Dr. Kristine A. Peace
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to be involved in the criminal justice system in some way. When it came time to start my undergraduate studies, I attended the University of Lethbridge and graduated in 2000 with my Bachelor of Arts (with great distinction) in Psychology, and then commenced graduate studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During this time, I studied a wide range of topics, and decided to focus my research on the consistency of traumatic memories over time (see Peace & Porter, 2004; Porter & Peace, 2007). I defended my M.Sc. thesis in 2002 and began my Ph.D. studies shortly thereafter. I was involved in research on recovered memories (Porter, Peace, Douglas, & Doucette, in press), memories for sexual trauma (Peace, Porter, & ten Brinke, 2008), and deception detection (Porter, McCabe, Woodworth, & Peace, 2007), and served as the graduate supervisor for several honours students (e.g., Kelly Emmett, Brianna Cook, Daniel Almon). The focus of my dissertation was geared towards credibility assessment, particularly through content analysis and evaluation of malingered symptomology, of truthful and fabricated claims of victimization (see Peace & Bouvier, 2008; Peace & Porter, in press; Peace, Porter, & Cook, 2010; Porter, Peace, & Emmett, 2007). During this time, I also began teaching as a Part-Time Sessional, teaching Introductory Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Special Topics in Forensic Psychology, and was given the Sessional and Part-Time Instructor Award of Excellence for Teaching in 2006. I successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation in 2006, and these areas continue to be a major area of research for myself and my students (see Research Interests page).
I moved to Edmonton, Alberta, in 2006 and joined the faculty at Grant MacEwan University. I have continued to study various aspects of forensic psychology with both honours and independent study students (see Lab Members page), and am looking forward to continuing my research program and developing new collaborations. The students at Grant MacEwan are active members of the lab, and are an invaluable resource for conducting research and gaining further knowledge. Besides our research program, I continue to teach several courses per term (see Courses page) and thoroughly enjoy my time in the classroom. Otherwise, I serve on various hiring and departmental committees, as well as the Arts Curriculum Committee. In 2011, I took over as the Honours Advisor for the Psychology Department, which keeps me busy more than full time. I also have worked extensively on supplemental material for instructors for a number of textbooks, including powerpoints, media projects, and testbanks. I hope to commence an edited volume in the near future, and just completed my first textbook THINK Social Psychology (1st Canadian Edition) in 2012 with Pearson.
So that is me in a nutshell, if you want to know more, just drop me an email!