Brent is currently a fifth-year PhD student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He is originally from Flatrock, a small town just outside of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, but now enjoys his high-rise view of the Toronto skyline.
Prior to his arrival at OISE, Brent completed his Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Applied Social Psychology degrees at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His honours thesis focused on adults’ ability to detect deception in children’s stories, while his Master’s thesis examined inmates’ implicit associations with alcohol, and how those associations linked with past criminal offending. While completing these programs, he worked as a Student Policy Analyst at the Disability Policy Office and Mental Health and Addictions, both departments within the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. At that time, he also coordinated a friendly visitation program for inmates at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s.
Currently, Brent is a part of the High Risk Safety project, a second responder program based on the Risk, Needs, and Responsivity model, charged with providing counselling and systemic intervention to moderate- and high-risk men who have been accused of domestically-violent offenses. His doctoral work focuses on examining process (i.e., “What did we actually do?”) and outcome (i.e., “Did it work?”) measures within this project.
Brent’s hobbies include tennis, reading, and all things food-related. He’s even been known to look forward to his weekly grocery shopping! If you’re out in the city, you’ll recognize him as “that guy who’s eating WAY too much ice cream right now”.