Headshot of Shanley Weston, a white person with short blonde and pale teal mullet, a t-rex skull neck tattoo, and wearing a black dress shirt.


My name is Shanley. I am in my second year of the MSc Rural Planning and Development program at the University of Guelph. My thesis research is looking at violent crime in rural Canada.

I completed my BA Honours in Psychology with a minor in Business at Saint Mary’s University in 2022 and received a Governor General’s Silver Medal for highest academic standing in the graduating class. Under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Kelloway, my honours thesis research was a psychometric assessment of a “scrambling scale,” proposed as a measure of how individuals react in crisis situations.

Research Interests

  • Community safety and well-being
  • Rural criminology
  • Place-based development
  • Meta-research


MSc Rural Planning and Development (in progress)

University of Guelph, Guelph ON
Sep 2022 – Present

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology

Minor in Business
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax NS
Jan 2019 – Apr 2022

Primary Care Paramedic Certificate

Justice Institute of British Columbia, Victoria BC
Nov 2015 – Sep 2016