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Craig Bennell

Director of the PRL

Degrees:Ph.D. (University of Liverpool)

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 on the advisory council of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing. Together with a great group of graduate and honours students, Craig studies three primary issues: (1) evidence-based policing, (2) police de-escalation and use of force, and (3) the reliability, validity, and usefulness of psychologically-based investigative techniques. 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, Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Canadian Police Research Centre, Correctional Service Canada, and Carleton University. Please browse the PRL website to find more information about Craig’s research interestspublications, and presentations. You can find a copy of Craig’s CV here. If you are interested in potential collaborations or supervision, please contact Craig directly.