Ask the Expert

From time to time, we ask psychopathy experts questions that you raise (and questions that we generate). If you have questions about psychopathy, let us know. To send us questions, write to: and include “Ask the Expert” in the subject heading.

Dr. Essi Viding is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London. She is also the President-Elect of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. She discusses:

  • the identification of psychopathic-like traits in children
  • the roles of genetics and environment in the development of psychopathic traits
  • the issue of protective factors

Q&A with Dr. Essi Viding


Dr. Scott Lilienfeld is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University and is a past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. He discusses:

  • common misconceptions about psychopathy
  • strengths and weaknesses of self-report measures to assess psychopathic traits
  • successful psychopaths

Q&A with Dr. Scott Lilienfeld


Dr. Stephen Porter is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus and is Co-Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. He discusses:

  • red flags that should altert you that you may be dealing with a psychopath
  • factors that make it easier for psychopathic people to dupe you
  • what is distinctive about the language of psychopaths

Q&A with Dr. Stephen Porter

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