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Dr. N. Zoe Hilton

N. Zoe HiltonPhD, CPsych., Senior Research Scientist 

Dr. Hilton is the Senior Research Scientist at Waypoint, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Scientist at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, University of Ottawa. Since joining Waypoint over 25 years ago, she has worked both as a front-line clinician and full-time researcher. Dr. Hilton conducts research that pertains to offenders, psychiatric patients, and the professional who provides services for them. She has conducted influential research in the areas of domestic violence, risk assessment, risk communication, and more recently the physical health and psychological wellbeing of both patients and staff at psychiatric hospitals. She is the Principal Investigator on funded PTSD research with those who work in psychiatric hospitals. Another major research project follows a new cohort of forensic patients from admission through four years in forensic care to explore how their histories and adjustment in the hospital are related to aggressive behaviour and measures of success. She is a co-investigator on a SSHRC-funded project, led by Sandy Jung, MacEwan University and with Alberta’s Integrated Threat and Risk Assessment Centre (ITRAC) and Carleton University, to examine the use of domestic violent risk assessment in threat assessment. Dr. Hilton also is a collaborator in the SSHRC-funded Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Hilton earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton.

Research Interests

Domestic assault, intimate partner violence, forensic risk communication, risk assessment, PTSD, workplace mental health


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Student / Volunteer Opportunities

Dr. Hilton welcomes research interns, graduate students, and co-op placement students. She can supervise thesis work for graduate students in research or clinical programs and serve as an external examiner.