Nicole M Muir

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


MA - 2015
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC

PhD - 2020
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC


Dr. Nicole Muir is a Métis researcher who recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the University of Toronto at Well Living House, an Indigenous research centre. Dr. Muir completed a master’s degree in Clinical Child Psychology followed by a PhD in Forensic Psychology, both at Simon Fraser University. Prior to graduate school, she worked at an Indigenous child protection agency, an Indigenous health unit (both in Toronto), and as a consultant for children with special needs in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver.

Within urban Indigenous youth populations, Dr. Muir’s research focuses on colonialism, trauma and victimization, foster care involvement, justice system involvement, and violence risk assessment tools. Dr. Muir’s overall aim is to achieve both scientific excellence and Indigenous community relevance by ensuring Indigenous community involvement from research conception to research dissemination.

Selected Publications

Muir, N. M. & Viljoen, J. L. (2022). Adverse childhood experiences for Indigenous female and male adolescents on probation. Child Abuse & Neglect, 126.

Li, S., Viljoen, J. L., Christensen, A., & Muir, N. M. (2020). Predictive validity of the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY) among a sample of Asian Canadian youth on probation. Law and Human Behavior, 44(6), 485-501.

Muir, N. M., Viljoen, J. L, Jonnson, M., Cochrane, D. M., & Rogers, B. J. (2020). Predictive validity of the SAVRY with Indigenous female and male adolescents on probation. Psychological Assessment. 32(6), 594.

Muir, N. M., Bohr, Y., Shepherd, M., Warne, D. & Healy, G. (2019). Indigenous parenting. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.). Handbook of parenting (3rd ed.). Routledge.

Viljoen, J. L., Cochrane, D. M., Shaffer, C. S., Muir, N. M, Brodersen, E., Rogers, B. J., Douglas, K. S., Roesch, R., McMahon, R. J., & Vincent, G. M. (2019). Bridging risk assessments to case plans: Development and evaluation of the ARROW intervention planning tool for adolescents on probation. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 46(11), 1587–1610.

Viljoen, J. L., Shaffer, C. S., Muir, N. M., Cochrane, D. M., & Brodersen, E. M. (2018). Improving case plans and interventions for adolescents on probation: The implementation of the SAVRY and a structured case planning form. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 46, 42-62.

Gray, A. L., Shaffer, C. S., Viljoen, J. L., Muir, N. M., & Nicholls, T. L. (2018). Assessing violence risk in youth. In J. L. Ireland, C. A. Ireland, & P. Birch (Eds.), Violent and sexual offenders: Assessment, treatment, and management (2nd ed.). Routledge.


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Not Indicated

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Dr. Muir's current research focuses on Indigenous youth in the justice system and colonialism, trauma, family disruption, and residential schools.