Adam Ellis

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PhD (ABD), 2015 entry

adam.ellis@mail.utoronto.ca

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Research Interests

Trauma, PTSD and Gang Violence

Dissertation

“Reconceptualizing Urban Warfare in Canada: Exploring the Relationship between Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Violence among Combat Soldiers and ‘Street Soldierz’”

This study explores the relationship between trauma/PTSD and gang membership/gang violence.

SupervisorScot Wortley

Education

PhD in Criminology-University of Toronto, Centre for Criminology & SocioLegal Studies
Supervisor: Dr. Scot Wortley
Doctoral Project: Reconceptualizing Urban Warfare in Canada: Exploring the Relationship between Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Violence among Combat Soldiers and ‘Street Soldierz’
2019

M.A. in Immigration and Settlement Studies
Supervisor: Dr. Anne-Marie Singh
Thesis: The Immigrant Crime Link in Canadian Society
Ryerson University
2010

B.A. Honours in Criminology-Summa Cum Laude
York University
2009

Diploma w/Honours in Community and Justice Services
Centennial College
2007

Biography

PhD (Candidate) Adam Ellis was named a 2016 Vanier Scholar in support of his upcoming doctoral project, “Reconceptualizing Urban Warfare in Canada: Exploring the Relationship between Trauma, PTSD and Gang Violence.” In 2018 Adam also became a top 25 SSHRC Storyteller with respect to his research on trauma, PTSD and gang violence. Adam’s doctoral work is inspired by his own lived experience within the gang sub-culture. Adam is not new to the field of criminology. With an MA in Immigration and Settlement from Ryerson University, he has worked on several research projects focusing on mental health and the law, including topics on gang violence, organized crime and refugee determination. He has provided consultancy on mental health and criminal justice-related issues with a variety of public and private institutions including the United Nations, At Home Chez Sois Project, the Provincial/Federal Courts, the Ontario Review Board, and community organizations interphasing between mental health and justice. Adam is currently developing his first edited text “Thug Criminiology’ which will be published in 2019 through the University of Toronto Press. Adam is also currently developing a community program that seeks to disrupt inner-city gang violence through physical fitness, mentorship and trauma therapy.

Publications

Papers/Articles

Ellis, A. and O. Marques. Researcher, Expert, and/or Spectacle? Insider/Outsider Academics and the Advancement of Thug Criminology. [Manuscript Submitted to Cultural Studies—Critical Methodologies] 2018

Ellis, A. Memories of Urban Warfare: Trauma, PTSD and Gang Violence. Journal of Community Corrections, 2, 26, 1546-7627. 2017

Ellis, A., and Julian. Gojer. PTSD and Dissociative Homicide: Exploring the Eaton Centre Shooting 2016 [Manuscript Submitted to Taylor & Francis]

Gojer, J., and Adam Ellis. PTSD and the Refugee Determination Process in Canada: Starting the Discourse. UNHCR: New Issues in Refugee Research, 270: 1-26. 2013

Ellis, A. The Immigrant Crime Link in Canadian Society. Ryerson University.
2010 [Unpublished Thesis]

Books

Ellis, A., and Olga Marques. THUG Criminology: An Introduction 2018 [Manuscript in development-University of Toronto Press]

Ellis, A., and Barbara Perry. Life after Hate: Trauma, Violence and Resilience 2018 [Manuscript in development-University of Toronto Press]

Presentations

Ellis, A. Trauma City, a Life-Story of a Street Soldier: Exploring the Relationship between Trauma, the Code of the Streets and the Compulsion to Repeat Gang-Related Violence, Simcoe-Muskoka Human Services and Justice Coordination Committee 8th Justice Served Conference, Orillia, ON 2017

Ellis, A. The Code of the Streets as a Pathway to Dissociative Homicide: Exploring the Criminal Case of R v. Husbands-Workshop
International Community Corrections Association, Toronto, ON
2016

Ellis, A. Memories of Urban War-Keynote Speaker
Brant Youth Wellness Coalition, Brantford, ON
2016

Ellis, A. and J. Gojer. The Trauma of Urban Warfare,
IAFMHS Conference, New York, NY
2016

Ellis, A. John Howard Society-Annual General Meeting-Keynote Speaker
John Howard Society of Toronto, Toronto, ON
2016

Ellis, A. Community of Practice Meetings: Trauma and PTSD, the Need for Trauma-Based Interventions. CTI & the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Toronto, ON
2016

Ellis, A. Doing What Matters: “Sustaining Impact: Effective Programs, Measurable Outcomes, and Strong Organizations-Keynote Speaker
International Community Corrections Association, Boston, MA
2015

Ellis, A., Easterbrook, S., and J. Gojer. Trauma, PTSD and the Probation Officer: Shifting Paradigms, Investigating the Need for a Trauma-Informed Approach
HSJCC Biennial Conference, Toronto, ON 2015

Ellis, A. and J. Gojer. Trauma and Violent Offending: Understanding Gang Violence through the Lens of an Ex-Gang Member,
HSJCC Biennial Conference, Toronto, ON
2015

Ellis, A., Kalla, M., and J. Gojer. Dissociation and Violence-Fools Venture Where Angels Fear to Tread, 9th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015

Ellis, A. and O. Marques. Insider/Outsider: Researcher, Expert, Spectacle?
5th National Conference Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice, Ottawa, ON
2015

Ellis, A. and J. Gojer. PTSD and the Refugee Determination Process in Canada: Examining the legal, psychological and cultural barriers to credibility and residency,
IAFMHS Conference, Toronto, ON
2014

Ellis, A. and J. Gojer. The Wounded Probationer. PTSD, DESNOS, and the Probation
Client-Challenges and Successes in an Urban Centre,
IAFMHS Conference, Toronto, ON
2014

Gojer, J., and Ellis, A. PTSD and the Law: Civil and Criminal Aspects from a North American Perspective, XXXIII International Conference on Law and Mental Health, Amsterdam
2013

Invited Presentations, Panels and Lectures

Ellis, A. and Perry, B. Life After, Reflections on Hate and Violence, UOIT, Oshawa, ON
2017

Ellis, A. Urban Warfare: A Personal Journey, Durham College, Toronto, ON 2015

Ellis, A. Urban Warfare: A Personal Journey, York University, Toronto, ON 2015

Ellis, A. Refugee Resettlement-Cambodia. Advisor, Phnom Phen Post, Cambodia 2014

Ellis, A. Constructing Bogus Refugees. Panelist, Ryerson, University, Toronto, ON 2014

Ellis, A. PTSD and the Law. Guest Lecturer, Centennial College, Toronto, ON 2014

Gojer, J., and Ellis, A. Moving the Wheels of Justice: Communicating with the Mentally Ill, Co-Author, Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee-Webinar, Toronto, ON
2014