Academic Research Associates

Marcie Campbell

Marcie-Campbell.pngMarcie Campbell received her B.A in Psychology and a Masters in Counselling Psychology program from Western University. Marcie’s past role was the Research Associate at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC), Marcie conducts research on issues related to woman abuse and children exposed to domestic violence, with specific attention to the role of perpetrators and domestic homicide prevention. Her clinical interests focus on engaging abusive men in treatment programs. Since 2006, Marcie has been the research assistant for the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC) of Ontario until 2013 when she was appointed full committee member. She also served as a research consultant to the evaluation of the Defending Childhood initiative in the U.S. Marcie has been invited to present research and new initiatives around identifying and managing high risk cases and domestic homicide prevention for the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative in the U.S. Marcie co-authored the book, Growing up with domestic violence (Hogrefe Publishing), dealing with children exposed to domestic violence.

Adriana Berlingieri


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.

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Andrea Titterness

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. 

Claire V. Crooks

Claire-Crooks.pngDr. 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.

Walter S. DeKeseredy

Walter-DeKeseredy.pngWalter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. He has published 24 books, 100 scientific journal articles and 83 scholarly book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. He also jointly received the 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology's (ASC) Division on Women and Crime and the 2007 inaugural UOIT Research Excellence Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) and in 2008 the DCC gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, he received the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' (ACJS) Section on Critical Criminal Justice and in 2015, he received the Career Achievement Award from the ASC's Division on Victimology. In 2017, he received the Impact Award from the ACJS’s section on Victimology and the Robert Jerrin Book Award from the ASC’s Division on Victimology.

Molly Dragiewicz

Molly-Dragiewicz.pngMolly Dragiewicz is Associate Professor in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She launched QUT’s first domestic violence elective unit in 2015 and developed Australia’s first for Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence in 2016. Dragiewicz is author of Abusive endings: Separation and divorce violence against women (2017). with Walter DeKeseredy and Martin Schwartz Equality with a vengeance: Men’s rights groups, battered women, and antifeminist backlash (2011), editor of Global human trafficking: Critical issues and contexts (2015), and co-editor of The Routledge handbook of critical criminology (2012),  The Routledge handbook of critical criminology 2nd edition (2018),and The Routledge major works collection: Critical criminology (2014) with Walter DeKeseredy. Dragiewicz won the 2018 Domestic Violence Prevention Leadership Award from the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast. She received the Robert Jerin Book of the Year Award for Abusive endings: Separation and divorce violence against women. American Society of Criminology, Division on Victimology, the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on Critical Criminology in 2012 and the New Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime in 2009, and the QUT Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award in 2016.

Associate Professor
School of Justice, Faculty of Law 
Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, Australia 

Jordan Fairbairn


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.

Lori Haskell

Lori-Haskell.pngDr. Lori Haskell is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Dr. Haskell’s clinical interests include trauma, revictimization, sexual abuse and sexual violence in relation to psychological development. She has a status appointment as an assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

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.

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Yasmin Jiwani

Yasmin-Jiwani.pngYasmin Jiwani is a full Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author of Discourses of Denial:  Mediations of Race, Gender and Violence, as well as co-editor of Girlhood, Redefining the Limits, and Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies. Her research interests include mediations of race, gender and violence in the press, as well as representations of women of colour in popular media. She is currently the Concordia University Research Chair in Intersectionality, Violence and Resistance.

Alan Leschied

Alan-Leshied.pngDr. 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.

Robin Mason

Robin-Mason.pngRobin Mason is a scientist in the Violence and Health research program at Women’s College Hospital, Women’s College Research Institute and an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with a cross-appointment to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is also the Scientific Lead for Women’s Xchange, a research knowledge and exchange centre focused on supporting and disseminating women’s health research across the province of Ontario and ensuring the integration of sex and gender in all health research. Dr. Mason has been working in the field of intimate partner violence and medical education for nearly 20 years, has contributed to policies at the local, provincial and national level; and, developed four evidence-informed online curricula.

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

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.

Susan Rodger

Susan-Rodger.pngSusan is a psychologist and professor at the Faculty of Education, the University of Western Ontario. She received her BA in Philosophy and Fine Art from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1979, and her PhD in psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 2001. Before joining the Faculty of Education in 2002, she was the Coordinator of First Year Programs at Western. In 1998 she created an award-winning academic mentoring and leadership development program for university students. She has presented workshops for educators in B.C., Ontario and Saskatchewan on this work and continues to focus her research activities, in different contexts, on academic success. Her main research interests include student success, teacher effectiveness, student anxiety, child welfare and violence. She is currently working on two national projects developing resources for teacher wellness and supporting child and youth mental health in schools.

Charlene Y. Senn

Charlene-Senn.pngCharlene Y. Senn is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Sexual Violence and Professor of Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Windsor. Her research centres on effective interventions for sexual violence (SV) and puts feminist and social psychological theories into practice.

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 (  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 ( and to evaluate its impact.

Dora Tam

Dora-Tam.jpgDr. 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.

Leslie Tutty

Leslie-Tutty.pngDr. Leslie Tutty is a professor emerita with the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary where she taught courses in clinical social work and research. Over the past thirty years, her research focused on services for domestic violence including evaluations of shelter and post-shelter programs for abused women, support groups for abused women, treatment for adult and child victims of sexual abuse and groups for men who abuse their partners. Her extensive body of research on partner violence spans the perspectives of social services, justice, health and mental health and addresses prevention, intervention and policy.

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
Professor Emerita
Faculty of Social Work,
University of Calgary
Phone: 1-403-627-3232

Sandy Welsh

sandy welsh photoSandy Welsh, PhD is currently the Vice Provost, Students and Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Professor Welsh’s research and publications focus on workplace and sexual harassment and how changes in the legal environment affect the experience of harassment as well as employer responses. Her work has received support from SSHRC and Status of Women Canada. She also provides expert testimony on sexual harassment for the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Commissions and in other legal forums.  Professor Welsh also is co-PI on a CIHR-funded project investigating regulatory changes to complementary/alternative medicine occupations.  From 2015-2017, Professor Welsh served in an advisory role on the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Sexual Violence Reporting Advisory Committee as it developed a province-wide sexual violence survey for postsecondary students.  Professor Welsh holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University – Bloomington (1994)