I received my MA (2004) and PhD (2010) in forensic psychology and law from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. I received my BA (Hons) in psychology from Carleton University, Ottawa (2001).
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario (2010) where I contributed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada National Research Team on the At Home/Chez Soi Research Demonstration Project on Mental Health and Homelessness. I also served as a research officer with BC Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission (Port Coquitlam, BC).
The research that I conduct specializes in criminological issues that involve people living with mental illness. The nexus between mental illness and community safety is a timely issue as demonstrated by increased Canadian policy and media coverage on the subject. Research in this area is vital to assist in the development of evidence-based practices for services that represent formal and informal frontline mental health workers (e.g., police services, hospitals). I conduct research that contributes to identifying risk and protective factors for psychiatric decompensation, victimization and violence perpetration among this vulnerable population in community and correctional settings.
Currently, I am the lead investigator on a SSHRC-funded research initiative that examines police service encounters with people living with mental illness. Using observational and interview techniques, this project examines police decision-making in mental health-related calls for service, client perceptions of police encounters, and how the police service collaborates with other community agencies on mental health issues.
Presently, I have research assistantship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in mental health and policing. Preference will be given to students with research experience in interviewing. Contact me for more information.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of mental health, policing, forensic psychology, and quantitative or mixed methods. Please note that I will be on sabbatical from July 2016-June 2017 and will not be available to supervise students as a primary supervisor during this time.
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