Dr. Evan McCuish is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He teaches undergraduate courses on psychological explanations of criminal behavior, young offenders, and serious and violent offenders. He also teaches a graduate course on quantitative research methods. He is the Principal Investigator of the Incarcerated Serious and Violent Young Offenders Study, which is a longitudinal research project that examines the adult outcomes of serious and violent adolescent offenders.


Q: How have you had to adapt your work life? What has been easy/hard?
Not having the interpersonal interaction with students in the classroom is difficult, but I am trying to develop new ways of creating engaging lecture content. Right now, I am learning how to use Adobe Premiere and other software to create more professional videos of my lectures. More than anything, I miss working from coffee shops.

Q: How have you had to adapt your home life? What has been easy/hard?
Working from home all day, I have basically unlimited access to coffee. I continue to fail to regulate how much of it I drink.

Q: How are you staying active?
Luckily, my dog makes sure that I get outside to move around the neighborhood, Sasamat Lake, and the surrounding areas of Port Moody. I like to run along the Shoreline trail and towards the Alderside neighborhood where there are some beautiful houses overlooking the water. The pandemic is certainly hard on a lot of people, but it has also made me feel extremely fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

Q: Advice for current SFU students during this time of physical distancing?
Try to develop a routine. Even if your lectures are asynchronous, carve out a specific time each week dedicated to listening to the lecture and taking notes; this can help ensure that you don’t fall behind. There are also “Study with Me” videos on Youtube that I have found helpful for staying motivated and focused. One of my recent favorite work music playlists on Youtube is “lofi hip hop radio - beats to relax/study to.”