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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Research highlights

The following is a list of funded research projects currently underway in 2021-2022

SSHRC Connection Grants
The dangers of techno-utopianism

Principal Investigator: Tanner Mirrlees, PhD
Co-investigator: Imre Szeman, PhD

Pandemic parenting: Resources, support, and knowledge mobilization for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Principal Investigator: Lindsay Malloy, PhD


SSHRC Exchange Grant
Offense-Supportive Cognitions and Sexual Aggression in Community Males

Principal Investigator: Leigh Harkins, PhD


SSHRC Explore Grants
Implementing Advance Consent to Medical Assistance in Dying: A Preliminary, Comparative Study

Principal Investigator: Thomas McMorrow, PhD

Examining the neural mechanisms supporting real-time social interactions in children and adolescents with high and low autistic traits

Principal Investigator: Bobby Stojanoski, PhD


SSHRC Insight Grants
Finding the gaps: Criminal justice processing of hate crime

Principal Investigator: Barbara Perry, PhD
Co-investigators (external): Allyson Lunny, PhD, David Hofmann, PhD, Irfan Chaudhry, PhD
Research partners: Department of Justice Canada, and Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Transnational environmental crime, human security and biosecurity: Building effective, integrated, preventative networks

Principal Investigator: Peter Stoett, PhD
Research partners: EcoHealth Alliance, Boise State University, Northumbria University, Australian National University, University of Maryland, University of Adelaide, University of Tasmania, University of Sheffield

An Era of Islamophobia: Navigating the Dynamics of Ethnic Identities, Social Exclusion and Emotional Well-Being among South Asian Muslim Youth in Canada

Principal Investigator: Arshia U. Zaidi, PhD
Co-investigator: Barbara Perry, PhD

Examination of Protection and Assistance Measures for Foreign Nationals Trafficked to Canada

Principal Investigator: Sasha Baglay, PhD
Co-investigator: Idil Atak, PhD
Collaborators: James C. BrownVarka Kalaydzhieva

The Multidimensional Development Impacts of Canadian-supported Investments and Policy Initiatives Abroad: The Case of Tourism and Charter Cities in Honduras

Principal Investigator: Timothy MacNeill, PhD

Restructuring Work: Labour and the Organization of Global Capitalism

Principal Investigator: Scott Aquanno, PhD
Co-investigator: Toba Bryant, PhD
Collaborator: Hilde Zitzelsberger, PhD

Using Science-Based Interviewing Techniques to Generate Accurate and Believable Alibis from Innocent Suspects
Principal Investigator: Joseph D. Eastwood, PhD
Co-investigator: Brent Snook, PhD
Understanding and Enhancing the Narratives of Immigrant Youth

Principal Investigator: Lindsay C. Malloy, PhD
Collaborators: Hilary E. Cameron, PhD, Jacqueline Evans, PhD


SSHRC Insight Development Grants
Constructing the mental health crisis: Narrative sources and media consumption by emerging adults and postsecondary institutions

Principal Investigator: Sharon Lauricella, PhD
Co-investigators: Geoffrey Navara, PhD, Elaine Scharfe, PhD

Gathering Input from Seniors on Legal and Ethical Issues Related to use of Social Robots for In-Home Support

Principal Investigator: Andrea Slane, PhD
Co-investigators: Patrick Hung, PhD, Barbara Marshall, PhD, Isabel Pedersen, PhD
Collaborators: Jane Bailey, PhD, Kirsten Ellison, PhD, Valerie Steeves, PhD

Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to Evaluate the Existence of Virtuous and Non-virtuous Motives to Empathize

Principal Investigator: Matthew Shane, PhD


SSHRC Partnership Grant
Partenariat universitaire sur la prévention du plagiat (PUPP)

Principal Investigator: Martine Peters, PhD
Co-investigators: Alain Cadieux, PhD, Alyson King, PhD, Angelina Weenie, PhD, Carolyn Creed, PhDCeceilia Parnther, PhDChristiane Blaser, PhD, Cynthia Potvin, PhD, Dimitar Angelov, PhD, Dita Dlabolova, PhD, Ece Zehir Topkaya, PhD, Elizabeth Kleinfeld, PhD, Franck Martin, PhD, Françoise Larré, PhDFrançois Vincent, PhD, George Ttoouli, PhDGuofang Wan, PhD, Irene Glendinning, PhD, Jim Hu, PhDJinrong Li, PhD, Joseph Atoyebi, PhD, Juliane Bertrand, PhD, Julien Bureau, PhD, Karine Duvignau, PhD, Kathleen O'Reilly, PhD, Laura Ribeiro, PhDLauren Fitzgerald, PhD, Martine Pellerin, PhD, Mehmet Sercan Uztosun, PhD, Milan Ojstersek, Monica Soto, PhDNicole Boubée, PhDNicole Monney, PhD, Pascal Grégoire, PhD, Patrick Giroux, PhD, Patrick Juola, PhD, Pavel Turcinek, PhD, Ricardo Correia, PhDSalim Razi, PhD, Sandra Jamieson, PhD, Sébastien Béland, PhD, Serge Larivée, PhD, Shivadas Sivasubramaniam, PhD, Stella-Maris Orim, PhD, Sylvia Burrow, PhD, Sylvie Fontaine, PhD, Sylvie Marcotte, PhD, Tim Anderson, PhD, Tomas Foltynek, PhD
Collaborators: Benoit Jeunier, PhD, Félix Langevin Harnois, Gareth Crossman, Jean-Philippe Pouliot, Laurence Huot, Nicole Picton, Rajko Golovic, Sebastian Berger, Shailene Panylo, Sonia Morin
Research partners: Canadian Federation of Students, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Cape Breton University, Corporation des bibliothécaires professionnels du Québec, Coventry University, Drew University, Duquesne University, European Network for Academic Integrity, European Students' Union, First Nations University of Canada, Georgia Southern University, Loyola University Chicago, Mendel University in Brno, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, St. John's University, The Governors of the University of Alberta, Thompson Rivers University, Université de Moncton, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Université Laval, Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, University College of the North, University of Derby, University of Maribor, University of Porto, University of Victoria, Yeshiva University

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
Devising and testing public engagement models to shape guidelines for potential use of facial recognition technologies by police

Principal Investigator: Andrea Slane, PhD
Co-investigators: Christopher O-Connor, PhD, Lisa Austin, PhD and Brenda McPhail (external, University of Toronto, Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
Research partners: Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Cobourg Police Service, Northumberland Business Development Assistance Corporation


SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants
Differential Impacts of Transition to Remote Academic Labour at GTA Universities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Principal Investigator: Natalie Oman, PhD
Co-investigatorArshia U. Zaidi, PhD, Terezia Zoric, PhD

COVID-19 and Sex Trafficking: Understanding Intersections and Amplification of Precarity for Survivors of Labour Exploitation in the Sex

Principal Investigator: Olga Marques, PhD
Co-investigator: Arshia U. Zaidi, PhD
Community Partner: Victim Services of Durham Region


SSHRC Small Grants
 Young People's Perceptions of Their Interactions with Police

Carla Cesaroni, PhD, Phillip Shon, PhD, Christopher O'Connor, PhD


New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Exploration Grant
Sustainability: An Urban Approach

Principal Investigator: Daniel Hoornweg, PhD
Co-investigators: Shilpa Dogra, PhD, Khalil El-Khatib, PhD, Matthew Stein, PhD


NSEC Grant
Research Tools and Instruments EEG equipment for studies of sleep and cognition

Co-investigator: Bobby Stojanoski, PhD


NSEC Discovery Grants
Unimodal, multimodal and machine-learning techniques to identifying structural, functional and connectivity dynamics underlying empathic accuracy

Principal Investigator: Matthew Shane, PhD


Investigating the development of higher-level cognition from childhood to adolescence

Principal Investigator: Bobby Stojanoski, PhD


NSEC PromoScience Supplement Grant
Sacred Water, Climate Change, and Indigenous Cultural Revitalization through Technology

Principal Investigator: P. Hung, PhD
Co-investigator: Timothy MacNeill, PhD


Making the Shift Inc--Youth Homelessness NCE Grants
Examining long-term trajectories in the transition away from youth homelessness in four cities across Canada

Principal Investigator: Tyler Frederick, PhD

Exploring frameworks and processes for tracking and monitoring service and housing wait times relevant to the prevention and exit from youth homelessness

Principal Investigator: Tyler Frederick, PhD


Evaluation of a micro homes pilot project in Ontario; co-designing best practices for the implementation of housing projects to address chronic homelessness

Principal Investigator: Tyler Frederick, PhD


Facebook Canada
In support of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism and the development of the Global Network Against Hate

Principal Investigator: Barbara Perry, PhD


New Frontiers in Research Fund
Factors that Influence Autistic Youth Who Engage in Online Hate

Principal Investigator: Barabara Perry, PhD


Child Mental Health in Action, Division 53 of the American Psychological Association
Pandemic Parenting

Co-investigators: Lindsay Malloy, PhD, Amanda Zelechoski, PhD, J.D.


MINDS Targeted Engagement Grant (DND)
Hateful Conduct in the CAF: Scoping the Policy Environment

Principal Investigator: Barbara Perry, PhD


MINDS Collaborative Networks Grant (DND)
Network for Research on Hateful Conduct and Right-wing Extremism In the CAF

Principal Investigator: Barbara Perry, PhD


Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC)
Examining the nature of both public and private violence and its implications for the OFOVC

Project leader: Hannah Scott, PhD


Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
Characterizing the functional organization of the human cerebellum and cerebro-cerebellar communication

Collaborator: Bobby Stojanoski, PhD

Examining the Effectiveness of a Critical Time Intervention to Stabilize Trajectories out of Homelessness for Youth

Principal Investigator: Sean Kidd, PhD, C. Psych
Co-investigator: Tyler Frederick, PhD


Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Contributions Program projects
Involving Seniors and Caregivers in Developing Privacy Best Practices: Towards the Development of Social Support Technologies for Seniors

Project leader: Andrea Slane, PhD