Dr. Nadine Deslauriers-Varin is an Associate professor of Criminology at the School of Social work and Criminology at Université Laval, Quebec, Canada. She received her BSc and MSc in Criminology from University of Montreal (QC, Canada) and she completed her PhD at the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada) in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Eric Beauregard. Her PhD research project was supported by the prestigious Vanier Canada scholarship and looked at the environmental consistency displayed by serial sex offenders for crime linkage purposes. She is an affiliated with the International Center of Comparative Criminology (ICCC) - for which she also acts as the head of the ICCC – Université Laval division-, and a collaborator for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing. She is also the Director of the Criminology bachelor and certificate programs at Université Laval.
Nadine’s research has been funded, among others, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et culture, and the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General through the British Columbia’s Crime Reduction Research Program. Most of her research projects are carried out in collaboration with local, provincial or federal police forces and aim at developing better investigative practices (e.g., suspect identification and prioritization for serial sexual and violent crimes and police interrogation practices) and better prevent sexual and violent crimes (situational crime prevention). Her work has been published in top tier peer-reviewed journals in her field and has been the subject of many scientific papers, book chapters, and presentations. She is currently acting as the guest editor for two special issues related to police investigations (Criminologie; Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology) and is working on a book on investigative techniques and operational challenges associated with criminal investigations of sexual offenses (with co-editor Dr. Craig Bennell) to be published by Springer early 2021.
Bryanna Fox is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida (USF), and Faculty Affiliate in the Florida Mental Health Institute. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge and is a former FBI Special Agent. Her main research interests include evidence-based policing and crime prevention, developmental and life-course criminology, forensic psychology and prolific offenders. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in top tier outlets to include: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Justice Quarterly, Law & Society Review, and Psychological Bulletin.
She is current Co-Editor of the Justice Quarterly and a member of Editorial Boards for journals including Criminology & Public Policy, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice, Policing: An International Journal and the Journal of Criminal Justice. She is lead author of the 2020 book Evidence-Based Offender Profiling (Routledge), and her research has received over $2.3 million in federal and private funding. She is current Director and Founder of the SPRUCE Research Lab at USF, on the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology (ASC)’s Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology (DLC), and recipient of the 2017 Early Career Award from the ASC Division of DLC, 2019 USF Outstanding Research Achievement Award, and the 2014 Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Dr. Haginoya is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Psychology, NYU Shanghai. He previously worked as a psychologist for Tochigi Prefectural Police Headquarters in Japan. His research focuses on building a structured method of crime linkage aiming to develop a crime linkage support system. Other research projects include child sexual abuse interviewing training, polygraph test (concealed information test), and offender and geographic profiling. He has provided advice to the police about investigations and child sexual abuse interviewing training. Dr. Haginoya and his colleagues have also developed a geographic profiling software for practical use. Its trial version is available here:
Dr. Porter is an Associate Professor in Data Science and Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia (https://faculty.virginia.edu/mdporter). His research in the area of crime linkage involves the use of statistical and machine learning techniques to discover and model linkages in large disparate data. This has resulted in publications in Legal and Criminological Psychology, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A), The American Statistician, and the R package crimelinkage. Dr. Porter’s other research areas include event prediction and forecasting and pattern/event/anomaly detection.