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

Professor, Registered Doctoral Psychologist

Faculty Member in Psychology and Health Studies

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Arts 172.2

Research Area(s)

  • The assessment of recidivism risk and dangerousness and how risk can be managed or reduced and recidivism prevented.
  • How offenders make changes to their offending behavior, and to what extent these personal changes, especially if they are risk relevant, translate into subsequent reductions in recidivism
  • The effectiveness of specialized sex offender treatment in reducing recidivism, and evaluating program-specific treatment change and its relationship to risk and recidivism reduction
  • Psychopathic offenders and the extent to which this population can make risk related changes and move on tolives that are characterized by less violence

About me

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., & Jung, S. (2017). Incremental prediction of intimate partner violence: An examination of three risk measures. Law and Human Behavior. Epub ahead pf print doi: 10.1037/lhb0000251

Sowden, J. N., & Olver, M. E. (2017). Use of the Violence Risk Scale Sexual Offender Version and the Stable 2007 to assess sexual offender treatment change. Psychological Assessment, 29, 293-303.

Burt, G. N., Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2016). Investigating characteristics of the nonrecidivating psychopathic offender. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43, 1741-1760.

DeSorcy, D. R., Olver, M. E., & Wormith, J. S. (2016). Working alliance and its relationship to treatment completion, recidivism, and ancestry in a sample of treated sexual offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 28, 291-313. 

Hogan, N. R., & Olver, M. E. (2016). Assessing risk for aggression in forensic psychiatric inpatients: An examination of five measures. Law and Human Behavior, 40, 233-243.

Olver, M. E. (2016). Treatment of psychopathic offenders: Evidence, issues, and controversies. Journal of Community Safety and Well-being, 1, 75-82.

Olver, M. E. (2016). Some considerations on the use of actuarial and related forensic measures with diverse correctional populations. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, 3, 107-121.

Olver, M. E., Sowden, J. N., Kingston, D. A., Nicholaichuk, T. P., Gordon, A., Beggs Christofferson, S. M., & Wong, S. C. P. (2016). Predictive accuracy of Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version risk and change scores in treated Canadian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sexual offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Epub ahead of print doi: 10.1177/1079063216649594

Eher, R., Olver, M. E., Heurix, I., Schilling, F., & Rettenberger, M. (2015). Predicting sexual re-offense in pedophilic child molesters: Exploring the utility of risk assessment instruments and clinical diagnoses. Law and Human Behavior, 39, 571-580. 

Woods, P., Olver, M. E., & Mueller, M. (2015). Implementing violence and incident reporting measures on a forensic mental health unit. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 21, 973-986. 

Olver, M. E., Sewall, L. A., Sarty, G. E., Lewis, K., & Wong, S. C. P. (2015). A cluster analytic investigation and external validation of psychopathic offender subtypes in a multisite sample of Canadian federal offenders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 355-371.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2015). Short and long-term recidivism prediction of the PCL-R and the effects of age: A 24-year follow-up. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 6, 97-105.

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.

 

 

 

 

Publications

correctional treatment psychopathy risk assessment sexual offenders treatment change

Refereed Journal Articles:

(Student co-authors under my supervision at the time of the research are underlined) 

Kingston, D. A., & Olver, M. E., McDonald, J., & Cameron, C. (in press, 2018). A randomized controlled trial of a cognitive skills program for mentally disordered offenders. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health.

McDonald, M. S., Neumeier, M., & Olver, M. E. (in press, 2018). From linear care plan through concept map to concepto-plan: The creation of an innovative and holistic care plan. Nurse Education in Practice.

McPhail, I. V., Olver, M. E., Brouillette-Alarie, S., & Looman, J. (in press, 2018). Taxometric analysis of the latent structure of pedophilic interest. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Sewall, L. A., & Olver, M. E. (in press, 2018). Sexual offender treatment outcomes among psychopathy subtypes. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice.

Sewall, L. A., & Olver, M. E. (in press, 2018). Psychopathy and sexual violence risk: Linkages to therapeutic change, treatment attrition, and recidivism. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.

Simourd, D. J., & Olver, M. E. (in press, 2018). Prescribed correctional treatment dosage: Cautions, commentary, and future directions. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.

Hogan, N. R., & Olver, M. E. (2018). A prospective examination of the predictive validity of five structured instruments in the assessment of inpatient violence risk in a secure forensic hospital setting. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 17, 122-132.

Kingston, D. A., & Olver, M. E. (2018). Psychometric examination of treatment change among mentally disordered offenders: A risk-need analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45, 153-172.

Olver, M. E., Coupland, R. B. A., & Kurtenbach, T. J. E. (2018). Risk-need-responsivity applications of the MMPI-2 sexual offender assessment. Psychology, Crime & Law. E-pub ahead of print doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2018.1438434

Olver, M. E., Mundt, J. C., Thornton, D., Beggs Christofferson, S. M., Kingston, D. A., Sowden, J. N., Nicholaichuk, T. P., Gordon, A., & Wong, S. C. P. (2018). Using the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offense Version in sexual violence risk assessments: Updated risk categories and recidivism estimates from a multisite sample of treated sexual offenders. Psychological Assessment, 30, 941-955. 

Olver, M. E., Neumann, C. S., Kingston, D. A., Nicholaichuk, T. P., & Wong, S. C.P. (2018). Construct validity of the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version instrument in a multisite sample of treated sexual offenders. Assessment, 25, 40-55.

Olver, M. E.*, Neumann, C. S., Sewall, L. A., Lewis, K., Hare, R. D., & Wong, S. C. P. (2018). A comprehensive examination of the psychometric properties of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised in a Canadian multisite sample of Indigenous and non-Indigenous offenders. Psychological Assessment, 30, 779-792.

Olver, M. E., & Sewall, L. A. (2018). Cross-validation, calibration, and risk communication with the VRAG-R in a treated sexual offender sample. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45, 741-761.

Olver, M. E., Sowden, J. N., Kingston, D. A., Nicholaichuk, T. P., Gordon, A., Beggs Christofferson, S. M., & Wong, S. C. P. (2018). Predictive accuracy of Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version risk and change scores in treated Canadian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sexual offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 30, 254-275.

Coveney, A. N., & Olver, M. E. (2017). Defense mechanism and coping strategy use associated with self-reported eating pathology in a nonclinical sample. Psychreg Journal of Psychology, 1(2), 18-39.

Holwell, M. J., Beggs Christofferson, S. M., & Olver, M. E. (2017). Evaluating the inter-rater reliability of the Violence Risk Scale – Sexual Offense Version (VRS-SO) in a community-based treatment setting. Sexual Offender Treatment, 13 (1), 1-14.

DeSorcy, D. R., Olver, M. E., & Wormith, J. S. (2017). Working alliance and psychopathy: Linkages to treatment outcome in a sample of treated sexual offenders. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Epub ahead of print doi: 10.1177/0886260517698822

Marshall, W. L., Marshall, L. E., & Olver, M. E. (2017). An evaluation of a strength-based approach to the treatment of sex offenders: A review. Journal of Criminal Psychology. Epub ahead of print doi: 10.1108/JCP-04-2017-0021

McPhail, I. V., Olver, M. E., & Brooks, C. (2017). Taking the pulse: Perceptions of crime trends and community safety and support for crime control methods in the Canadian Prairies. Journal of Community Safety and Well-being, 2, 43-50.

Olver, M. E., & Jung, S. (2017). Incremental prediction of intimate partner violence: An examination of three risk measures. Law and Human Behavior. Epub ahead of print doi: 10.1037/lhb0000251

Olver, M. E., & Stockdale, K. C. (2017). Convergent and predictive validity of the Jesness Inventory in a sample of serious juvenile offenders. Assessment, 24, 865-884.

Sowden, J. N., & Olver, M. E. (2017). Sexual offender treatment readiness, responsivity, and change: Linkages to treatment completion and recidivism. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 13, 97-108.

Sowden, J. N., & Olver, M. E. (2017). Use of the Violence Risk Scale Sexual Offender Version and the Stable 2007 to assess sexual offender treatment change. Psychological Assessment, 29, 293-303.

Yang, M., Guo, B., Olver, M. E., Polaschek, D., & Wong, S. C. P. (2017). Assessing associations between changes in risk and subsequent re-offending: An introduction to relevant statistical models. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 44, 59-84.

Burt, G. N., Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2016). Investigating characteristics of the nonrecidivating psychopathic offender. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43, 1741-1760.

DeSorcy, D. R., Olver, M. E., & Wormith, J. S. (2016). Working alliance and its relationship to treatment completion, recidivism, and ancestry in a sample of treated sexual offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 28, 291-313. 

Dyer, T., & Olver, M. E. (2016). The interrelationships of self-reported psychopathic traits, sexual fantasy, and hypersexuality in an adult community sample. Sexual Offender Treatment, 12 (2), 1-18.

Hogan, N. R., & Olver, M. E. (2016). Assessing risk for aggression in forensic psychiatric inpatients: An examination of five measures. Law and Human Behavior, 40, 233-243.

Kingston, D. A., Olver, M. E., Harris, M., Booth, B. D., Gulati, S., & Cameron, C. (2016). The relationship between mental illness and violence in a mentally disordered offender sample: Evaluating criminological and psychopathological predictors. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 22, 678-700.

Olver, M. E. (2016). Treatment of psychopathic offenders: Evidence, issues, and controversies. Journal of Community Safety and Well-being, 1, 75-82.

Olver, M. E. (2016). Some considerations on the use of actuarial and related forensic measures with diverse correctional populations. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, 3, 107-121.

Olver, M. E., Klepfisz, G., Stockdale, K. C., Kingston, D. A., Nicholaichuk, T. P., & Wong, S. C. P. (2016). Some notes on the validation of VRS-SO static scores. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 22, 147-160.

White, B. A., Olver, M. E., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2016). Psychopathy: A primer on its relevance, nature, assessment, development, and treatment. The Behavior Therapist, 39, 154-161.

Simourd, D. J., Olver, M. E., Brandenburg, B. (2016). Criminal attitudes among incarcerated offenders: Examination of a structured treatment program. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60, 1425-1445.

Eher, R., Olver, M. E., Heurix, I., Schilling, F., & Rettenberger, M. (2015). Predicting sexual re-offense in pedophilic child molesters: Exploring the utility of risk assessment instruments and clinical diagnoses. Law and Human Behavior, 39, 571-580. 

Woods, P., Olver, M. E., & Mueller, M. (2015). Implementing violence and incident reporting measures on a forensic mental health unit. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 21, 973-986. 

Kingston, D. A., Olver, M. E., Harris, M., Wong, S. C. P., & Bradford, J. M. (2015). The relationship between mental disorder and recidivism in sexual offenders. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 14, 10-22.

Olver, M. E., Sewall, L. A., Sarty, G. E., Lewis, K., & Wong, S. C. P. (2015). A cluster analytic investigation and external validation of psychopathic offender subtypes in a multisite sample of Canadian federal offenders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 355-371.

Olver, M. E., Beggs Christofferson, S. M., & Wong, S. C. P. (2015). Evaluation and applications of the clinically significant change method with the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version: Implications for risk-change communication. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 33, 92-110.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2015). Short and long-term recidivism prediction of the PCL-R and the effects of age: A 24-year follow-up. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 6, 97-105.

Riopka, S. J., Coupland, R. B. A., & Olver, M. E. (2015). Self-reported psychopathy and its association with criminal thinking styles and self-reported delinquency in a sample of university undergraduates. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 47, 216-225.

Wong, S. C. P., & Olver, M. E. (2015). Risk reduction treatment of psychopathy: Application to the mentally disordered. CNS Spectrums, 20, 303-310.

Brad, C. A., Coupland, R. B. A., & Olver, M. E. (2014). An examination of mental health, hostility, and typology in homicide offenders. Homicide Studies, 18, 323-341.

Guebert, A. F., & Olver, M. E. (2014). An examination of criminogenic needs, mental health concerns, and recidivism in a sample of violent young offenders: Implications for risk, need, and responsivity. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 13, 295-310.

Kingston, D. A., Yates, P. M., & Olver, M. E. (2014). The self-regulation model of sexual offending: The relationship to within-treatment change and post-treatment recidivism. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 26, 429-449.

Nicholaichuk, T. P., Olver, M. E., Gu, D., & Wong, S. C. P. (2014). Age, actuarial risk, and long-term recidivism in a national sample of sex offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 26, 406-428.

Olver, M. E., Beggs Christofferson, S. M., Grace, R. C., & Wong, S. C. P. (2014). Incorporating change information into sexual offender risk assessments using the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 26, 472-499.

Olver, M. E., Kingston, D. A., Nicholaichuk, T. P., & Wong, S. C. P. (2014). A psychometric examination of treatment change in a multisite sample of treated Canadian federal sexual offenders. Law and Human Behavior, 38, 544-559.

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., Nicholaichuk, T. P., & Wong, S. C. P. (2014). The predictive and concurrent validity of a psychometric battery used to assess sex offenders in a treatment program: An 18-year follow up. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 20, 216-239.

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.

Stockdale, K. C., Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2014). Validity and reliability of the Violence Risk Scale-Youth Version in a diverse sample of violent young offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41, 114-138.

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.

Mitchell, D., Tafrate, R. C., Hogan, T., & Olver, M. E. (2013). An exploration of the association between criminal thinking and community program attrition.  Journal of Criminal Justice, 41,  81-89.

Nicholaichuk, T. P., Olver, M. E., Gu, D., & Takahashi, Y. (2013). Correctional careers of dangerous offenders.  The Criminal Law Quarterly, 59,  487-497.

Olver, M. E., Lewis, K., & Wong, S. C. P. (2013). Risk reduction treatment of high risk psychopathic offenders: The relationship of psychopathy and treatment change to violent recidivism.  Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 4,  160-167.

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.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2013). High intensity treatment programs for high risk sexual offenders: A review of programs, issues, and approaches.  Aggression and Violent Behavior, 18, 579-591.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2013). A description and research review of the Clearwater Sex Offender Treatment Program.  Psychology, Crime & Law, 19, 477-492.

Wong, S. C. P., Olver, M. E., & Nicholaichuk, T. P. (2013). Assessing risk change in sexual offender treatment using the Violence Risk Scale - Sexual Offender version: A brief overview. Sexual Offender Treatment, 8 (1).

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., & Wong, S. C P. (2012). Short and long-term prediction of recidivism using the YLS/CMI in a sample of serious young offenders.  Law and Human Behavior, 36 , 331-344.

Wong, S. C. P., Gordon, A., Gu, D., Lewis, K., & Olver, M. E. (2012). The effectiveness of violence reduction treatment for psychopathic offenders: Empirical evidence and a treatment model.  International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 11,  336-349.

Helmus, L., Babchishin, K. M., Camilleri, J. A., & Olver, M. E. (2011). Forensic psychology opportunities in Canadian graduate programs: An update of Simourd and Wormith's (1995) survey.  Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, 52,  122-127.

Olver, M. E., Preston, D. L., Camilleri, J. A., Helmus, L., & Starzomski, A. (2011). A survey of clinical psychology training in Canadian federal corrections: Implications for psychologist recruitment and retention.  Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, 52,  310-320.

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). Predictors of sex offender treatment dropout: Psychopathy, sex offender risk, and responsivity implications.  Psychology, Crime, and Law, 17,  457-471.

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.

Olver, M. E., & Stockdale, K. C. (2010). Psychopathy and youth violence: Research, controversies, and clinical utility.  British Journal of Forensic Practice, 12 (2),  3-13.

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.

Canales, D. D.,  Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2009). Construct validity of the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version for measuring sexual deviance.  Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 21,  474-492.

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. (2009). Outcome evaluation of a high intensity sex offender treatment program.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24,  522-536.

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.

Wormith, J. S., Olver, M. E., Stevenson, H. E., & Girard, L. (2007). The long term prediction of offender recidivism using diagnostic, personality, and risk/need approaches to offender assessment.  Psychological Services 4,  287-305.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2006). Psychopathy, sexual deviance, and recidivism among sex offenders.  Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 18,  65-82.

Simourd, D. J., & Olver, M. E. (2002). The future of criminal attitudes research and practice.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 29,  427-446.

Wormith, J. S., & Olver, M. E. (2002). Offender treatment attrition and its relationship with risk, responsivity, and recidivism.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 29,  447-471.

Edens, J. F., Hart, S. D., Johnson, D. W., Johnson, J. K., & Olver, M. E. (2000). Use of the Personality Assessment Inventory to assess psychopathy in offender populations.  Psychological Assessment, 12, 132-139.

Book Chapters:

Hogan, N. R., & Olver, M. E. (2018). Mental illness as a predictor of crime and recidivism. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Hogan, N. R., & Olver, M. E. (2018). Mental health treatment planning. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E. (2018). Can psychopathy be treated? What the research tells us. To appear in E. Jeglic and C. Caulkins (Eds.) New frontiers in offender treatment – The translation of evidence-based practices to correctional settings. New York, NY: Springer.

Olver, M. E. (2018). Personality-based violence risk assessment. To appear in J. S. Wormith, L. A. Craig, and T. Hogue (Eds.) What works in violence risk assessment: Theory, research, and practice. Cichester, UK: Wiley.

Olver, M. E. (2018). Psychopathy and sex offender recidivism. To appear in M. Delisi (Ed.) Routledge international handbook of psychopathy and crime. New York, NY: Routledge.

Olver, M. E. (2018). Mixed sexual offenders. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E. (2018). Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E. (2018). Statistical Information on Recidivism scale. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E. (2018). Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version (VRS-SO). To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E., & Stockdale, K. C. (2018). Criminal risk assessment: Juvenile offending. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E., & Stockdale, K. C. (2018). Offender treatment attrition. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E., & Stockdale, K. C. (2018). Offender treatment attrition and retention: Responsivity issues. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E., & Stockdale, K. C. (2018). Assessment and treatment of violent offenders. To appear in M. Ternes, P. Magaletta, and M. Patry (Eds.) The practice of correctional psychology. New York, NY: Springer.

Olver, M. E. & Wong, S. C. P. (2018). Psychopathy and risk assessment. To appear in M. Delisi (Ed.) Routledge international handbook of psychopathy and crime. New York, NY: Routledge.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2018). Psychopathic offenders: Ineffective treatment programs. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2018). Psychopathic offenders: Ineffective treatment programs. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2018). Psychopathic offenders: Promising treatment programs. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2018). Psychopathic offenders: Treatment challenges and controversies. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2018). Psychopathic offenders: Treatment of. To appear in R. D. Morgan (Ed.) The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Sage.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2018). Two treatment and change oriented risk assessment tools: The Violence Risk Scale and the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version. To appear in K. S. Douglas and R. Otto (Eds.) Handbook of violence risk assessment, second edition. New York: Routledge. [Substantial chapter revision for second edition of the handbook]

Olver, M. E., & Stockdale, K. C. (2017). Young high risk forensic populations: Assessment treatment, and risk management. In J. L. Ireland, D. A. Ireland, N. Gredecki, and M. Fisher (Eds.) International handbook of forensic psychology in secure settings. Oxon UK: Taylor & Francis.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2017). Offender risk and need assessment: Theory, research, and applications. In D. Polaschek, A. Day, and C. Hollin (Eds.) The handbook of correctional psychology. Cichester, UK: Wiley.

Wong, S. C. P., Stockdale, K. C., & Olver, M. E. (2017). Treatment of violence prone individuals with psychopathic personality traits. In P. Sturmey (Ed.) The Wiley handbook of violence and aggression. Cichester, UK: Wiley.

Olver, M. E. (2016). The risk-need-responsivity model and sexual offender treatment. W. L. Marshall and L. Marshall (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell handbook on the assessment, treatment, and theories of sexual offending (Volume: Treatment) (pp. 1313-1329). Cichester, UK: Wiley.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2016). Assessing treatment change in sex offenders. L. A. Craig and M. Rettenberger (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell handbook on the assessment, treatment, and theories of sexual offending (Volume: Assessment) (pp. 787-810). Cichester, UK: Wiley.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2014). Sex offender treatment. In L. Grossman and S. Wallfish (Eds.) Translating research into practice: A desk reference for practicing mental health professionals (pp.477-481). New York, NY: Springer.

Olver, M. E., & Daniels, T. (2013). Working outside the box with incarcerated men. In A. B. Rochlen and F. E. Rabinowitz (Eds.)  Breaking Barriers in Counseling Men: Insights and Innovations (pp. 135-145). New York, NY: Routledge.

Olver, M. E., & Wong, S. C. P. (2010, in press). Assessing sexual violence risk and evaluating change with the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version. To appear in A. Phenix and H. Hoberman (Eds.)  Sexual offenders: Diagnosis, risk assessment, and management.  New York: Springer.

Wong, S. C. P., & Olver, M. E. (2010). Two treatment and change oriented risk assessment tools: The Violence Risk Scale and the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version. In R. Otto and K. S. Douglas (Eds.)  Handbook of violence risk assessment  (pp. 121-146). New York: Routledge.

Wong, S. C. P., Olver, M. E., & Stockdale, K. C. (2009). The utility of static and dynamic factors in risk assessment, prediction, and treatment. In J. Andrade (Ed.)  Handbook of violence risk assessment and treatment: New approaches for mental health professionals  (pp. 83-120). Springer: New York.

Book Reviews:

Olver, M. E., & Stockdale, K. C. (2017). Book review: James Bonta and D. A. Andrews, The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, sixth edition. British Journal of Psychology. Epub ahead of print doi: 10.1111/bjop.12254

Stockdale, K. C., & Olver, M. E. (2015). Book review: D. H. Barlow, Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology. British Journal of Psychology, 106, 544-545.

Olver, M. E. (2011). Book review: D. A. Andrews and James Bonta, The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, fifth edition.  British Journal of Psychology, 102 , 689-690.

Olver, M. E. (2010). Sexuality, sexual deviance, and sexual offending. [Review of the book: Reconsidering sex crimes and offenders by L.J. Zilney and L. Zilney]  Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 63,  900-903.

Olver, M. E. (2009). Book review: Robert L. Heilbronner, Neuropsychology in the courtroom: Expert analysis of reports and testimony.  British Journal of Psychology, 100,  446-447.

Olver, M. E. (2009). Book review: Nigel Stone (revised by Neil Stone), A companion guide to life sentences, second edition.  British Journal of Psychology, 100,  450-452.

Olver, M. E. (2001). Book review: Hans O. Doerr and Albert S. Carlin, Forensic neuroscience: Legal and scientific bases.  Expert Evidence, 8,  31-37.

 

 

Teaching & Supervision

Teaching Interests: Courses Taught

Psychology 110 (120/121): Introduction to Psychology

Psychology 222: Personality

Psychology 223: Abnormal Psychology

Psychology 230: Criminal Behavior

Psychology 472/473: Honors Seminar

Psychology 812: Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology

Psychology 813: Assessment I (T1): Personality Testing and Clinical Interviewing

Psychology 814: Assessment I (T2): Intelligence and Psychoeducational Assessment

Psychology 902: Clinical Psychology Practicum

 

Research and Clinical Supervision

My graduate and honors students, as would be anticipated, carry out projects consistent with my research interests (see Research Page) and some of their projects have included: 1) validating a youth sex offender treatment planning and risk assessment measure on a sample of adolescent sex offenders, 2) examining the relationship of treatment readiness and change to long-term recidivism in a sample of sex offenders treated at the RPC, 3) psychopathic offenders, including the response of psychopathic sexual offenders to treatment and the portrayal of violent psychopathic offenders in the media, 4) treatment change and protective factors in treated violent offenders and links to institutional and community violence, 5) dynamic risk assessment of institutional aggression in psychiatric inpatients, and 6) public perceptions of sex offenders, their response to risk management efforts, and the potential policy implications therein.  

I am a clinical psychologist by training and prior to my academic appointment at the U of S, I worked as a clinician fulltime with young offenders in the Saskatoon Health Region, did contract assessment work at the RPC, and worked for a year at Stony Mountain Institution just north of Winnipeg. I continue to be clinically active and participate in training and supervision, including some clinical work with offenders.

 

Current Graduate and Honors Students Supervised

Krystyn Margeotes (Yr 1 M.A.-Ph.D. transfer, Clinical Psychology): TBD [sexual violence risk assessment and management]

Farron Wielinga (Yr 1 M.A.-Ph.D. transfer, Clinical Psychology): Psychometric properties of the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offense version in a community sex offender sample.

Carissa Toop (Yr 2 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology): Use of the Violence Risk Scale to assess risk and identify treatment needs in a sample of intimate partner offenders.  

Kristine Lovatt (Yr 3 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology): Assessment of risk, change, and protective factors in young offenders.

Fernando Larrea (Yr 3 Ph.D., Culture, Health, and Human Development): Mixed method investigation of child pornography offenders (co-supervised with J. Waldram).

Ian McPhail (Yr 4 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology): Theoretical and applied issues in pedophilia.

Darryl Quinlan (Yr 5 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology): Psychosocial correlates of martial arts training.


Previous Graduate Students and Thesis Title (convocation year)

Gabriela Corbian (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2017): Public perceptions of policy for sex offender intervention and reintegration.

Neil Hogan (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2016). Assessing risk for inpatient violence on high-security psychiatric units.

Quinlan, D. J. (M.A., Clinical Psychology, 2016). Is humor good for your health? Examining the associations of hostility and humor styles to resting blood pressure.

Lindsay Sewall (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2015). The treatment of psychopathic sexual offenders: Exploring the influence of risk change, subtype, and adaptation on recidivism.

Richard Coupland (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2015). An examination of dynamic risk, protective factors, and treatment-related change in violent offenders

Matthew Burnett (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2014). Psychopathy: Exploring Canadian mass newspaper representations thereof and violent offender talk thereon. 

Justina Sowden (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2014). Examining the relationship of risk, treatment readiness, and therapeutic change to recidivism in a sample of treated sex offenders. 

Danielle DeSorcy (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2013). Working Alliance and its Relationship with Aboriginal Ancestry, Psychopathy, Treatment Completion, and Recidivism in a Sample of Federal Sex Offenders. (Co-supervised with Dr. Steve Wormith)

Erika Rojas (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2013). Violence Risk Assessment with Youth who have Sexually Offended: A Psychometric Examination of the Violence Risk Scale: Youth Sexual Offender Version (VRS: YSO).

 

Previous Honors Students and Thesis Title (convocation year)

Ashley Coveney (2016.). Examining the Interrelationships of Eating Behaviours, Personal Attitudes, and Stress Responses.

Tessa Dyer (2016.). Self-Reported Psychopathy, Sexual Fantasies, Interests, and Behavioral Urges.

John-Etienne Myburgh (2015). Cluster analysis of rapist subtypes using the VRS-SO.

Andrea Guebert (2013). An Examination of Criminogenic Needs, Mental Health Concerns, and Substance Abuse in a Sample of Violent Young Offenders.

Samantha Riopka (2013). Self-Reported Psychopathy and its Association with Criminal Thinking Styles and Motivation to Change in a Sample of University Undergraduates. (Co-supervised with Richard Coupland)

Curtis Brad (2012). Psychological Characteristics of Sexual Murderers. (Co-supervised with Richard Coupland).

Ashley Viklund (2010). Validity and Reliability of the VRS-SO.

Marisha Wagner (2009). Cognitive Profiles and Criminal Behavior.

Donaldo Canales (2008). An Examination of the Concurrent Validity of Psychometric and Phallometric Measures of Sexual Deviance.

 

 

Research

Adult Forensics Forensic Psychology Psychopathology Sex offender risk assessment and treatment criminal attitudes psychopathy recidivism prediction risk sexual deviance young offenders

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

My research interests are quite broad and varied. Essentially I am interested in anything having to do with offender assessment and treatment, youth and adult. More specifically, I am interested in the assessment of recidivism risk and dangerousness and how risk can be managed or reduced and recidivism prevented. Of particular interest to me is how offenders make changes to their offending behavior, and to what extent these personal changes, especially if they are risk relevant, translate into subsequent reductions in recidivism. Much of my work has been with adult sexual offenders including to what extent increasing age (and aging) matters to mitigate risk, the effectiveness of specialized sex offender treatment in reducing recidivism, and evaluating program-specific treatment change and its relationship to risk and recidivism reduction. These interests have extended to psychopathic offenders and the extent to which this population can make risk related changes and move on to lives that are characterized by less violence. This body of work has occurred largely in partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada and the Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC). I also have an interest in meta-analysis of applied issues in clinical-forensic psychology and have completed projects examining issues such as the predictive efficacy of major risk assessment tools with youth and adult offenders, juvenile psychopathy, and the prediction of offender treatment attrition and its relationship to recidivism.

Education & Training

B.A. (Hons), Simon Fraser University, 1997

Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, 2003

Pre-doctoral internship, Department of Clinical Health Psychology, University of Manitoba, 2002-2003

Registered Doctoral Psychologist (SKCP #634) 2003-present (full practice with APE)