• Portrait of Hygiea Casiano.
  • Assistant professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Department of Psychiatry
    University of Manitoba
    Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre
    120 Tecumseh Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 2A9

    Phone: 204-958-9660
    Fax: 204- 958-6287

Cross appointments

Does not hold any cross-appointments.

  • Research Interests

    • Behavioural management in detained individuals
    • Complex trauma
    • Criminal responsibility and fitness to stand trial research
    • Crossover youth navigating between child welfare and criminal justice systems
    • Disruptive behaviour interventions
    • Impact of media on youth
    • Resiliency & optimizing mental health
    • Self-harm behavior in incarcerated youth
    • Upstream interventions, including caregiver supports & preventing attachment disruptions
  • Research groups

    Social Policy Evaluation Collaborative Team Research at Universities in Manitoba (SPECTRUM)

    Robson Crim - Criminal Law Research Hub at Robson Hall, University of Manitoba

    Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)


    Medical director for Adult Forensic Services


Dr. Casiano is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and medical director for Adult Forensic Services.

She is certified through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Forensic Psychiatry.

Dr. Casiano is a past recipient of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (CAPL) Fellowship as well as the Rappaport Fellowship, provided by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL).

Dr. Casiano provides clinical support to a number of programs, including Adult Forensic Services, Youth Forensic Services, The Knowles Centre, Youth Centralized Intake, Southern Health, and the StreetReach Program.



  • Keep It Up Nomination – Provided by the University of Manitoba in recognition of excellence in teaching and contributions to a positive learner environment
  • Manitoba Medical Students Association at the University of Manitoba - teaching awards in the categories of Innovation and Mentorship


  • Best Research Paper, Department of Psychiatry Research Forum


  • Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (CAPL) Fellowship
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) Rappeport Fellowship
  • Award of Excellence, Department of Psychiatry
  • Best Research Paper, Resident Research Day
  • Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre Award


  • Best Research Paper, Resident Research Day
  • Best Paper, Resident Research Day


  • Best Literature Review, Resident Research Day


  • Best Essay, Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation


  • Morris Neaman Award
  • Oxford University Neuroscience Prize


  • Microbiology Research Award


  • Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship


Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry (2016)

Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2015)

Residency in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba (2009) 

Doctor of Medicine, University of Manitoba (2003)

Bachelor of Science in Medicine, University of Manitoba (2003)

Bachelor of Science with Distinction, University of Manitoba (1999)

Contact us

PZ433-771 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne campus
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3N4 Canada