“During my BA Honours in Psychology at the University of Victoria, I became interested in the application of psychology to understand crime and violence, which drew me to the graduate program in Forensic Psychology and Law at SFU. In addition to being research-intensive, it is regarded as one of the top forensic psychology training programs in the world. My supervisors, Dr. Kevin Douglas and Dr. Jodi Viljoen, are internationally recognized experts in violence risk assessment and offender management. My research focuses on the assessment of general and specialized forms of violence among youth and adults, the association between mental and personality disorders and violence, and evidence-based practices for working with individuals who engage in violence."
Catherine Shaffer-McCuish is a PhD candidate in the Experimental Forensic Psychology and Law program at SFU. She has been involved in numerous grant-funded projects at SFU, focusing on assessing and managing adverse outcomes among at-risk adolescents, adolescent offenders, civil psychiatric patients, adult offenders, and educators.
This post was originally posted on the SFU Psychology Instagram on October 28, 2019.