Dr. Jim Hillen joined the Queen’s University Department of Psychiatry as a Fellow in Forensic and Correctional Psychiatry in 1996 and has remained as a member since 1997. Graduating from McMaster Medical School, he trained at the University of Toronto, Western University, McMaster University and Queen’s University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Surgery (Obstetrics and Gynecology) and Medicine (Psychiatry), with post-graduate fellowships in The Psychotherapies and in Forensic and Correctional Psychiatry.
Most of his clinical and academic study and practice has involved working with persons involved in the criminal justice systems in forensic hospitals and correctional settings. He has also worked with general adult outpatient psychiatric services, adult eating disorders services, and individual and couple psychodynamic psychotherapy.
He has extensive experience in supervising trainees and graduates at all levels of undergraduate, residency (Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Public Health), and post-graduate training, in in-patient and out-patient settings.
Dr. Hillen is currently the Psychiatric Director of the Acute Admissions Service at the Regional Treatment Centre (Ontario), a 96 bed in-patient Schedule One psychiatric hospital operated by the Correctional Service of Canada. Patients are in-custody men sentenced to federal corrections and range from parolees re-admitted to hospital through minimum, medium, maximum and super-maximum security levels. The pathologies are complex and multi-factorial involving primary psychotic, mood, and anxiety disorders compounded by developmental disabilities, attention and cognitive disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and brain injuries acquired through physical and toxic trauma.
Dr. Hillen also provides psychiatric services to a rural family health team, and has a practice in psychodynamic individual and couple psychotherapies.