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Julie Blais

Assistant Professor

Degrees:Ph.D (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1047
Office:A507 LA

My program of research focuses on the interaction between psychology and the law exploring the consequences and implications of incorrectly applied psychological constructs and methods. Specifically, I am interested in research on the development and appropriate use of risk assessment scales and practices, increasing the use of non-arbitrary metrics for risk communication, and integrating research and practice more effectively. I am also interested in the specific use of psychopathy within the Criminal Justice System (CJS).

I am also completing work in the area of political psychology, examining the relevance of the Dark Triad in understanding political outcomes such as ambition, civic duty, and participation.

Selection of recent publications (2016 to May 2019) – underlined names refer to current or former supervised (/co-supervised) students

Blais, J., Pruysers, S., & Chen, P. (in press). Why do they run? Assessing the incremental validity of socio-demographic variables, general personality, and the Dark Triad in predicting political ambition. Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Lee, S., Hanson, R. K., & Blais, J. (in press). Predictive accuracy of the Static-99R and Static-2002R risk tools for identifying Indigenous and White individuals at high risk for sexual recidivism in Canada. Canadian Psychology

Pruysers, S., Blais, J., & Chen, P. (2019). Who makes a good citizen? The role of personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 146, 99-104.


Ritchie, M. B., Blais, J., & Forth, A. E. (2019). “Evil” intentions: Examining psychopathy, the Dark Tetrad, and their relationship to victim selection. Personality and Individual Differences, 138, 126-132.

Pruysers, S., & Blais, J. (2018a). Narcissistic women and cash-strapped men: Who can be encouraged to consider running for political office? Political Research Quarterly. Advance online publication.

Pruysers, S., & Blais, J. (2018b). A little encouragement goes a (not so) long way: An experiment to boost political ambition among young women. Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy, 39(3), 384-395.


Ritchie, M. B., Blais, J., Forth, A. E., & Book, A. S. (2018). Identifying vulnerability: The role of psychopathy and gender. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 8(2), 125-137.

Blais, J., Forth, A. E., & Hare, R. D. (2017). Examining the interrater reliability of the Psychopathy Checklist across a large sample of trained raters. Psychological Assessment, 29, 762-775.

Blais, J., & Pruysers, S. (2017). The power of the dark side: Personality, the Dark Triad, and political ambition. Personality and Individual Differences, 113, 167-172.


Fulham, L. V., Book, A. S., Blais, J., Ritchie, M. B., Gauthier, N. Y., & Costello, K. (2017). The effect of hypervigilance on the relationship between sexual victimization and gait. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260517713714

Gutierrez, L., Blais, J., & Bourgon, G. (2017). Do Domestic Violence Courts work? A meta-analytic review examining treatment and study quality. Justice Research and Policy, 17(2), 75-99.

Pruysers, S., & Blais, J. (2017). Why won’t Lola run? An experiment examining stereotype threat and political ambition. Politics & Gender, 13, 232-252.

*Short-listed for the 2015 Jill Vickers Prize (best paper presented at CPSA on gender and politics)

Blais, J., Motz, C. P., & Pychyl, T. A. (2016). Mentored teaching, or how I learned to stop worrying and love teaching. College Teaching, 64, 1-9. doi:10.1080/87567555.2015.1062741

Babchishin, K. M., Hanson, R. K., & Blais, J. (2016). Less is more: Using Static-2002R subscales to predict violent and general recidivism among sexual offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 28, 187-217. doi:10.1177/1079063215569544

Book, A., Methot-Jones, T., Blais, J., Hosker-Field, A., Volk, A., Visser, B. A., … D’Agata, M. T. (2016). Psychopathic traits and the Cheater-Hawk hypothesis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260516669168