Research Associates

JIBC Research Associates are distinguished professionals or subject matter experts, external to the Institute, who undertake or advise on JIBC applied research activities.  Research Associates bring knowledge and expertise in their particular fields to JIBC research projects.  Research Associates may work independently or collaboratively with administrators, faculty or researchers within JIBC and other institutions on joint projects. 

Research Associates possess excellent academic and/or professional qualifications and/or distinguished service records.  They are at the graduate level or have a terminal degree in their field, with five or more years of research experience. Specific experience as a primary investigator, co-investigator or research collaborator is essential. A practitioner, considered highly credible and/or experienced in his/her field, could possess expert knowledge and skills to be a Research Associate.  

Individuals are nominated by a JIBC Dean and follow a nomination approval process. Once approved are appointed for an honorary three-year term. 

JIBC Schools:
SCJS - School of Criminal Justice & Security
SHCSJ - School of Health, Community & Social Justice
SPS - School of Public Safety

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Dr. Doug Abrahamson

Dr. Doug AbrahamsonKey Interests: Police Information Use Outcomes; Police Organizational Planning & Research Capabilities and Applications; Risk Management in Policing.

School: SCJS

Dr. Abrahamson’s very unique and valuable blend of 35 years of policing education, training and experience combined with advanced levels of education and experience in business management and public policy allows him to critically reflect upon current police and security practices both in the public and private sectors and to make sound recommendations for substantive policy and practice improvements. Recently retired from policing, Dr. Abrahamson now focuses his interests on improving police policies, practices and performance through qualitative and quantitative applied research methods and management/operations audits within Canada and abroad.

Dr. Abrahamson's Bio

Dr. Carol Amaratunga

Dr. Carol Amaratunga

Key Interests: Population Health;  Youth, Gender and HIV/AIDS;  Community Risk Assessment and Resilient Recovery

Schools: SPS, SHCSJ, and SCJS

 

Carol Amaratunga was appointed the first Dean, Applied Research, JIBC in 2008 and held this position until her retirement in 2011. During her tenure as Dean, Carol helped to build institutional research capacity at the JIBC, to mentor a cadre of JIBC faculty and researchers,  and manage a research portfolio in excess of $10 million dollars.  As a JIBC Research Associate ‘Emerita’, Carol will continue to serve as a JIBC Principal Investigator/Co Investigator on a number of national and international research projects and initiatives.  She will continue to represent the JIBC as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (University of Salford, UK) and the Prehospital and Disaster Medicine Journal (Cambridge University).  In addition Carol will continue in her role as a member of the CIETCanada Research Ethics Board.  She currently holds honorary adjunct professor/faculty appointments with the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa and the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria.

Dr. Carol Amaratunga's bio

Dr. Jim Carter

 

Key Interests: Exercise and Work Physiology

JIBC Fire and Safety Division

Schools: SPS and SHCSJ

Dr. Jim Carter’s research interests have been in the area of exercise and work physiology. Dr. Carter has completed research in the areas of: 

  • ergonomics
  • heat stress in firefighters
  • firefighter fitness assessments
  • quantification of fitness training
  • the effect of endurance training on cardiovascular dynamics
  • The effectiveness of fire fighter rapid intervention teams 

Dr. Alexandra Luce

Alexandra Luce

Key interests: Intelligence education, Intelligence history, Analytic techniques

School: SCJS

Alexandra has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she studied under the supervision of pioneering intelligence historian Professor Christopher Andrew. She has developed and taught courses in intelligence, national security, and history at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, Mercyhurst College, and JIBC.

Alexandra’s research interests are focused on intelligence analysis, education, and history. They include:

  • Exploring the use of structured analytic techniques;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of intelligence studies courses, especially those offered online;
  • Investigating how approaches to intelligence vary across cultures.

Dr. Alexandra Luce's bio

Dr. Adam Lund

Dr. Adam Lund

Key Interests:  Mass gathering medicine, public safety, emergency medicine, distance education, disaster medicine

School: SHCSJ

My research interest includes mass gathering medicine, prehospital care, disaster medicine, public health and systems research in clinical emergency medicine. As the Academic Director for the Royal Columbian Hospital Emergency Department, it is also my goal to promote the research interests of my colleagues, and to grow the research capacity and infrastructure for emergency medicine within Fraser Health. 

Dr. Adam Lund's bio

Dr. Laurie Pearce

Dr. Laurie Pearce

Key Interestes:  Indigenous and Mainstream Community Disaster Resiliency;  Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters on Emergency Responders; and Managing Trauma for Disaster-Impacted Communities.

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. Laurie is a part-time associate faculty member at Royal Roads University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the Justice Institute of British Columbia where she teaches for the School of Public Safety at the undergraduate and certificate level. She also teaches for the School of Health, Community & Social Justice.

Dr. Laurie Pearce's bio

Dr. Jocelyn Pedder

 

Key Interests: Impact Biomechanics, Injury Prevention, Protective Systems

School: SPS 

 

 Dr. Jocelyn Pedder's primary work has been in the field of impact biomechanics and injury prevention with special emphasis on the safety of road users. Her work has involved a variety of activities related to injury prevention and traffic safety including collision investigation work; the detailed study of trauma resulting from actual impacts; the development and evaluation of prototype and existing protective systems for road users; the prevention of road trauma through improved protective systems; working with national and international technical committees as well as federal and provincial agencies to improve standards and regulations to better reflect current knowledge for reduced trauma. She has a degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the Accident Research Unit, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, England.

Dr. Jocelyn Pedder's bio 

Dr. Valerie Spicer

 Valerie Spicer

Key Interests: Computational Criminology, Policing and Crime Prevention, and Chronic Offenders and Property Crime

School: SPS 

Valerie Spicer’s research interests are focused on fear and the perception of crime in the urban domain. This includes the perceptual mapping of this phenomenon as well as the manner in which this problem is managed by civic and policing agencies. This research interest includes crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) strategies and problems-solving partnerships between key stakeholder groups. Her research also spans the field of pro-active policing initiatives which encompass offender management, situational crime prevention and youth prevention initiatives. Valerie Spicer is a member of two research groups at Simon Fraser University, one which centres on Canadian urban studies (ICURS) and the other which researches various modeling techniques (MoCSSy).

Valerie Spicer's bio

Dr. Sheila Turris

Key interests:  Mass gathering medicine, public safety, primary health care 

School:  SHCSJ 

In terms of current research Sheila Turris has a passionate interest in the provision of, and the links between, pre-hospital care, emergency services, and primary health care. Her recent research has been in the emerging field of mass gathering medicine and she is just beginning to explore disaster preparedness in this context. Sheila hopes to partner with the JIBC and interested affiliates in carrying out research that will strengthen the links between pre-hospital, acute care, and primary health care services with a focus on mass gathering medicine.

Dr. Sheila Turris's bio


Last updated August 15, 2016