In this session, Dr. Ghayda Hassan synthesized the results of two systematic reviews of evidence on preventing violent extremism, including a review on primary and secondary prevention and a review on tertiary prevention. The results of these robust literature reviews can inform researchers, practitioners and policymakers on the quality of available evidence, what the evidence tells us on promising or good practices, and most importantly what it tells us on harmful and stigmatizing practices. For example, the reviews find that integrative complexity approaches can be effective while empathy training should warrant wariness. The research also informs on the blind spots of research and practice, and offers recommendations for future work.
Dr. Ghayda Hassan is a clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychology at UQAM University in Montreal and has several research, clinical and community based national and international affiliations. She is the Director of the Canadian Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (RPC-PREV) funded by PS Canada, a UNESCO Co-Chair in Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (UNESCO-PREV) and sits as the Chair of the Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) for the Global Internet Forum for Countering Terrorism (GIFCT). She is also a member of the RCMP Management Advisory Board, was a member of the expert advisory group on online safety at the Ministry of Canadian Heritage and is a researcher and senior clinical consultant for the SHERPA Research and Action on Radicalization and Social Suffering (SHERPA-RAPS) at the CIUSSS Center-West in Montreal.