Research Assistants

Ciara Boyd (Master’s Student, Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy, University of Guelph)

Ciara Boyd is a MA student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of Guelph. She received an Honors B.A. from Western University with a specialization in Criminology. Her research focuses on exploring and understanding different types of mass killings. With Myrna Dawson as her supervisor, Ciara is currently comparing characteristics of mass killings that involve both family members and non-family members as victims in Ontario. She is also working on various CSSLRV-research projects, including the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative (www.cdhpi.ca), a five-year SSHRC-funded research project.

 


Michelle CarriganMichelle Carrigan (JD Candidate, English Common Law, University of Ottawa)

Michelle Carrigan received her B.A. with Honours from Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia, with a major in Political Science and a concentration in Law and Public Policy. She recently completed her Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of Guelph. Her research focused on femicide in Latin America and was inspired by her time spent in El Salvador and Colombia. Supervised by Dr. Myrna Dawson, she examined femicide legislation and its apparent effect on the rate of femicide in countries across the region. Michelle is currently working on various projects for the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence. 

 


Grand MaisonValerie Grand Maison (PhD student)

Valérie Grand’Maison is a research assistant at the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence, University of Guelph, working on CSSLRV research including several research projects related to femicide/feminicide, with special emphasis on indigenous populations, as well as social network analysis of the contacts of women in situations of abuse. She obtained a Master’s degree in Global Health from Maastricht University (Netherlands) after completing her Bachelor in Psychology from McGill University (Canada). Her master’s research was conducted in Southern India, exploring the experience of women institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital. Following the completion of her Master’s degree, she worked as a research assistant at the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit of the University of Cape Town (South Africa) where she worked on a project looking at the intersections of gender-based violence and HIV. She is particularly interested in knowledge translation (implementation science) and participative approaches to research. She would like to work with vulnerable populations in Canada and abroad. She currently aspires to develop models for intersectoral, evidence-based prevention programs and would like to pursue a career in monitoring and evaluation.

 


Dylan ReynoldsDylan Reynolds (PhD Candidate)

Dylan Reynolds is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Guelph. His research focuses on subjective understandings of victimization events. Specifically, his dissertation research will investigate identity theft victims’ understandings of events, institutions, and perpetrators along with the relationship between these understandings and police reporting decisions. Dylan received his B.A. and M.A. from Queen’s University, where he studied geographic variations in crime rates. Dylan’s PhD research is being supervised by Dr. Ryan Broll. At the CSSLRV, Dylan is working on the database for the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations, a five-year SSHRC funded research project, co-directed by Centre Director Myrna Dawson.

 


Gursharan SandhuGursharan Sandhu (Master’s Student, Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy, University of Guelph)

Gursharan Sandhu is a Master’s student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy program at the University of Guelph. Gursharan graduated with his B.A. from the University of Toronto (with a High Distinction Award), completing a double-specialist in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies and Sociology. Gursharan will be examining parliamentary discussions and court decisions on violence against women, particularly for ‘honour’-based crime in Canada. His research is exploring how ‘honour’-based crime is treated in the criminal justice system and in social policy to create an evidence-based approach on how to deal with this specific type of domestic violence. At the CSSLRV, he is working with Dr. Dawson on two SSHRC-funded projects - the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations and the Geography of Justice project.

 


Angelika ZechaAngelika Zecha (Master’s Student, Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy, University of Guelph)

Angelika Zecha is a Master of Arts student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy program at the University of Guelph. Angelika received her BA with Honours from the University of Guelph, with a major in Criminal Justice and Public Policy. Angelika’s Master’s thesis will examine whether women are more at risk of gun-related homicides as compared to men. Her research focuses on exploring the contexts of gun-related homicides involving women, and specifically will consider the role played by victim-offender relationship. At the CSSLRV, Angelika is working with Dr. Dawson on various research projects, including the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (www.cdhpi.ca), a five-year SSHRC-funded research project.