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: Information and knowledge sharing within and across police/security organizations; information use outcomes; team business coaching; harassment and bullying in uniformed service organizations; restorative justice; evidence-based policing; police/security planning, research and auditing capabilities; and dual sector learning.

School: SCJS

Doug’s rare blend of 35 years of police training, knowledge and major crime investigation experience (Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Victoria Police Department (VICPD)) combined with advanced levels of education and experience in business management and public policy affords him a unique lens to view the inner workings of police/security organizations and understand the challenges they face within our ever-changing globalized environment. Dr. Abrahamson has the macro and micro analytical vision, tools and skills to help police/security organizations build internal capacity and resilience and to make sound recommendations for substantive policy and practice improvements.

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

School: SPS 

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. Jim Carter's Bio

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 and event medicine, emergency medicine, public health and harm reduction

School: SHCSJ

My research interests include mass gathering and event medicine, prehospital care, disaster medicine, public health and systems research in clinical emergency medicine. As a clinical associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UBC, 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. 

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Dr. Jessica Motherwell

Research Associate

Key Interests: Diversity and social justice; gender identity and equity; feminist scholarship and research; developmental psychology; and graphic narratives as learning tools.

School: SCJS

Dr. Motherwell’s research interests include: empirically investigating stereotypes, prejudices, implicit bias and discrimination; conducting intersectional analyses of and inquiries about how gender, racial, indigenous, religious, ability, and other identities affect equity; using graphic narrative techniques to empower at-risk youth and other vulnerable or marginalized groups; exploring educational methods that can best help learners celebrate diversity, unlearn biases, and stand up to inequities in the classroom, work place and community; and determining how best to increase the participation of women and marginalized groups in careers in which these groups are typically underrepresented.

Dr. Jessica Motherwell's bio

Dr. Laurie Pearce

Dr. Laurie Pearce

Key Interests:  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. 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).

Dr. Valerie Spicer's bio

Dr. Sheila Turris


Key interests:  Mass gathering health, public safety, health promotion/harm reduction

School:  SHCSJ 

In terms of a research program Sheila Turris has a passionate and long standing interest in the provision of, and the links between, out-of-hospital care and emergency services. Her research has been in the growing field of mass gathering health. Sheila continues to partner with the JIBC and interested affiliates in carrying out research to strengthen the links between pre-hospital and acute care services, with a focus on mass gathering health and minimizing the impact of special events on local communities.

Dr. Sheila Turris's bio

Dr. Adam Vaughan

Dr. Adam Vaughan

Key Interests:

  • Policing
  • Health Criminology
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Policy
  • Environmental Criminology

School:  SCJS

Dr. Adam Vaughan’s research interests focus on producing empirical evidence of the quality and quantity of persons with severe mental illness found within the criminal justice system.  Dr. Vaughan joined Texas State University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice in 2018 and was also appointed as an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Vaughan also worked as a health policy fellow through the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and held research positions at the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies at SFU and also JIBC. 

Dr. Adam Vaughan's Bio

Last updated August 19, 2019