Lorna is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Western Ontario and Vanier Scholar. She is the Founder of the Missing Persons Research Hub, Commentaries Editor for Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, and Research Assistant at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is also an Independent Research Consultant, focusing on policing, evidence-based policing, missing persons, qualitative research, and program evaluation. Previously, Lorna was the Director of Operations for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing but stepped away from that role to develop the Missing Persons Research Hub. She has worked in several research positions on different topics with researchers from Canada, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Lorna received her M.A. in Sociology and B.A. Honor Specialization in Criminology from the University of Western Ontario. Before entering (and during) her Masters degree, she worked at the Correctional Service of Canada in Parole and Community Corrections. 

Lorna is a criminologist who has dedicated over nine years to studying crime and criminal justice and working in this field. Overall, she has a broad interest in policing research and developing evidence-based approaches to policing and crime prevention, including issues related to firearms, crime concentration, police data, cybercrime, persons with mental illness, and police reform. Her specialization is police responses to missing person cases. This research aims to fill in knowledge gaps on 'what works,' 'what doesn't work,' and 'what we still don't know' in terms of how to most effectively and efficiently search for and investigate missing persons. She has educated, trained, and partnered with over forty police services and several individual police officers to enhance police practices and policies and police officer knowledge on missing persons.


With her research, outreach, and the Missing Persons Research Hub, her ultimate goals are to improve scholarship in this area and contribute to preventing and reducing missingness. Lorna's research has been published in peer-reviewed journals in her field and has been the subject of many local, national, and international presentations. Her most recent research has appeared in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Policing & Society, and Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. 

Find more information on my work and research experience here.