James M. Cantor, PhD, CPsych
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Dr. James Cantor

Dr. James Cantor has been using MRIs and other techniques to study the role of the brain in pedophilia and other atypical sexual interests for over ten years.  He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the Head of Research for the Law and Mental Health Program of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH; Toronto).  Dr. Cantor also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, the official journal of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).  His other research interests include the causes and expression of hypersexuality, paraphilias, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Dr. Cantor’s team has identified multiple markers demonstrating biological contributions to the development of pedophilia, including poorer scores on certain neuropsychological tests, more frequent childhood head injuries, less physical height, elevated rates of school-grade failures, and triple normal rates of non-right-handedness.  His 2008 MRI finding of significantly lower white matter density in wide-spread regions of the brain in men with pedophilia (than in men who committed nonsexual offenses) was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research and was featured on the BBC, The Daily Mail, and New Scientist.

His other research studies have appeared in multiple high-impact journals, including Psychological Bulletin andthe Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and he is first author of the “Sexual Disorders” chapter in the Oxford Textbook of Psychopathology.  Dr. Cantor frequently provides input regarding the management, causes, and treatment of sexual offending, and his comments have appeared on CNN, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and the National Post.  Profiles of Dr. Cantor and his work have appeared in Salon, the APA Monitor on Psychology, and Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd’hui.

In 2008, Dr. Cantor was awarded a $1 million research grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research to expand his MRI research program on the causes of pedophilia.

Dr. Cantor provides plain-language summaries of his own work and of new developments in the scientific study of sex in his blog, Sexology Today.

Featured content from Sexology Today

Hebephilia
The Errors of Karen Franklin's Pretextuality (In-press in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health)
Peer-reviewed research articles providing data on hebephilia (1972–2010), with abstracts
100 texts that include hebephilia
Hebephilia and the Church (FAQ)

Homosexuality
Is there a link between homosexuality and Church Abuse? (Special to CNN)
Homosexuality, science, and pedophilia (Published in the newsletter of Division 44 of the American Psychological Association)
Is homosexuality a paraphilia? (Lecture slides)

Hypersexuality
"Is sex addiction real?" (Interviewed in Leading Edge)

Paraphilia
Is homosexuality a paraphilia? (Lecture slides)

Pedophilia
Understanding MRI research in pedophilia (Published in The ATSA Forum)
Understanding sexual offending and the brain: From the basics to the state of the art (Lecture slides)
Homosexuality, science, and pedophilia (Published in the newsletter of Division 44 of the American Psychological Association)

Transsexuality
A Transsexual Bill of Rights (Reprinted in the newsletters of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research)
"Depathologize!": A follow-up. (Short article on proposed changes to sex/gender section of DSM)
In support of sex reassignment surgery in Alberta (Open letter)
New MRI Studies Support the Blanchard Typology of Male-to-Female Transsexualism
(Letter published in Archives of Sexual Behavior; .pdf from Springerlink)

Sexology Training
Suggested reading list for sexology professionals and students

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