Our Story

Director's Message

Dr.Mansfield MelaHello, Bonjour My name is Mansfield Mela I am the director of the Center for Forensic Behavioral Science and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. It is gratifying to welcome you to the expertise, resources, impact, and relevance of the exclusive work facilitated through the Center for Forensic Behavioral Science and Justice Studies.

This interdisciplinary Research Center was established in 2011. It comprises two and a half dozen faculty members from the colleges of Law, medicine, nursing, and Arts and Science in conjunction with the Correctional Services of Canada and the Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Justice in Saskatchewan. 

Our research focus, outlined by our strategic plan is to reduce victimization through research that informs practice and policy. The breadth of preventative, rehabilitative and reintegrated, and violence reduction research is only possible because our core research team though relatively small in number, is truly mighty, motivated, and productive.

History

The Centre represents a unique and exciting collaboration between the University of Saskatchewan, the Correctional Service of Canada, and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice – Corrections and Policing to establish a prairie-based centre for enhanced research and training in the area of forensic behavioural science and justice. The Centre serves as a gateway to a vast array of interdisciplinary research, education and engagement activities that serve to build capacity in the creation and use of new knowledge, identify best practices, and act as a catalyst for evidence-based policy change and program and service provision as it pertains to crime, justice and corrections.

Formally established at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011, the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies has widespread faculty and student involvement representing the Colleges of Arts and Science, Law, Medicine, Nursing, the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and the School of Public Health. The Centre’s original Director Dr. J. Stephen Wormith led the Centre from 2011 to 2019. He passed away on March 28, 2019. 

What We Do

The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies strives to build effective and sustainable working relationships between academic researchers and criminal justice professionals in the non-profit, government, and Indigenous sectors. Our team of researchers, affiliated university faculty members, and graduate students are actively engaged in making evaluative and research-based contributions to science that directly benefit the programs and services of policing, corrections, justice, and non-governmental criminal justice agencies. One of these contributions includes data sharing agreements, which the Centre undertakes with students, government agencies, and other interested parties for further analysis of data sets constructed by the Centre, such as the Saskatchewan Crime Survey.