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Instructors are listed in alphabetical order by first name.

Instructor Biographies


Anthony Piscitelli is a Professor in the Public Service Program at Conestoga College. Dr. Piscitelli also has a strong connection to the Wilfrid Laurier University community. He is an Associate with the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy, he has an undergraduate degree and a Masters in Political Science from Laurier and Doctorate in Geography from Laurier. When he's not working Anthony spends his time with his wife and two children. Anthony is teaching Introduction to SPSS.

Teaches Intro to SPSS: Data Clearing and Analysis

Charlie Davis

Charlie Davis is a PhD student in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a community-based researcher, with a strong commitment to conducting action-orientated research that will promote the health and wellbeing of transgender people in the Waterloo Region.

Charlie primarily uses qualitative methodologies, such as interviews, focus groups and policy analysis, which has granted him extensive experience with NVivo.

Teaches Intro to NVivo


Ciann Wilson, PhD is an assistant professor in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has over a decade of experience working within African, Caribbean and Black communities across the greater Toronto area first as a youth programmer and now as a health researcher. Her areas of interest build off her community-engaged work to include critical race theory, anti-/de-colonial theory, African diasporic and Indigenous community health, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive wellbeing and community-based research. Her body of work aims to utilize research as an avenue for sharing the stories and realities of African diasporic, Indigenous and racialized peoples and improving the health and wellbeing of these communities.

Teaches Scholarship & CV Writing; & Teaching and Research Dossiers

Derek Grey

Derek Gray is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Laurier. He has been an avid R user for the last 10 years and uses it to conduct both simple and complex statistical analyses and visualizations. He has taught statistics with R at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His own research focuses on the biological impacts of environmental change on freshwater habitats in Canada’s North and often involves the analyses of messy ecological data.

Teaches both Intro to Analysis with R and Advanced Analysis with R


Greg Rousell is an education researcher at the Grand Erie District School Board and a founding member of Ontario’s Data User Group. He is active in different research networks across the province including the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario.

Greg is interested in data analysis and using visualisation techniques to make complex analyses accessible to decision makers. By using R and RMarkdown extensively in his work, he is able to create reproducible reports and visualisations in a variety of formats.


Teaches Intro to R Markdown


Nicole Burns has been engaged in community-led capacity building for the last several years, working with Indigenous communities across Canada. Nicole specializes in program evaluation and has conducted formative and process evaluations with communities and government members across diverse sectors. She has been using interviews and focus groups as a primary form of data collection for many years.

Teaches Skills for Effective Interviewing and Focus Groups


Sean Simpson is Vice President of Ipsos Public Affairs in Canada where he has worked for over a decade. Ipsos Public Affairs has 800 staff located in 37 countries and is the world’s leading polling firm. Sean joined Ipsos following his studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he completed both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Political Science.

He leads Ipsos’ public-opinion polling in Canada, collaborating with clients and directing research studies on a wide variety of topics, including political behaviour, policy research, social and consumer trends. His research also focuses on reputation, issues management, strategic communications, and polling for public release.

Sean is an active speaker who gives lectures and presentations in both academic and business settings, and he is a primary spokesperson for Ipsos in Canada. While his office is located in downtown Toronto, he lives in Kitchener with his wife Amie.

Teaches Questionnaire Design, Sampling & Recruitment

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