Michelle Bertrand

Criminal Justice

Michelle Bertrand Title: Associate Professor
Office: 3C48
Building: Centennial Hall
Phone: 204.988.7503


Michelle Bertrand completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at Queen’s University in the Social-Personality Psychology program. Dr. Bertrand’s research interests are in the general area of Psychology and Law, with specific interests in eyewitness memory and Canadian juries.

In her jury-related work, Dr. Bertrand looks at issues related to jury representativeness and comprehension of judicial charges. She is a co-investigator on an interdisciplinary SSHRC-funded research project (2018 – 2023) studying how well jury-eligible Canadians understand criminal charges and instructions that judges give to juries, as well as methods to improve juror understanding.

*** On research/study leave until June 30, 2019***


MA and PhD, Queen's University

Courses: To date, Dr. Bertrand has taught Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Research Methods, and Forensic Psychology. She has supervised Criminal Justice and Psychology students’ Honours theses and will undertake graduate teaching and supervision when the Criminal Justice M.A. program commences in September 2018.

Research Interests:
Dr. Bertrand's current research interests in eyewitness memory include police lineups, methodological issues in lineup construction and administration, policy issues regarding lineups, and lineup biases.


Bertrand, M. I., Lindsay, R.C.L., Mansour, J. K., Beaudry, J. L., Kalmet, N., & Melsom, E. I.

            (forthcoming). Examining how lineup practices of Canadian and U.S. Police officers adhere

            to their national best practice recommendations. Manitoba Law Journal: Second Special

            Volume on Current Issues in Criminal Law.

 Bertrand, M. I., & Jochelson, R. (forthcoming). Mock-jurors’ understanding of Canadian judicial

            instructions (is not very good). Criminal Law Quarterly.

 Lindsay, R.C.L., Bertrand, M. I., & Smith, A. M. (2017). The importance of knowing how a person

            became a suspect in a lineup: Multiple eyewitness identification procedures increase the risk of

            wrongful conviction. Manitoba Law Journal: Special Volume on Current Issues in Criminal

            Law, 40, 53 – 83.


 Mansour, J. K., Beaudry, J. L., Kalmet, N., Bertrand, M. I., & Lindsay, R. C. L. (2017). Evaluating

            lineup fairness: Variations across methods and measures. Law and Human Behavior, 41, 103 –

  1. 115. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000203

Bertrand, M. I., Jochelson, R., & Menzie, L. (2017). The jury representativeness guarantee in

            Canada: The curious case of disability and justice-making. The Journal of Ethics in Mental

            Health Special Issue. Legal Responses to Mental Health/Mental Disability: Courts, Special

            Courts and Inter-disciplinary Tribunals, 10, 1 – 23.


Jochelson, R., Bertrand, M. I., Lindsay, R. C. L., Smith, A. M., Ventola, M., & Kalmet, N. (2015).

            Revisiting representativeness in the Manitoban Criminal Jury. Manitoba Law Journal:

            Underneath the Golden Boy, 37, 365 – 398.