Who We Are

Robin Cox, PhD

23d0da2Robin Cox is a Professor and Program Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Program at Royal Roads University, where she directs the ResiliencebyDesign Research Lab. Robin’s interests in youth engagement, participatory research, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption have inspired her to pioneer a range of Creative Action Research strategies to explore the interconnections of disasters, climate change, and community resilience.

Sarah Fletcher, PhD

s200_sarah.fletcherSarah Fletcher is a Medical Anthropologist and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University.

Her research interests include youth perspectives on stress and resilience, healthy communities, and the participation of youth in research and community engagement processes.

Leila Scannell, PhD

Leila Scannell is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University.

As an environmental psychologist, her research interests include place attachment, disaster resilience in children and youth, attitudes toward climate change, and sustainable behavior. 

Cheryl Heykoop, Doc Soc. Sci

Cheryl Heykoop is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanitarian Studies and the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University and a Research Associate with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.

Her research engages children and youth to explore their lived realities of disaster, conflict, violence, healing, and recovery.

Tamara Plush, PhD

Tamara Plush is a Mitacs Elevate Fellow in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University. With a history of research and practice in international development communication and filmmaking.

Her research interests include participatory media, climate change, disaster risk reduction, citizen voice and social justice.

Tiffany Hill

Tiffany Hill is a Research Assistant in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab and is a candidate for the Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Royal Roads University. She has extensive experience working with children and young people in a variety of local and international contexts. Her research interests include resilience, bereavement, leadership, disasters, and policy.

Matt Godsoe

Matt Godsoe is a Doctoral Candidate in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab. When not at the Lab, he also manages the Emergency Management Research Unit at Public Safety Canada. He holds a Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management, a Graduate Certificate in Counter-terrorism studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

His research interests are focused on building linkages between the variables that make communities resilient against all threat and hazard types. A former technical rescue instructor, Matt remains operational by volunteering as an incident commander with Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue.

Brooks Hogya

Brooks Hogya is undertaking a Masters degree in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University. There, he is collaborating with the ResiliencebyDesign Innovation Research Lab to combine his love of gaming and his passion as an educator to co-design an evidence-informed disaster game that supports learning and action to address disaster risk reduction and resilience. He is also the founder of Slipstream Wilderness First Aid, with over 25 years of experience of putting learning to practice.

Mark Altermann

Mark Altermann is a Masters student in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University. Mark’s 28 years in policing have been focused on working with stakeholders from diverse communities to develop programs and strategies promoting positive youth engagement and mentoring, crime prevention, and public education.

His research interests include the impact of culture on disaster preparedness, youth resilience and engagement for disaster risk reduction, and the relationship between social development and disaster resilience.

Susanna Niederer Moeini

Susanna Niederer Moeini is in her second year of the Master’s Program in Disaster and Emergency Management with Royal Roads University and writing her thesis on “Transformative Climate Adaptation among Youth”. She also works as Strategist with the City of Calgary’s Climate Program Unit and coordinates the Climate Change Adaptation Plan development for the city. Prior to her current role Susanna worked as Business Continuity & Recovery Planner with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency. She has an academic background in Business Administration, Marketing and Environmental Management.  

Laura Wright

Laura Wright holds a MEd in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, from the Ontario Institute School of Education, University of Toronto and is a Masters of Arts in Global Leadership candidate at Royal Roads University. She is a Child Protection Specialist at Right To Play International. Laura values networks and collaboration and is an active member of the International Child Protection Network of Canada (Steering Committee and Children’s Participation Working Group lead), International Child Safeguarding in Sport Founders Group, and the Canadian Children’s Rights Academic Network (CRAN). Her research interests include children and youth’s meaningful participation, leadership, education, play and child protection.

Kassandra Cox

Kassandra CoxKassandra Cox is a research assistant in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University, as well as a student at SFU. She currently holds an Associate’s Degree in Psychology and is working towards a Bachelor’s of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include abnormal psychology, child development, and at-risk youth interventions. 

Roxanna Trask

Roxy TraskRoxanna Trask is a research assistant in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Mount Royal University. Her main interests are related to disaster and emergency management, policy, and social justice.

Trevor Dixon-Bennett

Trevor Dixon BennettTrevor Dixon-Bennett is an Ethnoecologist and filmmaker specializing in documenting an communicating the complex intersection of culture and environment. Driven by collaboratively working towards innovative solutions to social and ecological issues, Bennett has worked as a consultant and filmmaker for a variety of Indigenous and community groups. With the RbD Lab, Bennet is a researcher, writing a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis paper exploring the social and ecological impacts of energy systems on children and youth. Trevor has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria.

Andria Scanlan, PhD

Andria ScanlanAndria Scanlan has a PhD in Health Education from the University of Idaho, an MSc. in Sport Science from Washington State and an MBA from Auckland University. Andria spent 5 years as Clinical Faculty at UBC’s Centre for Community Child Health Research and the Associate Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit. She has worked in the Silicon Valley developing healthy lifestyle applications for hard and software solutions. Her work focus is evidenced based health youth research and development  projects.

Christian Galitzine

Christian GalitzineChristian Galitzine is a research assistant in the ResiliencebyDesign Lab at Royal Roads University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and is starting a Master’s in public administration in Fall of 2016. Her main interests lie in policy and program evaluation.

Tess Raithby

Tess RaithbyTess Raithby is a research assistant for the ResiliencebyDesign lab and is in her first year of the Master’s of Conflict Analysis and Management degree at Royal Roads. She recently graduated from UBC with a bachelor’s of Psychology and Political Science. Her main interests are related to youth development.

Lori Peek, PhD

Lori Peek is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University. She studies vulnerable populations in disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina.

Jennifer Tobin-Gurley

Jen Torbin-GurleyJennifer Torbin-Gurley is the Director of Research and Engagement at the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University (CSU). She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from CSU in 2005 and M.A. in Sociology in 2008. Jennifer’s master’s thesis research drew on qualitative interviews with local disaster recovery workers and single mothers who were displaced to Colorado after Hurricane Katrina. Her dissertation research will focus on the educational continuity of two schools following the 2013 floods in northern Colorado.

Crystal Tremblay, PhD

Crystal TremblayCrystal Tremblay is a Research Affiliate with the ResiliencebyDesign lab, bringing experience and support in social innovation, participatory arts-based methodologies, and program evaluation. She is the Research Director for the UNESCO Chair of Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, and Research Associate at the University of Victoria’s Office of Community University Engagement.