Dr. Laurie Pearce named JIBC’s first Research Chair
Appointment coincides with launch of Simulation and Training Exercise Collaboratory
Dr. Laurie Pearce, a specialist in disaster management and traumatic stress for over 25 years, has been named JIBC’s first Research Chair by President Jack McGee. This new appointment will enhance JIBC’s reputation as a world-class centre of applied research in justice and public safety.
The appointment coincides with the launch of the Simulation and Training Exercise Collaboratory (SIMTEC), with which Dr. Pearce is one of three Co-Principal Investigators. The $3.6 million multi-year project will enhance psychosocial capacity and capability management relating to Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) incidents and other hazards.
“Within a disaster context, there are few individuals that demonstrate as broad a range of interests and expertise, including community development; hazard, risk and vulnerability analysis; issues of gender, culture and vulnerability; and the psychosocial dimensions of disaster,” says JIBC President Jack McGee. “JIBC is extremely fortunate to have an individual of Dr. Pearce’s calibre assume this critical role, at this time in its history.”
Dr. Pearce, MSW, MA, PhD, has served as a Research Associate at JIBC, she is an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University, and is affiliated with the University of British Columbia Institute for International Health. She is a partner with her husband, Larry Pearce, in Pearces 2 Consulting Corporation. Dr. Pearce is a member of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine, the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, the International Disaster Sociological Association, and the Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council of BC.
Dr. Pearce has participated in, and managed numerous research projects in the field in disaster management and continues to assist governments and other organizations in policy evaluation, developing and auditing emergency and business continuity plans, evaluating post-emergency exercises, and providing training and education.
In addition to her experience in disaster management, Dr. Pearce also has over 30 years of experience working with the provincial government in British Columbia, with responsibilities in direct service delivery, staff training, policy and research, and strategic planning. She retired from the Ministry of Children and Family Development in 2007 as the Manager of Special Projects for the Fraser Region.
Last updated April 10, 2014