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Dr. Frances Chapman
April 25, 2024

Coercive Control and Family Violence: What do Decision Makers Do Regarding Custody and Placement

After completing her articles at Cohen Highley LLP, in London, Ontario, Dr. Chapman gained a broad range of experience in family law, criminal law, personal injury and tort law, administrative law, contract law, and civil and commercial litigation. She was re-hired by the firm as an associate lawyer in the department of the senior litigation partner and was called to the Bar in July 2003. Dr. Chapman practiced for almost two years working with real property disputes, mortgage actions, wrongful dismissal, and class actions.

Dr. Chapman obtained her JD and LLM degrees from The University of Western Ontario in 2002 and 2006, respectively, and her PhD from Osgoode Hall law school at York University in 2009. Her graduate work focused on criminal law defenses including automatism, duress, and necessity. She completed her Master of Laws degree at the University of Western Ontario while teaching part-time at Fanshawe College. She then moved to Toronto Ontario to complete her Ph.D. in law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Dr. Chapman began teaching full time at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo in 2007 and completed her PhD in 2009. After six years at UW, in 2013 Dr. Chapman left Southwestern Ontario to become a founding professor at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her areas of interest are in criminal law and focus on defenses including brainwashing, automatism, duress, necessity, intoxication, and mental disorder. Dr. Chapman teaches tort and criminal law, and she researches on primarily criminal law defenses, coercive control, parental alienation, wrongful convictions, psychological coercion, violence against women and domestic violence.

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Dr. Chris Mulchay
April 26, 2024

Family Dynamics: Enmeshment, Estrangement, and Alienation: Shifting our lens from focusing on the individual to focusing on the family system.

Dr. Mulchay is the co-author of The Field Guide to High Conflict Litigation. He also has published recent articles on evaluations of dyslexia (reading disorder), dyscalculia (math disorder), dysgraphia  (writing disorder), and child custody evaluations.

He is a licensed psychologist in North Carolina, and Hawai’i. He has temporary permits to practice in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, & Wisconsin (APIT/IPC/TAP).

Dr. Mulchay is honored to have served as president of our local psychological association (the Western North Carolina Psychological Association) and as the Membership Chair for our state psychological association. He is also proud to be the treasurer of the International Council of Psychologists. In addition, he serves on the continuing education committee for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He has recently served as an instructor at the National Family Law Institute.

Outside of work, Dr. Mulchay enjoys spending time with his family and his Australian Shepherd. He enjoys spending time on the water (surfing, paddling, swimming), hiking in the mountains, or attending a concert.” 

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