Joel Paris, MD

J.  Paris

Dr Paris is Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. He is also a Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital, and an Associate Psychiatrist at the McGill University Health Center. His main research and clinical interest is borderline personality disorder, and he founded two clinics (at MUHC and JGH) to treat these patients

Dr. Paris obtained his psychiatric training at McGill. His current research interests include a project carrying out a controlled study of the outcome of stepped care treatment for BPD.

Dr. Paris is the author of 25 books, 50 book chapters, and 223 peer-reviewed articles.

He is no longer taking on students in research.

Tel.: (514) 340-8222 ext. 5238 [at] (Email) | Website

Recent Articles

Heath, L, Laporte, L, Paris, J, Hamadullahpur, K, Gill, KJ: High prevalence of physical pain among treatment-seeking individuals with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders 2017; 31:302-8

Heath LM, Laporte L, Paris J, Hamdullahpur K, Gill KJ. Substance abuse increases psychiatric severity among treatment-seeking individuals with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 2017, 31:1-15

Cailhol, L. Pelletier, E, Rochette, L, Laporte, L, David, P, Villeneueve, E, Paris, J. Lesage A: Prevalence, Mortality, and Health Care Use among Patients with Cluster B Personality Disorders Clinically Diagnosed in Quebec: A Provincial Cohort Study, 2001-2012. Canadian J Psychiatry 2017; 62: 336-342

Paris, J: Differential diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 2018; 12:49-48

Laporte, L, Paris, J, Russell, J, Zelkowitz, P: Estimating the prevalence of borderline personality disorder in mothers involved with youth protection services, Personality and Mental Health, 2018, 12: 49-58

Rioux, C, Seguin, J, Paris, J: Differential susceptibility to the environment and Borderline Personality Disorder, Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2018, 2: 374-80

Robitaille, M-P; Checknita, D, Vitaro, F, Tremblay, RE. Paris, J, Hodgins, S: A Prospective, Longitudinal, Study of Men with Borderline Personality Disorder with and without Comorbid Antisocial Personality Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 2017, 4:25

Laporte, L, Paris, J, Zelkowitz, P: Cardin, JF: Clinical outcomes of a Stepped Care program for the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Personality and Mental Health 2018, 12: 252-264

Paris, J: Dissociative identity disorder: validity and use in the criminal justice system. BJP Advances, 2019, 25: 287-293.

Suicidality in borderline personality disorder, Medicina, 2019; 55, 223

Bayes, A, Parker, G, Paris, J: Differential Diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports 2019 125

Access to psychotherapy for patients with personality disorders. Personality and Mental Health 2020

Biskin, R, Paris J, Zelkowitz, P, Mills, D, Laporte, L, Heath N: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Early Adolescence as A Predictor of Borderline Personality Disorder Features in Early Adulthood. J Personality Disorders, 2021 35:764-775

Can We Predict or Prevent Suicide? An Update. Preventive Medicine, 2021, Nov;152(Pt 1):106353. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106353. Epub 2021 Sep 16. PMID: 34538362.

Del Casale, A, Bonanni, L, Bargagna, F, Paris J, Pompili M: Current clinical psychopharmacology in borderline personality disorder. Current Neuropharmacology, 2021 19(10):1760-1779.

Why electroconvulsive therapy still carries a stigma. Commentary on Shock tactics, ethics, and fear. An academic and personal perspective on the case against ECT. Brit J Psychiat, 2021 220(3), 113-114

Psychiatric Diagnosis 10 Years After the Publication of DSM-5: Update of Its Impact on the Legal System; Psychological Injury (in press)

Recent Chapters

Paris, J, Bayes, A: Differentiating BP-II disorder from personality-based states of emotional dysregulation, In G Parker, ed: Bipolar-II Disorder, 3rd edition, 2019, Cambridge University Press

Paris J, Black, D: Psychological risk factors for antisocial personality disorder. D Black, N Kolla, ed: American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Antisocial Personality Disorder, in preparation

Pathology of personality disorder: an integrative conceptualization, in T. Widiger, ed: Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders, New York, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2019

Controversies in the Classification and Diagnosis of Personality Disorders, in K Gratz, C Lejeuz: Cambridge Handbook of Personality Disorders, Cambridge University Press, 2019

Unmet Needs in the Treatment of Personality Disorders, in Maurizio Pompili, Roger S. McIntyre, Andrea Fiorillo, Norman Sartorius, eds: New Directions in Psychiatry, Springer, 2020, p. 101-107

Paris, J, Black, D: Psychosocial risk factors for antisocial personality disorder in Black, D, Kolla, N: American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Antisocial Personality Disorder, 2022

Pseudoscience in personality disorders, in Hupp S, Cara Santa Maria, C, eds Pseudoscience in Psychotherapy. Cambridge University Press, in press

Evidence Based Psychotherapies for Personality Disorders, in Hupp, S: Evidence Based psychotherapies, Cambridge University Press, in press

Recent Books

Stepped Care for Borderline Personality Disorder: Making Treatment Brief, Effective, and Accessible Academic Press (Elsevier), 2017

An Evidence-Based Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Routledge, An Evidence-Based Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Routledge, 2019 

Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice, 2nd edition, revised and updated, Guilford Press, 2020

Nature and Nurture in Psychiatry: A Gene-Environment Model, 2nd edition, revised and updated. American Psychiatric Publishing, 2020

Social Factors in the Personality Disorders, Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, 2020

Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition 2020

Nature and Nurture in Personality and Psychopathology: A Guide for Clinicians, Routledge 2022

Myths of Trauma. Oxford University Press 2023

Facts and Fallacies in Psychiatry, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press , in press

Half in Love with Death, second edition, Routledge, in press

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