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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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Karla Emeno

Associate Professor

Undergraduate Program Director, Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

2 Simcoe Street - Room 625
Downtown Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 5972


Dr. Karla Emeno joined Ontario Tech University in 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick in 2006, and her Master of Arts degree and PhD in Forensic Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Dr. Emeno’s PhD dissertation examined the near repeat space-time clustering and prospective hot-spotting of Canadian crime.


  • MA, Forensic Psychology Carleton University
  • PhD, Forensic Psychology Carleton University

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Psychology

Research and expertise

Research supervision areas:

  • Evaluation and methods of improving various psychologically-based investigative techniques.

Research areas of specialty:

  • geographic profiling
  • police stress
  • predictive crime mapping


  • Selected publications

    Emeno, K. and Bennell, C: The Effectiveness of Calibrated Versus Default Distance Decay Functions for Geographic Profiling: A Preliminary Examination of Crime Type. Psychology, Crime & Law, 19, 215-232, 2013.

    Skomorovsky, A., Thompson, A. and Emeno, K: Life Satisfaction Among Canadian Forces Members. In A. B. Aiken and S. A. H. Bélanger (Eds.), Beyond the Line: Military and Veteran Health Research. Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.

    Bloomfield, S., Bennell, C., Emeno, K. and Musolino, E: Classifying Serial Sexual Murder/Murderers: An Attempt to Validate Keppel and Walter’s (1999) Model. Criminal Justice and Behaviour, 40, 5-25, 2013.

    Bennell, C., Emeno, K., Snook, B., Taylor, P.J. and Goodwill, A.M: The Precision, Accuracy and Efficiency of Geographic Profiling Predictions: A Simple Heuristic Versus Mathematical Algorithms. Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice, 1, 65-84, 2010.