Dr. N. Zoe Hilton

Dr. N. Zoe Hilton (PhD, CPsych) was educated in the UK, Canada, and the US. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southampton, a Master's degree in criminology from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Toronto. Since joining the staff of our hospital over 25 years ago, she has worked both as a front-line clinician and as a full-time researcher. Currently, Dr. Hilton is our Senior Research Scientist and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.


Research Interests

I conduct research that pertains to offenders, psychiatric patients and the professionals who provide services for them. My major research products have been in the area of domestic violence, risk assessment, and risk communication but I also have an interest in the physical health and psychological wellbeing of both patients and staff at our hospital.

Current Research Projects

In a current major research project, I am following forensic patients from admission through up to four years in forensic care, and examining how their histories and adjustment in the hospital are related to both aggressive behaviour and measures of success.

I am currently a co-investigator in a SSHRC-funded partnership development project led by Sandy Jung of MacEwan University and involving Alberta’s Integrated Threat and Risk Assessment Centre (ITRAC) and Carleton University, examining the use of domestic violent risk assessment in threat assessment.

She is also a community collaborator in the SSHRC-funded Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (cdhpi.ca). 




Link to publications


Student / Volunteer Opportunities

I supervise research interns and co-op students. I can also co-supervise thesis work for graduate students in research or clinical programs and serve as an external examiner.