Name Janos Botschner
School School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice
Academic and Professional Designations
  • Joint Doctorate, Applied Social and Developmental Psychology 

  • Master of Arts, Personality Psychology (Personality and Individual Differences) 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Psychology 

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Specialization in Human Genetics

Title Chair
Program/School Portfolio

Department of Community Safety, including the following programs: 

Advanced Police Studies (Ontario Graduate Certificate) 

Paralegal Studies (Ontario Graduate Certificate) 

Police Foundations (Ontario College Diploma) 

Protection, Security and Investigation (Ontario College Diploma) 

Pre Service Fire Fighter Education and Training (Ontario College Certificate)

Areas of Expertise & Interest
  • Emerging paradigms for community safety and wellbeing, including cybersecurity 

  • Public policy, programs, services and supports for vulnerable populations 

  • Applied research, strategic consulting, system and program development and evaluation

Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities
  • 20 years involvement in post-secondary education; 4 years as Department Chair  

  • 4 years as founding director of community-based research institute with local, provincial and national level project funding in excess of $1 million; concurrent position as senior manager of direct service agency 

  • 6 years Ontario Public Service managing province-wide initiatives including unit implementing new legislation with development of associated delivery structures and information system 

  • Currently member of Waterloo-Wellington Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee

Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications

    Scholarly and applied research projects focusing on:  

    • Community safety 

    • Mental health initiatives 

    • Human service systems 

    • Strategic planning and organizational development 

    Over 70 peer reviewed articles, chapters, technical reports, instructional texts, and conference presentations focusing on: 

  • Community safety 

  • Social psychology, mental health, social support 

  • Program evaluation and community-based research

Additional Information My professional career has been devoted to fostering wellbeing, resilience and prosperity in an increasingly connected world. I’ve done this by helping to strengthen the capacity of organizations and communities to be healthy, safe, inclusive, supportive, productive and innovative. 

I have
pursued this through a variety of roles including: applied psychologist, working with community groups and organizations, and at the public policy level; as a researcher, consultant and funder; as a public sector manager and administrator; and as an educator and academic leader.

My work has ranged from homelessness, mental health, and disabilities, to hate crimes, community safety, and cyber security.

 Janos Botschner