Leadership

Director

Dr. Mary Ann Campbell, PhD

Dr. Campbell (Ph.D. Dalhousie) is an Full Professor in the Psychology Department at the Saint John Campus of the University of New Brunswick. Her main area of research focuses on developing and enhancing the application of evidence-based strategies for crime prevention and reduction.

To date, Dr. Campbell's research has included the study of criminal behaviour committed by adults, youths, and special populations (e.g., persons with mental health issues); understanding the psychopathic personality through its measurement and various manifestations in offender and general populations; enhancing positive outcomes for justice-involved youth through evidence-based practice; and the evaluation of intervention programs aimed at crime prevention and risk reduction goals (e.g., mental health courts, chronic offender interventions, drug-treatment programs).

Another related area of interest pertains to police psychology. Dr. Campbell has been involved in projects evaluating the implementation of intelligence-led policing, application of community policing principles, and the enhancement of best practices in police work (e.g., police responses to intimate partner violence, credibility assessment methods).

In addition to her research and training activities, Dr. Campbell is a clinical psychologist in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and provides consulting services to various community, government, and policing agencies on matters pertaining to criminal behaviour, violence, and mental health. She is an invited member of the Government of New Brunswick's Roundtable on Crime Prevention and Public Safety, which informed this province's strategy on crime prevention and reduction.

In 2014, Dr. Campbell received a certificate of recognition from the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of the Province of New Brunswick in appreciation for her work on crime prevention activities in the province.

Advisory board

Caroline Brunelle, PhD

Dr. Brunelle (Ph.D. McGill) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UNB Saint John. Her research interests focus on how certain etiological risk factors (i.e., neurobiological, personality) may jointly increase the risk for substance use disorders and other comorbid disorders (e.g., pathological gambling, personality disorders, antisocial behaviours).

She is also interested in the evaluation of substance use interventions, particularly in the use of methadone maintenance therapy for opiate misusers. Dr. Brunelle is a licensed psychologist in the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick.

Chris Doran, PhD

Dr. Doran is a Full Professor at UNB Saint John. He received his doctorate from the University of Calgary. Specializing in textual analysis, socio-legal studies and historical sociology. Current research: Examining questions of Ideology and Recursion in the work of Stuart Hall. Introducing Donzelot's mature work into English-speaking Social Science. Re-examining older critiques of 'official statistics' in light of recent theorizing in this field.

Greg Marquis, PhD

Greg Marquis

Dr. Marquis (Ph.D. Queen's) is a Full Professor of Canadian history in the Department of History and Politics at UNBSJ. He has degrees from StFX (BA 1980), UNB (MA 1982) and Queen’s University (1987).

He is the author of two books, including Policing Canada’s Century: A History of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (Toronto: Osgoode Society/University of Toronto Press, 1993), and at present is writing a book on Canadian alcohol control in the 20th century. He teaches courses on the history of criminal justice system, the social history of crime, policing, and family and the state.

Rob Moir, PhD

Rob Moir

Dr. Moir is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Business at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

Hepzibah Muñoz Martinez, PhD

Hepzibah Muñoz Martinez

Dr. Muñoz Martinez is an Assistant Professor with UNB Saint John in the Department of History and Politics. Her criminal justice research focuses on drug-related violence and militarization in Mexico.

Scott Ronis, PhD

Scott Ronis

Dr. Ronis (Ph.D. University of Missouri) is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick. His primary research interests focus on examining the psychosocial risks for juvenile delinquency (e.g., sexual offending, assaultive behaviour) and other adolescent behavioural problems.

In particular, he is interested in studying youth within the broader contexts in which they are embedded (e.g., families, peers, schools, neighbourhoods). Similarly, Dr. Ronis has interests in examining the effectiveness of family- and community-based interventions that target/prevent criminal behaviour, such as multisystemic therapy. Dr. Ronis is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia.

Angela Totten, MA

Ms. Totten (MA, University of New Brunswick) is a crime analyst with the Saint John Police Force, and a former graduate student affiliate with the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies. She has experience in policing-related research, including intelligence-led policing and intimate partner violence. Requests to contact Ms. Totten should be directed to sjcriminal@unb.ca.

Margo Watt, PhD

Margo Watt, Ph.D. - Dr. Watt (Ph.D. Dalhousie University) is a Full Professor at St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, NS), Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS), and Honorary Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton). Dr. Watt has a long association (20+ years) with the Correctional Service of Canada for whom she provides various services, including forensic risk and complex case assessments.

Her forensic research interests include: emotion regulation in women offenders, stress among correctional staff, and personality disorders. Among her publications is her 2014 book entitled: Explorations in Forensic Psychology: Cases in Criminal and Abnormal Behaviour. Contact her at mwatt@stfx.ca.

Eric Weissman, PhD

Eric Weissman

Eric Weissman, PhD., eric.weissman@unb.ca, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John Campus. His 2014 Dissertation, “Spaces Places and States of Mind,” at Montreal’s Concordia University, was awarded the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award. That work incorporated his lived experience of recovery from addictions and episodic homeless in the 1990s into a pragmatic and critical, visually supported, community based ethnography of homeless encampments and tiny home villages in the US and Canada. He looked at how popular narratives about deserving and undeserving character shifted over time to allow for new laws permitting alternative uses of public space for homeless people to build tiny home communities. This research set the groundwork for his ongoing inquiries into matters of spatial justice, the criminalization of poverty and homelessness, and ethnographic approaches to understanding crime and deviance. This work is represented in his last book, Tranquility on the Razor’s Edge: Changing Narratives of Inevitability (2017).

Dr. Weissman also teaches two courses on anti-criminology incorporating radical and ethnomethodological lenses to understand policing and judicial practices as socially constructed and culturally variable experiences that occur as the result of the intersection of many factors, including race, ethnicity, gender, historical context and more. He also teaches a course on Cannabis Use in Canada that looks at how the Cannabis Act came to be, the renegotiation of the Harm Principle in legal thinking and at the potential implications for cannabis legalization on decriminalization and regulation of other illicit drugs in Canada.