Kelly M. Babchishin, Ph.D.


Royal Ottawa’s Inspiration Award

Babchishin K. Headshot.jpg    I am a research advisor at Public Safety Canada and an adjunct scientist with the University of Ottawa 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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I am also a member of Global Young Academy, an international association of early-career scientists with the aim of ensuring that global decision making is evidenced-based. Follow our activities and workshops at, or to apply to this great organization!

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