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Dr. Alasdair Goodwill profile

Dr. Alasdair M. Goodwill

Associate Professor
EducationPhD, University of Birmingham (UK)
Phone416-979-5000 x2150
Areas of Expertiseforensic psychology; criminology; behavioural investigative advice; offender profiling; geographical profiling; risk assessment; threat assessment


Dr. Alasdair M. Goodwill is the Director of the Criminal Investigative Research and Analysis (CiR&A) Group ( He is an Associate Professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, specialising in criminological, forensic and investigative psychology as well as threat and risk assessment.  Dr. Goodwill is also a practicing clinician at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Sexual Behaviour Clinic (SBC) where he carries out assessment and treatment services. He is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (CATAP).

Dr. Goodwill’s main interests is on delivering pragmatic methodologies for behavioural analysis, suspect prioritisation and decision making in criminal investigations and threat assessment. His private practice focuses on providing behavioural investigative advice in threat assessment and criminal investigations.

Dr. Goodwill is a registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist under supervised practice in Ontario, Canada, and a member of both the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). He is also a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol ; British Psychological Society, Division of Forensic Psychology, UK; 2006 to present), has 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 has served as an external Professor at Charité Universitätsmedizin (Berlin, Germany) and the University of Huddersfield (UK).

Selected Publications & Presentations


Goodwill, A. M., Lehmann, R. J. B., Beauregard, E. & Andrei, A. (2016). An action phase approach to offender profiling. Legal and Criminological Psychology21, 229-250. doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12069

Abracen, J., Gallo, A., Looman, J., & Goodwill, A.M. (2016). Individual community-based treatment of offenders with mental illness: Relationship to recidivism. Journal of Interpersonal Violence31, 1842-58. doi:10.1177/0886260515570745

Lehmann, R.J.B, Goodwill, A.M., Hanson, K. & Dahle, K-P. (2016). Acquaintance rape: Applying crime scene analysis to the prediction of sexual recidivism. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 28, 679-702. doi: 10.1177/1079063215569542

Stephens, S., Seto, M., Goodwill, A.M. & Cantor, J. (2016). The relationships between victim age, gender, and relationship polymorphism and sexual recidivism. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. doi: 10.1177/1079063216630983

Stephens, S., Seto, M.C., Goodwill, A.M. & Cantor, J. (2016). Age diversity among victims of hebephilic sexual offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. doi: 10.1177/1079063216665837

Oziel, S., Goodwill, A.M., & Beauregard, E. (2015). Variability in behavioural consistency across temporal phases in stranger sexual offences. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology30, 176-190. doi: 10.1007/s11896-014-9150-5

Kuo, J., Khuory, J., Metcalfe, R., Fitzpatrick, S. & Goodwill, A.M. (2015). An Examination of the relationship between childhood emotional abuse and borderline personality disorder features: The role of difficulties with emotion regulation. Child Abuse & Neglect, 39, 147-155. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.08.008

Brown, C., Gorgolewski, M., & Goodwill, A.M. (2015). Using physical, behavioral, and demographic variables to explain suite-level energy use in multiresidential buildings. Building and Environment89, 308–317. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.02.039

Khoury, J. E., Gonzalez, A., Levitan, R. D., Pruessner, J. C., Chopra, K., Basile, V. S., Marsellis, M., Goodwill, A.M. & Atkinson, L. (2015). Summary cortisol reactivity indicators: Interrelations and meaning. Neurobiology of Stress2, 34–43. doi:10.1016/j.ynstr.2015.04.002

Beiser, M., Goodwill, A.M., Albanese, P., McShane, K., & Kanthasamy, P., (2015). 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 Care11, 29-44. doi: 10.1108/IJMHSC-02-2014-0008

MacDonald, E. M., Pawluk, E. J., Koerner, N., & Goodwill, A.M. (2015). An examination of distress intolerance in undergraduate students high in symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy44, 74-84. doi:10.1080/16506073.2014.964303

Goodwill, A.M. (2014), Where to next? Importance of directional considerations in offender geo-spatial sequential decision making. Legal and Criminological Psychology19, 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 Research6, 174–184. doi:10.1108/JACPR-10-2013-0029

Goodwill, A. M., Allen, J. C., & Kolarevic, D. (2014). Improvement of thematic classification in offender profiling: Classifying Serbian homicides using multiple correspondence, cluster, and discriminant function analyses. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling11, 221–236. doi:10.1002/jip.1416

Lehmann, R. J. B., Goodwill, A. M., Hanson, R. K., & Dahle, K.-P. (2014). Crime scene behaviors indicate risk-relevant propensities of child molesters. Criminal Justice and Behavior41, 1008-1028. 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 Management37, 159-169. doi: 10.1108/PIJPSM-03-2013-0025

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. doi: 10.1002/jip.1388

Dawson, P. & Goodwill, A.M. (2013). A review of weapon choice in violent and sexual crime. Beijing Law Review, 4, 20-27. doi:10.4236/blr.2013.41003

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, 241-254. 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. doi: 10.1002/jip.1351

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. doi: 10.1177/0306624X10387811

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. doi: 10.1002/bsl.897

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. doi: 10.1348/135532509X463347

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. doi: 10.1177/1079063209358106

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. doi: 10.1002/bsl.867

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. doi:10.1080/10683160802348511

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. doi:10.1002/bsl.778

Goodwill, A.M. (2007). Current perspectives in forensic psychology training: The University of Birmingham Forensic Doctorate Programme (ForenPsyD), Forensic Update, 91, 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, 395-416. doi:10.1080/10683160500056945

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, 161-176. doi:10.1080/10683160512331316352

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, 71-101. doi: 10.1037/1076-8971.10.1-2.71

Smulzinski, K.K., Goodwill, A.M. & Szechtman, H. (2000). Locomotor sensitisation to quinpirole in rats: effects of drug abstinence and sex, Psychopharmacology, 152, 304-311. Doi:10.1007/s002130000538


Brankley, A.E., Goodwill, A.M. & Abracen, J. (2016). A Cognitive-behavioural case conceptualization approach to the assessment and treatment of necrophilia. In L. Mellor, A. Aggrawal, & E. Hickey, (Eds.) Necrophilia: A global anthology. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Bennell, C., Goodwill, A.M., & Chinneck, A. (2014). Informing practice: Research methods in crime linkage analysis. In J. Woodhams & C. Bennell (Eds.) Crime linkage: Theory, research, and practice (pp. 369-372). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Goodwill, A.M., van der Kemp, J., & Winter, J. (2014). Applied geographical profiling. In D. Weisburd, & G. Bruinsma (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of criminology and criminal justicePredictive models and geographic profiling (pp. 86-99). New York, NY: Springer.

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 L.J. Alison & L. Rainbow (Eds.), Professionalizing offender profiling (pp. 51-71). New York, NY: Routledge.

Almond, L., Alison, L., Eyre, M., Crego, J., & Goodwill, A.M. (2008). Heuristics and biases in decision-making. In L.J. Alison & J.  Crego (Eds.), Policing critical incidents: Leadership and critical incident management. London, UK: Willan.

Alison, L.J., Goodwill, A.M., & Alison, E. (2005). The Madjenko, Mascav and Eve case: A study in linking and suspect prioritisation. In L.J. Alison (Ed.), The forensic psychologists’ casebook: A practical guide in preparing reports on violent and sexual offences (pp. 235-277)London, UK: Willan.