Dr. Julie Blais

Associate Professor

Email: julie.blais@dal.ca
Fax: 902-494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University Life Sciences Centre 1355 Oxford Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Forensic risk assessment
  • Risk communication
  • Psychopathy
  • Personality
  • Political Psychology


BA/MA/PhD (Carleton University)
Post-doctoral fellowship (Brock University)

Research Interests

Dr. Blais’ research can be divided into three interrelated areas: 1) examining risk assessment and risk communication in the legal system, 2) understanding the role of psychopathy within risk assessments, and 3) examining personality correlates to both prosocial and antisocial behaviour more broadly.

Selected Publications

  • Blais, J., Fazaa, G. R., & Mungall, L. R. (2023). A pre-registered examination of the relationship between psychopathy, boredom-proneness, and university-level cheating. Psychological Reports. Online first. https://doi.org/10.1177/00332941231184385
  • Aelick, C., Blais, J., & Babchishin, K. M. (2023). Addressing racial bias in parole decisions: A pre-registered study of the Five-Level Risk and Needs System of risk communication. Psychology, Crime & Law. Online first. https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2023.2213388
  • Pruysers, S., & Blais, J. (2023). Fair-weather voters: Personality and vote switching intentions. Political Studies Review. Online first. https://doi.org/10.1177/14789299231174756
  • Belyea, L., & Blais, J. (2023). Effect of pretrial publicity via social media, mock juror sex, and rape myth acceptance on juror decisions in a mock sexual assault trial. Psychology, Crime & Law, 29(3), 280-302. https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2021.2018440
  • Blais, J., Mungall, L. R., & Pruysers, S. (2022). Personality, political ideology, and partisanship in Canada. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science / Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/cbs0000355
  • Blais, J., Babchishin, K. M., & Hanson, R. K. (2022). Improving our risk communication: Standardized risk levels for the BARR-2002R. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 34(6), 667–698. https://doi.org/10.1177/10790632211047185
  • Blais, J., Chen, P. G., & Pruysers, S. (2021). Who complies and who defies? Personality and public health compliance. Frontiers in Political Science. Open access. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpos.2021.660911
  • Chen, P., Pruysers, S., & Blais, J. (2021). The dark side of politics: Participation and the Dark Triad. Political Studies, 69(3), 577-601. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032321720911566
  • Knack, N., Blais, J., Baglole, S., & Stevenson, A. (2021). Susceptibility of the Self-Report Psychopathy Scale (SRP 4) to response distortion and the utility of including validity indices to detect deception. Psychological Assessment, 33, 1181-1191. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0001044
  • Knack, N., Blais, J., & Federoff, J. P. (2021). Exploring inconsistencies in the interpretation of Canada’s section 161 order for sexual offending. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 63(1), 52-88. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjccj.2020-0042