Christian Joyal (UQTR)

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Département de psychologie
C.P. 500
Trois-Rivières (Qc.)
G9A 5H7 Téléphone : (819) 376 5011, poste 3559
Télécopieur : (819) 376 5195


Joyal, C.C. (2022). The neuroanatomical bases of pedophilia and the importance of distinguishing genuine vs. acquired types: A systematic review [Accepted manuscript]. Sexual Offending: Theory, Research, Prevention.

Joyal, CC. et Morais H.B.(2018). Neuropsychological and neurological assessments of sexual homicide offenders: their current and potential functions in the prosecution, detention, therapeutic progression, and release of individual cases. In J. Proulx, A. Carter, A. Mokros, E. Beauregard, Darjee, R. & J. James (Éds.), Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Homicide Studies (pp. 402-418). Abington, UK : Routledge.

Joyal, CC (2017). Sexual Fantasy. In: T. K. Shackelford and V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer.

Joyal, CC et Ankfold J. (2017). Defining paraphilia and paraphilic disorders from an evolution perspective. In: T. K. Shackelford and V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer.

Joyal, CC. et Spearson-Goulet, J-A. (2017). La neuropsychologie des auteurs d’agressions sexuelles. Dans F. Cortoni et T. Pham (Dir.), Traité de l'agression sexuelle. Théories explicatives, évaluation et traitements des agresseurs sexuels (pp. 71-94). Bruxelles : Éditions Mardaga.  

Joyal, CC, L’Espérance, F. & al. (2016). Troubles du contrôle des impulsions. Dans P. Lalonde et G. Pinard (Eds), Psychiatrie clinique : une approche bio-psycho-sociale. Montréal, Qc : Chenelière Éducation.

Renaud, P., Trottier, D., Rouleau, J.-L., Goyette, M., Proulx, J., Bouchard, S., et Joyal, C.C. (2015). Deviant sexual presence and intentional dynamics : The use of immersive virtual reality to probe into the mind of sex offenders. In Bouchard, S. & Rizzo, S. (Ed.), Virtual Reality Technologies for Health and Clinical Applications: Psychological and Neurocognitive Interventions. Springer-Verlag.

Joyal, C. C., de Chanterac, A., & Tardif, M. (2015). Fonctions exécutives et cognition sociale : un modèle neuropsychologique. Dans Tardif, M. (Dir.), La délinquance sexuelle des mineurs : Théories et recherches (pp. 29-48). Montréal : les Presses de l’Université de Montréal. 

Ducros, C, Pham, T. and Joyal, CC. (2006). Aspects neuropsychologiques des agresseurs sexuels. In (T. Pham, Ed) L'évaluation diagnostique des agresseurs sexuels, pp.195-213. Bruxelles : Mardaga.

Joyal, CC and Théoret, H. (2005). Neuroimagerie fonctionnelle en neuropsychologie et neuropsychiatrie. In (T. Botez-Marquard, Ed.) Neuropsychologie clinique et neurologie du comportement, Montreal : PUM.

Brassard, M-L, Joyal, C. Predicting forensic inpatient violence with odor identification and neuropsychological measures of impulsivity: A preliminary study, Journal of Psychiatric Research, Volume 147, 2022, Pages 154-158, ISSN 0022-3956,

Joyal, C. & Carpentier, J. (2021): Concordance and Discordance between Paraphilic Interests and Behaviors: A Follow-Up Study, The Journal of Sex Research, DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2021.1986801

Joyal, C.C., Carpentier, J. McKinnon, S., Normand, C. et Poulin, M.H. (2021). Sexual knowledge, desires and experience of adolescents and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: An exploratory study. Frontiers in Psychiatry-Autism, 12 : 685256.

Mailhot Amborski A, Bussières E-L, Vaillancourt-Morel M-P, Joyal CC. Sexual Violence Against Persons With Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. March 2021. doi:10.1177/1524838021995975

Labrecque, F., Potz, A., Larouche, É., & Joyal, C. C. (2020). What Is So Appealing About Being Spanked, Flogged, Dominated, or Restrained? Answers from Practitioners of Sexual Masochism/Submission, The Journal of Sex Research, DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2020.1767025

Joyal, C., Tardif, M. & Spearson-Goulet, J.-A. (2020). Executive Functions and Social Cognition in Juveniles Who Have Sexually Offended. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 32(2), 179-202. www 

Renaud, P., Neveu, S.-M., Rouleau, J.-L. & Joyal, C. (2019). Sexual Presence: A qEEG Analysis of Sexual Arousal to Synthetic Pornography. International Journal of Telepresence, 1: 1-12.

Joyal, C.C., Kärgel, C., Kneer, J., Amelung, T., Mohnke, S., Tenbergen, G., Walter, H., Kruger, T.H.C (2019). The Neurobiological Origins of Pedophilia: Not That Simple. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 16, 153–154.

Joyal., C.C. (2018). Controversies in the definition of paraphilias. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 15, 1378-1380.

Joyal, C. C., Neveu, S. M., Boukhalfi, T., Jackson, P. L., & Renaud, P. (2018). Suppression of sensorimotor alpha power associated with pain expressed by an avatar: A preliminary EEG study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience12.

Léveillé, S, *Leclerc, J. et Joyal, C.C. (2018). Les fantasmes sexuels d’auteurs d’agressions sexuelles et d’hommes de la population générale : une étude préliminaire des différences et des similitudes. Revue Québécoise de Psychologie, 39 (3), 75-90.

Frigon, I., Joyal, C. C., & Nolin, P. (2018). Neuropsychological Profiles of Neglected Children. J. Neuroscience and Neuropsychology 2: 105.

Joyal, CC (2017). Linking crime to paraphilia: Be careful with label. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 4, 864-865.

Joyal, CC et Carpentier, J. (2017). The prevalence of paraphilic interests and behaviors in the general population: A provincial survey. Journal of Sex Research, 54, 161-171. 


Jones, SL., Joyal, CC, Cisler, JM, and Bai, S. (2017). Exploring emotion regulation in juveniles who have sexually offended: An fMRI study. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 26, 40-57.

Tikàsz, A., Potvin, S., Lungu, O., Joyal, C. C., Hodgins, S., Mendrek, A., & Dumais, A. (2016). Anterior cingulate hyperactivations during negative emotion processing among men with schizophrenia and a history of violent behavior. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 12, 1397-1410.

Joyal, C.C., Carpentier, J. et Martin, C. (2016). Discriminant factors for adolescent sexual offending: On the usefulness of considering both victim age and sibling incest. Child Abuse & Neglect, 54, 10–22.


Joyal, C. (2015). Defining “Normophilic” and “Paraphilic” Sexual Fantasies in a Population-Based Sample: On the Importance of Considering Subgroups. Sexual Medicine, Online DOI: 10.1002/sm2.96 


Boukhalfi, T., Joyal, C.C, Bouchard, S., *Neveu, S. M., & Renaud, P. (2015). Tools and Techniques for Real-time Data Acquisition and Analysis in Brain Computer Interface studies using qEEG and Eye Tracking in Virtual Reality Environment. IFAC-PapersOnLine48(3), 46-51.

Henry, M., Jacob, L., & Joyal, C. C. (2015). Évaluation clinique de l'impulsivité. Revue québécoise de psychologie36(2), 7-30.

Joyal, CC, Cossette, A & Lapierre, V. (2015). What exactly is an unusual sexual fantasy? Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12, 328-340.

Morais, H.B., Joyal, C.C., Alexander, A.A., Fix, R.L. & Burkhart, B.R.  (2015). The Neuropsychology of Adolescent Sexual Offending: Testing an Executive Dysfunction Hypothesis. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. DOI: 10.1177/1079063215569545 


Joyal, C., Jacob, L, Cigna, M.-H., Guay, J.-P. & Renaud, P. (2014). Virtual faces expressing emotions: an initial concomitant and construct validity study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 787-793.


Joyal, C.C. (2014). How Anomalous Are Paraphilic Interests? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 1241-1243.


Joyal, CC, Plante-Beaulieu, J. & De Chanterac, A. (2014). The neuropsychology of sexual offenders: A meta-analysis. Journal of Sexual Abuse, 26, 149-177.


Giguère, JF, Lemelin, S & Joyal, CC. (2013). Évaluation de la cognition sociale chez les personnes présentant un trouble de la personnalité limite. Revue Québécoise de Psychologie, 34(3), 189-210.


Polisois-Keating, A. & Joyal CC. (2013). Functional Neuroimaging of Sexual Arousal: A Preliminary Meta-Analysis Comparing Pedophilic to Non-Pedophilic men.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(7) 1111-1113.


Joyal, CC & *Henry, M. (2013). Long-Wave Infrared Functional Brain Imaging in Human: A Pilot Study. The Open Neuroimaging Journal, 7, 1-3.

*Dumais, A, De Benedictis, L, Joyal, CC, Allaire, J-F, Lesage, A, and Côté, G. (2013). Profiles and Mental Health Correlates of Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use in the Canadian Population: An Exploration of the J-Curve Hypothesis. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 58, 344–352.

Joyal, C. et Dumais, A. (2013). Impulsivité et psychiatrie : de nouveaux outils pour mieux la définir, l'évaluer, la prévenir et la traiter. Psychiatrie et violence, 12(1). 


*Henry, M., Joyal, CC., Nolin, P. (2012). Development and initial assessment of a new paradigm for assessing cognitive and motor inhibition: The bimodal virtual-reality Stroop. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 210, 125-131.

Nolin P, Stipanicic A, *Henry M, Joyal CC, Allain P. (2012). Virtual reality as a screening tool for sports concussion in adolescents. Brain Injury, 26, 1564-1573.

Stoléru, S, Fonteille, V, *Cornélis, C, Joyal, CC, Moulier, V (2012).  Functional neuroimaging studies of sexual arousal and orgasm in healthy men and women: A review and meta-analysis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 36, 1-29.

Renaud, P, Joyal, CC, Stoleru, S, Goyette. M., & Birbaumer, N. (2011). Real-time functional magnetic imaging-brain-computer interface and virtual reality promising tools for the treatment of pedophilia. Progress in Brain Research, 192, 263-272.

Dumais, A, Potvin, S, Joyal, CC, Allaire, J-F, Stip, E, Lesage, A., Gobbi, G. &, Côté, G. (2011). Schizophrenia and serious violence: a clinical-profile analysis incorporating impulsivity and substance-use disorders. Schizophrenia Research, 130, 234-237.

Joyal, CC, Côté, G, Meloche, J & Hodgins, S. (2011). Severe mental illness and aggressive behavior: On the importance of considering subgroups. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 10, 107-117.

Cinq-Mars, U, Royer, N & Joyal, CC. (2010). À propos des facteurs neurobiologiques et interpersonnels associés à l'anxiété sociale. Prisme, 12, 25-28.

Bédard MJ, Joyal CC, Godbout L and Chantal S. (2009). Executive Functions and the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: On the Importance of Subclinical Symptoms and Other Concomitant Factors. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 24, 585-98. (F.I. : 2.49)

*Emond V, Joyal CC et Poissant H. (2009). Neuro-anatomie structurelle et fonctionnelle du Trouble déficitaire de l'attention avec ou sans hyperactivité. Encéphale, 35, 107-114.

Joyal, CC, *Gendron, C and Côté, G. (2008). Nature and frequency of aggressive behaviors among long-term inpatients with schizophrenia: A 6-month report using the Modified Overt Aggression Scale. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 53, 478-481.

Potvin, S, Joyal, CC, Pelletier, J and Stip, E. (2008). Contradictory cognitive capacities among substance-abusing patients with schizophrenia: A meta-analysis. Schizophrenia Research, 100, 242-251.

Gendron, C., *Brosseau, E et Joyal, CC. (2008). Neuropsychologie et schizophrénie : une mise à jour des connaissances. Revue Québécoise de Psychologie, 29, 37-50. (F.I. N/A)

Joyal, CC, Black, DN, and Dassilva, B. (2007). The neuropsychology and neurology of sexual deviance: a review and pilot study. Journal of Sexual Abuse, 19, 155-173. (F.I. : 2.21)

Joyal, CC, Putkonen, A. Mancini-Marïe, A. Hodgins, S. Kononen, L. Boulay, M. Pihlajamaki, H. Soininen, E. Stip, J. Tiihonen and HJ. Aronen (2007). Violent offenders with schizophrenia and comorbid disorders: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Schizophrenia Research, 91, 97-102.

Légaré, N, Brosseau, E and Joyal, CC. (2007). Omega-3, violence and schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 96, 269.

Joyal, CC, Dubreucq, J-L, and Millot, F. (2007). Major mental disorders and violence: A critical review. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 3, 33,-50.

Joyal, CC, Dubreucq, J-L, and Millot, F. (2006).  Major mental disorders and violence: A critical review. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 3, 33,-50. (F.I. : 2.97)

Guay, J.P., Morselli, C., Renaud, P., Joyal, C., Laurier, C. & Lafortune, D. (2014). Facteurs spécifiques et facteurs génériques : L'évaluation du risque et la prédiction de la récidive chez les délinquants associés aux gangs de rue, Rapport de recherche, Fond de recherche du Québec, Société et Culture.

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