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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
April 21, 2015
Canadian Excellence


Manuel Riemer, Director

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.

Community and environmental psychology, sustainability, global climate change mitigation and adaptation, youth engagement in the environment, pro-environmental behaviour change, changing complex social systems, collaboration, program evaluation, mixed methods.

Kathleen Worton, Coordinator

Kathleen Worton is a PhD student within the Community Psychology program at Laurier. Her research focuses on effective knowledge transfer and mobilization through meaningful interaction and collaboration between academic and community partners. Kathleen comes to Laurier from Alberta where she studied at the University of Calgary and worked as a community researcher for a non-profit organization focused on enhancing supports and opportunities for inclusion for adults with developmental disabilities. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys seeking out live music and heading out of town to find some beautiful hiking or cross-country ski trails.

Dr. Robb Travers, Director, Equity, Sexual Health and 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, Poverty Policy Project (P3) and Flex Stream (inactive)