Dr. Julie Blais

Assistant Professor

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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 Criminal Justice 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

  • Lee, S., Hanson, R. K., & Blais, J. (2020). 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, 61(1), 42-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cap0000182
  • Blais, J., Pruysers, S., & Chen, P. (2019). 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. Advance online publication. doi:10.1017/S0008423918001075
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-06-2017-0029
  • 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.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pas0000455