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Joel Paris, MD

J.  Paris

Dr Paris is Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, and Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital. He obtained his psychiatric training at McGill. His research interests include:

  • developmental factors in personality disorders (especially borderline personality)
  • culture and personality

Current projects:

  • risk factors for borderline personality disorder in children
  • the biological correlates of borderline personality disorder

joel [dot] paris [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) website


Selected Articles

Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder: the limits of phenomenology. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica (in press).

Why is psychiatry prone to fads? Canadian Journal of Psychiatry (in press).

Social capital and personality disorders, Personality and Mental Health (in press).

Amore, M, Innamorati, M, Di Vittorio, C, Weinberg, I, Turecki, G, Paris, J, Pompili, M, Girardi, P: Suicide attempts in major depressed patients with personality disorder. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior (in press).

Sadikaj, G, Moskowitz, DS, Russell, J, Zuroff , D, Paris, J: Quarrelsome behavior in borderline personality disorder: influence of behavioral and affective reactivity to perceptions of others. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2013 122:195-207.

Expanding the scope of treatment for borderline personality disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, 2013, 201:143-144.

Paris, J, Chenard-Poirier, M-P, Biskin, R: Antisocial and borderline personality disorders. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 2013, 54:321-325.

Paris, J, Lis, E: Can sociocultural and historical mechanisms influence the development of borderline personality disorder? Transcultural Psychiatry, 2013, 50: 140 – 151.

How history interferes with psychotherapy integration. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 2013 23: 99-106.

Modernity and narcissistic personality disorder. Personality Disorders: theory, research, and treatment (published online 2013).

Stepped care for patients with borderline personality disorder, Psychiatric Services, 2013 (online).

The risk that DSM-5 will give personality dimensions a bad name. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 2012, 8: 268-270.

Goodman, M Roiff, T, Paris, J: Suicidal risk and management in borderline personality disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports 2012. 14, 79-85.

Phillips, J, Frances, A, Cerullo, M, Charadvoyne, J, Decker, H First MB, Ghaemi, N, Greenberg, G, Hinderliter, AC, Kinghorn, WA, LoBello, SB, Martin, EB, Mishara, AL, Paris, J, Pierre, JM, Pies, RW, Pincus, HA, Porter, D, Pouncey, C, Schwartz, MA, Szasz, T, Wakefield, JC, Waterman, GS, Whooley O, Zachar, P. Editorial: The outcome of borderline personality disorder: Good for most but not all. American Journal of Psychiatry 2012, 169: 445-446.

Kopala-Sibley, D, Zuroff, D. Russell, J, Moskowitz, D, Paris, J: Differences in affective reactivity explained by the traits of dependency and self-criticism. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 2012; 121. 680-691.

Biskin, R, Paris, J: Psychotherapy for personality disorder. Current Medical Literature-Psychiatry. 2012 (published online).

Ruocco, A, Laporte, L, Russell, J, Guttman, H, Paris, J: Response inhibition deficits in borderline personality. Neuropsychology 2012, 26:473-82.

The rise and fall of dissociative disorders. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, 2012; 200: 1076-1079.

Biskin, R, Paris, J: Diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2012, 184:1789-94.

Biskin, R, Paris, J: Treatment of borderline personality disorder. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2012, 184:1897-902.

Biskin, R, Paris, J: Evaluating treatments of borderline personality disorder. Clinical Practice 2012 9: 425-437.

Laporte, L, Paris, J, Russell, J, Guttman, H, Correa, J: Childhood trauma in patients with borderline personality disorder and their sisters. Child Maltreatment, 2012, 17: 318 – 329

Biskin, R. Paris, J, Zelkowitz, P, Raz, A, Renaud, J: Outcomes In women diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in adolescence. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2011, 20: 168-174.

Psychopharmacology for personality disorders. International Review of Psychiatry 2011, 23: 303–309.

Dimensional Diagnosis and DSM-5: A commentary on Zimmerman et al. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2011, 72:1340.

Commentary: The promise and the problems. Personality and Mental Health 2011, 5: 271-273.


Selected Books

In press: Fads and Fallacies in Psychiatry (Royal College of Psychiatrists)

Psychotherapy in An Age of Narcissism, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.

The Intelligent Clinician’s Guide to DSM-5, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Paris, J, Phillips, J, eds: Making DSM-5: Historical, Ideological, and Conceptual Issues in the DSM Process; Springer, 2013.

The Bipolar Spectrum: Diagnosis or Fad? New York, Routledge, 2012.


Selected Chapters

Fonagy, P. & Paris, J. (2006). Psychological Treatments. In P. Tyrer & K. Silk (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychiatric Treatment. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (in press).

Personality disorders, in L Roberts, J Layde, R Balon, (eds): The International Handbook of Psychiatry: A Concise Guide for Medical Students, Residents, and Medical Practitioners, World Scientific Publishing, in press.

Pathology of personality disorder: an integrative conceptualization, in T. Widiger, ed: Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders, New York, Oxford University Press.

Differentiating borderline personality disorder from bipolar-II disorder. In G. Parker, ed: Bipolar-II Disorder, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, in press.

The age of neuroscience and DSM-5: Affective instability and borderline personality disorder, in Mishara, A, Corlett, P, Fletcher, P, Schwartz, M eds: Phenomenological Neuropsychiatry: How Patient Experience Bridges Clinic with Clinical Neuroscience. Springer, in press.

Mood disorder and personality disorder: Simplicity and complexity, In L Choi-Kain and JG Gunderson, editors, Mood disorders and personality disorders. Springer, in press.

Childhood adversity in borderline personality disorder. in B Stanley, A New, editors, A Borderline Primer, Oxford University Press, in press.

Psychosocial adversities, in WJ Livesley, ed: Handbook of Personality Disorders, 2nd edition, New York, Guilford Press, in press.

Clinical features of borderline personality disorder, in WJ Livesley, ed: Handbook of Personality Disorders, 2nd edition, New York, Guilford Press, in press.

The ideology behind DSM-5, in J Paris and J Phillips, editors, Philosophical and Pragmatic Problems for DSM-5, Springer, 2013.

Borderline personality disorder, in V Ramachandran, editor: Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition, New York, Elsevier, 2012.

Childhood adversities and borderline personality disorder, in O. Kernberg, B Dulz, U Sachsse eds: Handbuch der Borderline-Störungen, Stuttgart-New York, Schattauer Verlag, 2nd edition, 2011.

Social factors in borderline personality disorder, in O. Kernberg, B Dulz, U Sachsse eds: Handbuch der Borderline-Störungen, Stuttgart-New York, Schattauer Verlag, 2nd edition, 2011.

Reducing suicide risk in personality disorders: The state of current evidence, in M. Pompili, R. Taratelli, ed: Evidence-Based Practice in Suicide Prevention: A Sourcebook, Cambridge, MA, Hogrege, pp. 339-347.

Suicidality in borderline personality disorder, in R. O’Connor, ed, The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Research, Policy and Practice, 2011, pp. 109-117.

History of the diagnosis of BPD in childhood and adolescence. Sharp, C, Tackett, J: Handbook of Borderline Personality Disorder in Children and Adolescents, Springer.

Paris, J. (2006). Borderline personality disorder. In R. Blaney, T. Millon & R. Davis (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Psychopathology, 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press (pp. 628-652).

Paris, J. (2006). The boundaries of bipolar disorder. In F. Columbo (Ed.), New Directions in Mania. Hauppauge, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers.

Paris, J. (2006). Managing crises in severe personality disorders. In B. VanLuyn, S. Akhtar & W.J. Livesley (Eds.), Severe Personality Disorders in Everyday Practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Paris, J. (2006). Managing the suicidal patient. In P. Hoffman (Ed.), Social Work in Mental Health. Binghamton, NY, USA: The Haworth Press.

Paris, J. (2006). [Overview of borderline personality disorder]. In R. Labrosse & C. Leclerc (Eds.), Trouble de personnalité limite et réadaptation: Points de vue de différents acteurs. Laval, QC, Canada: Éditions Ressources.

Paris, J. (2006). Temperament and personality disorders. In A. Freeman (Ed.), Personality disorders in childhood and adolescence. London: John Wiley & Sons.

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