Practical tools

MANAGING THE IMPACT OF ACUTE STRESS ON PERFORMANCE


expertise

  • High stress performance

  • Stress physiology

  • Acute stress regulation

  • Mental Performance

  • Motor learning

  • Neurological control of physical performance


Experience

Peel Regional Police

  • Created classroom psychoeducation training content for frontline officers

  • Delivered stress performance training to 150+ frontline officers

  • Assessed and interpreted officers’ real time physiology during stress inducing scenario training

  • Collaborated with Use of Force trainers developing a reality-based scenario manual

  • Trained use of force trainers in the delivery of psychoeducation content

  • Coordinated a four day program of classroom and stress performance training for 57 frontline officers

  • Taught use of force trainers to adapt their individual scenario facilitation styles to match learning science

  • Coordinated logistics between a 25 person University of Toronto research team and use of force management

Emma is a practical individual who ‘gets it’, she brought much to the table.
— Inspector (Ret.) Delaney, Peel Regional Police

Iceland, Use of Force Trainers

  • Delivered four day Stress Performance Training to 20 Icelandic police trainers

  • Assessed and interpreted real time biofeedback during high stress training scenarios

  • Coached individual officers on stress regulation

  • Tracked officer improvements in officers’ stress regulation over the course of the training

  • Trained all officers in use of biofeedback devices


Ministry of the Environment, Atlantic Region and Ontario

  • Integrated Practical Tools' Stress Performance Training with annual use of force training for 28 Wildlife Enforcement Division officers

  • Assessed and interpreted real time biofeedback during training scenarios

  • Coached individual officers on stress regulation

This training was eye opening, especially reviewing my heart rate and seeing how that related to my performance in the scenarios.
— Wild Life Enforcement Officer, 2018

Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario

  • Delivered Stress Performance Training to 60 Ontario Sheriffs as part of their annual use of force training

  • Assessed and interpreted real time biofeedback during training scenarios

  • Coached individual officers on stress regulation

My biggest take away from this training is that you can be heightened by stress and still be calm and stay thinking.
— Ontario Sheriff, 2018

Recruits, Peel Regional Police

  • Delivered half day stress physiology training to 33 pre-OPC recruits


Public Speaking

University of Toronto, guest lecturer

Algonquin College, Police Foundations, guest lecturer 

Ottawa Carleton District School Board, professional development programming

Ontario Police Trainers Mid-Managers meeting, guest lecturer

Your presentation Wednesday was fantastic. ...Thank you for your work, your willingness to step outside your initial frame of reference, and for developing your work to suit education.
— Cameron Jones, OCDSB

Education

Master’s in Performance Psychology

Bachelors’ in Kinesiology, graduated summa cum laude


PUBLICATIONS

RCMP Gazette, Vol. 79, No. 1, 2017 Performing Under Stress: Evidence-based training for police resilience.