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Mark Olver

Mark Olver

B.A. (Hons) (Simon Fraser), Ph.D. (Saskatchewan)

Associate Professor, Registered Doctoral Psychologist, Director of Clinical Psychology Training

Office: Arts 172.2
Phone: 306-966-4743

On sabbatical leave from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. I will be reviewing Clinical Psychology Graduate Program applications for fall 2014 admissions.


Research Interests: 

Sex offender risk assessment and treatment, psychopathy, sexual deviance, recidivism prediction, criminal attitudes, young offenders


Sample Publications (for complete list see Publications):

Olver, M. E., Nicholaichuk, T. P., Kingston, D. A., & Wong S. C. P. (2014). A multisite examination of sexual violence risk and therapeutic change. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82, 312-324.

Olver, M. E., Stockdale, K. C., & Wormith, J. S. (2014). Thirty years of research on the Level of Service scales: A meta-analytic examination of predictive accuracy and sources of variability. Psychological Assessment, 26, 156-176.

Lewis, K., Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2013). The Violence Risk Scale: Predictive validity and linking treatment changes with recidivism in a sample of high risk offenders with psychopathic traits.  Assessment, 20,  150-164. 
Olver, M. E., Neumann, C. S., Wong, S. C. P., & Hare, R. D. (2013). The structural and predictive properties of the PCL-R in Canadian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal offenders.  Psychological Assessment, 25,  167-179. 
Olver, M. E., Nicholaichuk, T. P., Gu, D., & Wong, S. C. P. (2013). Sex offender treatment outcome, actuarial risk, and the aging sex offender in Canadian corrections: A long-term follow-up.  Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 25,  396-422.
Hanson, R. K., Letourneau, E. J., Olver, M. E., Wilson, R. J., & Miner, M. H. (2012). Incentives for offender research participation are both ethical and practical.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 1391-1404.

Olver, M. E., Stockdale, K. C., & Wormith, J. S. (2011). A meta-analysis of predictors of offender treatment attrition and its relationship to recidivism.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79,  6-21.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2011). A comparison of static and dynamic assessment of sexual offender risk and need in a treatment context.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38 , 113-126.

Simourd, D. J., & Olver, M. E. (2011). Use of the Self-Improvement Orientation Scheme-Self Report (SOS-SR) among incarcerated offenders.  Psychological Services, 8 , 200-2011.

Olver, M. E., &  Barlow, A. A.  (2010). Public attitudes towards sex offenders and their relationship to personality traits and demographic characteristics.  Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 28 , 832-849.

Stockdale, K. C., Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2010). The Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version and adolescent and adult recidivism: Considerations with respect to gender, ethnicity, and age.  Psychological Assessment, 22,  768-781. 
Olver, M. E., Stockdale, K. C., & Wormith, J. S. (2009). Risk assessment with young offenders: A meta-analysis of three assessment measures.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36,  329-353.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2009). Therapeutic responses of psychopathic sexual offenders: Treatment attrition, therapeutic change, and long term recidivism.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77,  328-336. 
Olver, M. E., Wong, S. C. P., Nicholaichuk, T., & Gordon, A. (2007). The validity and reliability of the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version: Assessing sex offender risk and evaluating therapeutic change.  Psychological Assessment, 19,  318-329.