Eric Beauregard

Professor | Associate Director


Eric Beauregard is a professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University and he is the Associate Director – Research. Before obtaining his PhD from the University of Montreal in 2005, professor Beauregard worked for Correctional Service of Canada where he was responsible for the assessment of individuals convicted of sexual crimes.

Beauregard joined SFU in 2007 after working for two years at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Beauregard’s research focuses on sexual violence, homicide, the crime-commission process, decision-making, and the criminal investigation. He has published more than 200 publications, including seven books. Beauregard also provides training to law enforcement agencies around the world.


Decision-making; offending process; modus operandi; situational approach to crime; sex offending; homicide; criminal profiling; psychology of criminal investigation; clinical criminology; typologies.


  • BSc, MSc, PhD (Montreal)

Selected Publications

  • Chopin, J., & Beauregard, E. (2023). The unusual case of sexual homicide against males: Comparisons and classification. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 67, 499-523.
  • Kim, A., Beauregard, E., & Chopin, J. (2023). Strangulation in sexual homicide: Is it opportunity, victim’s vulnerability or sadism? Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 94, 1-8.
  • Michaud, P., Beauregard, E., & Proulx, J. (2022). Criminal nomadism: A neglected dimension of spatial mobility in sex offending. Journal of Criminal Justice, 81, 1-14.
  • Chopin, J., Beauregard, E., & Arsenault, C. (2022). Requiem for a dream: A lifestyle and routine activities victimological analysis to explore the sexual victimization of illicit drug users. Journal of Aggression Maltreatment and Trauma, 31, 1241-1261.
  • Reale, K., Beauregard, E., & Chopin, J. (2022). Criminal expertise and sexual violence: Comparing the crime-commission process of sexual burglars and sexual robbers. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 49, 98-116.
  • Reale, K., Beauregard, E., & Chopin, J. (2022). Expert vs. novice: Criminal expertise in sexual burglary and sexual robbery. Sexual Abuse, 34, 292-318.
  • Chopin, J., Paquette, S., & Beauregard, E. (2022). Is There an “expert” rapist? Sexual Abuse, 34, 78-105.
  • Chopin, J., Beauregard, E., Baroche, C., Piridjani, M., Sabot, M., & Fortin, F. (2022). An exploration of unsolved missing persons cases suspected of a criminal outcome: A forensic victimology approach. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 19, 118-134.
  • Chopin, J., & Beauregard, E. (2022). Typologie des agresseurs sexuels sadiques : Une analyse en classe latente des manifestations du sadisme et de leurs corrélats. Criminologie, 55, 241-269.
  • Hewitt, A. N., Andresen, M., Beauregard, E., & Brantingham, P. (2022). Dangerous times? An examination of the temporal patterns of sexual assaults over time. Justice Quarterly, 39, 113-133.

Selected Awards

  • 2022    Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Simon Fraser University 
  • 2018    Highly Commended Award Winner, Literati Network Awards for Excellence, Journal of Criminal Psychology (for the paper: “Sadism in sexual homicide offenders: Identifying distinct groups
  • 2016    Dean of Graduate Studies Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision, Simon Fraser University.
  • 2014    Best Paper Award (runner up), Police Practice and Research (for the paper: Getting away with murder: a thematic approach to solved and unsolved sexual homicides using crime scene factors)
  • 2013    Highly Commended Award Winner, Literati Network Awards for Excellence, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management (for the paper: “Catch and release”: Predicting encounter and victim release location choice in serial rape events)

Recently taught courses

  • CRIM 316: Sexual Offenders and Sexual Offenses
  • CRIM 326: Criminological Analysis of Homicide
  • CRIM 454: Criminal Profiling
  • CRIM 456: Investigative Psychology in Policing
  • CRIM 801: Theories of Crime II
  • CRIM 831: Sexual Violence


Future courses may be subject to change.