Dr. Alana N. Cook, R.Psych., works in private practice providing treatment and psycholegal assessment services in and around Vancouver, BC. She is a Registered Psychologist of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. She holds academic positions as an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and as an Instructor in the School of Criminal Justice and Security at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She has worked in the past as a Psychologist for the British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Service Commission (British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Hospital) and as a Senior Psychology Advisor for WorkSafe BC.
Dr. Cook completed her PhD in clinical-forensic psychology at Simon Fraser University and her Master’s of Science in clinical psychology at Pacific University. She also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with joint appointments at the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Service Commission, and ProActive ReSolutions.
Dr. Cook focuses her work at the intersection of psychology and law, specifically on psychological and forensic assessment, treatment, and policy. In her clinical work, she has conducted evidence-based assessment and treatment across the spectrum of mental disorder, including Serious Mental Illness and Personality Disorder, in both inpatient and outpatient settings within forensic and non-forensic contexts. Her professional work has included consultations with various mental health and law enforcement professionals, delivery of training workshops in violence and suicide risk assessment and management, and teaching, mentoring, and supervision of students.
Dr. Cook has received grants for her research, including contributions from Public Safety Canada, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Bar Association. She has co-authored several publications related to violence risk assessment and management, psychopathic personality disorder, group-based violence, criminal justice policy, and professional development. She has also co-authored over 80 conference presentations on topics related to mental health and psychology and the law. Dr. Cook is the first author on guidelines for the assessment and management of group-based violence, the Multi-level Guidelines, or MLG. Most recently, Dr. Cook co-edited the Handbook of Forensic Mental Health Services with Dr. Ron Roesch.
Dr. Cook has been active in professional service throughout her career and currently contributes to the American Psychology-Law Society and the Canadian Psychological Association Task Force on Medical Assistance and End of Life Care. She has served as a manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health Services, and as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals, including Law and Human Behavior and Criminal Justice and Behavior. She has been recognized for her work by numerous organizations; she received the Christopher Webster Young Scholar Award from the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.