Zach Walsh

Zachary Walsh faculty pageZach Walsh, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychology and Co-Director for the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. He attended the University of Winnipeg as an undergraduate, received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2008 from the Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University, and completed a clinical internship and a research fellowship at the Brown University Centre for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Dr. Walsh is a registered clinical psychologist whose research has been supported by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Health Canada, BC Interior Health Authority, the Peter Wall Endowment, and the American Psychological Association. 

Dr. Walsh leads two distinct labs, and will consider applications from students interested in pursuing research in the following areas:

  • The Therapeutic, Recreational, and Problematic Substance Use lab focuses on the use of cannabis for therapeutic and recreational purposes, and on the associations between cannabis use, mental health and addictions. Ongoing projects include: identifying barriers to access for medical cannabis; developing and implementing a standardization and certification framework for medical cannabis dispensaries; specifying the role of mood and cognition in the analgesic effects of cannabis, and investigating cannabis use trajectories among university students.                        
  • The Personality and Violence lab investigates the ways in which personality, addictions, and social factors influence the risk for violent and antisocial behavior with a specific focus on intimate partner violence. Ongoing projects include a longitudinal investigation of heterogeneity among perpetrators and victims, the validation and development of social support measures for individuals affected by partner violence, and an examination of associations between partner violence and self-harm. The Personality and Violence lab also houses several studies designed to specify associations between psychopathic personality and transgressive behaviour.

How to Get Involved

Dr. Walsh will be accepting clinical and experimental graduate students for the coming academic year.  Opportunities also exist for directed studies, honours projects, and volunteering.  If you are interested in getting involved with any of the above projects, or would like to speak with Dr. Walsh about upcoming projects in the lab, please contact him at zachary.walsh@ubc.ca

Representative Publications

Walsh, Z. (in press). Psychopathy and criminal violence: The moderating effect of ethnicity. Law & Human Behavior

Walsh, Z., Shea, M.T., Yen, S., Edelen, M.O., Hopwood, C.J.,Markowitz, J.C., Ansell, E.B., Morey, L.C., Grilo, C.M., Sanislow, C.A., Skodol, A.E., Gunderson, J.G., Zanarini, M.C.,McGlashan, T.H. (2012). Socioeconomic-status and mental health in a personality disorder sample: The importance of neighbourhood factors. Journal of Personality Disorders, 26, 1-12. 

Swogger, M.T., Walsh, Z., Kosson, D.S., Cashman-Brown, S., & Caine, E.D. (2012). Self-reported childhood physical abuse and perpetration of intimate partner violence: The moderating role of psychopathic traits. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 39, 910-922.

Swogger, M. T., Walsh, Z., Homaifar, B. Y., Caine, E. D., & Conner, K. R. (2012). Predicting self- and other-directed violence among discharged psychiatric patients: The roles of anger and psychopathic traits. Psychological Medicine, 42, 371-379.

Walsh Z., Swogger, M.T., O’ Connor, B.P., Stuart, G.L., Shea, M.T., & Chatav, Y. (2010). Psychopathy and subtypes of partner violent men and women. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 563-574.

Swogger, M.T., Walsh, Z., Lejuez, C.J.,  & Kosson, D.S. (2010). Psychopathy and risk- taking among criminal offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 37, 439-452.

Swogger, M.T., Walsh, Z., Houston, R.J., Cashman-Brown, S., & Conner, K.R. (2010). Psychopathy and Axis I psychiatric disorders among criminal offenders: Relationships to impulsive and proactive aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 36, 45-53.

Swogger, M.T., Walsh, Z., Houston, R.J., Cashman-Brown, S., & Conner, K.R. (2010). Psychopathy and Axis I psychiatric disorders among criminal offenders: Relationships to impulsive and proactive aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 36, 45-53.

Walsh, Z., Swogger, M.T., & Kosson, D.S. (2009).  Psychopathy and instrumental violence: Facet level relationships. Journal of Personality Disorders, 23, 416-424.

Walsh, Z., & Stuart, G.L. (2009). Antisocial Personality Disorder as a co-occurring disorder with Substance Use Disorder. In G.L. Fisher & N. A.Roget (Eds.).  Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (92-95). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Walsh, Z., & Stuart, G.L. (2009). Experimental substance use. In G.L. Fisher & N.A. Roget (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (pp. 389-391).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Walsh, Z., & Stuart, G.L. (2009). Moderation in use. In G.L. Fisher & N.A. Roget (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (pp. 554-555).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Walsh, T., Walsh, Z., & Stuart, G.L. (2009). History of drug use laws. In G.L. Fisher & N.A. Roget (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (pp. 327-330).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Swogger, M.T., Walsh, Z., & Kosson, D.S. (2008). Psychopathy subtypes among African American county jail inmates. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35, 1484-1499.

Walsh, Z., & Kosson, D.S. (2008). Psychopathy and violence: The importance of factor level interactions. Psychological Assessment, 20, 114-120.

Walsh, Z., Epstein, A.M., Munisamy, G., & King, A.C. (2008). The impact of depressive symptoms on the efficacy of naltrexone in smoking cessation. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 27, 65-72.

Swogger, M.T., Walsh, Z., & Kosson, D.S. (2007) Domestic violence and psychopathic traits: Distinguishing the antisocial batterer from other antisocial offenders.  Aggressive Behavior, 33, 253-260.

Walsh, Z., Allen, L.C., & Kosson, D.S. (2007) Beyond social deviance: Substance-specific relationships with PCL-R facets. Journal of Personality Disorders, 21, 273-288.

Walsh, Z., Swogger, M.T., Walsh, T., & Kosson, D.S. (2007). Psychopathy and violence: Increasing specificity.  Netherlands Journal of Psychology, 63, 136-143.

Walsh, Z., & Kosson, D.S. (2007) Psychopathy and violence: A prospective study of the influence of socioeconomic status and ethnicity. Law and Human Behavior, 31, 209 -229.

Walsh, Z., & Walsh, T. (2006) The evidentiary introduction of PCL-R assessed psychopathy in U.S. courts: Extent and appropriateness. Law and Human Behavior, 30, 493-507.

Walsh, Z., Swogger, M.T., & Kosson, D.S. (2004) Psychopathy, IQ and violence in European American and African American county jail inmates.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 1165-1169.

Current Funding

2013

Principal investigator - Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention (BC Interior Health Authority / University of British Columbia). Research Interest Group Grant “Medical Cannabis and Arthritis - Barriers and Pathways” $10,000. Co-Investigators: Kam Shojania, M.D., Susan Holtzman, Ph.D., Cheryl Koehn.

2012

Principal investigatorPeter Wall Endowment. Peter Wall Solutions Initiative “Medical Cannabis – Standards, Engagement, Evaluation & Dissemination (SEED)” - 3-years - $90,000 Co-Investigators: Rielle Capler, MA., Philippe Lucas, MA.

2011

Principal investigatorSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Standard Operating Grant “One Size Does Not Fit All: A Prospective Multimethod Examination of Subtypes of Women and Men Involved in Intimate Partner Violence” -3-years - $117,150


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