Our Researchers

Dr. Rose Ricciardelli
Research Chair, Safety, Security, and Wellness
Research Areas:
Public Safety, Mental and Social Health, Gender, Masculinities, Seafarers & Mariners, Wellness, Punishment & Society, Prisons, Correctional Workers, Police, Online Risks, Firefighting (off shore and on land), Vulnerabilities, Reentry after Prison, Stigma, Policy

Rosemary [Rose] Ricciardelli, Ph.D., is Professor in the School of Maritime Studies (PhD, Sociology), Research Chair in Safety, Security, and Wellness, at the Fisheries and Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Elected to the Royal Society of Canada (2019), she is also an inaugural member (and the Co-Chair) of the Academic, Research and Clinician Network Advisory Council (ARC NAC), and founding member, of the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT). Her additional affiliations and appointments include: an Associate Scientist at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health, an Affiliate Scientist with Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and a Research Fellow with John Howard’s Society of Toronto and Crossroads Day Reporting Centre. She has published over 205 journal articles, over 50 chapters and given over 350 presentations and invited talks, all in a range of academic journals including the British Journal of Criminology, Punishment & Society, Sex Roles, and Theoretical Criminology. She has authored six books and six edited collections. In her first entitled Surviving Incarceration: Inside Canadian Prisons (2014), she explores the realities of penal living for federally incarcerated men in Canada. Her other books include Violence, Sex Offenders, and Corrections (with D. Spencer, 2017), and Also Serving Time: Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Correctional Officers, which focused on the work experiences of correctional officers (sole-authored, 2019). She has also published four edited collections, including Engaging with Ethics in International Criminological Research (co-edited) and After Prison: Navigating Employment and Reintegration (co-edited).

Dr. Ricciardelli’s research centres on evolving understandings of gender, vulnerabilities, risk, and experiences and issues within different facets of the criminal justice system and among seafarers -- including those responsible for public safety at sea. Beyond her work on the realities of penal living and community re-entry for federally incarcerated men in Canada, her current work includes a focus on the experiences of correctional officers and staff given the potential for compromised psychological, physical, and social health inherent to the occupations. She is an advocate for non-criminalizing processes for all citizens in contact with the law and works on the creation and implementation of restorative practices for youth in certain areas of Newfoundland and Labrador, with diverse police service providers and communities. Online experiences of risk and responding to such risk among youth remains a central area of research, to which she has a book, co-authored with Dr. M. Adorjan at the University of Calgary with Routledge entitled: Cyber-risk and Youth: Experiencing Digital Citizenship. Beyond work in the direct areas of peer support, she has been involved in peer support app creation and construction for a police service, app evaluation for public safety services, and other peer support app studies.

Her sources of active research funding include: Correctional Services Canada (CSC), Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN), Union of Safety and Justice Employees (USJE), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), and Memorial University’s Office of the Vice President Research, among others. She leads a longitudinal study on the mental health and well-being experiences of correctional officers employed by Correctional Services Canada.