Jay Healey

Dr. Jay Healey

Assistant Professor

Phone: (902) 420-5531

Email: jay.healey@smu.ca

Twitter: @CrimHealey


Personal Profile 

  • Ph.D. (Criminology) Simon Fraser University, 2014
  • M.Sc. (Criminology) California State University, Fresno, 2005
  • B.A. (Sociology) Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2001

Jay Healey is a criminologist who broadly studies the development of sexual violence and atypical sexual behaviour associated with crime. His current research explores the relationship between sexual assault and its escalation to sexual homicide. His research areas include: sexual violence, sexual sadism, atypical sexual behavior, nonsexual homicide, and quantitative research methodologies.

Recent Publications 

  • Healey, J., & Beauregard, E. (2017). Impulsivity as an etiological factor in sexual homicide. Journal of Criminal Justice, 48, 30 – 36.
  • Beauregard, E., Busina, I., & Healey, J. (2017). Confessions of sex offenders: Extracting offender and victim profiles for investigative interviewing. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 7(1), 13 – 28.
  • Healey, J., & Beauregard, E. (2015). The impact of persistent deviant sexual interests and persistent low self-esteem on sexual homicide. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 42(12), 1225 – 1242.
  • Healey, J., Beauregard, E., Beech, A., & Vettor, S. (2014). Is the sexual murderer a unique type of offender? A typology of violent sexual offenders using crime scene behaviors. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. First published online September 1, 2014 doi:10.1177/1079063214547583.
  • Healey, J., Lussier, P., & Beauregard, E. (2013). Sexual sadism in the context of rape and sexual homicide: An examination of crime scene indicators. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 57(4), 402 – 424.
  • Lussier P., Corrado, R., Healey, J., Tzoumakis, S., & Deslauriers-Varin, N. (2011). The CRACOW instrument for multiproblem violent youth: Examining the predictive validity with a sample of preschoolers. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 2 (2.1), 294 – 329.
  • Lussier, P., Tzoumakis, S., Corrado, R., Reebye, P., & Healey, J. (2011). Pre/perinatal adversities and behavioural outcomes in early childhood: Preliminary findings from the Vancouver Longitudinal Study. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 1 & 2, 36 – 64.
  • Lussier, P., & Healey, J. (2010). Searching for the developmental origins of sexual violence: Examining the co-occurrence of physical aggression and sexual behaviors in early childhood. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 28(1), 1– 23.
  • Lussier, P. & Healey, J. (2009). Rediscovering Quetelet, again: The aging offender and the prediction of reoffending using a sample of adult sex offenders. Justice Quarterly, 29(3), 827 – 856.
  • Leclerc, B., Lussier, P., & Healey, J. (2007). Generality of deviance and predation: Crime switching and specialization in persistent sex offenders. In DeLisi, M and Conis, P. (Eds). Violent Offenders: Theory, Research, Public Policy, and Practice (pp. 97 – 140). Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publisher.  

Course Listing 

  • CRIM 3011 – Criminological Theory (Fall 2019)
  • CRIM 4804 – Special Topics:
    • Sexual Homicide (Fall 2019)
    • Sexual Offenders and Sexual Offences
  • CRIM 1303 – Introduction to Criminology (Winter 2020)
  • CRIM 3102 – Quantitative Research Methods (Winter 2020)

Contact us

Faculty of Arts
Department of Criminology
McNally South 424
Mailing address:
923 Robie Street