I received my MA (1997-1999) and PhD (2000-2004) in the Experimental Law and Psychology program at Simon Fraser University and my Honours BA in Psychology from the University of Waterloo (1993-1997).
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a Criminology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia (2003-2006). I joined the Criminology Department on the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University in 2006.
The main focus of my research is the constructions of crime and justice in the media and popular culture. One aspect of this research program has involved examinations of violence and gender issues in popular film and television. Other research interests include (a) social media, crime, and justice issues and (b) forensic mental health issues.
I have research assistantships opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in issues in media criminology and forensic psychology. I am willing to supervise graduate students with interests in constructions of crime and justice issues in news and entertainment media, violence and media, and criminal justice and social media issues. I would also be willing to supervise students with interests in forensic mental health issues.
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