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Sexual Abuse

A Journal of Research and Treatment
2016 Impact Factor: 2.926
2016 Ranking: 26/121 in Psychology, Clinical | 5/58 in Criminology & Penology
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

Editor
Michael Seto, Ph.D., C.Psych. Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Brockville, Ontario, Canada


eISSN: 1573286X | ISSN: 10790632 | Current volume: 29 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, the official journal of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, provides a forum for the latest original research and scholarly reviews on both clinical and theoretical aspects of sexual abuse.

Unlike other publications that present a mix of articles on sexual abuse and human sexuality in general, Sexual Abuse is the only one to focus exclusively on this field, thoroughly investigating its etiology, consequences, prevention, treatment and management strategies.

The in-depth studies provide essential data for those working in both clinical and academic environments, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and therapists/counselors, as well as corrections officers and allied professionals in children's services.


 

Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, the official journal of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, provides an international and multi-disciplinary forum for the latest research (quantitative or qualitative) and scholarly reviews on theoretical, clinical, and policy-relevant aspects of sexual abuse. The journal publishes rigorously peer-reviewed articles on the characteristics, etiology, life course, prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and consequences of individuals who have perpetrated sexual abuse and those who are at risk of doing so. This research provides essential evidence for those working in mental health, criminal justice, public policy, advocacy, and academic settings, including allied professionals working with those who have experienced sexual abuse.

Editor-in-Chief
Michael Seto, Ph.D., C.Psych. Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Managing Editor
Maia Christopher, B.A. Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Beaverton, Oregon, USA
Associate Editors
Kelly Babchishin, Ph.D. Public Safety Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Eric Beauregard, Ph.D. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Theresa A. Gannon, Ph.D. University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom
Andrew J. Harris, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Elizabeth L. Jeglic, Ph.D. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, USA
Kieran McCartan, Ph.D. University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
Jill D. Stinson, Ph.D. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
James R. Worling, Ph.D., C.Psych. SAFE-T Program, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Editorial Board
Judith V. Becker, Ph.D. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Klaus Beier, M.D., Ph.D. Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Sarah J. Brown, D.Phil. Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom
Cynthia Calkins, Ph.D. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York, USA
James M. Cantor, Ph.D., C.Psych. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Reinhard Eher, M.D. Federal Documentation Center for Sexual Offenders, Vienna, Austria
Angela Eke, Ph.D. Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Amanda M. Fanniff, Ph.D. Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, California, USA
Melissa Grady, Ph.D. Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA
Don Grubin, M.D. St. Nicholas Hospital and Newcastle University, Gosforth, United Kingdom
R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D. Public Safety Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
L. Maaike Helmus, Ph.D. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Chantal Hermann, Ph.D. Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Toronto, ON, Canada
Sandy Jung, Ph.D. MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Drew A. Kingston, Ph.D., C.Psych Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Raymond Knight, Ph.D. Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Martin Lalumière, Ph.D. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Calvin M. Langton, Ph.D. Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Elizabeth Letourneau, Ph.D. John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Jill S. Levenson Ph.D., MSW Barry University School of Social Work, Miami Shores, Florida, USA
Ruth Mann, Ph.D. HM Prison Service, London, United Kingdom
Andreas Mokros, D.Phil. Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
William D. Murphy, Ph.D. Medical University of South Carolina
Kevin L. Nunes, Ph.D. Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Mark E. Olver, Ph.D. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Devon Polaschek, Ph.D. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
David Prescott, LICSW Becket Family of Services, Portland, Maine, USA
M. Jean Proulx, Ph.D. Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Jeffrey Sandler, Ph.D. New York State Office of Mental Health, Albany, New York, USA
Pekka Santtila, Ph.D. Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
Stephen Smallbone, Ph.D. Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Wineke Smid, Ph.D. Van der Hoeven Forensic Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Skye Stephens, Ph.D. St. Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Karen J. Terry, Ph.D. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, USA
David Thornton, Ph.D. Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, Mauston, Wisconsin, USA
Jodi Viljoen, Ph.D. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Tony Ward, Ph.D. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Gwenda M. Willis, Ph.D. The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Robin J. Wilson Ph.D, ABPP Wilson Psychological Services, Sarasota, Florida, USA
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