Vandna Sinha is an assistant professor at the Centre for Research on Children and Families; she received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2006. Dr. Sinha’s research focuses on exploring the ways that minority and marginalized communities support and care for their members in light of resource limitations, restrictions imposed by social policies and other factors which limit members’ quality of life and access to opportunity. Her long term research goals involve the development of theoretical models which more accurately represent the complex ways in which communities shape the lives of children and families. It is her hope that more specified community models will provide a foundation for research which better supports community-based prevention, development and social service programs.
Dr. Sinha takes a mixed methods, interdisciplinary approach to community engaged scholarship. She is principal investigator of the First Nations component of the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2008), and works closely with a First Nations advisory committee to oversee the most comprehensive national level study of First Nations child welfare investigations ever completed in Canada. In addition, she collaborates with community and organizational representatives on a number of additional projects: an evaluation of the Strengthening Families Program (which is being implemented by the African Canadian Development Prevention Network of Montreal), a project to help Kahnawake Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services make better use of their administrative data, a descriptive study of the Social Pediatrics Centers of Quebec, and a study of social problems and communal resources in the Inuit communities of Nunavik.
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