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Kelly M. Babchishin is an Assistant Professor of forensic psychology within the Department of Psychology. After completing her Ph.D. (experimental psychology, Carleton University), Kelly completed a Banting postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Mental Health Research (Ottawa) and the Karolinska Institute Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Stockholm; 2013-2017). Prior to starting at Carleton, Kelly was a research advisor at the Public Safety Canada (Correction Research Unit, 2017-2019) and the Parole Board of Canada (2019-2021) where she conducted research to facilitate evidence-based policies for justice-involved individuals within Canada.

Research Interests

My research uses an epidemiological and socioecological framework to provide novel information on factors involved in the development and maintenance of sexually harmful behaviours with the ultimate goal of improving prevention efforts. I use population-based, family-based, cohort, and convenience sampling strategies.

Ongoing research projects involves: (1) incest and sexual behaviours between siblings, (2) online sexual offending, (3) causal candidates for sexual offending, (4) sexting and the non-consensual sharing of sexual materials, and (5) risk assessment for individuals adjudicated for sexual offences.

More information on my research can be found on my lab’s website.

Selected Publications (students/trainees are italicized)

Martijn, F. M., Babchishin, K. M., Pullman, L. E., Roche, K., & Seto, M. C. (2021). Attraction to Physical and Psychological Features of Children in Child-Attracted Persons. Advance online publication. The Journal of Sex Research.

Babchishin, K. M., & Hanson, R. K. (2020). Monitoring changes in risk of reoffending: A prospective study of 632 men on community supervision. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 88, 886–898.

Aelick, C. A., Babchishin, K. M., & Harris, A. J. R. (2020). Severe mental illness diagnoses and their association with reoffending in a sample of men adjudicated for sexual offences. Sexual Offending: Theory, Research, and Prevention, 15 (1), e3123.

Babchishin, K. M., Seto, M. C., Fazel, S., Långström, N. (2019). Are there early risk markers for pedophilia? A nationwide case-control study of child sexual exploitation material offenders. Journal of Sex Research, 56, 203-212.

Babchishin, K. M, Merdian, H. L., Bartels, R. M., & Perkins, D. (2018). Child Sexual Exploitation Materials: A review. European Psychologist, 23, 130-143.

Babchishin, K. M., & Helmus, M. L. (2016). The influence of base rates on correlations: An evaluation of proposed alternative effect sizes with real-world data. Behavior Research Methods, 48, 1021-1031.

Långström, N., Babchishin, K.M., Fazel, S., Lichtenstein, P., & Frisell,T. (2015). Sexual offending runs in families: A 37-year nationwide study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 44 (2), 713–720.