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Kevin Nunes (Sabbatical)

Associate Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (University of Ottawa)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1545
Email:kevin.nunes@carleton.ca
Office:A537 Loeb Building
Website:The Aggressive Cognitions and Behaviour Research Lab

Research Interests

The main focus of research in the Aggressive Cognitions and Behaviour Research (ACBR) Laboratory is on the conceptualization and measurement of cognitions (e.g., attitudes, beliefs, expectancies, etc.) thought to be relevant to sexual and nonsexual violent behaviour, and the role these cognitions may play in violent behaviour. Our main goal is to contribute to scientific knowledge about the causes of violence, which is the foundation of effective and efficient assessment and intervention aimed at managing and reducing violence.

In our research we have most often used cross-sectional, retrospective, and longitudinal non-experimental designs, as well as the occasional randomized experiment. Our studies have been conducted in the lab, federal and provincial prisons, forensic psychiatric hospitals, and online. Most of our projects have involved collecting data directly from participants (students, people in the community, inmates, or patients), but we also sometimes use archival datasets or conduct meta-analytic reviews of the literature. Our work has been funded by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and awards from Carleton University.

Some of our current collaborators are Franca Cortoni (Criminology, Université de Montréal), Liam Ennis (University of Alberta), Chantal Hermann (Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services), Tamsin Higgs (Criminology, Université de Montréal), Zoe Hilton (Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care), John Hunsley (University of Ottawa), Sandy Jung (Grant MacEwan University), and Ian McPhail (University of Saskatchewan).

For more information about people and projects in the ACBR lab, please see our website:  www.carleton.ca/acbrlab

Recent Publications (student co-authors in bold)

Nunes, K. L., Pedneault, C., Filleter, W. E., Maimone, S., Blank, C., & Atlas, M. (2019). “I know correlation doesn’t prove causation, but…”: Are we jumping to unfounded conclusions about the causes of sexual offending? Sexual Abuse, 31, 220-236. doi: 10.1177/1079063217729156

McPhail, I. V., Hermann, C. A., Fernane, S., Fernandez, Y. M., Nunes, K. L., & Cantor, J. M. (2019). Validity in phallometric testing for sexual interests in children: A meta-analytic review. Assessment, 26, 535-551. doi: 10.1177/1073191117706

Higgs, T., Cortoni, F., & Nunes, K. L. (2019). Reducing violence risk? Some positive recidivism outcomes for Canadian treated high-risk offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 46, 359-373. doi: 10.1177/0093854818808830

McPhail, I. V., Nunes, K. L., Hermann, C. A., Sewell, R., Peacock, E., Looman, J., & Fernandez, Y. (2018). Emotional congruence with children: Are implicit and explicit child-like self-concept and attitude towards children associated with sexual offending against children? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 2241-2254. doi: 10.1007/s10508-018-1288-2

Blank, C., Nunes, K. L., Maimone, S., Hermann, C. A., & McPhail, I. V. (2018). Is childhood sexual victimization associated with beliefs regarding sexual offending, self-esteem, narcissism, and emotional congruence with children? Journal of Sexual Aggression, 24, 259-273. doi: 10.1080/13552600.2018.1509574

Hermann, C. A., & Nunes, K. L. (2018). Implicit and explicit evaluations of sexual aggression predict subsequent sexually aggressive behavior in a sample of community men. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 30, 510-532. doi: 10.1177/1079063216682952

Hermann, C. A., Nunes, K. L., & Maimone, S. (2018). Examining implicit and explicit evaluations of sexual aggression and sexually aggressive behavior in men recruited online. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 30, 484-509. doi: 10.1177/1079063216681560

Pettersen, C., Nunes, K. L., & Cortoni, F. (2018). The factor structure of the Aggression Questionnaire with violent offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62, 1888-1905. doi: 10.1177/0306624X17691242

Nunes, K. L., Hermann, C. A., White, K., Pettersen, C., & Bumby, K. (2018). Attitude may be everything, but is everything an attitude? Cognitive distortions may not be evaluations of rape. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 30, 43-62. doi: 10.1177/1079063215625489

Kanters, T., Hornsveld, R. H. J., Nunes, K. L., Zwets, A. J., Muris, P., & van Marle, H. J. C. (2017). The Sexual Violence Risk-20 (SVR-20): Factor structure and psychometric properties. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 28, 368-387. doi: 10.1080/14789949.2017.1284887

Hilton, N. Z., Ham, E., Nunes, K. L., Rodrigues, N. C., Frank, C., & Seto, M. C. (2017). Using graphs to improve violence risk communication. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 44, 678-694. doi: 10.1177/0093854816668916

Kanters, T., Hornsveld, R. H. J., Nunes, K. L., Zwets, A. J., Buck, N. M. L., Muris, P., & van Marle, H. J. C. (2016). Aggression and social anxiety are associated with sexual offending against children. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 15, 265-273. doi: 10.1080/14999013.2016.1193073

Nunes, K. L., Pettersen, C., Hermann, C. A., Looman, J., & Spape, J. (2016). Does change on the MOLEST and RAPE scales predict sexual recidivism? Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 28, 427-447. doi: 10.1177/1079063214540725

Kanters, T., Hornsveld, R. H. J., Nunes, K. L., Huijding, J., Zwets, A. J., Snowden, R. J., Muris, P., & van Marle, H. J. C. (2016). Are child abusers sexually attracted to submissiveness? Assessment of sex-related cognition with the Implicit Association Test. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 28, 448-468. doi: 10.1177/1079063214544330

Pettersen, C., Nunes, K. L., & Cortoni, F. (2016). Does the factor structure of the Aggression Questionnaire hold for sexual offenders? Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43, 811-829. doi: 10.1177/0093854815618692

Brown, S., Serin, R., Forth, A., Nunes, K., Bennell, C., & Pozzulo, J. (2016). Psychology of criminal behaviour: A Canadian perspective (2nd ed.). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pearson.