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Instructors are listed in alphabetical order by first name.

Instructor Biographies

Andre Perrella

Andre Perrella is an associate professor of political science at Laurier. He has more than 15 years of experience teaching quantitative methods and is a co-founder of the Laurier Summer Institute of Research Methods.

Teaches Advanced SPSS: Intro to Regression

Anne-marie Joy Henry

Anne-marie Joy Henry works on the Laurier Brantford campus supporting student mobility such as faculty-led trips, internships and the student exchange program. She also facilitates international at home programming including the Intercultural Certificate, Tandem Language Program and various Global Engagement events.

Anne-marie has lived abroad in many places including Hungary, Russia, Thailand, Kenya, India, and Tanzania and enjoys encouraging you to think critically and participate actively in global community.

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning

Anthony Piscitelli

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 (LISPOP), 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.

Teaches Intro to SPSS

Ben Yang

Ben Yang is the Director, Global Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University. In his role, he leads a team of dedicated professional to implements the university's internationalization strategy. As a former international student from Beijing, he has the first-hand experience transitioning to a new cultural, linguistic and academic environment.

Ben is a seasoned trainer on cross-cultural communication and frequent presenter both in Canada and internationally. To recognize Ben's contribution to the field, Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) awarded him the 2010 Internationalization Leadership Award.

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning

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 L. Wilson

Ciann L. Wilson 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 Arts-Based Research

Courtney Arseneau

Courtney Arseneau is a graduate of the Laurier Community Psychology PhD program and has 10+ years of experience in research and teaching. She enjoys creating visual summaries, handouts, and infographics to convey complex information in clear, compelling, and creative ways and has successfully used these tools in research, community, and classroom settings.

Teaches Creating Clear Infographics

Darren Thomas

Darren Thomas is from the Seneca Nation, and a member of the Bear Clan. He resides at the Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee. Darren is a PhD candidate in community psychology at Wilfrid Laurier and is a full-time lecturer in the Indigenous Studies program. His research focuses on First Nations community development through Indigenous rights and resource governance.

Teaches Indigenous Methodologies

Dawn McDermott is the Senior Advisor of Dispute Resolution and Sexual Violence Support for Wilfrid Laurier University with a 25-year history of working with people and organizations in crisis, implementing community programs and developing institutional supports for people experiencing marginalization, victimization, harassment, discrimination and violence. She is a mediator, a Crucial Conversations “train the trainer”, a facilitator and program and a Mental Health First Aid trainer and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in communication studies and sociology from the University of Windsor and an LLM from Osgoode PD at York University.

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

Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco

Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, and Adjunct Lecturer at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (2019-2022). Francisco is an expert in health community based research and KTE, rehabilitation in the context of HIV, patient oriented research.

Since 2009, Francisco and colleagues developed Universities Without Walls ( a national training program for emerging socio-behavioral HIV researchers and community leaders in HIV. UWW cemented Francisco’s proficiency in online training and instructional design. As published fiction and nonfiction author, Francisco’s writing focuses on autopathography — the patient’s tale – based on his experience living with HIV since 1986.

He lives in Toronto in an old building, loves animalistic flow at the gym, and falls in love way too often for someone of his age.

Teaches Patient-Oriented Community-Based Research


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 in 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 Introduction to R Markdown

Heather Krause

Heather Krause, PStat is a data scientist with over a decade of experience building tools that improve practices and systems. Heather is a statistician with years of experience working on complex data problems and producing real-world knowledge. She has a strong love of finding data, analyzing it in creative ways and using cutting edge visualization methods to visualize the results. Her emphasis is on combining strong statistical analysis with clear and meaningful communication. She is currently working on implementing tools for equity and ethics in data, and on managing data projects during this time of Covid-19.

As the founder of two successful data science companies, she attacks the largest questions facing societies today, working with both civic and corporate organizations to improve outcomes and lives. Her relentless pursuit of clarity and realism in these projects pushed her beyond pure analysis to mastering the entire data ecosystem including award-winning work in data sourcing, modeling, and data storytelling, each incorporating bleeding edge theory and technologies. Her work proves that data narratives can be meaningful to any audience from a boardroom to the front page.

Heather is the founder of We All Count, a project for equity in data working with teams across the globe to embed a lens of ethics into their data products from funding to data collection to statistical analysis and algorithmic accountability. Her unique set of tools and contributions have been sought across a range of clients from MasterCard and Wells Fargo to the United Nations, the Canadian Government, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is on the Data Advisory Board of the UNHCR.

Teaches We All Count: Quantitative Data Equity and Ethical Issues

Humera Javed is the Education and Inclusion Coordinator at the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Waterloo campus), Wilfrid Laurier University.  She is passionate about issues of equity in the field of education and is on a learning journey to translating that passion into practices that are intentional and meaningful.

Jennifer Long

Jennifer Long earned her PhD from Western University (2011) in Sociocultural Anthropology. She has developed and taught workshops over 50 workshops on topics including race, identity, and diversity in the workplace and classroom, organizational behaviour and teaching adult learners.

Her research interests and current projects include the following topics: diversity among faculty, staff and students at post-secondary institutions; unique experiences of mature students in undergraduate education; undergraduate experiences of group work in post-secondary education; break-out boxes and experiential learning to develop transferable skills in undergraduates; and, refugee educational experiences in Canada. She has published in the fields of Anthropology & Education; Education, Education in Engineering, and teaching practices.

Teaches Make the Most of Your Graduate Studies: The Professional Approach and Ethnography and Content Analysis

Kai Reimer-Watts

Kai Reimer-Watts is a documentary filmmaker, current PhD student in Community Psychology at Laurier, and director of the feature documentary for climate action, Beyond Crisis (, “a story of hope for a rapidly changing world.” Kai's research and creative work explores the rich intersection of climate storytelling, the visual arts, movement-building, and grassroots activism, centering on unifying and mobilizing a collective response to the climate crisis.

He led the "Climate is Life" mural project on Laurier's Waterloo campus, engaging several hundred people in its creation in Fall 2019, and is an active member of Climate Strike Waterloo Region that has been leading regular strikes, art builds and collective actions for climate justice throughout the region for more than a year.

Kai is co-founder of The People’s Climate Foundation and Climate Justice Laurier, advocating for bolder action for climate justice at Laurier and beyond. Taken together, Kai’s work leverages the power of collective imagination and vision, using the arts and storytelling to better respond to crisis and help forge a far brighter future.

Teaches Story Creation Through Film in a Time of Crisis

Katie Cook

Katie Cook is a PhD Candidate in Community Psychology. Katie has extensive research experience, with a major focus on qualitative methodologies and approaches. After finishing a Master’s degree in Community Psychology in 2010, Katie went on to work as a qualitative researcher in the areas of pharmacy practice research (UW School of Pharmacy), institutional planning (UW, Dalhousie University), community-based education research (UW School of Pharmacy, Centre for Extended Learning), as well as for a number of other qualitative, mixed methods and evaluation projects.

Katie works within different approaches to qualitative research in her current roles, including mixed methods, community-based evaluation and a qualitative, arts-based dissertation project.

Teaches Qualitative Analysis

Lauren Burrows is an equity educator, community organizer, and consultant residing on Haudenosaunee, Anishnawbe and Neutral territory. Lauren currently works as the Education and Inclusion Coordinator within Laurier's Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Lauren also offers her labour to a variety of communities to prevent and mitigate harm by sharing best practices in equity-seeking across sectors and supporting individuals and organizations in unlearning and dismantling systems of oppression.

Lauren Judge

Lauren Judge comes from an interdisciplinary background in history and the humanities, with a specialization in public history, enviro-humanities and a professional artistic practice where she develops bodies of work based on themes like ecofeminism. After completing her Master’s degree in 2005, Lauren developed her professional arts practice while embarking on a wide-ranging administrative career.

She returned to graduate studies to pursue a PhD in 2018, driven by a passion for the visual culture of the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula and its role in our changing relationships with the land.

Teaches Qualitative Approaches: Finding the Right Fit

LLana James

LLana James is a public intellectual and scientist. Her career spans two decades in the private sector and public service. She examines how AI disrupts the practice of health care, and medicine, while increasingly redefining rehabilitation, public health and health care systems. Her interests lie at the intersection of race-ethnicity, health, data privacy, AI and the law. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, in the Faculty of Medicine.

Teaches Artificial Intelligence/AI, Data and Ethics: An Introducation to Critical Considerations for Real-World Settings

Martin Qui

Martin Qui received his Ph.D. in Business from the University of Alberta in 2008. Before joining Laurier in 2014, he was an assistant professor of marketing at McGill University. Dr. Qiu’s research primarily focuses on retailing management, Internet/mobile marketing, and CSR; he has published 15 papers on peer-reviewed journals. 

He teaches marketing management, retailing management, and big data marketing at undergraduate and/or master levels. He also teaches advanced quantitative methods at the doctoral level.

Teaches Text Mining and Text Analysis Using R

Mike Boylan

Mike Boylan works on Laurier’s Waterloo campus supporting student mobility programs such as the student exchange program, faculty-led programs abroad, and international internships. He also facilitates ‘International @ Home’ programs including the Intercultural Certificate, and has acted as the Staff Advisor for the WUSC Local Committee for the past 5 years.

As a coordinator and leader of international and domestic experiential learning programs for over 15 years, Mike has facilitated transformational intercultural experiences for students of all ages. In 2019 Mike completed his MA in Social Justice and Community Engagement with a focus on the host community impacts of international education programs.

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning

Nicole Burns

Nicole Burns has been engaged in community-led capacity building for the last several years, primarily working with Indigenous communities in Ontario and Nunavut. 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

Phyllis Power

Phyllis Power is the Manager, Global Engagement Programming, where she manages the international mobility and Internationalization @ Home programming in addition to health and safety support for international travel.

Before coming to Laurier Phyllis managed CIDA funded international partnership projects between the University of New Brunswick and universities in Viet Nam, Bhutan, Cuba and China. Phyllis has delivered intercultural training for the Centre for Intercultural Learning, Global Affairs, and co-facilitated Canada World Youth programs in Uruguay, Egypt and Jamaica.  Phyllis has a BA in International Development Studies, and a Masters of Education.

Teaches Working Across Difference: An Introduction to Intercultural Learning

Sarah Ranco

Sarah Ranco is a PhD student in the Community Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Having almost ten years of experience as an educator in various settings, she is well-versed in managing and improving group dynamics. She has also been the coordinator for multiple projects, both within and outside of research contexts.

As a researcher, her areas of interest include youth-adult partnerships in schools, promoting youth engagement in social justice, educational pedagogies, and bullying prevention and intervention strategies. She seeks to ground her work in meaningful, community-based applications, as well as use her research to center youth voice.

Teaches Project Management 101

Sean Simpson

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 and Recruitment

Shawna Reibling

Shawna Reibling is a knowledge mobilization and communications professional. She provides strategic communications and social media strategy services to individuals and collaborations, specialized for academic research units. Shawna has a deep knowledge of post-secondary structures, granting agency processes and project management.

She has a Masters degree in Communications form Simon Fraser University and over nine years experience managing project communication and knowledge mobilization in the post-secondary sector. Shawna also has seven years specialized experience designing and implementing varied communication strategies to make knowledge mobilization happen for graduate students and faculty.

Teaches Bridging the Gap: Mobilizing Knowledge

Simon Coulombe

Simon Coulombe, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Community Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research interests are based on the integration of theories, concepts and methods from positive psychology (flourishing, strengths, health, life projects) and environmental psychology (optimal person-environment transactions) within a community perspective (focus on underprivileged communities).

His published work and his current research combine both observational and interventional/evaluative research designs, and involve qualitative (thematic/content analysis, Photovoice method) as well advanced quantitative data analyses (structural equation modelling, latent profile analysis, psychometric analysis).

Currently, Simon is leading research on the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of health workers.

Teaches Structural Equation Modeling

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