Paul Gendreau                            Return to Awards page.


2012 Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award Recipient

Dr. Gendreau is a native of Winnipeg, MB and was raised in Ottawa, ONT. He began working at Kingston Penitentiary, ONT in 1961 and from 1963-1968 did his MA & PhD graduate work in clinical and experimental from  at the University of Ottawa & Queens University. He was assistant professor at Trent University, Peterborough, ONT  from 1968-1972 & then from 1972- 1986 he worked in Ontario corrections at Rideau C.C. as a Chief  & Regional Psychologist with  joint appointments at Carleton University & the University of Ottawa. During this latter period, he was seconded to the offices of Prime Ministers Michael Manley and David Lange in Jamaica and New Zealand respectively to work on corrections policy isues as well as advising on various projects in the USA & Canada. He was a former President of the Canadian Psychological Association (1988) & also served on the CPA Board of Directors from 1983 to 1989.In subsequent years he was Director of Research at Centracare Inc, Saint John, NB  (1986-1990) & from 1990-2005 professor &  University Research Professor (Psychology) at the University of New Brunswick at Saint John. During this period he was a Visiting Scholar at Edith Cowan University (1996) and Griffith University (2003-2004) in Australia and the University of Cincinnati (2006-2007).

From 2007 he has been Professor Emeritus at UNB and since 2010 Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina (Criminal Justice & Criminology), Charlotte.

Awards he has received are as follows:

1998: Margaret Mead Award for “contributions to social justice” from the International Community & Corrections Association.

2000: Gave the first Don Andrews lecture series presentation sponsored by Correctional Service Canada.

2001: The CPA award for Distinguished Contributions in Applied Psychology "making distinguished theoretical and empirical advances leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems".

2003: Harold Hildreth award from Division 18 from the American Psychological Association for his contributions to Public Service Psychology.

2004:  Career Contribution award from the Criminal Justice Section, CPA.

2007: Received the highest honour applicable to a citizen of Canada when he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada “for achievement and merit of a high degree, especially service to Canada or to humanity at large”.

2011: Assigned to the  New Zealand government’s Expenditure Review task force. His role was to assess the quality of offender programs in the Department of Corrections.

2012:  The Distinguished Award in Evidenced-Based Crime Policy from the Centre of the same name at George Mason University, VA.

He has published about 200 articles and 300 invited colloquium on “what works” on the assessment and treatment of offenders, program implementation, the effects of prison life, and the use of statistics for the purposes of knowledge cumulation. He is the senior author (along with D.A. Andrews & Y.Theriault) of the Correctional Program Assessment Inventory-2010, which is widely used in North America and elsewhere.