Dr. James Bonta received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1979. Upon graduating, Dr. Bonta was the Chief Psychologist at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, a maximum-security facility for adults and young offenders. During his 14 years at the detention centre, he established the first full-time psychology department in a jail setting in Canada.
In 1990 Dr. Bonta joined Public Safety Canada where he was Director of Corrections Research until his retirement in 2015. Throughout his career, Dr. Bonta has held various academic appointments, professional posts, and was a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards for the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice and Behavior. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, a recipient of the Criminal Justice Section’s Career Contribution Award for 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012, the Maud Booth Correctional Services Award (2015) and the 2015 Community Corrections Award, International Corrections and Prisons Association.
Dr. Bonta has published extensively in the areas of risk assessment and rehabilitation. His latest publications include a book co-authored with the late D. A. Andrews entitled The Psychology of Criminal Conduct now in its seventh edition (with translations in French, Japanese, Spanish, and Taiwanese). He is also a co-author of the Level of Service risk-need classification instruments which have been translated into seven languages and are used by correctional systems throughout the world.