Research in the Psychology, Law, and Culture Lab is directed by Dr. Alicia Nijdam-Jones, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba

Areas of Focus


We research the utility and reliability of the forensic measures we utilize as mental health professionals with culturally and linguistically diverse adults involved with the criminal justice system

Forensic Assessment

We examine the use of forensic assessment (e.g., violence risk, feigning, etc.) measures with individuals involved in the criminal justice system in order to better address both individual needs and also improve forensic mental health decision making.


We study the clinical, demographic, and stalking characteristics of individuals who engage in stalking offenses in order to better inform risk assessment and management.


We explore criminal justice service utilization alongside the perspectives of patients and consumers through qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Lab Methodology

Our program of research uses quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine forensic assessment measures, consumer-centred outcomes, and cross-cultural issues in psychological assessment and mental health services. In addition to individual supervision, weekly lab meetings facilitate collaboration and support within the lab. Graduate students are encouraged to work on their own research and collaborate with peers on larger lab projects. Students are also encouraged to publish and present their research at both national and international conferences.

We appreciate your interest in the Psychology, Law, and Culture Lab. Please browse our website to learn more about who we are and the research that we are doing. If you are interested in volunteering with the lab, please review our Get Involved page. If you would like further information or are interested in potential collaborations, please contact Dr. Nijdam-Jones at alicia.nijdam-jones@umanitoba.ca.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectively acknowledge that members of the PLC Lab and the University of Manitoba campuses are located on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

About Us

The Psychology, Law, and Culture lab uses quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine cross-cultural issues in forensic assessment and justice-involved consumer-centered outcomes.


Department of Psychology
190 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2N2