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Vandna Sinha, Assistant Professor

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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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Research

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Publications

Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., Sinha, V., Van Wert, M., Kozlowski, A. & MacLaurin, B., (accepted) Differentiating between child protection and family support in the Canadian child welfare system’s response to intimate partner  violence, corporal punishment, and child neglect. International Journal of Psychology.

Fallon, B., Trocmé, N. MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V. & Black, T. (2011) Untangling Risk of Maltreatment from Events of Maltreatment: An Analysis of the 2008 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2008). International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction,9 (10)

Sinha, V., Fast, E., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., and MacLaurin, B. (2011) La composante Premières nations de l’Étude Canadienne sur l'incidence des signalements de cas de violence et de négligence envers les enfants : une approche axée sur le renforcement des capacités dans le cadre d’une recherche nationale appliquée aux Premières nations.  Nouvelles Pratiques Sociales.

Lewis, D.A. and Sinha, V.  (2007) Moving Up and Moving Out?  Economic and Residential Mobility of Low-Income Chicago Families. Urban Affairs Review, 43[2].

Sinha, V, Payne, M.R., and Cook, T.D.. (2005) A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Understanding Neighborhood Schools and Their Potential Impact. Urban Education, Vol. 40(6).

Submitted Journal Articles

Ives, N., Sinha, V., Leman, D., Goren, A., Levy-Powell, R., & Thomson, W. (Under review). Exploring the intersection of culture and education in Nunavik. Journal of Comparative Social Work. Submitted August 31, 2011.

Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)

Fast, E., Sinha, V. and Trocmé, N. (Forthcoming).  Youth and Housing in the Regional Longitudinal First Nations Health Survey.  In Findings from the Regional Longitudinal First Nations Health Survey, Cycle II. Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa.

Sinha, V., Trocmé, N.,  Blackstock, C., MacLaurin, B., and Fallon, B. (2011) Understanding the Over-Representation of First Nations Children in Canada’s Child Welfare System. Kufeldt, K. and Mackenzie, B. Child Welfare: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice, Second Edition 

Cook, T. D. and Sinha, V. (2005) Randomized Experiments in Educational Research. In Green, J. L., Camilli, G., and Elmore, P. (Eds.) Complementary Methods for Research in Education (3rd edition). Washington D. C.: American Educational Research Association.

Published Reports and Monographs

Sinha, V. Trocme, N., Fallon, B., MacLaurin, Fast, E. Prokop, S.T. et al. (2011) Kiskisik Awasisak: Remember the Children. Understanding the Overrepresentation of First Nations Children in the Child Welfare System. Ontario: Assembly of First Nations.

Fallon, B., Trocme, N., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T., Felstiner, C. et al. (in press). Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2008: Major Findings. Child Welfare Research Portal.

MacLaurin, B., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., Sinha, V., Feehan, R., Enns, R., et al. (in press). Alberta Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2008: Major Findings. Child Welfare Research Portal.

MacLaurin, B., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., Sinha, V., Douglas, J., Barker, A., et al. (in press). British Columbia Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2008: Major Findings. Child Welfare Research Portal.

MacLaurin, B., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., Sinha, V., Enns, R., Feehan, R., et al. (in press). Saskatchewan Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2008: Major Findings. Child Welfare Research Portal.

Trocme, N., Fallon, B., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T., Fast, E. et al. (2010). Chapters 1 to 5. In Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2008: Major Findings. Ottawa, ON.

Information Sheets and Professional Publications

Sinha, V. Trocme, N., Fallon, B., MacLaurin, Fast, E. Prokop, S.T. et al. (2011) Frequently Asked Questions about Kiskisik Awasisak: Remember the Children. Understanding the Overrepresentation of First Nations Children in the Child Welfare System.

Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T., Fast, E., et al. (2010). CIS-2008: Characteristics of maltreatment. CWRP Information Sheet #83E. Montreal, QC: Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University.

Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T., Fast, E., et al. (2010). CIS 2008: Study methodology. CWRP Information Sheet #86E. Montreal, QC: Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University.

Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T., Fast, E., et al. (2010). CIS-2008: Characteristics of children and families. CWRP Information Sheet #84E. Montreal, QC: Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University.

Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T., Fast, E., et al. (2010). Rates and outcomes of maltreatment-related investigations: CIS-1998, CIS-2003 and CIS-2008. CWRP Information Sheet #85E. Montreal, QC: Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University.

Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T., Fast, E., et al. (2010). CIS 2008: Study objectives and scope. CWRP Information Sheet #87E. Montreal, QC: Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University.

Unpublished Reports and Briefs

Ives, N., Sinha, V., Leman, D., Goren, A., & Thomson, W. (2011). Major research themes and findings for the Community Capability and Development in Nunavik Project, 2009-2011, funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.

Ives, N., Sinha, V., Leman, D., Goren, A., & Thomson, W. (2011). A focus on education: A summary of project findings on social change and challenge in Nunavik. Issue brief for the Community Capability and Development in Nunavik Project, 2009-2011, funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.

Sinha, V., Ives, N., Leman, D., Goren, A., & Thomson, W. (2011). Through the lens of family: A summary of project findings on social change and challenge in Nunavik. Issue brief for the Community Capability and Development in Nunavik Project, 2009-2011, funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.

Ives, N., Sinha, V., Leman, D., Goren, A., & Thomson, W. (2011). Through the lens of culture: A summary of project findings on social change and challenge in Nunavik. Issue brief for the Community Capability and Development in Nunavik Project, 2009-2011, funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.

Sinha, V., Ives, N., Leman, D., Goren, A., & Thomson, W. (2011). A focus on regional governance: A summary of project findings on social change and challenge in Nunavik. Issue brief for the Community Capability and Development in Nunavik Project, 2009-2011, funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.

Sinha, V., Piché, A.M., Trocmé, N. (2009) Final Evaluation Report: The Strengthening Families Community Study. Report presented to the African Canadian Development Prevention Network

Sinha, Vandna, Piché, A.M., Trocmé, N. (2007) Interim Evaluation Report: The Strengthening Families Community Study. Report presented to the African Canadian Development Prevention Network.

Cook, T. D. and Sinha, V.  (2003) Assessing the Long Term Achievement Effects of the School Development Program in Chicago. Report presented to the Spencer Foundation.

Cook, T. D. and Sinha, V. (2002) Long Term Analysis of the Comer School Development Program: an Interim Report.  Report presented to the Spencer foundation.

Coldren, A., Drzal, E., Romich, J., and Sinha, V. (2000) Pilot Evaluation for the Tax Counseling Project. Report presented to the Center for Law and Human Services.

Courses offered

SWRK 325

3 credits
Anti-Oppression Social Work Practice.

Social Work: Social work policy and practice, including an examination of discrimination and oppressions, identity and social location, reflexivity, intersectionality, contemporary anti-oppression movements, access and equity in human services and their implications.

Offered by: Social Work

  • Prerequisite: SWRK 223.
  • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U2 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 344.
  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Vandna Sinha, Woo Jin Edward Lee

SWRK 404

3 credits
Foundations of Social Policy in Canada.

Social Work: This course provides qualifying students with the knowledge and skills to understand, analyze, and critically evaluate social policy in Canada and internationally. It analyzes the values and assumptions that form existing social programs and policies and explores the social, economic, political and cultural contexts in which they have developed.

Offered by: Social Work

  • Restriction: Limited to "Qualifying Year" MSW students only
  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • Vandna Sinha