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Michele Peterson-Badali

Michele Peterson-Badali
Associate Dean, Research, International & Innovation, OISE

phone: (416) 978-0937

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

Dr. Michele Peterson-Badali is currently serving as OISE’s Associate Dean, Research, International & Innovation.

Her research focuses on children’s and adolescents’ knowledge, reasoning, perceptions, and experiences of the youth justice system, their understanding of rights, and their evolving legal capacities. One of the guiding principles of her research program over the past 25 years has been to provide an evidence basis for Canadian youth justice policy and practice. Past research has examined adolescents’ understanding of due process rights; youths’ knowledge of Canadian youth justice legislation; perceptions and experiences of peer violence in youth custody settings; and parental involvement in the youth justice system. Current research addresses effective rehabilitation for justice-involved youth in the context of the risk-need-responsivity framework, including a focus on Indigenous youth; and the role of mental health issues in youth justice system involvement. In addition to scholarly dissemination of her work, Dr. Peterson-Badali is actively engaged in bringing her research findings into the spheres of public policy and practice; she has conducted research and provided policy consultation for the federal Department of Justice, provided consultation and training to various youth courts and probation offices, and served as an expert witness for the provincial advocate for children and youth.

Academic History

PhD University of Toronto 1990 Applied Psychology
M.A. University of Toronto 1985 Psychology
B.A. York University 1983 Psychology

Teaching Overview

Graduate Courses Taught:

Introduction to Psychological Assessment of School-aged Children
Psychoeducational Assessment
Ethical Issues in Applied Psychology
Children Psychology and the Law

Representative Publications

*Student Authors

*Clarke, Maggie C., Peterson-Badali, M. & Skilling, T. (2019). The examination of changes in dynamic risk factors over time in youth offenders. Canadian Journal of Criminology & Criminal Justice, 61(2), 1-25. doi:10.3138/cjccj.2018-0001

*Kapoor, A., Peterson-Badali, M. & Skilling, T. (2018). Barriers to effective implementation of the Risk-Need-Responsivity framework for justice-involved youth. Criminal Justice and Behavior 45(12), 1832-1851. DOI: 10.1177/0093854818794754

*Lockwood, I., Peterson-Badali, M. & Schmidt, F. (2018). The relationship between risk, criminogenic need, and recidivism for Indigenous justice-involved youth. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 45(11), 1688-1708.

*Clarke, Maggie C., Peterson-Badali, M. & Skilling, T. (2017). The relationship between changes in dynamic risk factors and the predictive validity of risk assessments among youth offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 44(10), 1340–1355. DOI: 10.1177/0093854817719915

*McCormick, S., Peterson-Badali, M., & Skilling, T. (2017). Mental health and specific responsivity: Its role in juvenile justice rehabilitation. Law & Human Behavior, 41(1), 55-67.

*Davis, K., Peterson-Badali, M., & Skilling, T. (2016). Findings from a youth mental health court: A theoretical and qualitative analysis. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 45, 17-24. DOI:10.1016/j.ijlp.2016.02.003

Research Grants and Contracts


Principal Investigator: M. Peterson-Badali; Co-investigators: Tracey Skilling, CAMH; Carla Cesaroni, UOIT; Chris Mushquash, Lakehead. Collaborator: Fred Schmidt, Children’s Centre Thunder Bay.

Meeting the Needs of Aboriginal Justice-involved Youth in the Context of Community Sentencing.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant


Duration: March 2015-March 2020

Principal Investigator: M. Peterson-Badali; Co-investigator, Ilana Lockwood

The relationship between risk, criminogenic need, and recidivism for Aboriginal justice-involved youth: A comparative, mixed-methods investigation

Department of Justice, Canada


Duration: April 2016-March 2017


Principal Investigator: C. Cesaroni, UOIT; Co-investigator: M. Peterson-Badali.

A Comparative Study of Incarcerated Young Adults in Scotland and Canada

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant


Duration: April 2015-March 2018