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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
October 13, 2015
Canadian Excellence


Dr. Manuel Riemer - Director, CCRLA / Director, Community, Environmental and Justice (CEJ) Research Group

Dr. Riemer, is an assistant professor of community and environmental psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. He is the director of the Centre for Community, Research, Learning and Action and the Community, Environmental and Justice Research Group. His current research focuses on using community psychology principles, theories, and tools to address issues related to global climate change mitigation and adaptation. Dr. Riemer is the principal investigator of the international study Youth Leading Environmental Change, which tests an innovative youth engagement program in six countries. He works with local environmental organizations on issues related to collaboration, training development, and evaluation. Examples of current collaborations are a partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the leadership training program Camp Suzuki and a collaboration with My Sustainable Canada to study the knowledge of sales representatives about the environmental aspects of their products. Dr. Riemer is also the co-editor of the book “International Community Psychology: History and Theories” and the action editor of the special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology on Community Psychology and Global Climate Change. He is also the editor of the column “Environment & Justice” in The Community Psychologist.

Sue Weare - Associate Director, CCRLA

Sue Weare has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University, specializing in community and organizational practice. Throughout her career in the public and non-profit sectors, Sue has been responsible for coordinating a variety of participatory engagement processes, community-based research projects, and organizational or community capacity-building programs. She has volunteered extensively with the local LGBTQ community, and is known for her vitality and ability to build strong community connections and partnerships. Sue plays a leadership role at CCRLA, overseeing all day-to-day operations including the coordination of learning and development programming, as well as making contributions to ongoing research and evaluation activities.

Dr. Robb Travers - Director, Equity, Sexual Health and HIV (ESH-HIV) Research Group

Dr. Robb Travers is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and holds additional appointments as Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and Associate Research Scientist, Centre for Research in Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital. Robb is a leader in the community-based research movement in Canada. His community and academic partnerships focus on social exclusion and the health and well-being of trans communities and LGBT youth. Robb is also the Director of the Equity, Sexual Health and HIV Research Group at the Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action at Wilfrid Laurier University. In this role, he is dedicated to mentoring students in action research, building community capacity for change, and improving quality of life for marginalized communities. Dr. Travers is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research, New Investigator Award (Population Health/Health Services) 

Dr. Terry Mitchell - Director, Indigenous Health and Social Justice (IHSJ) Research Group / Director, Poverty Policy Project (P3)

Terry Mitchell is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, in the faculty of Science, at Wilfrid Laurier University. She received her Ph.D. in Community Psychology and her Masters in Counselling from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral dissertation "Old Wounds: New Beginnings" was based on her work with First Nations in the Yukon in 1991. She was an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine from 1998-2001 and worked as a Social Scientist for the Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative in Toronto from 2001-2003, before taking a faculty position at Laurier in 2003. She served as the Coordinator of Laurier’s Community Psychology Program from 2007-2010 and the Executive Director of the Laurier Centre for Community Research Learning and Action from 2008-2012. Her research focuses on the impacts of colonial trauma, Aboriginal rights and governance issues.