Jennifer Lavoie

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Associate Professor Chair, Department of Criminology Faculty of Human and Social Sciences Criminology Brantford, Ontario jlavoie@wlu.ca Office: (519) 756-8228 ext. 5366

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Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
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(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

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Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

Lori Chalmers Morrison
Director: Integrated Communications
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(519) 884-0710 ext. 3067

Graham Mitchell
Director: Communications & Issues Management
gmitchell@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3070

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Beth Gurney
Associate Director: Communications & Public Affairs
bgurney@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 5753

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Bio/Research

I am cross-appointed to the Departments of Criminology and Psychology, and my academic background is primarily based in training as an experimental forensic psychologist. I am appointed to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and currently serve as the Graduate Coordinator for the Cri...

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Bio/Research

I am cross-appointed to the Departments of Criminology and Psychology, and my academic background is primarily based in training as an experimental forensic psychologist. I am appointed to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and currently serve as the Graduate Coordinator for the Criminology MA program.

I received my MA (2004) and PhD (2010) in forensic psychology and law from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. I received my BA (Hons) in psychology from Carleton University in my hometown of Ottawa, Ontario (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 conduct nationally and provincially funded research focused on police interactions with people in mental health crisis. My program of work investigates the effectiveness of police de-escalation and crisis response training models, the use of co-response models, and police decision-making during encounters with citizens in mental health crises. I also explore how people with lived experience of mental illness and family carers experience and perceive police encounters during crisis. I am currently leading and working in partnership on a number of research initiatives to develop, produce and test de-escalation and crisis intervention training for frontline police officers using high fidelity, immersive virtual reality simulations.


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