Jake is currently in the fifth year of his PhD in the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His master’s work involved a secondary analysis of a national dataset that shed light onto the prevalence and effects of childhood maltreatment in Canada. Specifically, he examined maltreatment perpetration within different family contexts, including among two-biological parent families, blended families, and single parent families. Particular attention was paid to the role of fathers as well as the effects of abuse on the child.
Jake completed his B.A. at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. His honours thesis examined whether variations in parent-adolescent attachment were predictive of aggression within interpersonal relationships. Specifically, he investigated the role of heightened levels of attachment anxiety and avoidance as predictors of coercive and aggressive actions that arise within close relationships. Of particular interest was the consequence of such factors on development and their relation to physical and mental health outcomes. This research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Marlene Moretti and Dr. Robert McMahon.
Before moving to Toronto, Jake spent several years working for the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion supporting youth and adults with developmental disabilities. His hobbies include hiking and music. Jake can also often be found searching for the perfect cup of coffee.