Dr. Mansfield Mela is an academic forensic psychiatrist, a founder of the forensic subspecialty in Canada, and an award-winning teaching scholar at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, Dr. Mela completed his residency at Cardiff University (formerly University of Wales, Cardiff), and a forensic psychiatry certificate fellowship at the University of Ottawa. His clinical practice involves assessment and treatment of offenders with mental disorders and rehabilitation of individuals living with the consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure.
Dr. Mela currently directs research at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and is a research lead on diagnosis at the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Research Network. He initiated the first interdisciplinary forensic research and clinical teams in Saskatchewan and recently led an international expert panel to develop a treatment algorithm for FASD.
Patient-oriented research, the role of forgiveness in reducing criminality, and physician wellness are all causes championed by Dr. Mela.