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September 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Jennifer Lavoie

Assistant Professor, Criminology - on sabbatical until June 30, 2017

Contact Information

Office Location: Grand River Hall

Academic Background

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, 2010

PhD, Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, 2010

MA, Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, 2004

BA (Hons), Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, 2001


I grew up in a small rural town, Greely, just south of our nationís capital. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology not far from home at Carleton University, Ottawa, under the guidance of Dr. Timothy Pychyl. I pursued my graduate training in the Psychology and Law program at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC completing my MA thesis on deception detection among children with Dr. Deborah Connolly. I completed my doctorate in the same program under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Douglas. My dissertation work explored the role of perceived stress, coping, and negative affect in predicting interpersonal violence and victimization among mentally disordered persons. I competed my Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, ON under Dr. Paula Goering, where my work focused on examining health and forensic outcomes among homeless Canadians living with mental illness. I joined the faculty of Criminology in July 2010 and make my home in beautiful West Brant, Ontario with my husband and young son.

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Research Interests

Broadly my research interests are mental health and justice; forensic psychology; prediction of violence and victimization; stress, coping and resilience; mental health in correctional settings; and quantitative and mixed-methods designs.

Recent Publications