports for improving their lives (i.e., mental health services, school programs, housing) – and also be supported in sustaining these gains over time. 

Available to supervise: Awaiting response


Last updated: May 21, 2019