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Jilefack Amin Ngami

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Monica Anne Batac

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Sacha Bailey

Sacha Bailey

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Sacha is currently a doctoral student at McGill University’s School of Social work. Prior to pursuing graduate school, Sacha worked for five years as an educator at the West Montreal Readaptation Center, where she worked with adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in community and work integration settings. Working alongside social workers in this context inspired her to pursue a clinical social work degree. While in the Masters program, she did field placements with families of children with Developmental Disorders in a variety of community and clinical settings and at multiple stages of the service continuum. These experiences highlighted some of the challenges faced by families, but also the ways in which families are resilient in the face of these challenges. She was especially inspired by mothers and fathers who conveyed hope in a variety of ways and expressed their desire for more hope in “the system”. Sacha’s doctoral research focus on the experiences of hope of mothers and fathers who parent a child with a Neurodevelopmental Disorder is largely motivated by these parents and by her desire to affect change in the system which provides services to these families and to improve the quality of life and well-being of families of children with disabilities.

Sacha’s interest in research began as an undergraduate student in Psychology at McGill University. She was drawn to research in the area of child and adolescent mental health and was offered a research assistant position in a lab which was beginning a study of risk and protective factors related to depression and anxiety in adolescents. Over the next few years she had the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the research project and this experience further stimulated her ambition to pursue future research. After finishing the coursework for her Masters program, she was hired at the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) to work on a project of parenting children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD). Through her work on this project and her supervisor’s scholarly guidance, she became interested in pursuing a PhD in the area of parenting children with NDD, with a focus on where mothers and fathers find hope and what the meaning of hope is to them. Sacha is dedicated to conducting research that is guided by needs arising from current practice and that has implications at both the practice and policy levels. She also aspires to be a social work educator who inspires her students to integrate theory with practice and to affect change from a strengths-based perspective. sacha [dot] bailey [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (EMAIL)

Sacha Bailey is currently a doctoral student at McGill University's School of Social work. After working for 5 years as an educator with adults who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, she decided to pursue graduate studies in Social Work. While in the Masters program, she did field placements with families of children with Developmental Disorders in a variety of community and clinical settings. These experiences highlighted some of the challenges faced by families, but also the ways in which families are resilient in the face of these challenges. She was especially inspired by mothers and fathers who conveyed hope in a variety of ways and expressed their desire for more hope in "the system". Sacha's doctoral research focus on the experiences of hope of mothers and fathers who parent a child with a Neurodevelopmental Disorder is largely motivated by these parents and by her desire to affect change in the system which provides services to these families and to improve the quality of life and well-being of families of children with disabilities. Sacha's interest in research began as an undergraduate student in Psychology at McGill University. She was drawn to research in the area of child and adolescent mental health and was offered a research assistant position in a lab which was beginning a study of risk and protective factors related to depression and anxiety in adolescents. Over the next few years she had the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the research project and this experience further stimulated her ambition to pursue future research. After finishing the coursework for her Masters program, she was hired at the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) to work on a project of parenting children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD). Through her work on this project and her supervisor's scholarly guidance, she became interested in pursuing a PhD in the area of parenting children with NDD, with a focus on where mothers and fathers find hope and what the meaning of hope is to them. Sacha is dedicated to conducting research that is guided by needs arising from current practice and that has implications at both the practice and policy levels. She also aspires to be a social work educator who inspires her students to integrate theory with practice and to affect change from a strengths-based perspective.

Research

Sacha Bailey is currently working on a project entitled Parenting Matters! The Biopsychosocial context of parenting children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD) in Canada through the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF). This project seeks to gain a better understanding of how parenting children with NDD differs from parenting in general, what makes a difference to parenting, what about parenting makes a difference to child outcomes, and what is unique about parenting children with these specific challenges. Sacha has been working on two aspects of this project: a systematic literature review of parenting children with NDD and a mixed method clinical study of mothers and fathers of children with NDD. Sacha’s doctoral research will focus on the experience of hope and despair of mothers and fathers whose children have NDD.

Publications

Bailey, S., Lach, L.M., Nicholas, D., & McNeill, T.  (in preparation). Measures of interpersonal interactions and relationships as indicators of activity and participation among children with developmental disabilities.  In A Majnemer (Ed), Measures of Outcomes and Their Determinants for Children with Developmental Disabilities.

Bailey, S., Lach, L.M., Saini, M., Cimino, T., & Mechan, K.  (in preparation). Reconceptualizing parenting of children with chronic health conditions and disabilities from the literature:  Results from a systematic review process.

Contact Information

Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University, School of Social Work, 3506 University St., Suite 106 Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A7, Tel.: 514-398-2107, Fax: 514-398-5287, Email: sacha [dot] bailey [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Sonia Ben Soltane

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Annabelle Berthiaume

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Annabelle Berthiaume started her PhD at McGill’s School of Social Work in Fall 2015. She has been involved as a research assistant in projects across different topics, including Montreal's condo market, preoccupations of the nonprofit sector towards funding issues and philanthropy’s relations with grantees. Currently, she is collaborating with an interuniversity and interdisciplinary research center, the Montreal Research Laboratory on Canadian Philanthropy (https://philab.uqam.ca/en/), and a coalition of community organizations preoccupied by recent changes in funding practices.

Research

For her doctoral research, Annabelle is focusing on the coexistence of different community interventions aimed towards intergenerational poverty in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood in Montreal. She is critically analyzing the impact of these different interventions (public, private, community) in order to improve upon current trends. By doing so, Annabelle wishes to participate in the renewal of the reflection on community action practices facing today’s issues.

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Lefèvre, S. et Berthiaume, A. (2017). « Le choix des donataires. Ethnographie d’un comité de sélection d’une fondation philanthropique », Ethnographiques.org, (Faire don : Philanthropie & Co), no.34.

Berthiaume, A. et S. Lefèvre. (2017). « Une mobilisation improbable : la prise de parole publique des fondations québécoises contre les inégalités », dans Fontan, Elson, Lefèvre (dir.) Les fondations philanthropiques : de nouveaux acteurs politiques ? [Titre provisoire], Presses de l’Université du Québec, chap.7.

Berthiaume, A (2016). Grands débats : De la lutte à la gestion de la pauvreté. Quand la philanthropie s'en mêle!, Texte de positionnement et rapport des discussions, https://iss.uqam.ca/grands-debats-en-sante-et-societe/textes-de-position...

Lefèvre, S., Berthiaume, A. et L. Leduc (2016). Béati, un modèle de philanthropie alternatif? Accompagner le changement social en le finançant. Cahier de recherche #12. Montréal: PhiLab, https://philab.uqam.ca/fichier/document/RapportBeati_sept_vff.pdf

Berthiaume, A. et Lefèvre, S (2016). Le collectif québécois des fondations sur les inégalités sociales. Une étude de cas exploratoire sur la collaboration de fondations québécoises. Cahier de recherche #11. Montréal: LaboMTL, https://philab.uqam.ca/fichier/document/2016-09-1520Berthiaume20-20Coali...

Berthiaume, A (2016). La gouvernance néolibérale et les organismes communautaires québécois: Étude de la Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, Mémoire de maitrise, UQAM.

 

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annabelle [dot] berthiaume [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) or Email2


Neil Bilotta

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Neil Bilotta is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Work at McGill University. He holds Masters Degrees in Social Work (Smith College School for Social Work, USA, 2011) and Public Health (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health, 2014). During his MSW, Neil spent eight months in post-conflict northern Uganda deconstructing and exploring the realities of cross-cultural social work in a post-conflict setting. Prior to commencing his PhD, Neil spent two years working as social worker with unaccompanied refugee young people, from sub-Saharan Africa, in San Jose, California.

Research

Neil is interested in the ethics of research and practice with refugee young people affected by armed conflict. More specifically, Neil’s work explores the overt and subtle effects of Eurocentrism, Colonialism, Whiteness, and Othering on both the refugee resettlement process and research facilitated with this population. Additionally, Neil is interested in those identified as “refugees” to implement, develop, and design both research methodologies/theories, and social work interventions that are most beneficial to their realities, as opposed to outside, top-down approaches. In doing so, Neil’s work incorporates Afrocentric and Indigenous research paradigms and the roles that White researchers/social workers can maintain in establishing and promoting non-hierarchal and reciprocal relationships between Western social workers and those defined as “refugees” in mainstream, global discourse.

Publications

Bilotta, N. (2016). Uprooting the pumpkin: Neo-colonial therapeutic interventions with formerly abducted young people in northern Uganda. Children & Society, 30(5), 384-395

Bilotta, N. (2015). Orientalism and Congolese unaccompanied refugee minors in the Global North. The Journal of Pan African Studies, 8(2), 23-41.

Corbin, J., Bilotta, N., & Masimo, O. (2016). Preparing social work students to engage in social development in global contexts: A US - Uganda collaboration. Social Development Issues, 38(2), 82-93.                         

Fraser, S., Denov, M., Guzder, J., Bond, S., & Bilotta, N. (2016). Children of war: Quebec’s social policy response to children and their families. International Journal of Social Science Studies, 4(7), 41-54.                      

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Denov, M., Fraser, S., Bilotta, N. (2016). The nexus of war, resettlement, and education: War-affected youth’s perspectives and responses to the Quebec education system. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Sjollema, D. & Bilotta, N. (2016). The raw and the poignant: Using community using poetry in qualitative research. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Presentations:

Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS); Winnipeg. Manitoba, Canada. Presentation: Moving Beyond Trauma and Resilience for War-affected Refugee Young People (May 2016)

Migration and Ethnic Relations (MER) Graduate Student Conference Western Ontario University, Ontario, Canada. Presentation: (Post) Colonialism and Refugee Resettlement for Congolese Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) in the Global North (April 2015)

18th Biennial International Consortium for Social Development Entebbe, Uganda.    Presented: (1) Return and reintegration: post-conflict resettlement experiences of displaced    individuals in northern Uganda. (2) Preparing social work students to engage in social development in global contexts: A US - Uganda collaboration Smith College School for Social Work (July 2013)

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neil [dot] bilotta [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Aline Bogossian

Aline Bogossian

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Aline Bogossian is a doctoral student with a special interest in the experiences, challenges and realities of the parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders from a research, policy and practice perspective.  While completing her BSW, Aline worked in an administrative capacity within the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s (MCH) Child Development Program.  This work greatly influenced her practice and research interests. Aline is registered with the Ordre professionel des travailleurs social du Québec and continues her clinical work at the MCH within the Department of Social Services.

Research

Currently working at the Centre for Research on Children and Families, Aline is involved in a number of research projects including a national program of research Parenting Matters! The Biopsychosocial Context of Parenting Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Canada as member of a research team on a large-scale systematic literature review and clinical study of parents of children with NDD. In 2010, Aline completed her MSW thesis entitled “Family environment as the social context for parenting children with a neurodevelopmental disorder (NDD): A descriptive synthesis of the literature”.  In her doctoral studies she will focus her research on the experiences of fathers of children with neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Bogossian, A., Lach, L.M., Nicholas, D., & McNeill, T. Measures evaluating family environment among children with developmental disabilities. In A. Majnemer (Ed), Measures of Outcomes and Their Determinants for Children with Developmental Disabilities.

Bailey, S. N., Saini, M., Lach, L., Cimino, T., Mechan, K., Bogossian, A., et al. (2010) Conceptualization of parenting children with chronic health conditions and disabilities using a systematic review of observational studies: A sequential multimethod approach. Unpublished manuscript.

Peer-Reviewed Posters

Lach, L.M., Saini, M. Bailey, S., Bogossian, A., Cimino, T., Gionfriddo, K., Nimigon-Young, J. Systematic Review Methods for Observational Studies: Challenges and Solutions. 18th Cochrane Colloquium 2010, 18-22 October – Keystone Colorado, USA. 

Conference Presentations

Centre for Research on Children and Families – Research Seminar (2010). Title: Parenting Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: An overview of a program of research and preliminary findings.

Montreal Children’s Hospital Research Alliance (2010). Title: Parenting Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: An overview of a program of research and preliminary findings.

Canadian Association for Social Work Education Conference (2010) – 2 presentations. Title:  “Creating Families” – the O’Leary experience: An experiential approach to learning about family. Title:  Childhood Disabilities Journal Club: A Process Analysis

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Email: aline [dot] bogossian [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Denise Brend

Denise Brend

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Originally from Victoria, British Columbia Denise found her way to Social Work through arts based Community building projects. A desire to be more instrumental in the healing process led her to a BSW and an MSW in the late nineties after she had completed a BA in Women’s Studies with a minor in Women and the Fine Arts, with Distinction. She then worked in the Mental Health Program (with senior and adult populations) in a hospital setting and in private practice as a psychotherapist. She was also an intern in the Young Offenders Services of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres and the McGill Domestic Violence Clinic. A member in good standing of the Professional Order of Social Workers in Quebec, she has been contracted to provide clinical training in anger management and domestic violence in several Montreal-based points of social service. Tenured faculty at Cegep Dawson College, she draws upon her training at the New School at Dawson to inform a humanistic pedagogy. Ever eager to find the cracks and needs in the system, she started her PhD at McGill in 2011 with an interest in how the role of emotions has become taboo in many areas of social work practice, impacting the professional and personal identities of social workers.

Research Interests

How do social workers manage the multiple and conflicting emotions which emerge from such realities as: the lack of a cohesive professional identity, the perceived marginalization of the profession, complex and challenging cases, high caseloads, increasing bureaucratization, inadequate resources for clients needs, or their own personal histories?
Do we manage these experiences in a way that ensures our own survival and flourishing as well as that of our clients? If not, what is missing that would make this possible? It appears that the role of emotions has been largely neglected in recent decades of social work practice- that the challenging work performed by social workers has been assigned without adequate support for their inner and relational lives. It is in this forgotten and neglected landscape where my research interest lies.

Publications

Brend, D. M. (2010) The Making of: Le Guide Français-Anglais de la Terminologie des Services à la Personne, retrieved from here.

Brend, D. M. (2010) Writing in the Discipline Fellows Teaching Portfolio: Social Service, retrieved from here.

Brend, D. M. (2009) English-French Guide to Human Services Terminology/ Guide Français-Anglais de la Terminologie des Services à la Personne, Montreal: CCDMD.

Brend, D.M. (2001) An emotional experience : social work & conjugal violence. M.S.W. research report, Montreal: McGill University, School of Social Work. (Submitted to the permanent collection at the McGill University Library by the Department of Social Work).

Conference Presentations

Brend, D.M. (2010, June) English-French Guide to Human Services Terminology/ Guide Français-Anglais de la Terminologie des Services à la Personne. Book presented at the annual meeting of L’Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale, Orford, QC.

Brend, D.M. (2010, June) English-French Guide to Human Services Terminology/ Guide Français-Anglais de la Terminologie des Services à la Personne. Book presented at the annual meeting of L'Association des collèges privés du Québec, Sherbrooke, QC.

Brend, D.M. (2010, September) English-French Guide to Human Services Terminology/ Guide Français-Anglais de la Terminologie des Services à la Personne. Book presented at the annual Pedagogical Day of Dawson College, Montreal, QC.

Brend, D.M. (2010, June) English-French Guide to Human Services Terminology/ Guide Français-Anglais de la Terminologie des Services à la Personne. Book presented at the annual meeting of L’Association canadienne des écoles de service social, Montreal, QC.

Brend, D.M. (2009, September) English-French Guide to Human Services Terminology/ Guide Français-Anglais de la Terminologie des Services à la Personne. Book presented at the annual Pedagogical Day of Dawson College, Montreal, QC.

Brend, D.M. & Rowan, L. (1997, May) Feminist Pedagogy, Presented at The Learneds Society Conference, Canadian Women’s Studies Association, St. Catherines, ON.

Brend, D.M. & Rowan, L. (1996, May) Alternate Sexuality, Presented at The Learneds Society Conference, Canadian Women’s Studies Association, St. John’s, Nl.

Consultancy, Speaking Engagements & Selected Performances

Centre de fomation en Psychotherapie de Montréal (2005 – 2008) contracted to provide clinical training to human service agencies: West Island Crisis Centre, Kanasatake Community Health Services, CLSC Metro, and others.

Brend, D.M., & Krane, J. (2001, June) Violence against women in intimate relations. Invited lecture at McGill University Special Bachelor of Social Work Program, Montreal, QC.

Invited lecture (2001, March) at The Montreal General Hospital Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, Presentation on the research, assessment and treatment in the field of conjugal violence.

Co-organizer-founder-participant in Group of n (1999- 2006), a transdisciplinary venue/workshop for young artists, committed to community development and artistic expression.

Performed in “Phenomenal Women” fundraiser for Auberge Shalom. Isart Gallery, Montréal (1998).

Co-founded Laloba Productions (1994- 1999), a feminist therapeutic theatre group working with the form “Theatre of the Oppressed” founded by Augusto Boal.

Performed at a benefit for Mayworks (1997), a community resource for urban youth. The Rivoli, Toronto, Ontario.

Performed in the closing ceremonies of the “Take Back the Night March” (1995- 1997).

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Email: denise [dot] brend [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca

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Grace Chammas

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Katrina Vera Cherney

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Prior to beginning her doctoral degree at McGill, Katrina worked with children, youth and families living in, or at risk of, poverty and social exclusion, in various communities in Montreal and internationally.  These experiences profoundly influenced her research interests, and, more specifically, her desire to understand how social, economic and political contexts impact the lives of vulnerable individuals and communities.  Katrina completed her Bachelor of Arts in History and Education and Master of Social Work at McGill.

Research

Katrina’s research focus is on understanding and addressing various dimensions of child and family poverty.  She is particularly interested in how students living in poverty experience education systems and institutions, and how this impacts educational outcomes.  Katrina is a research fellow at the Centre for Children and Families, through which she is involved in projects related to alternative programming for youth in the justice system, and cross-cultural understandings of the concept of child and youth ‘supervision’, both within and outside of the context of the child welfare system.  She is also assisting with the planning of the 6th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators, which will bring together researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and advocates from around the world to discuss and promote child-centered innovations and opportunities for change.

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Peer-reviewed papers

Rothwell, D.W., Khan, M. N., & Cherney, K. (2016). Building financial knowledge is not enough: Financial self-efficacy as a mediator in the financial capability of low-income families.  Journal of Community Practice (in print). 

Peer-reviewed posters

Cherney, K., Van Wert, M., Filippelli, & Trocmé, N. (2017, January) Infant maltreatment in Canada:Predictors of Substantiation.  Presented at the meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Cherney, K., & Rothwell, D. W. (2016, January). An examination of inequalities in post-secondary education savings programs in Canada. Presented at the meeting of the Society for  Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

Gjertson, L. Porto, N., Rothwell, D.W., & Cherney, K. (2015). Child Saving Accounts: A Cross-National Comparison of Polices in Canada and the United States.  The Golden Age of Evidence Based Policy.  Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management.  Miami, Florida.  USA. 

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katrina [dot] cherney [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)


Emmanuel Chilanga

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Emmanuel is a PhD student in Social Work at McGill University. He holds a Master of Science degree in Geography from University of Western Ontario in Canada and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Malawi. Emmanuel is a member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) at McGill University and a Malawian collaborator of Consuming Urban Poverty (CUP2) research group based at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

Research

Emmanuel’s primary research focuses on Child welfare and child maltreatment, Child and family health and wellbeing, food and nutrition security and Participatory action research in Sub Saharan Africa. In his doctoral studies, he intends to use community based participatory research to address child abuse in Malawi.

Publications

Journal Articles under Peer review Bezner Kerr, R., E. Chilanga, H. Nyantakyi-Frimpong, I. Luginaah, E. Lupafya. Integrated agricultureprograms to address malnutrition in northern Malawi. Submitted to BMC Public Health, PUBH-D-16-00863, March 26, 2016.

Riley, L., & Chilanga, E. "Cashgate has compromised our livelihoods": Popular politics of food security in Lilongwe's informal settlements. Submitted to Canadian Journal of African Studies/ La revue canadienne des études africaines. RCAS-2016-0053, July, 2016.

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emmanuel [dot] chilanga [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Ye Ri Choi

Ye Ri Choi

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Ye Ri Choi received her MSW from the McGill University School of Social Work and is presently a PhD student. She is interested in the understanding of developmental pathways and competence of immigrant children and youth. Her research focuses on psychosocial adjustment of immigrant children and families. She has worked on the New Canadian Children and Youth Study (NCCYS, a national longitudinal study) at the CRI-VIFF, University of Montreal since her master program. She has also worked as a research assistant at the CRCF to analyze the data of Canadian Incident Study 2003: Making Gender Visible in Child Welfare.

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McGill University, School of Social Work
3506 University St.
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tel #: 514 398-6656
fax #: 514 398-5287
e-mail: ye [dot] choi [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Kim Coleman

Kim Coleman

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Kim Coleman is a creative arts therapist and clinical social worker from Buffalo, New York with ten years of practice experience in Chicago, Illinois. Psychological trauma has been the common thread linking her clinical work within the areas of child abuse/neglect, maternal drug abuse/addiction, prenatal drug exposure & severe & chronic mental illness. Her research interests and studies are now focused on the study of image (i.e. mental, sensory/perceptual, self-image/identity, and graphic imagery/arts) as it relates to the process of psychological traumatization & healing. Kim is a member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families and is research coordinator of the A.R.C Trauma Study. This research project examines three domains that are impacted by traumatic experience: attachment, self-regulation, and competency. Also, the Tryna Rotholtz Creative Group Work Award & the Marianne Adams Child & Youth Grant have enabled Kim to collaborate with Batshaw to design an arts-based support group for sexually abused and exploited girls that is modeled on Briere's integrative trauma treatment program for complexly traumatized youth. Kim's doctoral work is interdisciplinary and will utilize a social work perspective to bridge image studies & trauma studies in an effort to better understand healing from psychological trauma. Her work hopes to contribute to social work by deepening an understanding of the power of images, their role in the process of trauma and healing, and by advocating for the use of visual arts to inform and enhance cross-cultural social work practice, intervention and research methods.

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Email: kim [dot] coleman [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Mireille De La Sablonnière

Mireille de la Sablonniere

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Mireille De La Sablonnière is a PhD student in Social Work at McGill University. She is currently the coordinator of a research project investigating potential explanations for the decline in sexual abuse cases investigated by the Canadian child welfare systems at the Center for Research on Children and Families. She additionally works as a research consultant for the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission, investigating issues of mental health care accessibility and adaptation for Quebec’s First Nations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Anthropology, and a Master of Social Work, both from McGill University. She is also a student member of the Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Problèmes Conjugaux et les Agressions Sexuelles (CRIPCAS).

Research

Mireille De La Sablonnière’s primary research interests are child sexual abuse and Indigenous populations. In the course of her doctoral studies, she intends to explore disclosure patterns of child sexual abuse in Canadian First Nations communities. 

Publications

Dion, J., Collin-Vézina, D., De La Sablonnière, M., Philippe-Labbé, M-P., & Giffard, T. (2009). An exploration of the connection between child sexual abuse and gambling in aboriginal communities. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 10.1007/s11469-009-9234-0.

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Email: mireille [dot] delasablonniere [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Melanie Doucet

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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.

Research

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

Publications

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. 

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

Tel: 438-871-3777. 

Email: melanie [dot] doucet [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Amal El-Sana

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Amal Elsana Alh'jooj is currently a Ph.D. student in Social Work at McGill University. For her doctoral work she is exploring the tensions, problems, and limits inherent in social change service organizations and community organizations.Amal completed her BA in Social Work at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev of Israel. Through a Fellowship with the McGill Middle East Fellowship Program she completed her Masters in Social Work in Community Organizing at McGill University. Upon her return from Canada, she worked to implement innovative methods of changing the stable but inherently unjust equilibrium characterizing the Palestinian national minority in Israel, particularly the Bedouin of the Negev.

Amal has been working on minority and women’s rights in Israel for the past twenty years. In 2000, she partnered with the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace & Development to establish the Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation (AJEEC). Through this center she developed a new model for sustainable human development, which focused on the rebuilding of human confidence rather than on physical infrastructure. Amal began her career as a community organizer at the age of 14, and at 17 established the first Arab Bedouin women’s organization to improve the situation of Bedouin women in a patriarchal society affected by rapid global changes and transitions. She was born in 1972, as the fifth of thirteen children.

Today, Amal is one of the key shapers of public opinion regarding the status of the Palestinian  minority and the status of women in Israel. She is a board member of the New Israel Fund (NIF), A Coalition of Women Organizations of the Negev (MA’AN) and a member of the Steering Committee for the Wadi Atir Project. Additionally, Amal is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. In 2013 she recived the Human Rights Award, from the New Israel Fund.  In 2012 she was honoured with the Shlomo Bublik Prize from Hebrew University, Jerusalem and that same year she received the  Spitzer Prize for Excellence and Innovation in the Field of Social Welfare from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. In 2011 she received the Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East. In 2010, she was chosen by The Marker as 1 of 101 most influential people in Israel. In 2008, she was a keynote speaker at the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Institute and that same year, November 7 was proclaimed Amal Elsana Alh'jooj Day in Hartford Connecticut. In 2005 she was a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize within the framework of the "One Thousand Women" submission and the same year she received a Special Award by the World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises for contribution to economic empowerment programs for Arab Bedouin women. In 2003 she won the Lady Globes “Career Women of the Year” award. Amal is currently the Director of North American Relations at AJEEC and a board member of the International Community Action Project – McGill.  

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H. Dahan-Kalev, E. Le Febvre, A. El'Sana-Alh-jooj. (2012). Palestinian Activism in Israel:
A Bedouin Woman Leader in a Changing Middle East. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

A. El'Sana-Alh'jooj. (2012). "Volunteerism as a right: Volunteerism in Arab Society in Israel.”

A. El'Sana-Alh-jooj, E. Marteu. (2006). "Participation in Politics and Public life" in The
Arab W omen of the Negev; Realities and Challenge

A. El’Sana-Alh-jooj. (2005). “We Own Our Voices: Confiscating Women’s Right To Vote.
Alraha Women’s Magaine. Negev, Israel

A. El’Sana-Alh-jooj. “Arab Bedouin Education in the Negev”. Yousod Magazine
Manuals A. El’Sana-Alh-jooj. “Training kit for early childhood educators”. Ed. Molhem Emad

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Email: amalelsana [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Maya Fennig

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An Israeli social worker and human rights activist, Maya Fennig is dedicated to researching and designing innovative, culturally responsive interventions that advance the wellbeing of refugees and marginalized people. Maya has worked extensively in the psychosocial field supporting war affected populations. She is currently a research associate at the Centre for Research on Children War Violence and Arts based Technologies (CREATE) and member of the Centre’s research group on children and global adversity, funded by Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FQRSC). In 2015, Maya was awarded a prestigious Jeanne Sauve Public Leadership Fellowship to address issues of diversity and refugee integration in Quebec, Canada. In her native country, Maya worked, for two years, as the research officer and coordinator of Empowerment & Resilience in Children Everywhere (ERICE). This Italian-Palestinian-Israeli research group works to promote the mental health of Arab children and families. At the same time, Maya developed the first university led program in Israel that trains African refugees to become lay health workers (LHW’s), which she continues to remotely lead today.

Throughout her childhood Maya’s mother and grandparents, who had both escaped persecution and extreme violence in their countries, instilled in her a very personal sense of obligation towards other victims of war and dictatorship. It was therefore no surprise that in 2006, when African refugees began to arrive in Israel, Maya found herself on the frontline, volunteering with NGOs. There, she provided much needed support and organized numerous demonstrations to advocate for the rights of refugees. These experiences led Maya to found The Refugee Voice newspaper, which she successfully managed for three years. This nonprofit social venture is the first media source in Israel, authored by and for African refugees and asylum seekers living in Israel; one that expresses their voice and speaks for them in their own language. With the support of The UN Refugee Agency, Ha’artez (one of Israel’s leading newspapers) and dozens of volunteers, the newspaper’s printed and electronic editions have reached more than 150,000 readers in Israel and abroad, raising national and international awareness about refugee issues.

Maya earned a Bachelor of Social Work (honours) at TelAviv University in 2011 and a Master of Social Work in 2014 from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Maya is currently pursuing a PhD at McGill University’s School of Social Work under the supervision of Dr. Myriam Denov. Maya’s doctoral research examines the effects of social and cultural factors on Eritrean refugees’ mental health with the goal of developing a novel, culturally sensitive adaptation framework for working with Eritrean refugees. This framework is effectively a set of guidelines which will assist researchers and practitioners in creating adapted mental health interventions that reflect Eritrean refugees’ unique needs and worldviews. The development of this framework will be done in a bottom-up manner focusing on Eritrean refugees’ culturally distinctive ways of ‘knowing’, helping and healing. Maya’s longterm goal is to improve the access, equity and quality of psychosocial services for underserved refugee and migrant populations.

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Fennig, M (in press). [Review of the book Social, Cultural and Clinical Aspects of Ethiopian Immigrants in Israel, by  Eliezer Witztum & Nimrod Grisaru (Eds), Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press, 2014], Transcultural Psychiatry Journal.

Fennig, M. (2016). Let's Remember Israel's Refugees From Sudan and Eritrea. The Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved from: http://www.cjnews.com/perspectives/ideas/lets-remember-israels-refugees-...

Fennig, M., Krispin O., Apter A., Masallha S. & Fennig M. (2015). ERICE Project for Arab-Israeli Cooperation in Child Mental Health. In Lerner A. (Ed), Cultural Competency in Mental Health in Israel (pp. 59-64). Israel: Ministry of Health Publications.

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Office: 3438 McTavish St., room 204  

maya [dot] fennig [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)


Ilyan Ferrer

Ilyan Ferrer

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Ilyan Ferrer is a PhD student at McGill University. He recently completed his Masters degree in Social Work at McGill University, where he was a member of the Deans Honour List. His research interests include social gerontology, diversity and intersectionality. His current doctoral research focuses on the aging experiences of the older Filipino population in Canada. Ilyan is also a student member of the Centre de recherché et d'expertise en gerontology sociale (CREGES).

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Email: ilyan [dot] ferrer [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Kara Fletcher

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Kara Fletcher is a PhD student in Social Work at McGill University. After completing her MSW at McGill in 2009 Kara moved to Vancouver where she worked as both a family counsellor and a concurrent disorder clinician. She has returned to complete doctoral studies with special interests in couple and family therapy, attachment, addictions, concurrent disorders, and mental health. Kara continues her clinical work at Pavillon Foster, a drug rehabilitation centre here in Montreal.

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Email: kara [dot] fletcher [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Sigalit Gal

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Ben Geboe

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Ben Geboe was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.   He enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe and very active in the Native community in Montreal, NYC and on the Reservation. He has a MSW from Columbia University ('96) and has been working in hospital quality improvement for the last 10 years at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation using Lean A3 (Toyota Production System) tools to improve clincial and operational systems. He conducted 75+ Rapid Improvement Events in Perioperative Services, OPD Medicine Clinic and Revenue Cycle functions.  He heads a project to use Lean to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, which he presented at the Cochrane Collaboration conference in Quebec City last month.  Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Indian Community House, Inc. in NYC and an active member of the 1st People's House on campus.  Founding member of the North East 2 Spirit Society in NYC, which seeks to advance visiblity of Native/Aboriginal LGBT identitiy in a traditional and cultrally relevant manner thorugh training and community organizing.  Enjoyes a pow wow dance and sing on a traditional Native/Aboriginal drum.    Thrilled to join the PhD Social Work program at McGill and love Montreal (The French Apple?).  Currently working with Wendy Thomson on defining Native/Aboriginal healthcare leadership. Recently moved to Jean Talon from Kahnawake and looks forward to a productive year.

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Gina Glidden

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Gina has been a member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families since June 2009 and is currently working as a research coordinator for the two Montreal study sites (Montreal Children’s Hospital and Hôpital Sainte-Justine) involved in the Pan-Canadian study entitled Outcome Trajectories in Children with Epilepsy.  Gina is also involved in the policy related project stemming from the larger CIHR Team in PARENTING MATTERS! study and is involved in exploring provincial and territorial policies that affect children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.  Gina received her Bachelor of Social Work at McGill University in 2009 and has been pursuing her Master’s degree in social work part-time since the fall 2010.  Her thesis (anticipated completion December 2013) will compare the income support, case management and respite needs expressed by parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders with the currently available federal and provincial support services. It will also highlight parents’ experience as they navigate access to support services.  Gina has 19 years of clinical experience as a special care counselor where her main areas of interest have been the social/professional reintegration of young adults who have experienced a stroke as well as the issues faced by their caregivers.

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

Tel.: 514-398-2107
Fax: 514-398-5287
Email: gina [dot] glidden [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Tareq Yahya Hardan

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After Finishing my MSW at McGill in 2009, I joint social work teaching team since 2009 in Al-Quds University (AQU) and I was part of helping in its efforts to foster linkages between the university and the community. Also, founded the Kufer Aqeb Community Advocacy Center in 2013 which is dealing with various issues related to East Jerusalem such as access and quality of education in poor neighborhoods, residency rights, welfare benefits and other social services.

Besides being a community organizer in various Jerusalem-based community organizations, my work today focuses on accessibility to Higher Education, Refugees, Community Organizing, Marginalization, PTSD, Nation-Building and Social policy as they intersect with people's social and economic rights

Research

  • Higher Education and Social Work Education
  • Research in Social Work
  • Social Services Design and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Community Practice
  • Displacement and Refugees.

Publications

Labadi, Fadwa,  Hardan, Tareq. (2016). “Married women, split residency, and the wall in Jerusalem”. Jerusalem Quarterly Journal, Vol. 65 No. 5. http://www.palestine-studies.org/jq/fulltext/198348

Hardan, Tareq, & Vladu, Valentin (2015). “Establishing minimum Quality standards for services to people with disabilities in Palestinian institutions” (In Arabic). Ministry of Social Affairs, Ramallah, Palestinian Territories.

Zu`bi, Himmat, Hardan, Tareq (2013) “The Perception of Palestinian Civil Society Organizations on Human and Bodily Rights” ( In Arabic), Al-Qaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, Haifa, Israel.

Hardan, Tareq, Morita, Satoshi, & Iwakuni, Sawa (2012) “Report of Survey Results on Life and Education Environment of Children and Youths in Jerusalem Governorate”.  Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK) in Palestine, Al-Ayzaria, West Bank, Palestinian Territories.

Hardan, Tareq (2011). “White paper on Al-Quds University Campus safety” (In Arabic). Community Action Center, Al-Quds University, Abu Dis Campus, West Bank, Palestinian Territories.

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3506 University Street
Room 102, Wilson Hall,
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A7
Tel.: 514-398-6717

tareq [dot] hardan [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)


Lindsey Jones

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Mohammad N. Khan

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Mohammad N. Khan is a doctoral student at School of Social Work, McGill University, and the research coordinator for Social Development Research Group (SDRG). He worked for eight years in the field of small and medium enterprise (SME) finances in Bangladesh. He obtained Masters of Social Sciences (MSS) in Social Welfare, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He attained MSW from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA, and was awarded as the Graduate Student of Year 2013.

Research

Khan’s research interests are poverty and social development broadly, and family economic stress, financial capability, and economic interventions specifically. Currently, he is working on measuring financial capability among low-income Canadian families, and identifying its determinants.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Rothwell, D. W. & Khan, M. N. Measuring perceived financial capability. Social Indicators research (Under review).

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

Rothwell, D. W. & Khan, M. N. Perceived Financial Capability, Financial Knowledge and Financial Behaviors of Canadian Low-Income Households. Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference. New Orleans, USA. January 2015. (Abstract accepted).

Rothwell, D. W. & Khan, M. N. Perceived financial capability and savings practices across low-income family types. A Convening on Financial Capability and Asset Building: Advancing Education, Research and Practice in Social Work. St. Louis. Missouri. USA. April 2015. (Abstract accepted).

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

Email: mohammad [dot] khan7 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Hanna Kim

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Hanna Kim is currently a PhD student at McGill University and a registered social worker in the province of Ontario. She completed her MSW degree at the University of Toronto specializing in mental health and health. Hanna is committed to research, teaching, and practice. Her specialized focus has been in working with immigrant and refugee populations from settlement issues to cross-cultural mental health. Other research experience includes evaluating and collecting data on youth mindfulness programs and afterschool programs, cyberbullying in schools, and online counselling. She has taught and facilitated workshops in the community working closely with practitioners such as settlement workers and health care providers for older adults. Hanna has provided counselling both online and in-person with individuals experiencing issues related to trauma, relationships and family, intimate partner abuse, self-esteem, identity, anxiety and mood disorders, substance use, and risk/crisis management.

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As a doctoral student, she hopes to inform policy and practice through her work with refugee populations. Her other areas of interest include emerging adulthood, identity, mental health, trauma and resilience, and international social work. Hanna’s doctoral research aims to explore refugee women’s experiences living in refugee camps through narrative and art.

Publications

Kahn, S., Alessi, E. J., Olivieri, C., Woolner, L, & Kim, H. (2016). Supporting the wellbeing of LGBT forced migrants in Canada. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Tsang, A. K. T., & Kim, H. (2010, September). Cross-cultural mental health: The SSLD approach. In S. K. Min (Ed). Proceedings of the 1st Seoul International Conference on Multi-Culture Society and Mental Health. Seoul: Seoul Municipal Eunpyeong Hosp

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hanna [dot] kim [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)


Jah-Hon Koo

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Jah-Hon Koo is a PhD student in Social Work at McGill University. Born and raised in South Korea, he earned his BA in Social Welfare from Yonsei University while actively involved in a volunteer group working with impoverished people in a shanty town in Seoul. In order to expand his understanding of social problems and change at the global level, he moved to Montreal to attend McGill University and conducted a case study on an international social movement coalition for his master’s thesis. After completing his MSW, he returned to his home country and worked several years as a community organizer at a local migrant workers center as a way to link grassroots practice with broader global issues. Before commencing his doctoral study back at McGill, he also gained teaching experience in Social Welfare and Community Practice at a few colleges as well as research experience at a public labor institute in Korea. Currently, he is studying the process of and the extent to which Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada, under unequal power relations, make decisions that affect their living and working conditions through socio-political participation.

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Jah-Hon Koo’s research interests include: power and inequality; participation and community organizing; migrant workers; and structural (critical/anti-oppressive) social work. As a research assistant, he has been involved in research teams investigating “Access to health rights for migrants” and “Access to health and social services for temporary foreign workers.” He has contributed to studies on the health and occupational safety of domestic workers and the unionization and community organizing among temporary foreign workers.
His current research is focused on socio-political participation of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in Canada under unequal power relations. More specifically, he is examining, on one hand, how TFWs’ restrictive and vulnerable living and working conditions affect their participation in the activities promoting their working conditions as well as building collective power. On the other hand, he is investigating in what context TFWs’ workplace decisions are made and to what extent these so-called “powerless” and “low-skilled” migrant workers can determine their working conditions through their socio-political participation.

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Email: jah-hon [dot] koo [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Serena Kullar

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Lukas Labacher

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Lukas Labacher is a first year doctoral student in the School of Social Work, and a recent graduate from the Faculty of Education at McGill University. As a recipient of a Leadership in International Development Graduate Research Award from the Institute for the Study of International Development, and an Entrance Fellowship from the School of Social Work, his doctoral studies are being co-supervised by Dr. Wendy Thomson, director of the School of Social Work, and Dr. Claudia Mitchell, a James McGill professor at the Faculty of Education. Alongside his academic studies, Lukas is working as a grants and ethics proposal writer at the Participatory Cultures Laboratory at McGill University.

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Continuing onwards from his master’s research studying how students use mobile phones in South Africa and Canada to facilitate discussion about HIV and AIDS, Lukas’ doctoral studies will focus on how young girls living in rural South Africa can use cell phones and innovations in social networking platforms to affect social change in their communities. Stemming from his undergraduate work beginning at The University of Western Ontario (B.A., Honours Psychology), Lukas’ passion is studying how people can influence each other through exciting and innovative technologies.

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Book Chapters:

Labacher, L., De Lange, N., Mitchell, C., Moletsane, R., & Geldenhys, M. (2012). What can a visual researcher do with a storyboard? In E-J Milne, C. Mitchell, & N. De Lange (Eds.), The handbook of participatory video (pp. 149-163). Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Peer-reviewed Journals

Labacher, L., & Mitchell, C. (2013). Talk or text to tell? How young adults in Canada and South Africa prefer to receive STI results, counseling, and treatment updates in a wireless world. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, 1-12. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2013.798379

K., Labacher, L., & Murray, J. (2011). Rights to expression in the age of AIDS: Girls speak out about HIV and sexuality through digital photography. Girlhood Studies, 4(1), 156-167. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/ghs.2011.040110

Selected Conference Presentations:

Labacher, L., Mitchell, C., & Murray, J. (September, 2013). Girls and their social media practices: Critical readings on sexual health and policy making from the ground up. Presented Paper. International Social Media and Society Conference, Halifax, NS. 14-15 September

Labacher, L., & Mitchell, C. (July, 2012). How do you want to know? The preferred mode of communicating STI test results with partners, parents, and health professionals in a wireless world.  Poster Presentation. AIDS 2012: The XIXth International AIDS Conference, Washington, DC. 22–27 July

Mitchell, C., Labacher, L., De Lange, N, Moletsane, R., & Geldenhys, M. (September, 2011). What can a PV researcher do without a camera? Storyboarding in the video making process.  Presented Paper. Second International Visual Research Methods Conference, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, 13–15 September.

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Email: lukas [dot] labacher [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca

Laboratory website: participatorycultureslab.com


Tracey Lavoie

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Eunyoung Lee

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Jaime Lenet

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Radha MacCulloch

Radha

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Radha MacCulloch is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work. Prior to beginning doctoral studies, she worked as a clinical research project manager in the Department of Social Work at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. At Sick Kids, she managed a program of research which examined the lived experiences of children and youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions and their families. Radha completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Social Work at McGill University. She has completed a post-graduate certificate in Autism & Behavioural Science at George Brown College and has worked as a behavioural therapist with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Radha MacCulloch's research interests include qualitative research methods and the lived experiences of individuals with ASD and their families, with a focus on the individual's experience in the educational system and the transition to adulthood.

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MacCulloch, R., Nyhof-Young, J., Nicholas, D., Donaldson, S., & Wright, J.G. (2010). Development of an online information and support resource for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients considering surgery: perspectives of health care providers. Scoliosis, 5(13).

Mulligan, J., Steel, L., MacCulloch, R., & Nicholas, D. (2010). Evaluation of an Information Resource for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, 14(2). 

 MacCulloch, R., Donaldson, S., Nicholas, D., Nyhof-Young-J., Hetherington, R., Lupea, D., Wright, J.G. (2009). Towards an understanding of the information and support needs of surgical adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients: a qualitative analysis. Scoliosis, 4(12).

Nicholas, D.B., Picone, G., Vigneux, A., McCormick, K., Mantulak, A., McClure, M., MacCulloch, R. (2009). Evaluation of an Online Peer Support Network for Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 27(1).

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Email: radha [dot] macculloch [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


Lise Milne

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Lise Milne is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at McGill University, the recipient of SSHRC and FQRSC scholarships. She has been an instructor for a McGill Masters level course, Youth Justice in Canada, for three years and will be teaching the Bachelor-level Introduction to Practicum in January, 2015. Over the past six years she has worked at the McGill University Centre for Research on Children and Families on several projects including Evidence-Based Management in Child Welfare, Attachment, Regulation, Competency, and more recently, Building Research Capacity with First Nations and Mainstream Youth Protection Services in Quebec. Lise completed her Masters Degree at McGill University, where her award-winning thesis focused on adolescent victims of sexual abuse in residential child protection care. She received both a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. Lise has 13 years of experience in child welfare in both Manitoba and Quebec as a child protection worker, supervisor and trainer. She has been a member, chairperson, and consultant of specialized groups on child sexual abuse and is presently a research assistant for a clinical integration group at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, where she has also provided training to staff. For her doctoral research, she plans to explore traumatic experiences and symptoms among youth in out-of-home care in Quebec and Ontario.

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For her doctoral research, Lise will be exploring the trauma-related symptoms and treatment interventions for adolescent victims of sexual abuse in out-of-home child protection care.

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Peer-reviewed publications

Milne, L., & Collin-Vézina D. (accepted, 2014). Assessment of children and youth in Child Protective Services out-of-home care: An overview of trauma measures. Psychology of Violence.

Milne, L., & Collin-Vézina D. (2014). Sexual abuse disclosure among youth in residential treatment care: A multi-informant comparison. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10538712.2014.896841.

Collin-Vézina, D. & Milne, L. (2014). Adolescents en centre de réadaptation: Évaluation du trauma. Criminologie, 47, 213-245.

Trocmé, N., Milne, L., Esposito, T., Laurendeau, C., & Gervais, M.-J. (2014). Supporting evidence based management in child welfare: A Canadian university-agency collaboration. In A. Shlonsky & R. Benbenishty (Eds.) From Evidence to Outcomes in Child Welfare: An International Reader. Oxford University Press, 171-188.

Milot, T., Collin-Vézina, D. & Milne, L. (2013). Coup d’œil sur les traumatismes complexes. Source : http://observatoiremaltraitance.ca/Pages/Coup_d'oeil_sur_le_traumatisme_complexe.aspx

Collin-Vézina D. & Milne, L. (2012). Child sexual abuse: An overview. MacMillan, H. (topic ed.). In: Tremblay, R. E., Boivin, M., Peters, R. DeV., (eds.). Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development; 2012:1-6. Source:  http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/documents/Collin-VezinaMilneANGxp1.pdf.

Collin-Vézina, D. & Milne, L. (accepted). CSA: An Overview. Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. Available here.

Collin-Vézina, D., Coleman, K., Milne, L., Sell, J., & Daigneault, I. (2011). Trauma experiences, maltreatment-related impairment and resilience among child welfare youth in residential care. Journal of Mental Health & Addiction.

Milne, L. & Trocmé, N. (2010). Premières leçons tirées de trois initiatives de mobilisation des connaissances. Association des Centres Jeunesse de Montreal . D. Lafortune, M. Cousineau & C. Tremblay (Eds.). Pratiques innovantes auprés des jeunes en difficulté (pp. 525-537). Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal.

Trocmé, N., Esposito, T. Laurendeau, C. Thomson, W. & Milne, L. (2009). Knowledge Mobilization in Child Welfare. Criminologie, 42(1), 33-59.

Non peer-reviewed publications

Milne, L. & De La Sablonnière-Griffin. (2010). Studies in two countries find continued support for the use of the NICHD protocol in interviewing young alleged victims of child sexual abuse. Journal Watch - Child Welfare Research Portal. A synthesized review of: (1) Lamb, M., Sternberg, J., Aldridge, J. et al. (2009). Use of a structured investigative protocol enhances the quality of investigative interviews with alleged victims of child sexual abuse in Britain. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23, 449-467; and (2) Cyr, M. & Lamb, M. (2009). Assessing the effectiveness of the NICHD investigative interview protocol when interviewing French-speaking alleged victims of child sexual abuse in Québec. Child Abuse & Neglect, 33(5), 257-268.

Milne, L. & Laurendeau, C.(2010). Clinical Integration Group on Sexual Abuse. In-the-Know, 2(3).

Collin-Vézina, D., Coleman, K. & Milne, L. (2010). Attachment Regulation, Competency (ARC) Study. In-the-Know, 2(2). Available here.

Coughlin, L., Esposito, T., Milne, L., & Trocmé, N. (2010). School Delay. In-the-Know, 1(5).

Trocmé, N., Esposito, T., Milne, L., Chabot, M. & Coughlin, L. (2009). Court Use. In-the-Know, 1(4).

Milne, L. (2009). Québec research on attachment. In-the-Know, 1(2), 4.

Trocmé, N., Esposito, T. & Milne, L. (2009). National Child Welfare Outcomes Indicator Matrix (NOM). In-the-Know, 1(2).

Publications available at: http://www.mcgill.ca/crcf/projects/outcomes/ebm/itk/

Peer-reviewed conferences

November 2011, Co-presenter - Trauma Experiences, Maltreatment-Related Impairments, and Resilience Among Child Welfare Youth in Residential Care (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) conference, Montreal).

June 2010, Evidence-Based Management in Child Welfare (Canadian Association of Social Work Education Congress for the Humanities, Montreal)

June 2009 , Evidence-Based Management in Child Welfare (Practice and Research Together (PART) conference, Collingwood, Ontario)

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November 2011, Guest lecturer – Child Welfare (McGill University – History and Philosophy of Social Work)

October 2011, Guest lecturer - Ethical Practice and dilemmas in child welfare: A case study using research, theory, legal, and ethical principles to inform decision-making (McGill University – Critical Thought and Ethics).

April 2011, Co-presenter - Assessing traumatic events in a child welfare youth population: A multiple source informant comparison (McGill University – Centre for Research on Children and Families Research Seminar)

March 2011, Guest lecturer - Research in Motion (Dawson College – Department of Social Services, Montreal)

November 2010, Guest lecturer - Social Work Theory (McGill University – Critical Thought & Ethics)

November 2009, Co-presenter - Family reunification in cases of inter-familial child sexual abuse (BYFC Multi-Disciplinary conference, Montreal)

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Susan Mintzberg

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Lyn Morland

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I've devoted 35 years to developing culturally responsive social services, education, and health/mental health care, nationally and internationally, with an emphasis on community participation and leadership. My work has included research (ethnic identity, international development, community service collaboration, health care, and community-based participatory research); directing community-based programs; and developing and leading national technical assistance initiatives (National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health and, for the past 10 years, Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services, www.brycs.org). I hold an MSW and MA/doctoral candidacy in Anthropology/Medical Behavioral Sciences. I am currently a Research Fellow at Bank Street College of Education in New York and a doctoral student and Tomlinson Fellow in the School of Social Work at McGill University. My current research focuses on cross-sector collaboration and community partnership strategies to improve cultural responsiveness, relevance, and effectiveness within mainstream education, health/mental health, and social service systems.

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Indigenous Migrant Family Participatory Action Research Project (2013-2015):  Co-developer and lead writer for collaborative project conducted together with the Office of Head Start National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness and the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) Collaboration Office.  Developed relationships with indigenous and MSHS organizations in Oxnard, California and Tampa, Florida and worked closely with all partners to conduct multiple site visits, key informant interviews, focus groups, and qualitative data analysis.  Highly collaborative process resulted in development of the first culturally responsive materials for Mixtec, Zapotec, and Triqui families from Mexico on early learning and healthy development and for North American practitioners on these indigenous peoples.

Head Start-Refugee Resettlement Collaboration Research (2011-2015):  Co-developer and lead writer for mixed-methods study of collaboration between Head Start and Refugee Resettlement at the federal, regional, state, and local levels (Phoenix, Arizona and Syracuse, New York) conducted together with Nicole Ives, McGill University, and Clea McNeely and Chenoa Allen, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Invited to participate in two roundtables organized by Migration Policy Institute (MPI) on young children in refugee families. First author for MPI-commissioned research article on our study.

Publications

Morland, L., Ives, N., McNeely, C. and Allen, C. (2016). Providing a Head Start: Improving Access to Early Childhood Education for Refugees. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Morland, L. and Birman, D. (2016). Practice with immigrant and refugee children and families in the education system. In A. Dettlaff & R. Fong (Eds), Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families: Culturally Responsive Practice. New York: Columbia University Press.

McNeely, C., Morland, L., Doty, B., Meschke, L., and Husain, A. (2016).  How schools can promote healthy transitions to adulthood for newly-arrived immigrant and refugee adolescents: Research priorities. Journal of School Health.  

Morland, L. and Levine, T. (2016). Collaborating with refugee resettlement organizations: Providing a head start to young refugees. Young Children,17(4):69-75.

McNeely, C. and Morland, L. (2016). McNeely and Morland Respond. American Journal of Public Health, 106(5):e19-e19.

McNeely, C. and Morland, L. (2016). The health of the newest Americans: How public health systems can support Syrian refugees. American Journal of Public Health, 106(1):13-15.

Morland, L. (2014). Kinship care and immigrant families. FOCUS. NJ: Foster Family-based Treatment Association.

Dettlaff, A., Morland, L., and Lincroft, Y. (2014). Special Issue on Migration and Child Welfare: An Introduction. FOCUS. NJ: Foster Family-based Treatment Association.

Birman, D. and Morland, L. (2013). Immigrant youth. In D. Dubois & M. Karcher (Eds), Handbook of Youth Mentoring, Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Morland, L., Birman, D., Dunn, B., Adkins, M., and Gardner, L. (2013). Immigrant students. In E. Rossen & R. Hull (Eds), Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students. New York: Oxford University Press.

Fontes, L. and Morland, L. (2009, expanded in 2012-2013).  Preventing Child Maltreatment in ORR-Funded Care Provider Programs.  Washington, DC: BRYCS/USCCB and ORR.

Morland, L., Lummert, N. and Earner, I. (2006).  Brighter Futures for Migrating Children: An Overview of Current Trends and Promising Practices in Child Welfare. Washington, D.C.: Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services/USCCB. 

Morland, L. (2007).  Promising practices in positive youth development with immigrants and refugees. The Prevention Researcher, 14(4):18-20.

Morland, L., Duncan, J. Hoebing, J., Kirschke, J., and Schmidt, L. (2005).  Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services: Lessons learned from a national technical assistance effort. The Journal of Child Welfare, 84(5):791-812.

Hunt, D., Morland, L., Huckins, M., and Caal, S. (2002). Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Problem Behaviors among Refugee and Immigrant Youth. (a comprehensive annotated bibliography with 48-page narrative prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; narrative available on-line, http://www.brycs.org/documents/upload/CMHS_publication.pdf).

Pellegrino, E., Harvey, J., Morland, L., Wessell, M. and Curtin, T. (1991).  Opening doors to the needy. Health Progress. Washington, DC: The Catholic Health Association of the United States (an article describing organizing a network of volunteer physicians to serve the medically uninsured, primarily Central American immigrants).

Professional Publications:

National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, OHS/NCCLR (2015). Using participatory methods, co-developed resources to promote culturally responsive practice with refugee and indigenous migrant (lead writer) (http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/cultural-linguistic/refugee...).

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services, BRYCS/USCCB (2004-2013). Led, researched, developed topics/conceptual approach, and authored or co-authored over 200 original BRYCS articles and resources on refugee and immigrant children, youth, and families (www.brycs.org/publications/index.cfm).

National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health, Immigration and Refugee Services of America/U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, IRSA/USCRI (1998-2000). Led and co-developed: Lessons from the Field: Issues and Resources in Refugee Mental Health
Connections: An On-Line Publication of IRSA’s National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health.

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Lyn [dot] Morland [at] mail [dot] McGill [dot] ca (Email)


Jennifer Nutton

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Jennifer Nutton is currently a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at McGill University and a research assistant at the Centre for Research on Children and Families. She received her MSW in 2007 and worked as a training coordinator under a federally funded grant to develop and deliver child welfare training in Nevada, USA. She has worked on child welfare issues since 2005 and has taught at the graduate level in social work since 2007. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she worked as an instructor and administrator in the field of teaching English as a second language (ESL), and began this work as a volunteer teaching English to asylum seekers in London, UK.

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Jennifer Nutton's research interests are in the areas of child welfare, social policy, immigration, cultural issues and program evaluation. She is particularly interested in understanding the impact of culture and resilience among youth in the child welfare system from marginalized communities, specifically, Aboriginal youth in out-of-home care.

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Nahid Sultana

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Nahid Sultana is currently a doctoral student in the school of Social Work at McGill University. She completed her MSW from the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Prior to that, she has completed her M. Phil, MSS and BSS in Public Administration at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Her research interests include Poverty, Women in Oppression and NGOs in Development. Nahid sees herself spending her career primarily in research for people in need, especially women who are oppressed in her society. After finished her MPhil study, she has joined as a Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration at the same university. After came to Canada, she worked as a research assistant in a project at the Brenda Strafford Centre, Calgary which examines the effectiveness of volunteer program in the prevention of domestic violence and also worked in different projects at the Centre for Social Work Research and Professional Development of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Also she has work experience with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology which is an international agency working to provide safe drinking water and sanitation services around the world. She has published few journal articles on NGO for development, status of women, violence against women, role of NGOs to increase awareness, women empowerment, women participation in local government and so on. Nahid hopes to develop her skills as a professional researcher in macro level practice.

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Nahid Sultana is currently working with her supervisor on a project entitled Definition and Measurement of Asset Poverty in Canada. The primary goal of this project is to estimate levels of asset poverty in Canada and its ten provinces. This project is operating through the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) at McGill University. Nahid’s doctoral research will focus on the asset poverty among immigrants to Canada.

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Jaime Wegner-Lohin

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Jaime Wegner-Lohin is in her second year of the doctoral program in the School of Social Work at McGill University. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the National Child Welfare Outcomes Matrix project, a Federal-Provincial-Territorial initiative to develop a common set of National Outcomes Measures in child welfare. Jaime completed her Master of Education at York University and her Bachelor of Social Work at Ryerson University. Prior to pursuing her graduate work, she worked as a Child Protection Worker and an Educational Assistant in Ontario.

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Jaime's areas of research interest include the intersection between child welfare and education policy and programs, the lived experiences of children in foster care and quantitative research methods. She is particularly interested in the academic resilience and educational outcomes for children living in foster care.

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

Tel.: 514-398-4864
Fax: 514-398-5287

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Soyoon Weon

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