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Robert Hare

Robert Hare

An expert on the nature and implications of psychopathy, Robert Hare is the creator of the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL) and its revision, the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R), for the reliable and valid assessment of psychopathy. For more than four decades, Robert Hare has taught and conducted research at the University of British Columbia where he now serves as Emeritus Professor of Psychology.

An expert researcher in the field of criminal psychology, Robert Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist is used to predict the likelihood of violent behavior and diagnose cases of psychopathy. Hare possesses a strong academic career dedicated to the investigation of psychopathy, its nature, assessment, and implications for mental health and criminal justice. He has authored several books, of which the most widely read is Without Conscience: the Disturbing World of the Psychopaths among Us. He has also written more than a hundred scientific articles on psychopathy.

Robert Hare provides consultation to various British and North American prison services. He also advises the FBI’s Child Abduction and Serial Murder Investigative Resources Center and RCMP. He is also a member of the FBI Serial Murder Working Group. In addition to this, Robert Hare is the president of Darkstone Research Group Ltd., a forensic research and consulting firm. Hare has also served as a member of the Advisory Panel established by Her Majesty’s Prison Service to develop new programs for the treatment of psychopathic offenders. In collaboration with Paul Babiak, Robert Hare has extended the theory and research on psychopathy to the business and corporate world by publishing the book, Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths go to Work (2006). Hare spends a lot of his time lecturing on psychopathy and on the use and misuse of the PCL-R in the mental health and criminal justice systems.

For his exceptional services to the study of psychopathy, Robert Hare has received a number of prestigious awards. Some of these awards include the Silver Medal of the Queen Sophia Center in Spain; the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Applications of Psychology; the American Academy of Forensic Psychology Award for Distinguished Applications to the Field of Forensic Psychology; the Isaac Ray Award presented by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law for Outstanding Contributions to Forensic Psychiatry and Psychiatric Jurisprudence; the B. Jaye Anno Award for Excellence in Communication, presented by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care; the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy; the CPA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology; the CPA Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science, and the Order of Canada.

Robert Hare was born in 1934 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He earned a Ph.D in experimental psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 1963.

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