Kelly M. Babchishin, Ph.D.


I am a research advisor at the Parole Board of 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 program of research examines factors involved in the development and maintenance of sexually harmful and antisocial behaviours with a focus on individual (e.g., psychiatric illness), family (e.g., parental substance use, neglect), community (e.g., neighbourhood density), and cultural factors (e.g., sexual education and norms). Other research interests include improving current assessments strategies for sexual offenders and underrepresented populations, and online sexual offenders. For this research, I have received the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Early Career Research Award, the John Charles Polanyi Prize (medicine), and the Royal Ottawa’s Inspiration Award (early career researcher). I have completed over a dozen distinct meta-analysis, have taught undergraduate and graduate statistics and research methods courses, and offer a one-day workshop with my colleague, Dr. Leslie-Maaike Helmus.
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Area of Interest: Statistics; Sexually harmful behaviours; Offender change; Special populations; Risk assessment