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Alasdair Goodwill

Alasdair M. Goodwill


Associate Professor


PhD CPsychol, University of Birmingham (UK)




416-979-5000 ext.2150


CiR&A Group




Keywords: forensic psychology, criminology, behavioral investigative advice, offender profiling, geographical profiling

Dr. Alasdair M. Goodwill is the Director of the Criminal Investigative Research and Analysis Group ( He is an Associate Professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, specialising in criminological, forensic and investigative psychology.  Dr. Goodwill’s main interests are in the research and application of Behavioural & Criminal Investigative Advice (i.e., CIA & BIA) in serious, violent and sexual offence investigations. In particular, his focus is on developing, analysing and delivering pragmatic methodologies for suspect prioritisation and decision making  in criminal investigations.
Working alongside Police investigators, practitioners and academic colleagues alike he has contributed psychological, criminological and investigative advice in several high profile cases.  It is through this “hands-on” experience, particularly in working with investigators, that Dr. Goodwill has developed the deep appreciation for the tacit knowledge of police and law enforcement investigators that can be seen is his research publications. As such, his overall methodological ideology is one of pragmatism in which he strives to bridge the gaps between academic, law enforcement and practitioner communities.
Dr. Goodwill is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol ; British Psychological Society, Division of Forensic Psychology, UK; 2006 to present), a specialist Forensic Psychologist designation (Health Professions Council, UK; 2009-2012), Chartered Scientist (CSci; BPS Science Council, UK; 2006-2012), Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), and a Fellow of the International Association of Investigative Psychology (F-IAIP).
Dr. Goodwill is also an Affiliate of the Forensic Psychology Research Centre (Ottawa, Canada), Associate Member of the Carleton Police Research Laboratory (Ottawa, Canada) an Associate Member of the Centre for Investigative and Forensic Psychology (Liverpool, UK) an Associate Member of the Centre for Critical Incident Research (Liverpool, UK), and serves as an external Professor at Charité Universitätsmedizin (Berlin, Germany) and the University of Huddersfield (UK).



Selected Publications:

Goodwill, A.M. (2014), Where to next? Importance of directional considerations in offender geo-spatial sequential decision making. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 19: 218–220. doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12060

Dawson, P., Goodwill, A.M., & Dixon, L. (2014). Preliminary insights and analysis into weapon enabled sexual offenders. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 6(3), 174 – 184.

Oziel, S.A., Goodwill, A.M. & Beauregard, E. (2014). The Consistency in Sexual Offending Behaviour across Crimes and its Relation to Self-Control. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. Article first published online May 27, 2014. DOI 10.1007/s11896-014-9150-5

Goodwill, A.M., Kolarevic, D. & Allen, J.C. (2014). Classification of Serbian homicides by instrumental and expressive themes. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. Article first published online May 27, 2014. DOI: 10.1002/jip.1416

Lehmann, R.J.B, Goodwill, A.M., Hanson, K. & Dahle, K-P. (2014). Identifying an offender’s propensities based on crime scene behavior in a sample of child molester. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Published online: 3 March 2014. DOI: 10.1177/0093854814521807

Brankley, A.E., Goodwill, A.M., & Reale, K.S. (2014). Escalation from fetish burglaries to sexual violence: A retrospective case study of former Col., D. Russell Williams. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 11, 115-135. doi:10.1002/jip.1406

Brankley, A. E. & Goodwill, A.M. (2014). Optimizing case conceptualization of sex offender needs: The utility of behavioural crime scene analysis. Psynopsis, 36, 15-16.

Allen, J.C., Goodwill, A.M., Watters, K., & Beauregard, E. (2014). Base rates and Bayes’ Theorem for decision support. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 37(1), 159-169.

Beiser, M., Goodwill, A.M., Albanese, P., McShane, K. & Nowakowski, M. (2014). Predictors of immigrant children’s mental health in Canada: selection, settlement contingencies, culture, or all of the above? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 49, 743-756. DOI 10.1007/s00127-013-0794-8

Goodwill, A.M., Stephens, S., Oziel, S., Sharma, S., Allen, J., Bowes, N. & Lehmann, R. (2013). Advancement of Criminal Profiling Methods in Faceted Multidimensional Analysis. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 10, 71-95.

Dawson, P. & Goodwill, A.M. (2013). A Review of Weapon Choice in Violent and Sexual Crime. Beijing Law Review, 4, 20-27.

Lehmann, R.J.B, Goodwill, A.M., Gallasch-Nemitz, F., Biedermann, J. & Dahle, K-P. (2013). Applying Crime Scene Analysis to the Prediction of Sexual Recidivism in Stranger Rapes. Law & Human Behavior, 37(4), 241-54. DOI 10.1037/lhb0000015

Goodwill, A.M., Stephens, S., Oziel, S., Yapp, J. & Bowes, N. (2012). Multidimensional latent classification of ‘street robbery’ offences, Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 9, 93-109.

Beech, A.R., Mandeville-Norden, R. & Goodwill, A.M. (2012). Comparing reconviction rates of treatment responders/non-Responders in a sample of child molesters who had undertaken community-based sex offender treatment in the UK. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 56, 29-49.

Goodwill, A.M., Alison, L.J. & Humann, M., Francis, A. & Villejoubert, G. (2010). The impact of outcome knowledge, role and quality of information on the perceived legitimacy of lethal force decisions in counter terrorism operations. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 28, 337-350.

Alison, L.J., Goodwill, A.M., Almond, L., van den Heuvel, C. & Winter, J. (2010). Pragmatic solutions to offender profiling and behavioural investigative advice. Legal & Criminological Psychology, 15, 115-132.

Harkins, L., Beech, A.R., & Goodwill, A.M. (2010). Examining the influence of denial, motivation, and risk on sexual recidivism. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 22, 78-94.

Bennell, C., Emeno, K., Snook, B., Taylor, P. & Goodwill, A.M. (2009). The precision, accuracy, and efficiency of geographic profiling predictions: a simple heuristic versus mathematical algorithms. Crime Mapping: A journal of Research & Practice, 1, 65-84.

Goodwill, A.M., Alison, L.J. & Beech, A.R. (2009). What works in Offender Profiling? A comparison of typological, thematic and multivariate models in stranger rape. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 27, 507-529.

Goodwill, A.M., Alison, L.J. & Humann, M. (2009). Multidimensional Scaling and the analysis of sexual offence behaviour: A Reply to Sturidsson et al. Psychology, Crime & Law, 15, 517-524.

Kelly, J., Goodwill, A.M., Keene, N., & Thrift, S (2009). A retrospective study of historical risk factors for pathological arson in adults with mild learning disabilities. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 11, 17-23.

Goodwill, A.M. & Alison, L.J. (2007). When is Profiling Possible? Offence planning and aggression as moderators in predicting offender age from victim age in stranger rape. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 25, 823-840.

Goodwill, A.M. (2007). Current perspectives in Forensic Psychology training: The University of Birmingham Forensic Doctorate Programme (ForenPsyD), Forensic Update, 91, pp. 42-47.

Goodwill, A.M. & Alison, L.J. (2006). The development of a filter model for prioritising suspects in burglary offences, Psychology, Crime and Law, 12(4), pp. 395-416.

Goodwill, A.M. & Alison, L.J. (2005). Sequential angulation, spatial dispersion and consistency of distance attack patterns from home in serial murder, rape and burglary, Psychology, Crime and Law, 11, p. 161-176.

Alison, L.J., West, A. & Goodwill, A.M. (2004). The academic and the practitioner: pragmatists’ views of offender profiling, Journal of Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 10, pp. 71-101.

Smulzinski, K.K., Goodwill, A.M. & Szechtman, H. (2000). Locomotor sensitisation to Quinpirole in rats: effects of drug abstinence and sex, Psychopharmacology, 152, pp. 304-311.

Journal Articles under review or in press

Goodwill, A.M., Lehmann, R.J.B., Beauregard, E., & Andreei, A. (in press). An action phase approach to offender profiling, Legal and Criminological Psychology.

Lehmann, R.J.B, Goodwill, A.M., Hanson, K. & Dahle, K-P. (in press). Acquaintance Rape: Applying crime scene analysis to the prediction of sexual recidivism. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.

Beiser, M., Albanese, P., & Goodwill, A.M. (in press). From Asylum Seeking to Participation: The Respective Roles of Human Capital, Mental Health, and Social Resources in the Integration of Sri Lankan Tamils in Toronto, Canada. International Migration Review.
Beiser, M., Goodwill, A.M., Albanese, P., McShane, K. & Kanthasamy, P (in press). Predictors of the Integration of Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees in Canada: Pre-Migration Adversity, Mental Health, Personal Attributes, and Post-Migration Experience. International Journal of Migration Health and Social Care.

Kuo, J., Khuory, J., Metclafe, R., Fitzpatrick, S. & Goodwill, A.M. (in press). An Examination of the Relationship Between Childhood Emotional Abuse and Borderline Personality Disorder Features: The Role of Difficulties with Emotion Regulation, Child Abuse & Neglect, DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.08.008

MacDonald, E. M., Pawluk, E. J., Koerner, N., & Goodwill, A.M. (in press). An Examination of Distress Intolerance in Undergraduate Students High in Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.


Book Chapters

Bennell, C., Goodwill, A.M., & Chinneck, A. (in press). Crime Linkage Methods and Approaches. In Woodhams, J. & Bennell, C. (eds.) Crime Linkage Analysis. Taylor & Francis: London.

Goodwill, A.M., van der Kemp, J. & Winter, J. (2014). Applied Geographical Profiling (pp. 86-99). In Weisburd, D. & Bruinsma, G. (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice: Predictive Models and Geographic Profiling, Springer-Verlag: New York.

Alison, L.J., Goodwill, A.M., Almond, L., van den Heuvel, C. & Winter, J. (2010). Pragmatic solutions to offender profiling and behavioural investigative advice in Alison, L.J. and Rainbow, L. (editors) Professionalizing Offender Profiling, Routledge: New York. 51-71.

Almond, L., Alison, L., Eyre, M., Crego, J. & Goodwill, A.M. (2008). Heuristics and biases in decision-making, in Alison, L.J. and Crego, J. (editors) Policing Critical Incidents: Leadership and Critical Incident Management, Willan: London.

Alison, L.J., Goodwill, A.M. & Alison, E. (2005). The Madjenko, Mascav and Eve case: A study in linking and suspect prioritisation, in Alison, L.J. (editor) The Forensic Psychologists’ Casebook: A Practical Guide in Preparing Reports on Violent and Sexual Offences, Willan: London. 235-277.

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