Faculty Members

Dr. Stephen WormithProfessor, Department of Psychology
Centre Director

Dr. J. Stephen Wormith, Professor, Department of Psychology, and Director of the Centre Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies, specializes in forensic behavioural psychology.  He provides forensic clinical consultation services to the Regional Psychiatric Centre, youth and adult court, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Saskatoon Police Services Commission, the Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board. He is the Canadian Psychological Association’s representative on the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice (NAACJ) and is active in the voluntary sector as Vice-president of the Canadian Training Institute, and is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute on Special Needs Offenders and Policy Research.  His research activities have concentrated on the assessment, treatment and therapeutic processes of offenders, including various special offender groups, such as young offenders, sexual offenders, and gangs.

Dr., MBBS, FWACP Olajide AdelugbaRegional Psychiatric Center Clinical Director, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Olajide Adelugba, MBBS, FWACP, is currently the Regional Psychiatric Center's Clinical Director as well as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan.

In addition to his role as a psychiatrist, he is involved in the occasional teaching and supervision of medical students and psychiatry residents. He was also a visiting psychiatrist at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary from 2001-2005 and 2006-2009. His research interests are in the areas of applied clinical research in mental health laws, psychotropic drug prescription practice, and correctional psychiatry.

Dr. Adelugba is currently a member of the Saskatchewan Review Board. He also represents the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) on the Centre's Advisory Board. He continues ot be a standing member of the Planning Committee for the Violence and Aggression Symposium that is co-sponsored by the Centre, CSC, RPC, and Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice.

Dr. Mahshid AtapourFaculty, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 3H5

Dr. Mahshid Atapour is a Faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Capilano University in B.C. and an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Finance and Management Science in Edwards School of Business, U of S. She received her M.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology in 2003 and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008. She then completed a three-year postdoctoral program in applied probability at York University followed by a MITACS-Accelerate postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Mahshid has several published papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as consulting experience with local industrial companies such as March Consulting Inc. (in mining) and NexLev Solutions Inc. (in IT).

Her research includes using a variety of mathematical and statistical models to investigate problems in molecular biology, public health, and social policy. She is currently working on the Centre's MITACS project "Risk Analysis and Efficiency Measurement of Protocols for Missing Children in Saskatchewan" defined by the Ministry of Justice. In this project, she is collaborating with Dr. Ray Spiteri from the Department of Computer Science, their joint postdoctoral fellow Dr. Mehdi Ghasemi, and Dr. Daniel Anvari from the Centre.

Dr. Daniel BélandProfessor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Associate Member, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Science

Dr. Daniel Béland holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy (Tier 1) at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (University of Saskatchewan). A student of comparative public policy, he has published 10 books and more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Publications dealing directly with criminological issues include his 2007 book States of Global Insecurity and a 2012 article written with Heather Rollwagen: “Responding to Calgary’s ‘Gang War’: A Political Sociology of Criminological Ideas,” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 54(1): 141-168. For more information about his work, please visit: www.danielbeland.org

Dr. Carolyn BrooksAssociate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Science
Dr. Sarah BuhlerAssistant Professor, College of Law
Dr. Sarah Buhler is an Assistant Professor at the College of Law.  She teaches and researches in the area of access to justice, legal ethics and professional responsibility, and clinical legal education.   In 2008 she received the University of Saskatchewan Award for Distinction in Outreach and Engagement for her involvement with the College’s clinical legal education program, which provides opportunities for law students to work and learn at CLASSIC (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City), a community-based legal clinic in Saskatoon.  She is a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and prior to her appointment at the University of Saskatchewan practiced law in Saskatoon, and also served as Executive Director and Supervising Lawyer at CLASSIC.  For more information see: http://law.usask.ca/find-people/faculty/buhler-sarah.php
Dr. Hongming ChengAssociate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Science

Dr. Hongming Cheng studies white collar crime and corporate crime in the context of globalization and regional regulatory cooperation. His current work uses the term “cheap capitalism” to capture one of the pernicious dimensions of capitalism and investigates its impact on corporate crime, the ironical effect of the triple helix of government-industry-university, the structural determinants of white collar crime enforcement, and the application of Western theories to understanding developing countries. He also studies sinology, comparative law and criminology, as well as Aboriginal citizens' attitudes toward police.

Dr. Colleen Anne DellAssociate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Science
Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Dr. Colleen Anne Dell is Professor and Research Chair in Substance Abuse at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health. She is also a Senior Research Associate with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. Her research is grounded in an empowering community-based participatory approach and is specific to Aboriginal populations, criminalized women and drug using populations. She has worked extensively at the community and national levels, including with the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Senate of Canada.  For more information go to:  www.addictionresearchchair.ca

Heather Heavin, BSc, LLB, LLMAssociate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, College of Law
Associate Professor, College of Law

Heather Heavin, Associate Professor, is the Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan.  She received her B.Sc. (1992) and LL.B. (1996) from the University of Saskatchewan and LL.M (2003) from Harvard University.  Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan, Heather clerked to Chief Justice Bayda of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal (1997) and practiced law in Regina (1997-2002).  She has taught and researched in the areas of international trade, interprovincial trade and business law.  Currently, she is collaborating on a new area of research with Michaela Keet (College of Law) in the area of dispute resolution, with an emphasis on applying new methods of risk evaluation and case analysis to resolve legal disputes.   

Dr. Arlene Kent-WilkinsonAssociate Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Arlene Kent-Wilkinson, RN, CPMHN(C), BSN, MN,  PhD, is an Associate Professor, College of Nursing, at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK. Arlene is a member of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Sciences and Justice Studies at the U of S, and was PI, of a province-wide Needs assessment of programs and services for mentally disordered offenders in Saskatchewan. Clinical experience and research interests include areas of forensic psychiatric/ mental health, Aboriginal health, corrections, addictions and global collaborations. Contact information, current publications and grants are available on Dr Kent-Wilkinson’s faculty profile: http://www.usask.ca/nursing/people/details.php?details=kent-wilkinson_a

Glen Luther, Q.C.Associate Professor, College of Law

Glen Luther, Q.C., Associate Professor, College of Law, joined the University of Saskatchewan in 2003, having previously held teaching positions at Osgoode Hall Law School, Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and the University of Calgary. He has extensive practice experience as a criminal lawyer, having practiced in Lloydminster from 1981-1984 and Calgary, Alberta from 1989 - 2003. Professor Luther has published extensively in the criminal procedure area. His academic interests include police powers, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, criminal law and sentencing, trial procedure, evidence, and Law and Psychiatry. His new book, Detention and Arrest, co-authored with Professor Steve Coughlan of Dalhousie University, was published in 2010 by Irwin Law.

Dr. Tammy MarcheAssociate Professor, Department of Psychology, St. Thomas More College, U of S

Dr. Tammy A. Marche is a cognitive developmental psychologist specializing in memory development and is Professor of Psychology and Department Chair at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.  She holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Her teaching and research fall under the domains of cognitive, developmental, forensic, and educational psychology. Research in her lab focuses on advancing the experimental literature on memory as well as extending this research to more applied settings. She has examined a number of forensic-related issues (e.g., accuracy of children’s testimony), and her newest book, “Child Forensic Psychology: Victim and Witness memory,” was published this past January. 

Dr. Mansfield MelaAssociate Professor and Head, Forensic Division, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Mansfield Mela, Associate Professor and Head, Forensic Division, Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, and forensic psychiatrist, Regional Psychiatric Centre, Saskatoon. Dr. Mela’s research focuses on biopsychosocial aspects of forensic mental health, with specific interests in the areas of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, forgiveness, spirituality, and ADHD.  He brings a clinical perspective and helps guide the idea of utilizing knowledge from research in conjunction with other individuals’ contribution to achieve evidence-based practice. 

Dr. Brenda MishakAssistant Professor, College of Nursing, Prince Albert Campus

Dr. Brenda Mishak is an assistant professor, academic programming with the College of Nursing at the Prince Albert Campus. She is a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner with an active practice with Corrections Canada, Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert. Given that she is in an academic programming stream her focus is on teaching. She is very interested in developing her research and scholarship in the areas of corrections nursing. She is actively working towards establishing herself in the areas of mental health, forensic, the nurse practitioner role, and interdisciplinary teams.

She has received a grant to start her program of research. The grant was received to complete a scoping review of the Nurse Practitioner role and scope of practice in correctional systems. She is a member of the Custody and Caring international conference planning committee and looks forward to creating connections to further advance the studies in the ever growing field of forensic science.

Dr. Mark OlverRegistered Doctoral Psychologist (Saskatchewan)
Associate professor in the Department of Psychology

Mark Olver, Ph.D. is a registered doctoral psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include sexual offender risk assessment and treatment, meta-analysis, young offenders, psychopathy, and the evaluation of therapeutic change. He has expertise in quantitative data analytic techniques and has collaborated on extensive large scale studies and meta-analyses in applied offender research topics. He has disseminated this work via refereed publications, presentations, and workshops. He is a co-author of the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version, a sex offender risk assessment and treatment planning tool.

Dr. Nathaniel OsgoodeAssociate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Nathaniel Osgood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Associate Faculty in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. His research is focused on providing cross-linked simulation, ubiquitous sensing, and machine learning tools to inform understanding of population health trends and health policy tradeoffs. His applications work has addressed challenges in the communicable, zoonotic, environmental, and chronic disease areas. Dr. Osgood is further the co-creator of two novel mobile sensor-based epidemiological monitoring systems, most recently the Google Android- and iPhone-based iEpi (now Ethica Health) mobile epidemiological monitoring systems. He has additionally contributed innovations to improve dynamic modeling quality and efficiency, introduced novel techniques hybridizing multiple simulation approaches and simulation models with decision analysis tools, and which leverage such models using data gathered from wireless epidemiological monitoring systems. Dr. Osgood has led many international courses in simulation modeling and health around the world, and his online videos on the subject attract thousands of views per month. Prior to joining the U of S faculty, he graduated from MIT with a PhD in Computer Science in 1999, served as a Senior Lecturer at MIT and worked for a number of years in a variety of academic, consulting and industry positions.
Cindy Peternelj-TaylorProfessor, College of Nursing

Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, Professor, College of Nursing has extensive experience in professional role developmental for students and nurses who practice with vulnerable populations in forensic mental health and correctional settings.  Her research interests include issues that emerge within the therapeutic relationship.  She is also the Editor of the Journal of Forensic Nursing, a peer reviewed publication.

Dr. Vivian R. RamsdenProfessor & Director of the Research Division, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Vivian R. Ramsden, a Registered Nurse, is Professor & Director of the Research Division, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Her background spans both critical care in acute care settings and primary health care in urban, rural, First Nations and international communities. Dr. Ramsden is a passionate advocate for participatory health research; thus, her research interests are in: participatory health research and evaluation; primary health care; mixed methods; and, prevention & management of chronic diseases.

Dr. Raymond SpiteriProfessor, Computer Science; Associate Member, Mathematics & Statistics

Dr. Raymond Spiteri is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. He obtained a Ph.D. from UBC in Mathematics (Institute of Applied Mathematics) in 1997. He obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Mathematics (Theoretical Physics) from UWO in 1990. His areas of research are numerical analysis, scientific computing, and high-performance computing.

As a numerical analyst, he has been afforded the luxury of being able to be an equal opportunity employer. He actively collaborates with physicists, chemists, geologists, and engineers of various flavours as well as psychologists, criminologists, and marketers. He also has a long record of industry collaboration with companies, both large and small. 

Professor Spiteri is also the President-Elect of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society.  He was Principal Investigator for Saskatchewan and member of the Executive Committee for the WestGrid High-Performance Computing Consortium from 2005 to 2014. He held the position of Mitacs Regional Scientific Director for Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba from 2008 to 2012. He was also a Mitacs Project Leader from 2004 to 2012.

Dr. Lucinda VandervortFull Professor, College of Law
Lucinda Vandervort teaches law, writes at the intersection of law and philosophy, and is currently working on a book on sexual consent and the rule of law. Her research is focused by the concept of “legitecture,” defined by her as a discipline---distinct from both jurisprudence and public administration---that examines and theorizes the design and operation of legal institutions. Recent projects deal with access to justice, social justice, gender violence, sexual assault and the rule of law, police and prosecutorial decision-making, and the design of mechanisms to regulate the exercise of discretion in the legal system. Her scholarly work has been funded by grants from the Foundation for Legal Research, Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the President’s SSHRC Research Fund, the Borden Ladner Gervais Research Fellowship program, and the College of Law Endowment Fund. She holds degrees from Bryn Mawr (B.A. Honors in Philosophy.), McGill (M.A.; Ph.D), Queen’s (J.D.), and Yale Law School (LL.M) and is a full Professor in the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. James WaldramProfessor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Science

James B. Waldram, PhD, FRSC, is a medical and psychological anthropologist. He has undertaken many studies of prison treatment programs from an ethnographic perspective, which grounds the data and analysis in the everyday experiences of participants. His relevant publications include: Hound pound narrative: Sexual offender rehabilitation and the anthropology of therapeutic intervention (2012; Berkeley: University of California Press); Revenge of the Windigo: The construction of the mind and mental health of North American Aboriginal peoples (2004; Toronto: University of Toronto Press); and The way of the pipe: Aboriginal sprirituality and symbolic healing in Canadian prisons (1997; Peterborough: Broadview Press).

Dr. Phil WoodsAssociate Dean of Research, Innovation and Global Initiatives
Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Phil Woods, Associate Dean of Research, Innovation and Global Initiatives and Professor, College of Nursing has extensive experience in collaborative research in forensic mental health.  He was co-Principal Investigator on a large multi-site European Union (EU) funded project on risk assessment.  His specific interests are in risk assessment and management, violence prediction, and development of forensic mental health practice.  He has expertise in quantitative research and systematic literature reviews.