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Athabasca University

Dr. Marc Nesca

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice



  • Ph.D.


Dr. Marc Nesca is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Athabasca University. He completed his graduate training at the University of Manitoba, where he earned a Master's degree in social psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. In addition to teaching, he also practices as a specialist in forensic psychology.

Since completing his studies, Dr. Nesca has worked with the Correctional Service of Canada and has taught at both the University of Manitoba and the University of Calgary. In recent years he has worked with the Calgary Health Region, providing specialized diagnostic and consulting services to inpatient units in general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

Dr. Nesca has been qualified as an expert in forensic psychology at all levels of Court in Alberta and his opinions have been accepted in criminal court cases across the Prairie Provinces and in the Northwest Territories. He has also consulted on homicide investigations in both Edmonton and Calgary, and has contributed educational seminars on forensic topics to both the Edmonton and Calgary Police Services. Dr. Nesca's research findings have been published in such journals as the American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health.

Areas of Interest:

  • Clinical and forensic assessment and consultation
  • Severe and/or rare psychopathology
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Expert testimony


Books, Chapters, Book Reviews, Reprints

Nesca, M. & Dalby, J.T. (2013). Forensic Interviewing in Criminal Court Matters: A Guide for Clinicians. Springfield, IL.: Charles C. Thomas Publishers Inc.

Nesca, M. (2013). Children’s Testimony: A Handbook for Psychological Research and Forensic Practice (2nd ed.). Police Practice and Research: An International Journal (book review).DOI:10.1080/15614263.2012.754131

Nesca, M. (2009). Personality tests. In A. Mills, G. Duperos, & E. Wiebe (eds.). Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. Sage Publications.

Nesca, M. (2009). Diagnostic Case Study Research. In A. Mills, G. Duperos, & E. Wiebe (eds.). Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. Sage Publications.

Nesca, M. (2007). The Psychopath: Theory, Research, and Practice. Canadian Psychology (book review), 48 (2), 129-130.

Nesca, M. (1998). Seeking a middle ground on the recovered memories controversy. In E. Geiselman (ed.). Intersections in Psychology, Psychiatry, and the Law: Volume II. California: ACFP Press.


Churcher, Frances P. & Nesca, M. (2013). Risk Factors for Violence in Stalking Perpetration: A Meta-Analysis. FWU Journal of Social Sciences, 7 (2), 100-112.

Nesca, M. (2013). Forensic mental health assessment in the police disciplinary process. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 13 (2), 137-143.

Rylands, K. & Nesca, M. (2012). More than Just gender? The Impact of Conformityto Gender Norms on Guilt Attributions in Sexual Assault to victims and perpetrators of both genders. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 30, (4), 29-42.

Nesca, M. & Dalby, J.T. (2011). Maternal Infanticide following traumatic childbirth: A case study. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55 (7), 1166-1178.

Dalby, J.T. & Nesca, M. (2008). The Psychology of Hit and Run. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 8(5), 51-56.

Dalby, J.T. & Nesca, M. (2008). Forensic Psychology and Document Reviews. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 26 (3), 5-16.

Nesca, M. (2007). The “Ultimate Issue” Problem in the Canadian Criminal Justice System. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 2 (1), 1-5.

Nesca, M. (2000). Dangerous Offender Applications and the Science of Risk Assessment. Alberta Crown Attorney’s Newsletter, (12), 21-28.

Nesca, M. & Kincel, R. (2000). Catathymic violence in a case of triple homicide. American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 21 (2), 43 - 55.

Nesca, M., Dalby, J.T., & Baskerville, S. (1999). Psychosocial profile of a female psychopath. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 17 (2), 1-15.

Nesca, M. (1998). A personality profile comparison of intimate - and stranger - violent convicts. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 16 (1), 59- 85.

Nesca, M. (1997). Seeking a middle ground on the recovered memories controversy. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 15(3), 3-22.

Nesca, M. and Koulack, D. (1994). Recognition memory, sleep, and circadian rhythms. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 48(3), 359-379.

Koulack, D., Nesca, M., and Stroud, B.M. (1993). Laboratory sleep patterns and dream content of type A and B scoring college students. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 77, 216-218.

Koulack, D. and Nesca, M. (1992). Sleep parameters of type A and B scoring college students. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 74, 723-726.

Nesca, M. and Koulack, D. (1991). Dream content and mood of type A-B college students. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 23(4), 469-474.


Churcher, F.P. & Nesca, M. Risk factors for violence in stalking perpetration. Poster presented at the 2014 American Psychology- Law Society conference in New Orleans, LA; March 2014

Nesca, M. NCR and Bail Evaluations: Process Issues and the Curious Case of the Religious Stalker. Invited Lecture. Criminal Trial Lawyers Association. Edmonton, Alberta; November 5, 2011.

Nesca, M. & Lemieux, S. Assessing Risk for Domestic Violence. Professional Workshop. Diverse Voices, Family Violence Annual Conference. November 7, 2003.

Nesca, M. The Process of Applied Risk Assessment. Professional Workshop. Calgary Police Service, Domestic Conflict Unit. Calgary, Alberta; May 31, 2002.

Nesca, M. & Lemieux, S. The Assessment of Risk for Domestic and SexualViolence. Invited Lecture. Calgary Police Service. Calgary, Alberta; August 2, 2001.

Nesca, M. Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychology. Invited Lecture.Criminal Trial Lawyers Association. Edmonton, Alberta; May 16, 2001.

Nesca, M. The Professional Assessment of Risk. Invited Lecture, Canadian Bar Association, Criminal Justice Subsection. Calgary, Alberta; February 15, 2001

Nesca, M. Coping With Less Than Expert Testimony. Invited Lecture, Alberta Crown Attorney’s Association Fall Conference. Banff, Alberta; September 7, 2000.

Nesca, M. Aggressive Sexual Deviance. Invited Lecture, Calgary Police Service, Victim Assistance Unit. Canmore, Alberta; October 23, 1999.

Nesca, M. Profiling Sexual Offenders. Invited Lecture, Correctional Service of Canada Staff Training In-Service. Edmonton, Alberta; June 14, 1999.

Nesca, M. Serial Rapists, Sexual Sadism, and Psychopathy. Invited lecture,Edmonton Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Investigators Conference. Edmonton, Alberta; April 26-30, 1999.

Nesca, M. Principles of Risk Assessment. Invited lecture, Canadian Bar Association, Criminal Justice Subsection symposium on domestic violence. Edmonton, Alberta; September 17, 1998.

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Updated February 23 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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