Whipple Plenary

What Do We Know About Pedophilia?

Michael Seto, PhD, CPsych

June 15, 2018 
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
1.5 CE

In this plenary, Dr. Seto provides an overview of what we have learned scientifically about pedophilia, defined as a persistent, recurrent sexual attraction to prepubescent children. He will discuss etiology, assessment, key characteristics of individuals with pedophilia, the empirical association between pedophilia and sexual offending involving children, stigma and the implications of this knowledge for public health, policy and clinical practice. Dr. Seto will also address the controversial idea that pedophilia can be understood as a sexual orientation with regard to age, similar in some respects to how we currently understand sexual orientation with regard to gender.

Dr. Michael Seto is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist and a research director with the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group in Brockville and Ottawa, Canada. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sexual Abuse and has adjunct professor appointments at four universities: the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa. Dr. Seto has published extensively on pedophilia, sexual offending, and mentally disordered offenders, and regularly presents at scientific meetings and professional workshops on these topics. He has written well-reviewed books on pedophilia and sexual offending against children (2008) and on internet sex offenders (2013), both published by the American Psychological Association.