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Hannah Scott

Hannah Scott


Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 512
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 2653


Dr. Hannah Scott is a founding faculty member of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She received her undergraduate degrees (Psychology and Sociology) from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, a Master Sociology degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario and PhD degree in Sociology from University of Alberta. Prior to arriving at the university as an associate professor, she was an assistant professor at the University of Memphis. She was the founding director of the Centre for Evaluation and Survey Research (CESR), and founding Vice-President and, later, President of the UOIT Faculty Association.


  • Undergraduate degree in Sociology McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Masters degree in Sociology University of Guelph in Ontario
  • PhD degree in Sociology University of Alberta

Courses taught



  • Graduate seminar in Criminological Theory
  • Graduate thesis


  • Graduate seminar in Victimology



  • Victimology
  • Integrated Project in Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Undergraduate Thesis


  •  Integrated Project in Criminology
  •  Issues in Organized Crime
  •  Quantitative Methods
  •  Introduction to Psychology
  •  Deviance
  •  Introduction to Sociology
  •  Introduction to Criminological Theory

Research and expertise


  • Selected publications

    Dr. Scott has authored numerous articles, chapters, encyclopedia entries and the following books:

    • Victimology: Canadians in Context (2010, Oxford University Press).
    • The Female Serial Murderer: A Well-Kept Secret of the Gentler Sex (2005, Mellen Press).

    She is also author of the film series The Virtual Teaching Assistant for the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. She has worked in the United States and Canada on several inter-agency initiatives on national and local levels.

    Recent publications:

    Scott, H. (2015). Chapter 5: Victims of Crime.  In N. Boyd’s Understanding Criminology in Canada. Toronto, ON.:  Emond Montgomery Publications.

    Scott, H. & Kotlyar, I.  (2014). A Review of Skillshed Analysis Practices and Outcomes. Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Skills Development for Future Needs of the Canadian Labour Market competition. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (file # 412-2013-2006).

    Verhaaff, A. & Scott H. (2014). Individual Factors Predicting Mental Health Court Diversion Outcome. Research on Social Work Practice.

    Scott, H. & Fleming, K. (2014). The female family annihilator: An exploratory study. Homicide Studies (Special Edition on Mass Murder), 18, 59-82.  

    Alvi, A, Scott H and Stanyon, W (2010). “We’re Locking The Door”: Family Histories in a Sample of Homeless Youth.  The Qualitative Report, 15(5), 1209-1226.

  • Presentations

    Scott, H. & Kotlyar, I. (2014). A review of skillshed analysis: Practices and outcomes. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Knowledge Synthesis Grants on Skills development for future needs of the Canadian labour market, Workshop 2 of 2.  Feb 11-12, Ottawa, ON.

    Scott, H. (2013). Victims and Victimology. Presentation given at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Durham. Brooklin, Ontario. Mar. 24.

    Scott, H. & Fleming, K. (2012). The Female Family Annihilator: Restructuring Traditional Typologies. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meetings, November 14-17, Chicago, IL

    Fleming, K, & Scott H. (2012) Patterns of mass murder among biological mothers who commit child filicide. Presentation given at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting – Theme: Sustainable Justice. March 13-17, New York, NY, USA.  

    Scott, H. (2011).  The social construction of serial homicide: The role of race and place and identifying “baby farmers.”  Presentation given at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting – Theme: Strengthening American/Canadian Justice Connections. March 1-5, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

    Scott, H. & Tuuha, S. (2011) Model III: The Centre for Evaluation and Survey Research (CESR), presented in session Research and the community: Models for working in and with communities at the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards. Monday, Nov. 21. Niagara Falls, ON. The Marriott Gateway Hotel.

    Van Nuland & Scott, H. (2010) Evaluating Civil Liberties Literacy and Attitudes towards Civil Liberties of Teacher Candidates. Paper presented at theAmerican Society of Criminology Annual Meetings, November 17-20, San Francisco, California

    Van Nuland, S., Sydor, S., & Scott, H. (2010).  A new literacy needed:  Civil liberties. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, Calgary, Alberta, April 25. 

    Scott, H. (2009) Exploring the new “Baby Farmer”: Changing trends in the serial homicide of children. Presentation presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, PA.  November 4-7.

    Stanyon, W., Whitehouse, M., Lillie, P., (March 22, 2013). Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning about Mental Illness. Advancing Recovery in Mental Health: Research Across the Continuum. Second Annual Research Day, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby, Ontario.

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