Rory Boutilier

Registered Professional Counsellor


My research approach is practical, applied, and informative. I am deeply interested in conducting studies that have real-world applications. I have a wide range of research interests however they generally fall into major themes: personality, statistical analysis, non-suicidal self-injury, and text analysis. I am an advocate for open science and conducting research with the intent to make research accessible to the scientific community and to the public free of charge.

Current Research

Emotional Intelligence and Machiavellianism
This study focuses on the role of emotional intelligence and the Big Five factor of personality in relation to Machiavellianism and desire for control.

I Agree... Sort Of
Using 2 brief measures I am addressing the first two 'sins' of Kuzon et al.'s (1996) 'seven deadly sins of statistical analysis' by comparing parametric and non-parametric approaches.

Big Five Personality Factor Machine Learning Algorithm

Using a brief measure of the Big Five personality scale, I am collecting data to run machine learning experiments and cluster analysis.

Text Analysis of Black Metal Lyrics

I collected lyrics from the original bands in the black metal movement in Norway in the 1990's and will conduct text analysis. This project may expand on existing research on aggressive music and behavior. (Thanks Steve!)


  • Closson, L. M., & Boutilier, R. R. (2017). Perfectionism, academic engagement, and procrastination among undergraduates: The moderating role of honors student status. Learning and Individual Differences, 57, 157 - 162.

Past Projects

  • Personality Differences in Hope and Optimism (LINK)
  • Reasons for Living and Reasons for Dying: Implications for Suicidal Behavior
  • The Effect of Goal Failure and Death Thoughts on Urges to Self-Injure
  • Measuring Perfectionism in an Academic Setting: The Measure of Academic Perfectionism (MAP)
  • Family History of Depression and Parent-Child Conflict as a Predictor of Adolescent Depression​
  • Non-suicidal Self-Injury as an Addiction (literature review)
  • Spatial Navigation and Waypoint Signage in a Local Hospital
  • Where Do People Sit on Public Transit Systems?​

Counselling practice and research endeavors are kept distinctly separate for professional integrity. I adhere to the Tri-Council Policy Statement and Declaration of Helsinki for research ethics; I hold certifications in TCPS2 and Good Clinical Practice.