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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Andrew Welsh

Associate Dean. Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5847

Office Location: RCE 121
Office Hours: For CC100 Course (Waterloo): Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm in N2037 (Science Building)
Academic Background
  • B.A. (Honours) Psychology, University of Waterloo (1993-1997)
  • M.A., Psychology (Experimental Psychology & Law), Simon Fraser University (1997-1999)
  • Ph.D., Psychology (Experimental Psychology & Law), Simon Fraser University (2000-2004)




I grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo and attended the University of Waterloo where I majored in Psychology. Over the course of my B.A., I developed an interest in the empirical study of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system. I moved out to B.C. and entered the Psychology and Law Program at SFU where I completed my M.A. and Ph.D.

Currently my research interests revolve around constructions of crime and justice in the media and popular culture. One aspect of this research program has involved examinations of violence and gender issues in popular film and television. In the past, I have conducted studies examining the nature of violence against women in the horror film genre and the construction of violent women in popular culture. Other research interests include (a) social media, crime, and justice issues, (b) Aboriginal justice in Canada, and (c) forensic mental health.

Additional Information

Representative Publications:

Welsh, A., & Lavoie, J.A.A. (in press). Risky ebusiness: An examination of risk-taking, online disclosiveness, and cyberstalking victimization. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 6. xx-xx. 

Welsh, A., Fleming, T., & Dowler, K. (2011). Constructing crime and justice on film: Meaning and message in cinema. Contemporary Justice Review, 14 (4), 457-476. 

Welsh, A. (2010). On the perils of living dangerously in the slasher horror film: Gender differences in the association between sexual activity and survival. Sex Roles, 62, 762-773.

Welsh, A. (2009). Sex and violence in the slasher horror film: A content analysis of gender differences in the depiction of violence. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 16, 1-25. 

Welsh, A., & Ogloff, J.R.P. (2008). Progressive reforms or maintaining the status quo? An empirical evaluation of the judicial consideration of aboriginal status in sentencing decisions. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 50 (4), 491-517.

Read, J.D., Connolly, D.A., & Welsh, A. (2006). An archival analysis of actual cases of historic child sexual abuse: A comparison of jury and bench trials. Law and Human Behavior, 30, 259-285.

Welsh, A., & Ogloff, J.R.P. (2003). The development of a Canadian prison based program for offenders with mental illnesses. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 2, 59-71.

Welsh, A., & Ogloff, J.R.P. (2000). Full parole and the Aboriginal experience: Accounting for the racial discrepancies in release rates. Canadian Journal of Criminology, 42, 469-491.

Welsh, A., & Ogloff, J.R.P. (1998). Mentally ill offenders in jails and prisons: Advances in service planning and delivery. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 11, 683-687.

Past Conference Presentations:

Welsh, A. (2011, September). Trapped in the male gaze of horror: A comparative analysis of violence against women in film. Paper presented at the Third Annual International Crime, Media, & Popular Culture Studies Conference, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Welsh, A. (2010, September). Breaking from middle-class constraints: Cultural constructions of deviant identity management in television. Paper presented at the Second Annual International Crime, Media, & Popular Culture Studies Confence, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Welsh, A. (2010, May). Demonizing disorders of the mind: Public perceptions of the insanity defence. Paper  presented at the Canadian Qualitative Analysis Conference, Brantford, Ontario. 

Welsh, A. (2009, October). The femme fatale in film: A qualitative analysis of the construction of female violence. International Crime, Media, and Popular Culture Studies Conference, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Welsh, A. (2009, October). Risky online behaivour: Information-sharing on social networking sites and the risk for cyberstalking. Paper presented at the Canadian Society of Criminology, Ottawa, Ontario. 

Welsh, A. (2008, October). Only the good die young? Gender, promiscuity, and victim traits in the slasher film. Paper presented at the Canadian Society of Criminology, Toronto, Ontario.

Welsh, A. (2008, July). The comorbidity of psychopathy with substance use: An examination of potential gender differences. Paper presented at the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference, Vienna, Austria. 

Welsh, A. (2008, June). Public satisfaction with police in a Canadian city: Constructing a model of performance evaluation determinants. Paper presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

Welsh, A., Gagnon, N., & Roesch, R. (2007, June). The role of mental health intake assessments at pretrial facilities. Paper presented at the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference, Montreal, Quebec.

Welsh, A., & Lavoie, J.A. (2004, March). Public attitudes toward sentencing: Can restorative justice satisfy the public demand for justice. Poster presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AR.

Welsh, A., & Ogloff, J.R.P. (2003, July). Sentencing with Aboriginal offenders: An evaluation of Bill C-41 sentencing reforms. Poster presented at the International Psychology and Law Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Welsh, A., & Ogloff, J.R.P. (2002, November). The Surrey Pretrial Mental Health Project: An analysis of admission and screening data. Paper presented at the B.C. Corrections, Health Care Conference, New Westminster, British Columbia.