Leslie-Anne Keown

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:Ph.D., Calgary


Dr. Keown currently works full-time at Statistics Canada in Ottawa as an analyst/editor for the flagship publication Canadian Social Trends. In her capacity at Statistics Canada she also works on gender issues, consults on quantitative methodologies (especially scale construction, factor analysis and longitudinal analysis) and works on survey development (especially with the General Social Survey).

Before moving to Ottawa, Dr. Keown ran the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at the University of Calgary.  In this position her responsibilities included managing the day-to-day operations of the RDC, advising researchers on proposed or ongoing analysis that involves Statistics Canada Surveys and evaluating papers and proposals of researchers while continuing her own research.

Dr. Keown enjoys teaching and regularly teaches in the areas of criminology, statistics, and research methods.

Research Interests and Areas of Expertise

Dr. Keown has a broad range of research interests and has published in a variety of fields.  Her graduate work and some recent publications have focused on personal crime precautions and fear of crime especially through a gendered lens. In addition, recent work has focused on fertility decision making, social networks and dealing with change, work-life balance and time use and time fragmentation. She also has an expertise in quantitative research methodologies and statistical analysis.

Recent Publications

Keown, L.A. (March 9, 2011). The financial knowledge of Canadians.  Canadian Social Trends.

Keown, L.A. (2010). Precautions taken to avoid victimization: A Gender Perspective. Canadian Social Trends 89 (Summer): Catalogue No. 11-008.

Benzies, K., Edwards, N., Tough, S., Nagan, K., Mychasiuk, R., Keown, LA & Donnelly, C. (2010). Effects of a two-generation preschool programme on receptive language skill in low-income Canadian children. Early Childhood Development and Care:180(3).

Benzies, K. M., Trute, B., Worthington, C., Reddon, J., Keown, L. A., & Moore, M. (2010). Assessing psychological well-being in mothers of children with disabilities: The psychometric evaluation of the Parenting Morale Index and the Family Impact of Childhood Disability scale. Journal of Pediatric Psychology (Sept.).

Keown, L.A. (2009). 2008 General Social Survey Report:  Social Networks help Canadians Deal with Change. Canadian Social Trends 88 (Winter): Catalogue No. 11-008.

Crompton, S., Keown, L.A. (2009). Do Parental Benefits Influence Fertility Decisions?   Canadian Social Trends 88 (Winter): Catalogue No. 11-008.

Gibbs, Van Brunschot, E. Laurendeau, J. & Keown, L.A. (2009).  The global and the local: Precautionary behaviours in the realms of crime, health, and home safety. Canadian Journal of Sociology 34(2):403-430.

Crompton, S., Keown, L.A. (2009). Going on vacation: Benefits sought from pleasure travel.   Canadian Social Trends 87 (Summer): Catalogue No. 11-008.

Benzies, K., Keown, L.A., Magill-Evans, J. (2009). Immediate and sustained effects of parenting on physical aggression in Canadian children to 6 years of age. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 54(1):55-64.

Wang J., Keown LA, Patten SB, Williams JVA, Currie SR, Beck CA, Maxwell CJ, El-Guebaly NA. (2008). A population-based study in ways of dealing with daily stress: Comparisons among individuals with mental disorders, with long-term general medical conditions and healthy people. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (Nov. 27, online).

Keown, L.A. (2008). A profile of perceptions of incivility in the metropolitan landscape. Canadian Social Trends 86 (Winter): Catalogue No. 11-008.

Keown, L.A. (2007). Canadians and their non-voting political activity. Canadian Social Trends 83 (Summer): 35-40. Catalogue No. 11-008.

Keown, L.A. (2007). Time Escapes me: Workaholics and time perception. Canadian Social Trends 83 (Summer): 30-34. Catalogue No. 11-008.

Keown, L.A. (2007). Keeping up with the times: Canadians and their news media diet. Canadian Social Trends 83(Summer): 12-18. Catalogue No. 11-008.