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Webcast Roundtables: Critical Incident Response

June 2, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Truro, Nova Scotia

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  • Roundtable 1: Critical incident decision-making including stress management
    • Dr. Laurence Alison: Professor of Investigative and Forensic Psychology at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, where he also received his PhD. 
    • Dr. Judith Andersen: Associate Professor of Psychology and Affiliated Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Health, Adaptation, Research on Trauma (HART) Lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga. 
    • Supt. Wallace Gossen: Has been with York Regional Police (YRP) for 32 years and is currently the officer in charge of Operational Command. 
    • Dr. Matthew McAllister: Assistant Professor of exercise science and the director of the metabolic and applied physiology laboratory at Texas State University. 
    • Dr. Neil Shortland: Director for the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 
  • Roundtable 2: Contextualizing critical incident response: risks and trade-offs
    • Dr. Judith Andersen: See biography above. 
    • Dr. Paula Di Nota: Received her Ph.D. in Psychology from York University in 2017, specializing in Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Sciences and affiliated with the world-renowned Centre for Vision Research. 
    • Dr. Benjamin Goold: Professor at the Allard School of Law who holds degrees in law and economics from the University of Tasmania, as well as a BCL and doctorate from the University of Oxford. 
    • Dr. Kimmo Himberg: Retired at the end of 2021 as the Rector of the national Police University College, after having served the Police of Finland for over 30 years. 
    • Dr. El Jones: Assistant Professor in the department of Political and Canadian studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. 
    • Dr. Hunter Martaindale: Director of Research for the ALERRT Center at Texas State University. 

Visit the Roundtables webpage to learn more about the core themes of the roundtables and the members participating.


  • For documents related to the roundtables, visit the Research and Commissioned Reports page.
  • Visit the Roundtable webpage for more information on other discussions held to date. 
  • All timing, agendas, format and schedules are subject to change and will be updated here as required.


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