Research Associates

Jordan FairbairnDr. Jordan Fairbairn

Dr. Jordan Fairbairn is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC) in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Jordan completed her PhD in Sociology at Carleton University, where she was co-supervised by  Dr. Aaron Doyle, Carleton University, and  Dr. Myrna Dawson , University of Guelph. Her doctoral research explored feminist public sociology and how people doing violence against women prevention use and experience social media. Her previous research focused on Canadian news portrayals of domestic homicide and how this coverage has changed over time. In 2013 Dr. Fairbairn was the lead investigator on Crime Prevention Ottawa funded research on sexual violence, social media, and youth, a project conducted in partnership with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW). Her research can be found on ResearchGate and

Michèle LauzonMichèle Lauzon
Michèle Lauzon received her M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Guelph in 2013. She also completed a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Guelph, with a double major in Criminal Justice and Public Policy as well as Sociology in 2008. Her research interests reside within the area of victimology, including the social and legal responses to victims of crime. Michèle’s M.A. research examined Canada’s social and legal responses to victims of human trafficking in comparison to three other Tier 1 regions, or countries whose governments fully comply with the minimum standards set forth by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA). These regions included the United States of America, Australia and the United Kingdom. Michèle is currently working on a research project with Dr. Myrna Dawson examining the social and legal responses to victims of domestic violence in China. 


Anthony PiscitelliAnthony Piscitelli

Anthony Piscitelli is Professor with Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in the Public Service program. He is also a PhD student in the Department of Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University. His doctoral research focuses primarily upon the spatial distribution of crime and victimization. Anthony Master’s research focused upon the connection between civic engagement and fear of crime. Anthony spent seven years with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) where he authored, co-authored and supervised the writing of numerous research reports. His research with WRCPC examined a number of crime related topics including crossover children, gaps in services for victims and offenders of violence, and fear of crime. He also supervised a number of placement students with the WRCPC which resulted in various research reports and articles examining topics such as fear of crime, barriers to calling 911 in overdose emergencies and violence prevention initiatives. Anthony is an Associate with the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy. For his PhD, Anthony is working under the supervision of Dr. Sean Doherty, Wilfrid Laurier University.


Jessica WhiteheadJessica Whitehead

Jessica Whitehead is currently a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) student at McGill University. Prior to this, she received a B.A. from the University of Waterloo's Arts and Business Co-operative program with Joint Honours in Legal Studies and Sociology in 2013 and an M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of Guelph. Her M.A. research focused on police responses to incidents of intimate partner violence (IPV) that occur within same-sex relationships and compared them with occurrences between heterosexual partners. It explored the influences of heteronormativity and hegemonic masculinity on same-sex IPV reporting, recognition, and responses. Jessica is currently expanding upon this research with Dr. Myrna Dawson and Tina Hotton. At the same time, she is also working with Dr. Dawson to examine the effect of child presence and proximity on IPV sentencing in Canada. This research aims to determine whether the likelihood or length of sentences for IPV offences will be influenced if either of the parties involved is a parent or if there is a child witness to the incident.