Joel Paris was born in New York City, but has spent most of his life in Canada. He obtained an MD from McGill University in 1964, where he also trained in psychiatry. Dr. Paris has been a member of McGill's Psychiatry Department since 1972. Since 1994, he has been a full Professor, and he served as Department Chair from 1997 to 2007. Dr. Paris is currently a Research Associate at the Jewish General Hospital. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.
Major Research Activities
Dr. Paris's research interest is in borderline personality disorder, and he is a Past President of the Association for Research on Personality Disorders. Over the last 20 years, he has been conducting research on the biological and psychosocial causes, as well as the long-term outcome, of BPD. Dr. Paris has published 155 peer-reviewed articles, and is the author of twelve books and 36 book chapters.
Brezo, J, Barker, ED, Paris, J, Tremblay, R, Vitaro, F, Turecki, G: Childhood personality trajectories of anxiousness and disruptiveness as predictors of suicide attempts. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2008;162:1015-21
McGirr, A, Paris, J; Lesage, A; Renaud, J, Turecki, G: An examination of DSM-IV borderline personality disorder symptoms and risk for suicide completion: a psychological autopsy study. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2009; 54: 87-92
Widom, C, Cjaza, C, Paris, J: A prospective investigation of borderline personality disorder in abused and neglected children followed up into adulthood. Journal of Personality Disorders, 2009, 23, 433–446