Prior to teaching at Mohawk, Stephanie served 24 years with the Halton Regional Police Service and retired holding the rank of Sergeant. Stephanie spent many years as a Detective in the Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Unit and Domestic Violence Unit and was also a member of the Hostage/Crisis Negotiator team. She also held a secondment at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service supporting the Policing Standards section by providing general operational expertise and advice in relation to current policing issues. Stephanie is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and was a Team Leader with the Halton Regional Police Service’s Peer Support Team. Stephanie continues to be involved in the area of mental health for front line professionals and has co-authored 2 books on this topic with fellow faculty member Marc Laferriere.
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Toronto and her Masters degree in social work from McMaster University and views learning as a life-long endeavor.