The Canadian Child Interviewing Research Team (CCIRT) is a group of three Canadian research labs examining methods for obtaining the most honest and accurate reports from child witnesses and victims. Our focus is on working with partners to understand evidence-based methods for improving children’s testimony on the stand and forensic interviewing practices (e.g., what questions are challenging for children to accurately answer and what issues may threaten a child’s credibility). We are dedicated to learning about how to support children in reporting their experiences within the legal systems as well as supporting legal professionals on how to talk to children about their experiences using empirically based best practices.

Meet our team

Kaila Bruer_crop

Kaila Bruer,
PhD

Director

founding member

Assistant Professor, Psychology
University of Regina

Dr, Angela Evans

Angela Evans,
PhD

Research Team Lead

founding member

Associate Professor, Psychology
Brock University

Shanna Williams PhD_crop

Shanna Williams,
PhD, C-Psych

Training and Community Connections team Lead

Founding Member

Assistant Professor, Educational and Counselling Psychology
McGill University

IMG_1779

Heather Price, PhD

Member

Professor, Psychology
Thompson Rivers University

Breanne Wylie

Breanne Wylie

Research Associate

TEAM LEAD- QUESTIONING CHILDREN IN CANADIAN COURTS
Ph.D. Candidate, 2022

Brock University

M.Baker_professional_image

Matt Baker

Research Associate

TEAM LEAD – CHILD MALTREATMENT COVID-19 PROJECT
Ph.D. Candidate, 2024
McGill University

IMG_7186

Payton Wood

legal researcher

J.D. Candidate, 2021
Dalhousie University

Madelyne Coote

Madelyne Coote

Research Intern

Brock Research Training Award
Psychology Major (BA ’22)
Brock University