Ian V. McPhail (University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada) @
Ian holds a Master’s degree in psychology from Carleton University and is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. His current research involves examining the relationships between psychological risk factors involved in the initiation and maintenance of sexual offending against children. Other research includes meta-analytic reviews of risk factors for sexual violence, including deviant sexual interests and emotional congruence with children. He has worked in clinical roles in a federal penitentiary and a forensic psychiatric hospital and in a research position with a provincial ministry of corrections.
Ian A. Elliott (HM Prison and Probation Service, UK) @ianaelliott
Ian received his Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (UK) and currently works as a Senior Outcomes Specialist at HMPPS. His research interests focus on sex offender behavior; particularly online sex offending, female sex offenders, grooming processes, and applied topics such as community re-entry and programme evaluation. A professional “alum” of the University of Liverpool, UMass Lowell, the Justice Center for Research at Penn State and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation (a UK non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse), he remains engaged in projects related to both understanding and preventing sexual violence.
Kelly Babchishin (Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, University of Ottawa, Ontario; Karolinska Institutet, Sweden) @ Kelly Babchishin, Ph.D., is currently completing a Banting postdoctoral fellowship (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) with the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research (Dr. Michael Seto) and the Karolinska Institutet Department of Medical Epedimiology and Biostatistics in Sweden (Dr. Niklas Långström). Her current research involves identifying causal candidates for the onset of sexual offending behaviours. Other research interests includes change in sexual offending behaviours across the lifespan, pedophilia, and online sexual offenders. She has completed a dozen distinct meta-analyses, has taught a graduate-level statistics course on meta-analysis, and offers a one-day workshop with her colleague, Leslie Helmus.
Caoilte Ó Ciardha (University of Kent, Canterbury, UK) @
Caoilte received his PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2010. His research focuses on cognition in offending behaviour. This includes the exploration of structures, processes and products relating to offence supportive cognition and also the development of indirect measures that attempt to tap into these constructs. Caoilte’s work to date has focused on cognition in male child molesters but is increasingly broadening his topics of interest to include firesetting, female sexual offenders, and multiple perpetrator sexual offending.
Ross Bartels (University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK) @
Ross received his PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2013 and is currently an early career researcher at the University of Lincoln (UK). Ross’ research focuses on understanding the processes underlying and associated with deviant sexual thoughts and fantasies so as to develop new ways of assessing and treating them. He is also interested in using indirect measures and socio-cognitive paradigms to: 1) gain new insights into offence-supportive cognition, and 2): identify the affective and cognitive factors underlying the public’s negative attitudes towards sexual offenders.
Danielle Kettleborough (University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK) @
Danielle is a PhD student in Forensic Psychology and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Lincoln (UK). Prior to beginning her PhD, she completed a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology (University of Lincoln, UK) whilst working in clinical practice as an Assistant Psychologist across secure mental health services. Her research is focused on offenders who engage in online sex offences against minors, specifically those who view and produce Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM), and exploring the role of causality between viewing of CSEM and the commission of contact sex offending.
Andrew Brankley (Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada) @AEBrankley
Andrew Brankley, MA, is currently completing his PhD in clinical psychology at Ryerson University (Drs. Karl Hanson & Alasdair Goodwill). In his dissertation, he will examine whether sexual maturity preferences (e.g., pedophilia) fall on a dimension or comprise discrete categories. His broader research interests include optimizing violent or sexual offending risk assessment tools and improving how that risk is communicated. His clinical training includes placements in correctional and forensic mental health services and he is the student representative on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.
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