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Responses to the shooting at the tree of life congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh

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Thank you for taking the time to visit this page. My name is Dr. Karen Blair and I am a social psychologist who studies relationships, prejudice, discrimination, health and Holocaust education. I am conducting this brief study with my colleague, Dr. Rhea Hoskin, and although responses to mass shootings is not one of our main areas of research, it has become an area of interest for us since the Pulse shooting in 2016.

After the Pulse shooting, we launched an online survey to catalogue and preserve the collective responses to the event. Many of the participants found the experience to be a positive one, despite their feelings of grief. While there are many differences between what happened in Orlando and what happened more recently in Pittsburgh, we do see some similarities in the extent that both of these events targeted minority populations who have members that are spread around the globe and who may, as a result, have unique responses to a tragic event impacting a portion of their community, even if the event itself may have taken place far away.

Consequently, we have launched a new survey to document and preserve the collective responses of the Jewish community to the shooting in Pittsburgh. In order to be able to launch the survey immediately, we had to add it on to an existing survey using an ethics amendment procedure. The most appropriate survey that we have ongoing at this time is one about Holocaust education. When you click the link below to begin the survey, you will read an informed consent document and then answer some demographic questions. You will then have a choice about how to continue in the survey and whether to answer questions about your response to the shooting as well as the original survey questions or to only answer the questions about the shooting.

I sincerely thank you for your interest in visiting this page and for your consideration in contributing to this project.

Have questions? 

Send an email to if you have any questions about participating in this study! 
This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Boards of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.