Supervision and Teaching

Research Supervision:

Graduate Students

I supervise graduate students in the MSc in Applied Psychology (Forensic Stream). More information can be found on our webpage or here: MSC Forensic Psychology.  I am currently undecided if I will be able to take on graduate students for fall 2022 admission. 

I strive to provide strong research mentorship to my MSc students. I actively supervise students and provide regular and timely feedback on lab work. I have an active research lab and I expect all of my graduate students to be involved in additional research projects during their degree and to attend monthly lab meetings. My current students have had opportunities to work as paid research assistants, to present their research at conferences, to contribute to publications for authorship, and to offer research mentorship to undergraduate students in the lab. All graduate students have a workspace with SPSS, the opportunity to attend one academic conference per year (registration fee paid for as long as the student presents research from the lab), and access to excellent departmental support.

If you are interested in pursuing an MSc in Forensic Psychology under my supervision, I encourage you to contact me by e-mail prior to applying. In your e-mail, please include a copy of your C.V., unofficial transcript, and research interests with specific information about why you are interested in working in the lab. I typically interview students in the winter (late January, early February), prior to admission decisions. Students who are offered an interview will have the opportunity to talk confidentially with other graduate students in the lab. Please note that I am unable to meet with students prior to the formal interview stage.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in the field of forensic psychology you may be interested in a recent chapter I co-authored with colleagues at Saint Mary’s University: https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/psychologycareers/chapter/psychology-and-the-law-in-Canada/

Undergraduate students

I generally accept 1-2 honours thesis student per year. Please note that I have accepted my honours thesis student for the fall of 2021. I may consider honours thesis students for the fall of 2022. 

I only provide thesis supervision in clinical-forensic psychology and/or human sexuality. I am unable to supervise students who wish to pursue research topics outside of my research area (e.g., developmental psychopathology, depression, anxiety). Please note that I prioritize students who have similar research interests, students who have worked in my lab as research assistants, and students who have an intrinsic interest in the research process. Graduate students may be involved in co-supervision of thesis research.

Many students worry about completing an undergraduate thesis, as the thesis is often their first exposure to independent research. A thesis may be daunting, but it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. I will ensure that you have a clear idea of what is expected during the year, help facilitate the research project, provide you with a detailed syllabus, and meet with you individually to discuss your progress and future career goals. I expect my thesis students to stay on track with agreed upon deadlines, to attend and contribute during lab meetings, to incorporate all feedback, and to finalize their thesis topic in the summer before the thesis officially begins. Students who complete a thesis in my lab must be organized, self-motivated, and be able to work somewhat independently.

Research Assistants

There are currently no openings for research assistants in the lab. I may have openings in the lab until the fall of 2021.

Clinical Supervision

I may be able to offer clinical supervision for those who are pursuing clinical registration in Nova Scotia.

Teaching:

Graduate courses at Saint Mary’s University
Forensic Tests and Measurement

Undergraduate courses at Saint Mary’s University
Special Topics: Sexual Offending
Abnormal Psychology: Specific Disorders
Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy

Undergraduate courses at Ryerson University
Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
Introduction to Psychology
Models of Stress and Adaptation