I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and a Clinical Forensic Psychologist in Nova Scotia. I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ryerson University. I am also an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior and I am an editorial board member for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Offending: Theory Research and Prevention.
At Saint Mary’s University, I supervise and teach undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Psychology. I conduct research on the conceptualization, assessment, and management of atypical sexual interests in forensic and clinical populations, with a particular focus on sexual interest in children. A significant emphasis in my recent research has been on the development and evaluation of childhood sexual abuse perpetration prevention programs, as well as barriers to the implementation of prevention programming. As part of this research, my colleagues and I have recently launched an exciting prevention program Talking for Change.
In addition to my academic work, I am a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist in Nova Scotia. I have a small virtual private practice and have space for new clients (interested clients can book a free 20 minute initial consultation). I have a diverse clinical background providing evidence-based assessment and treatment to adolescents and adults in forensic, hospital, and private practice settings. I have experience conducting diagnostic, cognitive, risk, personality, malingering, and specialized forensic assessments (e.g., criminal responsibility, section 34 assessments). I also have experience providing evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health disorders in individual and group format. I have presented clinical workshops and trainings to student trainees, healthcare professionals, and lawyers.
For more information about my background please see my CV: Stephens CV June 2021