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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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Lesley Zannella

Academic Associate

Forensic Psychology

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

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

905.721.8668 ext. 5896


Dr. Lesley Zannella received her PhD in Social Psychology from Ryerson University in 2020. Her research examines the rehabilitation and reintegration of rightfully and wrongfully convicted individuals, with a specific focus on the stigma that exonerees experience post-release, and the potential compounded effects of discrimination that Black and Indigenous exonerees experience.


  • MA, Social Psychology Ryerson University
  • PhD, Social Psychology Ryerson University

Courses taught

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Stereotypes and Prejudice
  • Jury Decision-Making


  • Selected publications
    Zannella, L., Clow, K., Rempel, E., Hamovitch, L., & Hall, V. (2020). The effects of race and criminal history on landlords’ (un)willingness to rent to exonerees, Law and Human Behaviour, 44, 300-310, doi: 10.1037/lhb0000419.

    Zannella, L., Vahedi, Z., & Want. S. (2020). What do undergraduate students learn
    from participating in psychological research? Teaching of Psychology, 47. 121-129, doi: 10.1177/0098628320901379.
  • Selected presentations
    Zannella, L., & Burke, T. (March, 2020). The relationship between negative perceptions of exonerees and reintegration recommendations. Paper presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Conference, New Orleans, LA.

    Cardoso, C., Zannella, L., Hamovitch, L., Rempel, E., & Burke, T. (March, 2020). Examining layperson’s perceptions of female exonerees and their post-release programming needs. Poster presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Conference, New Orleans, LA.

    Zannella, L., Clow, K., Rempel, E., & Hall, V. (March 2019). Is this property still available? Stigma as a barrier for exonerees seeking housing. Paper presented at the American Psychology-Law Society Conference, Portland, OR.