Criminal Justice Section: Executive

2019-2020 Executive


    Sandy Jung, Ph.D., R.Psych

    MacEwan University, Edmonton, AB

    Sandy is a Professor of Psychology at MacEwan University. She is an active researcher and educator who publishes research on sexual and violent offenders and risk assessment. Previously, she worked as a community forensic psychologist and served as a court expert. She serves on various criminal justice committees and organizations.

Director-At-Large, Past-Chair
(and Steering Committee Chair for N5)

    Jim Cheston, PhD, CPsych

    Ontario Correctional Institute, Brampton, ON

    Jim is the Chief Psychologist at the Ontario Correctional Institute, a provincial correctional treatment facility for adult male incarcerates. He previously worked as a staff psychologist, first at the Northern Treatment Centre (now the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre) in Sault Ste. Marie from 1991 to 1993, and then at the Ontario Correctional Institute from 1993 to 2001. From 1999 to 2008 Dr. Cheston conducted Psychological Risk Assessments of federal incarcerates for the National Parole Board and counselling federal parolees in the community, under contract to Correctional Service Canada.

Director-At-Large, Vice-Chair

    Keira C. Stockdale, Ph.D.

    Saskatoon Police Service, Saskatoon, SK

    Keira is a registered doctoral psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists. Her clinical experiences have included the provision of assessment and treatment services to violent and high risk adult and young offenders in both institutional and community settings. She is currently employed in an operational capacity with the Saskatoon Police Service and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan where she engages in applied criminal justice research.

Director-At-Large, Secretary-Treasurer

    Nina Fusco, Ph.D., C. Psych.

    Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Ottawa, ON

    Nina is a Psychologist in the Integrated Forensic Program and the Psychology Practicum Coordinator at The Royal. She is actively involved in research looking at mental health screening in corrections, trauma and well-being in correctional and forensic workers, and psychological assessments in forensic settings. She has previously worked as a Forensic Psychologist in British Columbia and for correctional services in Ontario.

Director-At-Large, Website Coordinator

    Joe Camilleri, PhD

    Westfield State University, Westfield, MA

    Joseph is a Professor of Psychology at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. His research involves studying the etiology of interpersonal conflict, particularly sexual conflict in committed relationships. He also has interests in program development and evaluation to address partner rape, psychopathy, and domestic violence. Joseph also currently serves as Steering Committee Chair for the 4th North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference (June, 2019), was the CJPS student representative from 2002 to 2007, and was Chair of the Section for Students from 2004 to 2005.

Director-At-Large, Francophonie

    Franca Cortoni, PhD, CPsych

    School of Criminology, Université de Montréal

    Franca is Professor of Forensic Psychology. She is a Research Fellow with the International Centre for Comparative Criminology. Her research interests include factors associated with the development of sexual offending behavior, risk assessment, treatment, and management of both male and female sexual offenders. Previously with the Correctional Service of Canada, she has provided psychological services, conducted research, or provided consultancy and training in the assessment, treatment, and management of male and female sexual offenders nationally and internationally.


    Eleanor Gittens, Ph.D.

    Georgian College, Orillia, ON

    Eleanor is a professor in Bachelors of Human Services Police Studies Degree Program. She is currently serving as the Chair of the College’s Research Ethics Board. Eleanor also spearheads a student-based research team that conducts research projects with various community partners. She has carried out research on the spatial behaviour of offenders, community policing, criminal careers, violence and violent offenders.

Director-At-Large, Membership and Awards Coordinator

    Natalie Jones, Ph.D.

    Natalie J. Jones, Ph.D.
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Ottawa, ON
    Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

    Natalie is currently a Senior Program Evaluation Officer with SSHRC and Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. Through her work in academia, government, and the private sector, Natalie has managed justice-related projects including program evaluations and the development and validation of risk assessment tools. Her primary research interests lie in strengths-based and gender-informed risk assessment and intervention strategies for justice-involved populations.

Director-At-Large, Conference Programme

    Joanna Kayfitz, PhD, CPsych

    IWK Health Centre, Youth Forensic Service, Halifax, NS

Director-At-Large, Clinical/Training

    Michael Sheppard, PhD, CPsych

    Vancouver, BC

    Michael received his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 and maintains a clinical practice. His clinical interests include Cluster B personality disorders, deliberate self-harm, the therapeutic relationship, and assessment. His research interests include psychological defense mechanisms and offender assessment. In addition to his interests in criminal justice psychology, he is also an active member and on the executive of the CPA’s Section for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology.

Director-At-Large, NAACJ

    Pamela Yates, PhD, RPsych (supervised practice), CE, ATSAF

    Cabot Consulting and Research Services
    Adjunct Professor, Saint Mary’s University Psychology Department

    Pamela completed her Ph.D. in forensic psychology at Carleton University in 1996. Formerly with the Correctional Service of Canada, she is presently in private practice and an Adjunct Professor at Saint Mary’s University. She has worked extensively in correctional and forensic settings as a clinician, researcher, program developer, program evaluator, and trainer. She has developed treatment programs for various offender groups for youths and adults, including accredited programs, has written extensively on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, risk assessment, self-regulation, treatment effectiveness, and evidence-based practice, and provides consultation and training in prisons, forensic settings, and community settings nationally and internationally.

Director-At-Large, Student Representative

    Alisha Salerno

    York University, Toronto, ON

    Alisha is currently completing her PhD at York University. Her research interests include the forensic implications of developmental disability, sexual assault and extra-legal factors that influence legal decision-making. Her program of research focuses on police response to developmental disability. Alisha is also the co-founder of Reach Toronto, a not-for-profit organization for youth and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Managing Editor, Crime Scene newsletter

    Kyrsten Grimes, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

    University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, ON

    Kyrsten is a Ph.D. Candidate, currently completing her residency at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in Forensics and Neuropsychology. Her research explores the metacognitive and neurocognitive predictors of psychosis to improve early identification of the illness and develop more targeted interventions for schizophrenia in forensic settings. She has served on various committees within CPA, including previous Chair of the Student Section, as well as other national organizations.

Review Editor, Crime Scene newsletter

    Melvin Sert, MSc

    Atlantic Institution, Correctional Service Canada