More About Connie
Titles: Instructor, Psychology Area of Expertise/Degrees: B.Sc. in Genetics & Chemistry B.A. (Honors) in Psychology M.Sc. in Psychology PhD in Psychology
Connie completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Alberta in 2000. Her recent academic research interests have been concentrated on scientific literacy, specifically how readers' analyses of media reports of scientific findings affect personal decision making. Since arriving in Grande Prairie in 2001, she has also engaged in numerous community-driven studies designed to facilitate evidence-based best practices. Over her academic career, Connie has received several teaching and research awards, most recently from the Canada Council on Learning and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. As the principal investigator for the SSHRC-funded GP-Police and Crisis Team project and the SSHRC-funded Youth Belonging and Connection project, she is grateful for the support provided by the research partners. She is optimistic that the research findings will have a significant positive impact on services provided to community members and is excited about the number of research opportunities that the research projects will afford to GPRC students.
Connie is currently a member of GPRC's Board of Governors, has been a long standing member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Grande Prairie and has served on a number of community boards, currently for PACE and the Suicide Prevention and Resource Centre. She has a black belt in Shotokan Karate and may one day continue training to a second degree level. During her free time, Connie travels extensively; she hopes to visit every country on her bucket list before she retires.