Research Expertise

The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies has expertise in several research areas as we are a team of diverse staff and faculty members. These competencies enable the CFBSJS to conduct comprehensive research and contribute to the understanding and improvement of various aspects of forensic science and the criminal justice system.

Research in this area examines the prevalence, impact, and management of FASD among individuals involved in the criminal justice system. It explores the intersection between FASD and criminal behaviour, including how it influences criminal activities.

Research on gangs examines the structure, dynamics, and activities of organized groups involved in criminal behaviour. It explores factors contributing to gang involvement and dynamics, as well those associated with exiting the gang lifestyle.

This area of expertise focuses on addressing the unique needs and challenges faced by Indigenous peoples within the criminal justice system in Saskatchewan. It involves research on culturally responsive approaches to justice, reconciliation, and community healing.

This area of expertise involves the study and treatment of mental health disorders and substance use disorders with individuals coming into contact with the criminal justice system. It involves research on the causes, symptoms, prevention, and intervention strategies related to these conditions.

Patient-oriented research engages patients, their caregivers, and families as partners in the research process. Engaging patients helps ensure that studies focus on patient-identified priorities and can lead to improved health care outcomes.

This area of expertise reflects the Centre’s considerable experience with conducting process and outcome evaluations, including cost analyses, of programs operating within the domains of corrections, policing, the courts, and community justice.

Risk assessment within the criminal justice system focuses on the evaluation of factors related to an individual's likelihood of reoffending or engaging in harmful behaviour. It involves various assessment tools and techniques to identify risk factors and develop intervention plans.

Expertise on special justice-involved populations includes research on specific groups within the criminal justice system, such as individuals who have particular types of offences (e.g., impaired driving) or demographic characteristics (e.g., related to ethnicity, gender, age, or sexual orientation). It involves identifying unique challenges and needs within these populations and developing targeted interventions and support services.

Therapeutic justice emphasizes rehabilitation, treatment, and support for justice-involved individuals to address the underlying causes of their behaviour and reduce recidivism. Problem-solving courts, such as drug courts and mental health courts, employ a collaborative, problem-solving approach to address the complex needs of offenders and promote positive outcomes.

This area of research focuses on understanding the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence among young people. It involves studying risk factors, protective factors, and interventions aimed at reducing youth violence and promoting healthy development.

25+ Esteemed Faculty Memberships

Out esteemed faculty members bring along a wide variety of research expertise through their experience and knowledge.