Kelly M. Babchishin, Ph.D.


Royal Ottawa’s Inspiration Award

Babchishin K. Headshot.jpg    I am a research advisor at Public Safety Canada, an adjunct professor with the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and the Department of Psychology at Carleton University, as well as an adjunct scientist with the Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research Institute (IMHR). After completing my Ph.D. (forensic psychology, Carleton University), I had the opportunity to complete a four year postdoctoral fellowship. Between 2015-2017, I completed a Banting postdoctoral fellowship (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) with IMHR (Dr. Michael Seto) and the Karolinska Institute Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (KI) in Sweden (Dr. Niklas Långström)- prior to which (2013-2015) my postdoctoral fellowship was funded by IMHR and KI.

My current research involves identifying causal candidates for the onset of sexual offending behaviours, as well as improving current assessments strategies for sexual offenders. Other research interests include change in sexual offending behaviours across the lifespan, pedophilia, and online sexual offenders. For this research, I have received the John Charles Polanyi Prize and the Royal Ottawa’s Inspiration Award. I have completed over a dozen distinct meta-analysis, have taught a statistics (undergraduate course on research methods, graduate course on meta-analysis), and offer a one-day workshop with my colleague, Dr. Leslie-Maaike Helmus.

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Students interested in research on the topic of sexual offending are encouraged to contact me, ideally with a project or topic area in mind. Reviewing my recent publications is one of way of getting a sense of the projects I am currently working on. Unfortunately, I am not accepting Ph.D. students until Fall 2019.

 Area of Research: Statistics; Sexual offences; Offender change; Risk