Director

Kevin Nunes

Kevin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Director of the Aggressive Cognitions and Behaviour Research (ACBR) Laboratory, and Director of the Forensic Psychology Research Centre at Carleton University. He received his BA Honours in Psychology from Concordia University and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Ottawa.

Research Interests: The main focus of his research is on the conceptualization and measurement of cognitions (e.g., attitudes, stereotypes, beliefs, expectancies, etc.) thought to be relevant to sexual and nonsexual violent behaviour, and the role these cognitions may play in violent behaviour. His main goal is to contribute to scientific knowledge about the causes of violence, which is the foundation of effective and efficient assessment and intervention aimed at managing and reducing violence.

Nunes CV

Ph.D. Students

Sacha Maimone

Sacha is currently completing her Ph.D. in Psychology at Carleton University. She received her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology and her M.A. in Psychology from Carleton University.

Research Interests: The main focus of her research is on examining the conceptualization and measurement of cognitions, particularly attitudes, thought to be relevant for violent (non-sexual) behaviour and the role these cognitions may play in violence and aggression. Other research interests include assessing cognition that is thought to be relevant to sexually violent behaviours.

Maimone CV

Anna Pham

Anna is currently completing her Ph.D. in Psychology at Carleton University. She also received her M.A. in Psychology at Carleton University. She received her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology from MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.

Research Interests: The current focus of her research is the assessment and prediction of sexual and non-sexual violence recidivism, with a particular interest in intimate partner violence recidivism. Other research interests include the conceptualization and measurement of cognitions thought to be relevant for sexual (or non-sexual) aggression and the role these cognitions may play in sexually (or non-sexually) aggressive behaviour, and the identification of factors that may lead to sexual interest in children.

Pham CV

Chloe Pedneault

Chloe is currently completing her Ph.D. in Psychology at Carleton University. She also received her B.A. Honours in psychology from Carleton University.

Research Interests: The focus of her dissertation is the validation of a new evaluation of sexual aggression against women scale. She is also currently working on a meta-analysis of indirect measures of sexual interest in children.

Pedneault CV

Josh Peters

Josh is currently completing his Ph.D. in Psychology at Carleton University. He received his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in Psychology from Carleton University with a concentration in Forensic Psychology.

Research interests: The focus of his thesis is to further explore whether denial of guilt of responsibility amongst sexual offenders reflects different underlining constructs for different sexual offenders.

Peters CV

M.A. Students

Ali Croke

Ali is currently completing her Masters in Psychology at Carleton University. She received her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology from Western University in London, Ontario.

Research Interests: The focus of her thesis is to investigate the presence and valence of evaluative attitudes towards sexual and/or nonsexual violence among offenders of intimate partner violence, and how those evaluative attitudes predict reoffending.

Croke CV

Emily Dunn

Emily is completing her Masters in Psychology at Carleton University. She received her B.A. (Hons) in psychology from Texas State University.

Research interests: The focus of her thesis is to assess evaluative attitudes towards sexual offending against children. Her other research interests include police psychology, emotional congruency with children, the impact of pornography on self esteem and sexual violence, and nutritional impact on mood, hormones, and violence.

Dunn CV

Eric Filleter

Eric is currently completing his Masters in Psychology at Carleton University. He received his B.A. (Hons) in psychology from Carleton University.

Research interests: The focus of his thesis is to further validate the Violence Propensity Vignette Questionnaire (VPVQ) by assessing it’s association with other measures of violent behaviour, and assessing whether scores on it are affected by factors known to affect real violent behaviour.

Filleter CV

Timothy Whalen

Timothy is currently completing his M.A. in Psychology at Carleton University. He also received his B.A. (Hons) in Psychology from Carleton University.

Research Interests: Timothy’s research deals with examining the relationship of premeditated and impulsive aggression with beliefs about crime and violence, psychopathic personality characteristics and the risk associated with reoffending.

Whalen CV

Past Students

Ph.D. Students

Chantal Hermann: Ph.D. 2015, Rape Supportive Cognition: Investigations Using Implicit and Explicit Measures, Internet-Based Research, and Community Samples.

Masters Students

Alicia LaPierre: M.A. 2019,

Gabrielle Lucente: M.A. 2019, Correlates of denial: Exploring the function of denial among men who commit sexual offences against children.

Josh Peters: M.A. 2019,

Lynden Perrault: M.A. 2019,

Carolyn Blank: M.A. 2017, Cognitions Supportive of Violence: Do Violent Offenders Express Evaluations, Subjective Norms, and Mitigations of Responsibility for Violence?

Anna Pham: M.A. 2016, Exploring the Underlying Constructs of Rape Cognition Scales and Their Relationship with Sexual Aggression.

Kristen White: M.A. 2015, The Relationship Between Attitudes, Peer Norms, and Sexual Aggression.

Sacha Maimone: M.A. 2014, The Relationship Between Attitudes Towards Violence and Violent Behaviour: The use of Implicit and Self-report Measures.

Cathrine Pettersen: M.A. 2013, Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Aggression Questionnaire.

Julia Berilant: M.A. 2012, Sexual Assault Prevention: Changing Explicit and Implicit Cognitions of University Men.

Jenifer Renée Malcom: M.A. 2011, Is Length of Prison Sentence Associated with Recidivism Among Sex Offenders? 

Chantal Hermann: M.A. 2010, Arousal and Attitudes towards Rape.

Ian McPhail: M.A. 2010, Emotional Identification with Children and Child Sexual Abuse.

Rikki Sewell: M.A. 2010, Arousal and Attitudes towards Child Sexual Abuse.

Kelly Babchishin: M.A. 2009, An Indirect Measure of Sexual Interest: Using the Implicit Association Test with Child Molesters.

Nick Kessous: M.A. 2009, Under the Radar: Assessing Attitudes towards Child Sexual Abuse Using the Implicit Association Test.

Undergraduate Students

Julia Fraser: B.A. (2019), Assessing the Distinctiveness of Evaluative Attitudes Towards Violence.

Jordan Moore: B.A. (2019),

Natasha Tedesco: B.A. (2018),

Anna Fedotova: B.A. (2018),

Emily Start: B.A. (2018),

Josh Peters: B.A. (2017),

Allie Doerksen: B.A. (2016), Gender roles, social desirability, and antisocial behaviour.

Chloe Pedneault: B.A. (2015),

Eric Filleter: B.A. (2015),

Mari C. Shanahan Somerville: B.A. (2015),

Hanna Foster: B.A. (2014), Changing Cognitions Regarding Rape.

Mandie Woods: B.A. (Hons) 2012, Development of a Self-Report Measure of Attitudes Towards Rape.

Samantha Davis: B.A. (Hons) 2012, A Meta-Analysis of Rape Victim-Blame Studies.

Cathrine Pettersen: B.A. (Hons) 2011, The Effect of Competitive Status on Attitudes Towards Rape.

Lesleigh Pullman: B.A. (Hons) 2011, The Effect of Mood on Attitudes Towards Rape.

Kayla Lavoie: B.A. (Hons) 2010,  A Closer Examination of the Relationship between Child Sexual Abuse and Recidivism among Sex Offenders.

Michaela Dupuis: B.A. (Hons) 2009, Implicit Attitudes towards Violence.

Renee Malcom: B.A. (Hons) 2009, The Effect of Arousal on Attitudes towards Rape in Students.

Melissa Staddon: B.A. (Hons) 2009, Validation of the Measures of Criminal Attitudes and Associates.

Thanujah Yogarajah: B.A. (Hons) 2009, The Effect of Anger on Attitudes towards Rape in Students.

Samantha Balemba: B.A. (Hons) 2008, Attitudes towards Violence: An Analysis of Implicit and Explicit Cognitions.

Katie Ratcliffe: B.A. (Hons) 2008, Implicit Attitudes towards Sexual Coercion: Do Sexually Coercive Men Evaluate Rape More Positively than Non-Sexually Coercive Men?

Amber Sperling: B.A. (Hons) 2007, Sexual Coercion: The Relationship between Attitudes and Self-Reported Behaviour.