Adolescent Risk and Resilience Lab

Strategies to Reduce Violence, Offending, and Harm

Research


Our work focuses violence and offending in adolescents. We:

Develop and evaluate risk assessment tools
Develop risk reduction and intervention-planning tools
Help agencies implement evidence-based practices
Investigate strengths that protect adolescents

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START

The START:Adolescent Version is a risk assessment tool designed to predict adolescent's risks of harm to others (e.g., violence, offending) and risks of being harmed (e.g., victimization, suicide).

Overview
User Guide
Knowledge Guide

ARROW

The Adolescent Risk Reduction and Resilient Outcomes Work-Plan (ARROW) is a risk management and intervention-planning tool for adolescents. It provides a structured template and resources for bridging risk assessments to evidence-based interventions.

Overview

Our lab


Dr. Viljoen
Dr. Jodi Viljoen is an Associate Professor of Clinical and Law-Forensic Psychology and the Associate Director of the Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence. She has published over 50 articles and chapters, and made over 150 presentations. Dr. Viljoen received the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Contributions.
Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Douglas, M.A.
Jennifer's research focuses on violence, mental health, and impulsivity. She is Ph.D. student in Clinical Forensic Psychology, and holds a SSHRC Doctoral Award.
Etta Brodersen, M.A.
Etta's research focuses on resilience and turning points in adolescent offenders, and program evaluation. She is Ph.D. student in Psychology and Law, and holds a SSHRC Doctoral Award.
Curriculum Vitae
Carmelina Barone, M.A.
Carmelina's research focuses on violence and victimization in individuals with severe mental illnesses. She is Ph.D. student in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, and holds a SSHRC Doctoral Award.
Curriculum Vitae
Andrew Gray, M.A., B.S.T.
Andrew's research focuses on risk assessment, dynamic change, and statistics. He is Ph.D. student in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, and holds a SSHRC Doctoral Award.
Curriculum Vitae
Catherine Shaffer, M.A.
Catherine's research focuses on risk assessment, violence, and psychopathy. She is Ph.D. student in Psychology and Law, and holds a SSHRC Doctoral Award.
Curriculum Vitae
Nicole Muir, B.A., B.Ed.
Nicole's research focuses on Aboriginal youth, trauma, and foster care. She is an M.A. student in Child Clinical Psychology, and holds a SSHRC Doctoral Award.
Curriculum Vitae
Aisha Bhanwer, B.Sc. Hon.
Aisha's research focuses on protective factors, callous-unemotional features, and adolescent offending. She is an M.A. student in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, and holds a SSHRC Masters Award.
Curriculum Vitae

Undergrad Students
Dana Cochrane: risk, mental illness, psychopathy
Nicole Spani: adolescent offenders, criminal justice
Samara Wessel: psychopathy, sex offending
Raina Dutchyn: resiliency, treatment, antisocial personality
Phillipa Schwartz: statistics, psychology, law
Jenny Yang: youth crime, desistance, strengths
Cassandra Leong: youth offenders, trauma, bullying
Hannah Visser: mental health, substance use
Henri Lu: neuroscience, protective factors, health

Contact Us


Adolescent Risk and Resilience Lab
Phone
778 782-4362
Address
RCB 5246, 8888 University Drive
Dept. of Psychology
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
Email
Michelle Collins (mcollins@sfu.ca), Lab Manager
Jodi Viljoen (jviljoen@sfu.ca), Director