Studium Consortium ARSA


The creation of Studium Consortium ARSA ("Assessment of Risk of Sexual Assault: Psychological adjustment, neuropsychological and psychiatric determinants") aims to establish a multidisciplinary international research team of psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists and criminologists. We decided to explore a new way to better understand and explain sexual violence that consists of describing risk factors for coercive sexual relations (including all inappropriate or unwanted relationships) by using a dimensional approach based on the Research Domain Criteria (RDoc) created by the American 'National Institute of Mental Health' (NIMH). This is a research framework for new approaches to investigating mental disorders. It aims to integrate many levels of information (from genomics and circuits to behaviour and self-reports) in order to explore basic dimensions of functioning that span the full range of human behaviour (from normal to pathological). Improving the prevention of sex offending requires multidisciplinary and comprehensive studies (from the general population to sexual offenders). To meet this aim, we are planning to respond to both national and European (or international) calls for proposals next year. We believe that these researches could provide the basis for awareness raising and training of professionals, for disseminating information to the general public, and for improving risk assessment and prevention of sexual violence.

Our team :

Thierry Pham (PhD) is a professor of legal psychology at the University of Mons (Belgium). He is also the director of the Research Centre in Social Defense (CRDS) of Tournai (Belgium). His research areas are assessment of the sexual offender's risk of re-offending (recidivism), assessment of personality disorders (e.g. psychopathy, antisocial behaviour)

Jean-Pierre Guay (PhD) is a professor of Criminology at the University of Montréal (Canada) and he is a member of the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC) and of National Institute of Legal Psychiatry Philippe-Pinel of Montréal. His research areas are risk management and prediction of recidivism (risk and protection factors), treatment and psychosocial adjustment of sex offenders, latent structure of psychopathy, concept of sexual sadism and predatory processes.

Christian Joyal (PhD) is a professor of clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (Canada) and he is a member of the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC). His research areas are psychophysiological and neuropsychological factors involved in sexual deviance.

Stéphane De Brito (PhD) is a professor of clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). His research areas are functional and structural neuroanatomy, especially in field of psychopathy and conduct disorder.

Catherine Potard (PhD) is associate professor in Health Psychology at the University of Angers (France). Her research tasks relate to sexuality and risky sexual behaviours. She works within the CRIAVS "Centre - Val de Loire" where she supports the development of research projects on sexual aggression.

Philippe Allain (PhD) is a professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Angers (France). His research aims to characterize executive function and its central role in behaviour, cognition, health, and disease. He uses neuropsychological measures, personality assessment, and MRI data to study executive control and dysexecutive syndromes.

And Robert Courtois (University of Tours)

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