Academic Research Associates
Dr. Adriana Berlingieri, PhD, is an organizational consultant, educator, and researcher. Her extensive professional experience has focused on areas of workplace learning and development within organizations in an array of sectors internationally. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, she is currently collaborating with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children on projects related to domestic violence, and other forms of violence, at work. Dr. Berlingieri’s primary scholarly and professional interests are centered on bullying and other forms of violence at work (defined broadly to include multiple, interrelated forms). A specific focus is organizational practices to prevent and respond to workplace violence and harassment. She explores these interests with the main principle that workplace contexts need to be studied as interrelated with broader social contexts.
Dr. Berlingieri was the recipient of the 2015 Award for Outstanding Thesis in Organizational Leadership for her dissertation, an organizational ethnography within a major healthcare organization in Toronto where she researched how its members’ conceptualizations of violence shapes organizational anti-violence practices, including policies and education and training programs. She has presented her research in national and international conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Berlingieri teaches at the School of Administrative Studies, York University, the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.
Dr. Andrea Titterness graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Western Washington University. While at Western, Andrea was involved with a volunteer organization that educated the public on issues relating to intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Andrea then moved to Vancouver, BC and earned a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia. Her research focused on the effects of prenatal events, such as exposure to ethanol or stress in utero, on brain function in early adolescent rodents. While working on her doctoral dissertation, Andrea was the secretary on the Board of Directors at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre in Victoria, BC. Dr. Titterness is currently collaborating with researchers at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children to combine her research expertise with her passion to end violence against women and children.
Dr. Crooks Ph.D., C.Psych. is the Director of the Centre for School Mental Health and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Her main research interests include the development and evaluation of mental health promotion and violence prevention programming, with a particular emphasis on extending evidence-based practice to meet the unique needs of marginalized groups of youth in diverse settings. She and her team are currently working on adaptations and evaluations of the Healthy Relationships Plus program for LGBT2Q+ youth in school and community settings, as well as looking at fit and feasibility in the youth justice system. Another major focus of her work is on developing and evaluating culturally-relevant, strengths-based approaches with Indigenous youth. More recently, she was awarded a grant to evaluate MindUP with kindergarten students, within a trauma-informed framework. MindUP is an evidence-based social and emotional learning program that incorporates positive psychology, neuroscience, and mindful awareness.
Dr. Crooks’ other main focus is on family violence. She is a co-founder of the Caring Dads program, which is a parenting intervention for men who have maltreated (or are at-risk to maltreat) their children. In 2005, Dr. Crooks testified before the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights on the extent to which Canada is meeting its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In 2016 Dr. Crooks was appointed to the Scientific Committee for the Status of Women Canada, to advise the federal government on the state of research evidence pertaining to the prevention of gender-based violence.
Dr. Jordan Fairbairn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario. Jordan is a Co-Investigator with the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP) and a member of the expert panel of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. Jordan’s research focuses broadly on gender, violence, and media, with a focus on social responses to violence against women. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC) at Western University. Jordan completed her PhD in Sociology at Carleton University, where her doctoral research explored how stakeholders doing violence against women prevention use and experience social media. Jordan has previously collaborated with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) as Chair of the Media Hub Advisory Committee to create resources with and for journalists reporting on violence against women, and as lead investigator on Crime Prevention Ottawa funded research on sexual violence, social media, and youth. Jordan received her MA from the University of Guelph and this research, published in Feminist Criminology, explored Canadian news portrayals of domestic homicide and how this coverage has changed over time.
Dr. Haskell's research work has focused on victimization and its effects, violence prevention, and trauma and psychological development. She is currently working on projects addressing the impact of trauma on Aboriginal peoples, trauma and the service challenges for developmentally disabled people, and restorative justice and gendered violence. Dr. Haskell has written a book entitled First Stage Trauma Treatment: A Guide for Therapists Working with Women (Toronto: CAMH, University of Toronto, 2003).
In recent years she has presented to the Canadian judiciary, both nationally and provincially, on behalf of the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa. She has also provided expert evidence in a number of legal proceedings. Most recently, she testified at the Coroners Inquest of the domestic homicide of Sunny Park, her son and parents.
Dr. Alan Leschied BA, MEd, PhD is a psychologist and professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, and began working in children’s mental health in 1977 at the London Family Court Clinic. Currently he serves on the advisory committees to the Centre of Excellence in Children’s Mental Health at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Research Advisory Committee of the Child Welfare Secretariat for the Ministry of Children and Youth and the research advisory committee with Correctional Services Canada.
Dr. Leschied a Fellow of the Canadian Psychology Association, a recipient in 2003 of both the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Judge Wendy Robson Award for outstanding service to children in Ontario and in 2004, the recipient of a life-time achievement award through the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Psychology Association.
Her work is focused on improving the systems’ response to women who experience abuse and related sequelae by educating health and social service providers, developing policies and guidelines to reduce barriers and improve practices, and giving voice to diverse women’s needs and preferences. She has received multiple awards for her contributions to the field of medical education including the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International's Excellence in Education award (2012).
Melanie Randall is a Professor with the Faculty of Law. She held the Scotiabank Professorship with the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, at the University of Western Ontario from 1999-2004. Her current teaching and research interests are in the areas of sex discrimination and legal theory. Her publications include articles on the issue of women's autonomy rights, and on sexual violence in women's lives, including state accountability for responding to and remedying this violence, particularly through law.
With Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding, she developed the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA, aka Flip the Script) sexual assault resistance education program for university women that reduces the SV they experience by 50% across one year. The positive effects last for at least two years. EAAA is being implemented on campuses in North America, New Zealand, and Australia, and adapted in Swaziland and for younger girls (14-17) and transgender students (SARECentre.org). With Anne Forrest, Charlene also works on another piece of the campus SA prevention puzzle to institutionalize effective bystander education for students of all genders (www.uwindsor.ca/bystander) and to evaluate its impact.
Dr. Dora Tam, Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Dora has an active research agenda on intimate partner violence against women, racialized youth delinquent, child and youth mental health, and professional suitability for social work practice that involves successful funding from CIHR, SSHRC, and multiple internationals grants as the Principal Applicant, Sole-investigator, Co-investigator, or Research Associate since 2000. Dora also has solid record in coaching and supervising student assistants on these research projects; publishing actively in refereed journals, and presenting at international and national conferences. Among all, Dora has been engaging in collaborative research projects aimed at developing evidence-informed practice to address violence against women and children. Specifically, Dora is a strong advocate for those racialized newcomers who have experienced additional systematic barriers that have prevented racialized women to free from violence and to integrate successfully into the Canadian society.
Dr. Tutty was the primary investigator or co-investigator of a number of research awards including such grants as SSHRC’s Community University Research Alliance initiatives (two awards), SSHRC operating grants, Status of Women Canada awards, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. From 1999 to 2011 she served as the Research Coordinator of RESOLVE Alberta.
Leslie M. Tutty, PhD
Faculty of Social Work,
University of Calgary