Queen's University

Dr. Jill Atkinson

Continuing Adjunct Associate Professor, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Department of Psychology
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Currently, I am serving as the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's University. Previously, I was the Undergraduate Studies Chair in the Department of Psychology, where I was responsible for the coordination of PSYC 100. I am interested in the assessment and treatment of female offenders as well as in studying ways to improve the design and delivery of university courses.  I was awarded the Psychology Department Teaching Award in 2012 and the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award in 2016.

Most Recent Project

Correctional Assessment and Treatment: Toward Community Reintegration

In this chapter, we examine the theory and research that form the basis of effective correctional practice. Canada is a world leader in this area, having developed a model that emphasizes the importance of accurately assessing an offender’s risk, identifying appropriate treatment needs, and providing effective treatment specifically suited to each offender. 

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Other Projects

  • The Generalizability of the LSI-R and the CAT to the Prediction of Recidivism in Female Offenders

    The prediction of recidivism of female offenders has lagged behind that of their male counterparts. The present study was designed to extend the work of previous research on the Level of Service Inventory–Revised (LSI-R) and to examine the utility of another measure—the Childhood and Adolescent Taxon Scale (CAT)—in the prediction of recidivism among female offenders. Participants, 100 female offenders serving sentences of more than 2 years in Canada, completed a self-report version of both instruments. Results indicated acceptable reliability and predictive validity for both measures, and both measures distinguished recidivists from nonrecidivists. Results are discussed in light of previous research and future directions for the examination of the prediction of recidivism among female offenders.

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