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Melanie Doucet

Melanie completed a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice at Saint Thomas University in 2003. She then completed her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick in May 2008, where her research focused on the effects of classroom disciplinary climate on students' attitudes and educational success. Melanie has been involved in various university-based research projects, conference presentations and three publications. She also had the honour of presenting her thesis research in front of an international audience at the annual American Educational Research Association meeting held in New York City in March 2008; her submission to present was chosen among some 12,000 applications. 

Melanie started working for the Department of Education in June 2008 to assist with the government’s response to the New Brunswick Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate’s recommendations contained in the Connecting the Dots and Ashley Smith reports. Upon the successful release of the response report she was promoted to Project Officer for the provincial Integrated Service Delivery project and is assisting with the planning and implementation of two regional demonstration sites in the province.

Melanie is also been involved in various youth engagement initiatives in the province of New Brunswick, and is very passionate about providing youth with opportunities to voice their opinions and influence government policies and approaches to service delivery. She is currently enrolled at McGill University to complete her PhD in Social Work, with goals of becoming a university professor, research consultant, autobiography author and motivational speaker /mentor/advocate for underserved children and youth.


Stemming from her unique childhood experience as a child in care, Melanie's main research interests are rooted in child and youth issues as they pertain to education, health, environment, poverty, delinquency, prevention, intervention and public policy. Melanie's doctoral research will focus on an analysis of former youth in care through the examination of the crucial transition period out of the child welfare system. She aims to specifically examine the types of supports and services received during the transition period and their impact on former youth in care, and illustrate what it means to "age" out of the child welfare system through a mixed methods approach. Specific policy recommendations relevant to child welfare policies, programs and intervention strategies will also be addressed. Through her research, Melanie aims to add to the existing literature on youth aging out of care, child protection services reform and transformational change in the context of child welfare in Canada. 


Doucet, M. (2008). Disciplinary climate in Canadian classrooms: From students' assessments to policy and practice. MIDST, University of New Brunswick, School of Graduate Studies. 

Ruggeri, J., Doucet, M., & Watson, B. (2008). Health care investment by provincial governments. [Working paper series 2008-02]. Fredericton, N.B.: Department of Economics, University of New Brunswick. 

Ruggeri, J., & Doucet, M. (2007). Government spending on health care as public investment. [Working paper series 2007-02]. Fredericton, N.B.: Department of Economics, University of New Brunswick.

Doucet, M., Levac, L., & Ruggeri, J. (2006). The social costs of unhealthy children: Examining the future of Atlantic Canada. In J. Ruggeri (Ed.), The environment and the health of children (pp. 83-132). Fredericton, N.B.: Policy Studies Centre, University of New Brunswick. 

Contact information

Centre for Research on Children and Families
McGill University, School of Social Work
3506 University St., Suite 106
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2A7

Email: melanie [dot] doucet [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Melanie Doucet)