Peter Collins and transsexualism

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Peter Ian Collins (born 1955) is a Canadian forensic psychiatrist. He works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), a Toronto mental institution charged with serving gender-variant clients in the area. It has become widely known as one of the most notorious facilities in the world in terms of controlling access to medical services.

With Ray Blanchard, Collins coined the term "gynandromorphophilia" to describe attraction to trans people (specifically to trans women who have not had vaginoplasty). [1] [2] He is one of the few people who has ever used the term "she-male" in an academic paper to describe trans women as a demographic group.

Psychiatrist Vernon Rosario has called labels like these "scientifically reifying" when applied to trans women and their admirers.[3]

Life and career

Collins obtained his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Western Ontario in 1976 and his Masters degree in applied criminology from the University of Ottawa in 1978. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University in 1983 and has served in Canadian Forces since 1984. Collins completed his postgraduate medical training in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 1989.

Collins took a position at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, now part of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in 1989. His clinical appointment is with the CAMH Law and Mental Health Program. Since 1989, he has been an Associate Professor at University of Toronto with the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, He is also an Affiliate Professor with the Forensic Sciences Program at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Collins was appointed to the Ontario Provincial Police in 1995 and is currently the Manager of the Forensic Psychiatry Unit, Behavioural Sciences and Analysis Services of their Investigation and Support Bureau. In 1997, Collins was elected a member of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship. He also serves as the Consultant Psychiatrist to the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

In 2000, Collins was appointed a member of the INTERPOL Specialist Group on Crimes against Children. He is also a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist for the Profiling Unit of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Collins is currently a Lieutenant-Commander in the Canadian Forces (Navy Reserve) and recently served as the psychiatrist for all coalition forces in Southern Afghanistan.[4]

Collins is an expert on violent crime and has worked with criminal justice agencies in Canada and throughout the world, including INTERPOL, the United States FBI and Department of Homeland Security, the Australian Federal Police and Europol. He frequently testifies as an expert witness on pedophilia, child pornography, sexual compulsion, stalking, sexual assault, insanity defense, and post-traumatic stress disorder.[5] He has written on suicide by cop. [6]

Collins is often asked to comment on newsworthy topics involving psychiatric and sexual controversies. Following the 1993 raid on works by artist Eli Langer depicting children in sexualized themes, Collins stated that pedophiles would "love to have their hands on this."[7] Collins was critical of police profiling done in the Digna Ochoa murder.[8]

Selected publications

Cornish JL, Murray KA, Collins PI (1999). The criminal lawyers' guide to the law of criminal harassment and stalking. Canada Law Book, ISBN 9780888043207

Collins PI (1998). Advances in violent crime analysis and law enforcement: the Canadian violent crime linkage analysis system. Journal of Government Information.


1. Blanchard R, Collins PI (1993). Men with sexual interest in transvestites, transsexuals, and she-males. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 181, 570–575.

2. Califia-Rice, Patrick (2003). Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism. Cleis Press, ISBN 978-1573441803

3. Rosario, Vernon (2004). "Quejotobonita!": Transgender Negotiations of Sex and Ethnicity. In Ubaldo Leli, Jack Drescher (eds.) ''Transgender Subjectivities: A Clinician's Guide.'' Routledge, ISBN 9780789025760

4. Fisher, Matthew (April 3, 2009). Canadian psychiatrist minding hearts and souls - of soldiers. National Post

5. Campion-Smith Bruce (Dec 3, 1989). Many judges unaware of devastation sex attacks cause women, forum told. Toronto Star

6. Mohandie K, Meloy JR, Collins PI (2009). Suicide by cop among officer-involved shooting cases. J Forensic Sci. 2009 Mar;54(2):456-62. Epub 2008 Feb 6.

7. Tyler, Tracy (October 5, 1994). Artist's work fuels fantasy expert says: Pedophiles would 'love to have their hands on this.' Toronto Star

8. Diebel, Linda (2006). Betrayed: the assassination of Digna Ochoa. Carroll & Graf Publishers, ISBN 9780786717538

External links

Peter Collins profile via Hennes-Paynter Communications

Peter Collins profile via Ontario Women in Law Enforcement

Peter Collins U. Toronto staff profile

Peter Collins Google profile

Peter Collins LinkedIn profile