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Craig Bennell

Phone:613-520-2600 x 1769
Office:A533 Loeb Building


Craig Bennell is the Director of the Police Research Lab. Craig received his B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Alberta (Canada) and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Liverpool (UK), where he studied under the supervision of Professor David Canter. Craig is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University with a cross-appointment to the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. In addition, he is a member of the Forensic Psychology Research Centre. He is a previous President of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology and a previous Editor of the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. He is also a founding member of the Crime Linkage International Network based out of Birmingham, UK, and a partner in the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing.

Research Interests

Together with a great group of graduate and honours students, Craig studies three primary issues: (1) police use of force, (2) the reliability, validity, and usefulness of psychologically-based investigative techniques, and (3) evidence-based policing. The construction of the PRL was made possible through funds from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research Fund, and Carleton University. Craig’s research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Police Research Centre, Correctional Service Canada, and Carleton University.

Selected Publications

Huey, L., Blaskovits, B., Bennell, C., Kalyal, H., & Walker, T. (in press). When it comes to implementing new policing strategies and programs, are police agencies ‘targeting, testing and tracking’? Police Practice and Research: An International Journal.

Baldwin, S., Hall, C., Bennell, C., Blaskovits, B., & Lawrence, C. (2016). Distinguishing features of excited delirium syndrome in non-fatal use of force encounters. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 41, 21-27.

Bennell, C., Mugford, R., Ellingwood, H., & Woodhams, J. (2014). Linking crimes using behavioural clues: Current levels of linking accuracy and strategies for moving forward. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 11, 29-56.

Mugford, R., Corey, S., & Bennell, C. (2013). Improving police training from a cognitive load perspective. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 36, 312-337.

Bennell, C., Jones, N.J., & Taylor, A. (2011). Determining the authenticity of suicide notes: Can training improve human judgment? Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38, 669-689.

Bennell, C., Emeno, K., Snook, B., Taylor, P.J., & Goodwill, A.M. (2010). The precision, accuracy, and efficiency of geographic profiling predictions: A simple heuristic versus mathematical algorithms. Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice, 1, 65-84.

Bennell, C., Jones, N.J., & Corey, S. (2007). Does use-of-force simulation training in Canadian police agencies incorporate principles of effective training? Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 13, 35-58.