Criminology

Personal Profile

Dr. Rachael E. Collins
Assistant Professor
Phone: 1.902.491.6475
 

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ACADEMIC BACKGROUND:

PhD University of Saskatchewan  

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS:

Risk, Violence, Multiple Homicide, Mixed Methods, Meta-Analysis 

Dr. Collins is a mixed methods criminologist who specializes in quantitative methodologies. Her primary research area is in violent behaviour. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the risk factors (e.g. social isolation, depression and personality disorders) associated with the complex behaviour of mass shooters and perpetrators of multiple homicide.  

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: 

Non-Refereed Publications 

2019           Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report – Phoenix House “Voices from the Heart of Phoenix.” Co-designed (with Dr. Stephen Schneider) the methodology and four questionnaires used to guide the research report.

2017           Collins, R. E. & Hale, M. Building communities around active teaching and learning. The Studio Sentinel. [Newsletter], Issue 1, Summer. 

Refereed Book Chapters & Book Reviews 

2020              Byers, M., & Collins, R. E. “The Dead and the Abhorred: The Return of Mother-Blame in Contemporary Serial Killer Narratives.” Abstract submitted to the book Familiar Monsters: The Serial Killer in Post-9/11 Television (accepted).

2020              Byers, M., & Collins, R. E. “Were here for something else”: Mindhunter, serial Murder and the Reverential. Invited Abstract submitted to the book Serial Killers on Screen (accepted) 

2020              Byers, M., & Collins, R. E. “He might fascinate you. I despise him with every fiber of my being”: The Female Detective in Serial Killer Narratives. Abstract submitted to the book The Female Detective on TV (accepted).

2020              Byers, M., & Collins, R. E. Romancing the Past: On Yearning, Reverence, and Serial Murder.” Abstract submitted to the book (Don’t) Look Back: Our Nostalgia for Horror and Slasher Films (accepted).

2012           Collins, R. E. Social control, moral panics and prison: Social harms produced by the myth of the ‘new’ hyper-violent girl (pp. 43-56). In: Prisons and Prison Systems: Practices, Types and Challenges, (Eds. Johan Fuhrmann and Stefan Baier).

2008           Collins, R. E. Review of the book Crime, Social Control and Human Rights: From Moral Panics to States of Denial. Essays in Honour of Stanley Cohen. Canadian Review of Sociology http://www.csaa.ca/CRSA/BookReview/ReviewsList.htm. 

 

Refereed Publications

*denotes publications with students

2020           *Williams, M., & Collins, R. E. ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’: A Narrative on Russell Williams’s Sadistic Aetiology. To be Submitted: Journal of Aggressive Behaviour

2019           *Comeau, C. M., & Collins, R. E. Every generation has its shadow. ‘A mixed methods approach to analyzing the discourse of race in the Paris Bombings Attacks. (Under Review – Journal of Radical Criminology).

2017           Collins, R. E. Applying meta-analysis to criminological research – a step-by-step approach. SAGE Research Methods, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473994782.

2016           Collins, R. E. Addressing the inconsistencies in fear of crime research: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Criminal Justice, 47, 21-31.

2016           Collins, R. E. ‘Beauty and Bullets’: A content analysis of female offenders and victims in the Canadian press. Journal of Sociology, 52, 296-310.

2015           Collins, R. E. & Marrone, D. F. Scared sick: Relating fear of crime to mental health in older adults. SAGE Open, DOI: 10.1177/2158244015602516.

2014           Collins, R. E. The construction of race and crime in Canadian print media: A 30 year analysis. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 14, 77-99.

2014           Collins, R. E. Fear and marginalization: A mixed methodological approach of the language in four Canadian newspapers. SAGE Research Methods, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305013514659.

2010           Collins, R. E. The effect of gender on violent and nonviolent recidivism: A meta-analysis. Journal of Criminal Justice, 38, 675-684. 

RECENT CONFERENCES/INVITED LECTURES:

2019         Collins, R. E. Media images of Violent Female Offenders. Saint Mary’s University. Halifax, NS. 

2019         Collins, R. E. Title: Nova Scotia Correctional Officers and Job Related Harm: Understanding Fear, Anxiety and Depression. To be presented at Congress 2019 and the Canadian Criminal Justice Association and the Société de criminologie du Québec. Quebec City, QE

2019         Collins, R. E. Title: Nova Scotia Correctional Officers and Job Related Harm: Understanding Fear, Anxiety and Depression. To be presented at the 4th North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference (NACCJPC4). Halifax, NS

2019         Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association workshop – Resilience in the Criminal Justice System. April. Dartmouth, NS

2018         Discipline and Appeals Adjudication Workshop. Saint Mary’s University                

2018         Collins, R. E., & Taweel, E. Title: Understanding the link between fear of crime and physical activity: A meta-analysis. Presented at the 8th National Conference on Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice. Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS.

2017         Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association Learning Event – Criminal Justice in Nova Scotia: Beyond ‘One size fits all.’ April. Halifax, NS                        

2016         FDSI – Faculty Development Summer Institute. July 19-22 Charlottetown, PE

2014         Collins, R. E. Title: Bombshell Bandits: An Analysis of Female Offenders and Victims in the Canadian Press. Presented at the Annual Canadian Sociological Association. Brock University, St. Catherine’s, ON.

2013         Educational Development workshop (3 day). Waterloo, ON                                      

2012         Criminology: Towards a Greater Understanding of Women and Crime. Annual Canadian Sociological Association. Waterloo, ON                                        

2012         Collins, R. E. Title: Criminology: Towards a Greater Understanding of Women and Crime. Conference Session Organizer and Judge, Annual Canadian Sociological Association, Waterloo, ON.

2011         Collins, R. E. Title: The Construction of Race and Crime in Canadian Print Media: A 30 year Analysis.  Presented at the 12th Annual Graduate Student Conference. University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.

2010         Collins, R. E. Title: Guilt by Omission: What Canadian Media do not Report about Crime. Presented at the Annual Canadian Sociological Association. Montreal, QC.  

MEDIA

  • CTV Atlantic 6 o’clock News with Steve Murphy. Interviewed by Steve Murphy. Risk factors for mass shooters. April 27, 2020
  • CTV News Halifax. Interviewed with Nick Moore. Warning signs and preventative measures for mass shootings. April 28, 2020
  • The Current with Matt Galloway. Live CBC Morning radio. “The Nova Scotia Massacre” April 27th, 2020.
  • CBC Morning Radio. Interviewed by Blair Sanderson. “Crime after Covid-19” (April, 2020).
  • Content Expert - https://www.ledevoir.com/documents/special/19-12_violence-armes-a-feu-canada/index.html “30 ans après Polytechnique, retour sur la violence par armes à feu au Canada” By Ludovic Théberge and Antoine Béland (December 6, 2019) in LeDevoir
  • Content Expert in filmed documentary “Horrible Minds” (August and September, 2019)
  • Brett Bundale for the Canadian Press “New details in U.S. woman’s appeal of sentence in Valentine’s Day plot” (February 14, 2019).

GRANTS RECEIVED (PI)

Smuworks Grant (2019) Saint Mary’s University Amount: $3603.60           

FGSR Internal Grant (2019) Amount: $6000.00

FGSR Internal Grant (2019) Amount: $3000.00        

Smuworks Grant (2018) Saint Mary’s University Amount: $3603.60                       

FGSR Internal Grant (2018) Amount: $3000.00        

Smuworks Grant (2018) Saint Mary’s University Amount: $5577.00                       

FGSR Internal Grant (2017) Amount: $2,972.50                   

Smuworks Grant (2017) Saint Mary’s University Amount: $3559.00                       

Smuworks Grant (2017) Saint Mary’s University Amount: $5460.00                       

Smuworks Grant (2016) Saint Mary’s University Amount: $5460.00

New Faculty Grant (2015) Amount: $5000.00                      

 

GRANTS RECEIVED (CO-PI)

SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund (2020). Dr. Michael Zhang (PI).“Supporting Youth with Mental Health Conditions using Machine Learning Analytics.” Amount: $250,000.00.

SSHRC Connections Grant (2018). Dr. Livingston (PI). Amount: $23,030.00.   

STUDENT SUPERVISION

Graduate Supervision (Current)

2018-Present          Alicia McVarnock, Committee Member, MA Candidate in Psychology

2017 - 2019           Timi Idris, Supervisor, MA Candidate in Criminology (Graduated)

2017-Present          Igor Pekelyn, Committee Member, MA Candidate in Criminology

Honours Supervision (Current)

 

Honours Supervision (Completed)

2019-2020              Martin Williams, Supervisor, Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Criminology

2019-2020              Erin Miller, Supervisor, Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Criminology 

2018-2019              ZiMo Meng, Supervisor, Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Criminology

2018-2019              Kaitiee Fleming, Supervisor, Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Criminology

2017-2018              Jordan Dempsey, Supervisor, Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Criminology

2016-2017              Nathan Cox, Supervisor, Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Criminology

2016-2017              Kala Rafuse, Supervisor, Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Criminology

2016-2017              Chantale Comeau, Supervisor, Undergraduate Honours Thesis in Criminology 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

2017-2019               Emily Taweel, Criminology Student (Paid)

2018-2019               Audhora Rahman, Criminology Student (Volunteer)

2018-2019               Johnathan Lander, Criminology Student (Paid)

2018                        Ashton Bremner, Criminology Student (Volunteer)

2018                        Matt Allain, Criminology Student (Volunteer)

2017-2018               Maxwell Long, Criminology Student (Volunteer)

2017-2018               Erica Langille, Criminology Student (Volunteer)

2017                       Marlee Jordan, Criminology Graduate Student (Volunteer)

2016-2018               Chantal Comeau, Criminology Student (Paid)

2016-2017               Jordan Dempsey, Criminology Student (Paid)

2015-2016               Rebeka King, Sociology Student (Paid)

2013-2014               Cory Blumenfeld, Psychology Student, Wilfrid Laurier University (Volunteer)

2013-2014               Danish O'Habib, Psychology Student, Wilfrid Laurier University (Volunteer) 

COURSE LISTINGS:

  • CRIM 2304  Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • CRIM 3102  Quantitative Research Methods
  • CRIM 3520  Understanding Mass Murder
  • CRIM 4838  Serial Murder