Tonino Esposito

Tonino Esposito, Ph.D., joined the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) in 2007 with eight years of experience as a child welfare and mental health social worker, and was appointed Associate Director of the CRCF from 2012 to 2014. Tonino is currently an Adjunct Professor at McGill University and Assistant Professor at University of Montreal, and nominated for a Tier II Canadian Research Chair in Social Services for Vulnerable Children.

His research focuses on effectively identifying long-term child protection service trajectories, the mediating effects of out-of-home placement on children’s well-being and the influence of socioeconomic vulnerabilities on child protection service outcomes. His participatory and applied community-based research, conducted in collaboration with all child welfare agencies across the province of Quebec, led to a series of population-based longitudinal studies of children’s placement trajectories in the Quebec child welfare system.

Having recently created one of the largest, most comprehensive longitudinal child protection datasets in Canada, Tonino will launch a series of new collaborative studies further examining the mediating effects of out-of-home placement on youth criminality, and the extent to which jurisdictional disparities in socioeconomic vulnerabilities and health and social service funding impact the probability of out-of-home placement, family reunification and reunification breakdown, and recurrence of child maltreatment.

Taken together and in an integrated manner, the longitudinal work of Tonino will help policy makers better understand the context and challenges that vulnerable children and families face, which may change the way we prioritize social services and transform policy on these issues. 

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