Bree Akesson has more than a decade of experience working with children, families, and communities affected by poverty, war, and disaster. She is a licensed social worker (LMSW), providing clinical support to children and families affected by trauma for the Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group at the New York State Psychiatric Institute’s Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. Bree also consults as a research associate for the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, offering technical assistance to governments, operational agencies, and policymakers. She formerly worked as program manager for Columbia University’s Care and Protection of Children in Crisis-Affected Settings research initiative, working to strengthen the evidence base of child protection programs in Ethiopia, Liberia, Indonesia, the occupied Palestinian territories, Sierra Leone, and northern Uganda. Bree has consulted for the International Rescue Committee, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, UNICEF, and Save the Children. At McGill University’s School of Social Work, Bree teaches History and Philosophy of Social Work at the undergraduate level. Bree studied at Columbia University in New York City, where she earned a BA in Sociology, an MPH in Forced Migration and Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, and a MSSW in Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities from the School of Social Work.
Bree Akesson’s research broadly focuses on international child protection in crisis settings. A sample of her past research projects have included evaluating psychosocial program activities for children in Chechnya and northern Uganda, reviewing international safe space programs for young children in emergency settings, and providing psychosocial support to families participating in a longitudinal study examining the effects of parental incarceration on children living in New York City. Bree’s doctoral research focuses on political violence on young children and their families. She aims to specifically explore the meaning and concept of “place” for children and families who have experienced generations of displacement due to political violence and occupation. Using the context of the occupied Palestinian territories, Bree’s research utilizes a novel geography-based methodology - consisting of mapmaking, drawing, and narrative. Together, these approaches reveal how war-affected children and families interpret, understand, and navigate their physical and social environments, opening up new avenues to discover how children’s lives are shaped by place in the face of adversity.
Akesson, B., Ives, N., and Denov, M. (in review). Self-care in international social work: Preparing the next generation of students for the challenges of field placements.
Akesson, B.(in press). The concept and meaning of place for young children affected by political violence in the occupied Palestinian territories. Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies.
Akesson, B., Hoven, C., Mandell, D., Donina, K, and Doan, T. (in press). Parental involvement with the criminal justice system and the effects on their children: A collaborative model for researching vulnerable families. Social Work in Public Health.
Ager, A., Akesson, B., Stark, L., Okot, B., McCollister, F., Flouri, E., and Boothby, N. (2011). The impact of the school-based Psychosocial Structured Activities (PSSA) program on conflict-affected children in northern Uganda. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02407.x (Available here).
Ager, A., Stark, L., Akesson, B. & Boothby N. (2010, July/August). Defining best practice in care and protection of children in crisis-affected settings: a Delphi study. Child Development, 81(4). doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01467.x (Available here).
Akesson, B. (2008). Addressing the psychosocial needs of pregnant women affected by war: program approaches and program gaps. Refuge, 25(1). (Available here).
Akesson, B. (2005). War is not the only trauma: Rethinking psychosocial healing in complex emergencies. Journal of Student Social Work, 3. (Available here).
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Publications in Preparation
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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).
Email: denise [dot] brend [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
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Victoria is currently a first year doctoral student at McGill University’s School of Social Work. For her doctoral work, she plans to investigate the meaning of place and space in relation to exclusionary processes experienced by older homeless adults. After completing a BA honours in psychology in her native province of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Social Work at McGill University she began working as a home care social worker and outreach worker with marginalized older adults. Through this front-line experience she began to question and think critically about the underlying assumptions of several taken for granted concepts that directly impact older adults. This experience and reflection inspired her MSW thesis, “Unpacking the phenomenon of social isolation through the unique experiences of low-income older adults” which won her an Alumni Prize for most outstanding MSW thesis. For the past two years she has been coordinating a cross-nation, inter-disciplinary study with the Centre de recherche et d'expertise en gérontologie sociale (CREGÉS) of the CSSS Cavendish in Côte St-Luc (Montreal, Quebec) that explores how the process of gentrification affects experiences of social exclusion and inclusion of older adults. She is also currently working as a research assistant with St-Mary’s Hospital Epidemiology Research Centre. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys her role as the social events coordinator for the Social Work Association of Graduate Students (SWAGS).
Victoria’s research interests include social gerontology, environmental gerontology, social policy, social exclusion, qualitative methods and the lived experiences of marginalized older adults.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
Burns, Victoria, Lavoie, Jean-Pierre and Rose, D. “Revisiting the Role of Neighbourhood Change in Social Exclusion and Inclusion of Older People,” Journal of Aging Research, vol. 2012, Article ID 148287, 12 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/148287.
Lavoie, Jean-Pierre, Burns, Victoria, Rose, Damaris, & Covanti, Véronique. (2011 [in press])La gentrification de la Petite-Patrie. Quelle place et quel pouvoir pour les aînés? Diversité urbaine.
Lavoie, Jean-Pierre, Rose, Damaris, Burns, Victoria, & Covanti, Véronique. (2011 [in press]). Gentrification et dynamiques d'exclusion et d'inclusion sociale des aînés. In Paola Negron & Anne-Marie Séguin (Eds.), Viellissement et enjeux d'aménagement : regards à partir de différentes échelles. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec.
Rose, D., Lavoie, J.P., Burns, V. et Covanti, V. (2010) Assessing Gentrification’s Effects on the Daily Lives of Autonomous Elderly Long-Established Residents: The Case of Montréal’s Petite-Patrie Neighbourhood. In: Piwowar JM (ed) Prairie Summit / Le sommet des Prairies, joint Conference of Canadian Association of Geographers, Canadian Cartographic Association, Canadian Geomorphology Research Group, Canadian Remote Sensing Society. Regina, SK: University of Regina, Department of Geography, 269-272. Available here.
REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Burns, Victoria, Lavoie, Jean-Pierre, & Rose, Damaris. (2011). Older people's experiences of social exclusion in two changing Montréal neighbourhoods: The case of Petite-Patrie and Lower Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG), 40th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Ottawa, Ontario, October, 2011.
Burns, Victoria, Lavoie, Jean-Pierre, & Rose, Damaris. (2011). Revisiting the role of neighbourhood change in social exclusion and inclusion of older people, European Network for Housing Research 23rd International Conference, Toulouse, France, July, 2011.
Lavoie, J.P., Rose, D., Burns, V., Covanti, V. et Brown, B. “Aging in a gentrifying neighbourhood: Perceptions and impact of changes on older long-established residents in la Petite-Patrie (Montréal)”, 39th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montréal, Quéec, December, 2010.
Lavoie, J.P., Rose, D., Burns, V., Covanti, V. et Brown, B. « Revitalisation du quartier, gentrification et marginalisation des personnes âgées. Quand les vieux sont de trop! », Congrès international « Âge, citoyenneté et pouvoir. De la recherche à l’action », Santiago (Chili), octobre 2010.
Rose, D., Lavoie, J.P., Burns, V. et Covanti, V. “Assessing Gentrification’s Effects on the Daily Lives of Autonomous Elderly Long-Established Residents: The Case of Montréal’s Petite-Patrie Neighbourhood.” Prairie Summit / Le sommet des Prairies, joint Conference of Canadian Association of Geographers, Canadian Cartographic Association, Canadian Geomorphology Research Group, Canadian Remote Sensing Society. Regina, juin 2010.
Lavoie, J.P., Rose, D., Burns, V., Covanti, V. et Brown, B. « Gentrification et dynamiques d’exclusion et d’inclusion sociale des aînés », Vieillissement et enjeux d’aménagement : regards à partir de différentes échelles, 78e congrès de l’ACFAS, Montréal, mai 2010.
Rose D, Lavoie J-P, Burns V. & Covanti V. (2010). Assessing Gentrification’s Effects on the Daily Lives of Autonomous Elderly Long-Established Residents: The Case of Montréal’s Petite-Patrie Neighbourhood. In: Piwowar JM (ed) Prairie Summit / Le sommet des Prairies, joint Conference of Canadian Association of Geographers, Canadian Cartographic Association, Canadian Geomorphology Research Group, Canadian Remote Sensing Society. Regina, SK: University of Regina, Department of Geography, 269-272. Available here.
Burns, V. (PI) (December, 2010). Unpacking the phenomenon of social isolation among older adults living in social housing. Poster presentation at 39th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montréal, QC.
Burns, V. (PI) (November, 2010). Socially isolated older adults. Not so “at risk” afterall. Poster presentation at 2nd annual Positive Aging Conference: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach for Health Professionals, November 26th & 27th, Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, British Columbia.Burns, V. (PI) (2004). The influence of social desirability on self-reported levels of anger. Poster presented at annual emerging issues in psychology conference, Fredericton, NB.
Burns, V. (2011). The Many Faces of CREGÉS Conference 2010: Old People Are Dying too. Support Practices in End of Life Care for Older Adults and their Caregivers Editorial- PluralAges, vol. 2, No.1. Winter. Centre de recherche et d'expertise en gérontologie sociale, Centre de santé et de services sociaux Cavendish, p.4.
Burns, V. (2010). Socially isolated seniors, not so ‘at risk’ after all. PluralAges, vol. 1, No.2. Summer, 2010. Centre de recherche et d'expertise en gérontologie sociale, Centre de santé et de services sociaux Cavendish, p.12-13.
Burns, V. (2007-2001). Journal des tours Frontenac, Quebec, Canada. Published a quarter annual article on aging related topic.
Burns, V. (December 9, 2010). Déconstruire le phénomène de l’isolement social à travers l’expérience unique des aînés autonomes vivant en logement social. Les Rendez-Vous du CREGÉS, a conference series. Centre de recherche et d'expertise en gérontologie sociale/Centre de santé et de services sociaux Cavendish. CLSC René-Cassin, Thursday, December 9th. Available here.
Burns, V. (November 18, 2010). Combattre l’isolement social en tant qu’intervenante de milieu auprès des aînés autonomes vivant en logement social. Rencontre de Retrouvaille de l’Intervention de milieu. Gestion des Trois Pignons, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Burns, V. (November, 2010). Isolement social ou solitude? Seminar presented to master of social work students, Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
Burns, V. (November 2010). Socially isolated seniors, not so ‘at risk’ after all. Seminar presented to social work masters students, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
Burns, V. (March, 2010). Unpacking the phenomenon of social isolation. Seminar presented to social work masters students, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
Burns, V. Hamelin, M-P., Kinlock, K., McIntyre, P., & Veillette, A. (2009). Double-duty caregivers. Presented to the Centre de Santé et Services Sociaux (CSSS) Cavendish, Montreal, Quebec.
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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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Melanie completed a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice at Saint Thomas University in 2003. She then completed her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick in May 2008, where her research focused on the effects of classroom disciplinary climate on students' attitudes and educational success. Melanie has been involved in various university-based research projects, conference presentations and three publications. She also had the honour of presenting her thesis research in front of an international audience at the annual American Educational Research Association meeting held in New York City in March 2008; her submission to present was chosen among some 12,000 applications.
Melanie started working for the Department of Education in June 2008 to assist with the government’s response to the New Brunswick Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate’s recommendations contained in the Connecting the Dots and Ashley Smith reports. Upon the successful release of the response report she was promoted to Project Officer for the provincial Integrated Service Delivery project and is assisting with the planning and implementation of two regional demonstration sites in the province.
Melanie is also been involved in various youth engagement initiatives in the province of New Brunswick, and is very passionate about providing youth with opportunities to voice their opinions and influence government policies and approaches to service delivery. She is currently enrolled at McGill University to complete her PhD in Social Work, with goals of becoming a university professor, research consultant, autobiography author and motivational speaker /mentor/advocate for underserved children and youth.
Stemming from her unique childhood experience as a child in care, Melanie's main research interests are rooted in child and youth issues as they pertain to education, health, environment, poverty, delinquency, prevention, intervention and public policy. Melanie's doctoral research will focus on an analysis of former youth in care through the examination of the crucial transition period out of the child welfare system. She aims to specifically examine the types of supports and services received during the transition period and their impact on former youth in care, and illustrate what it means to "age" out of the child welfare system through a mixed methods approach. Specific policy recommendations relevant to child welfare policies, programs and intervention strategies will also be addressed. Through her research, Melanie aims to add to the existing literature on youth aging out of care, child protection services reform and transformational change in the context of child welfare in Canada
Doucet, M. (2008). Disciplinary climate in Canadian classrooms: From students' assessments to policy and practice. MIDST, University of New Brunswick, School of Graduate Studies.
Ruggeri, J., Doucet, M., & Watson, B. (2008). Health care investment by provincial governments. [Working paper series 2008-02]. Fredericton, N.B.: Department of Economics, University of New Brunswick.
Ruggeri, J., & Doucet, M. (2007). Government spending on health care as public investment. [Working paper series 2007-02]. Fredericton, N.B.: Department of Economics, University of New Brunswick.
Doucet, M., Levac, L., & Ruggeri, J. (2006). The social costs of unhealthy children: Examining the future of Atlantic Canada. In J. Ruggeri (Ed.), The environment and the health of children (pp. 83-132). Fredericton, N.B.: Policy Studies Centre, University of New Brunswick.
Patrina Duhaney-Morris is currently a PhD student in the School of Social Work at McGill University. Patrina received a Masters of Social Work degree from Ryerson University, an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.
Prior to commencing her doctoral studies Patrina worked as a social worker for Kinark Child and Family Services in Ontario. She has also worked in various social service sectors counseling marginalized and at risk populations such as children with multiple disabilities, young parents and women and children exposed to domestic violence.
Patrina’s research interests include anti-oppression, black feminism, critical race, critical race feminism, anti-racist and anti-colonial studies. Her doctoral research focuses on the experiences of racialized women who have been charged with a domestic violence related offence in their intimate relationships. Her study seeks to give voice to racialized women's lived experiences of the criminal justice system by examining how the criminal justice system responds to them once they have been charged with a domestic violence offence and the consequences that ensue. She does this also by exploring intersecting sites of oppression including but not limited to race and gender.
Duhaney, P. (2010). Why is Our Education System Still Guilty of Whiteness? Canadian Social Work Review, 27 (1), 95-111.
Mireille De La Sablonnière
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).
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.
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.
Elizabeth Fast began the Ph.D. program in the fall of 2008. She has been involved in several research projects including the 2008 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect during which she was responsible for coordinating data collection in 23 Aboriginal communities. She also manages the Strengthening Black Families Program Evaluation, a partnership between the Centre for Research on Children and Families and the African-Canadian Prevention Development Network. Elizabeth co-teaches Social Policy and Administration in the B.S.W. program. She completed her Master of Social Work degree in 2007 and her thesis looked at best practice interventions in cases of child sexual abuse in the child welfare system, for which she was awarded the Lotte Marcus Award for Innovation in research and the Most Outstanding Thesis award. Before returning to school she worked for six years as a child welfare worker, trainer and student supervisor in Toronto and Montreal.
Elizabeth’s dissertation will focus on the question of how to promote Aboriginal identity among urban youth.
Sinha, V., Fast, E., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B. & MacLaurin, B. (2010). 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, 23.
Fast, E. & Collin-Vézina, D. (2010). Historical Trauma, Race-based Trauma and Resilience of Indigenous Peoples: A literature review. First People’s Review.
Reports and Chapters
Trocme, N., Fallon, B., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T. & Fast, E. Et al. (2010). Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect – 2008: Major Findings, chapters 1-5. Public Health Agency of Canada (eds.). Ottawa, 2010.
Sinha, V., Fast, E. & Trocmé, N. (2010). Strengthening Families Program Interim Report.
Article and Book Reviews
Fast, E. (2010). (Book review of: Pedophilia and sexual offending against children: Theory, assessment and intervention, by Seto, M., 2008). Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 306-307.
Fast, E. (2009). Study finds group homes increase risk of delinquency (Review of article Delinquency in child welfare: Investigating Group Home Effects). Retrieved from: http://www.cecw-cepb.ca/researchwatch/1091 .
Fast, E. (2009). Study of two American Indian tribes finds addictions programs and Social support could improve parenting outcomes (Review of article Childhood abuse and later parenting outcomes in two American Indian tribes). Retrieved from http://www.cecw-cepb.ca/researchwatch/665 .
Fast, E. (2009). Study Finds Support for Kinship Care Placements (Review of article Impact of kinship care on behavioral well-being for children in out-of-home care). Retrieved from: http://www.cecw-cepb.ca/researchwatch/780 . (Review of article Behavioral problems following reunification of children in long-term foster care). Retrieved from http://www.cecw-cepb.ca/researchwatch/758 .
Fast, E. (2008). Study suggests long-term foster care does not worsen children’s behavior problems over time
Fast, E. (2008). Systematic Review finds more rigorous studies needed to assess impact of independent living programs for youth (Review of article Independent living programs for improving outcomes for young people leaving the care system). Retrieved from: http://www.cecw-cepb.ca/researchwatch/762 .
Fast, E. (2008). Study points to importance of careful consideration in reasons for placement of youth (Review of article Differences in the factors associated with out-of-home placement for children and youth). Retrieved from: http://www.cecw-cepb.ca/researchwatch/750 .
Fast, E. (2007). Longitudinal study confirms previously victimized children at higher risk of future victimization (Review of article Re-victimization patterns in a national longitudinal sample of children and youth). Retrieved from: http://www.cecw-cepb.ca/researchwatch/724 .
Fast, E. (2009). Youth Protection Response to Sexual Abuse. In- the- Know, 1, 3-4.
Fast, E., Felstiner, C. & Black, T., (2007). 2008 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect: Preparing for the third cycle. Canada’s Children, 7-12. Retrieved from: http://www.cwlc.ca/files/file/Canada%27s%20Children/CC%20Fall%202007.pdf .
Fast, E. (2007). Master of Social Work Thesis: Child Welfare Response to Child Sexual Abuse: Too Much or Not Enough? Rare book division, thesis collection, McGill University.
Manuscripts in Preparation
Fast, E., Sinha, V. & Trocmé, N. (in preparation). Youth and Housing in the Regional Longitudinal First Nations Health Survey. Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa.
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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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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Dr. Sarah A. Fraser (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Certain events can be life changing. In the case of my grandmother, who at the age of 83 was still living independently, a fall in her own home radically changed her life. A broken hip led to increased medications, reduced mobility, reduced social interactions, and eventually a diagnosis of dementia. Having witnessed my grandmother’s rapid decline after a fall, I developed a passion for research that would help me understand the factors that contribute to falls in older adults. Generally, I have taken the approach of understanding the individual in everyday situations (i.e., walking and talking). My first walking and talking study was conducted at Concordia University, where I completed an MA and a PhD in Psychology (with Drs. Li & Penhune). After my PhD (2010), I had numerous questions about how to intervene with the goal of maintaining/improving walking and talking abilities as well as questions about what might be happening in the brain when we manage two things at the same time. With these questions in mind, I pursued my Postdoctoral research in the “Laboratoire d’étude de la santé cognitive des aînés” at the Centre de recherche de l’institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (with Dr. Bherer). This year (2013), with my new Postdoctoral research at McGill (with Drs. Southall & Wittich), I have the opportunity to work with a population of older adults who have dual sensory loss and expand my repertoire of research skills to include qualitative approaches.
My federally funded (SSHRC & NSERC) MA and PhD research explored age-related changes in walking and fine motor skills when simultaneously performing a cognitive task. I received the Age Plus Award from the CIHR Institute of Aging for my publication on aging and fine motor control (Fraser et al., 2009) and my dissertation was awarded the Concordia University Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Prize in Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. For my first Postdoctoral fellowship, I received an FQRNT fellowship to explore the brain activity of younger and older adults in situations in which they had to divide their attention between a motor and a cognitive task. Based on this research and important on-going collaborations, I secured a CIHR Operating grant as Co-Principle Investigator (2011; with Bherer, Lesage, & Nigam). Using a portable neuroimaging system (near infra-red spectroscopy) we are exploring longitudinal changes in cerebral oxygenation during “walking while thinking” in older adults with different cardiovascular risk factors. With the help of Drs. Dupuy and Gayda (Physiologists), and Lelan (MSc BioEngineering) this project is well underway. At McGill, I am beginning my new Postdoc in the domain of dual sensory loss and qualitative research. With this additional Postdoc, I will have acquired the research skills necessary to allow me to explore aging, mobility, and cognition from a Bio-Psycho-Social perspective.
Predovan, D., Fraser, S. A., Renaud, M., & Bherer, L. (2012). The effect of three months of aerobic training on Stroop performance in older adults. Journal of Aging Research. Special Issue: Physical Exercise and Brain Functions in Older Adults, vol. 2012, Article ID 269815, 7 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/269815.
Dupuy, O., Lussier, M., Fraser, S. A., F., Bherer, L., Audiffren, M., & Bosquet, L. (2012). Effect of overreaching on cognitive function and related cardiac autonomic regulation. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2012.01465.x
Li, K. Z. H., Abbud, G. A., Fraser, S. A., & DeMont, R. G. (2012). Successful adaptation of gait in healthy older adults during dual-task treadmill walking. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 19, 150-167; Special Issue: Cognitive and Motivational Mechanisms Compensating for the Limitations in Performance on Complex Cognitive Tasks across the Adult Life-Span [Guest Editors: Sedek, G.,Verhaeghen, P. & Martin, M.]
Fraser, S. A., & Li, K. Z. H. (2011). Dual-task performance in motor learning. Published in Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, Dr. Norbert M. Seel (Editor). Springer Verlag (Publisher).
Fraser, S. A., Li, K. Z. H., & Penhune, V. B. (2010). Dual-Task Performance Reveals Increased Involvement of Executive Control in Fine Motor Sequencing in Healthy Aging. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 65B, 526-535.
Fraser, S. A., Gagné, J-P, Alepins, M., & Dubois, P. (2010). Evaluating the effort expended to understand speech in noise using a dual task paradigm: The effects of providing visual speech-cues Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing research, 53, 18-33.
Fraser, S. A., Li, K. Z. H., & Penhune, V. B. (2009). A comparison of motor skill learning and retention in younger and older adults. Experimental Brain Research, 195, 419-427.
Li, K. Z. H., DeMont, R., Penhune, V., Fraser, S. A., & Abbud, G. (2008). The dynamic relationship between cognition and walking under dual-task conditions in healthy aging. International Journal of Psychology, 43, 366.
Fraser, S. A., Li, K. Z. H., Penhune, V. B., & DeMont, R. G. (2007). The effects of balance status and age on muscle activation during walking under divided attention. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Vol 62B, No. 3, P171-P178.
Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation
3600, rue Berri, Montréal (Québec) H2L 4G9
T : (514) 284-2214, poste 3708
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.
Shawn Renee Hordyk received her Master’s degree in clinical social work from Western Michigan University. She spent the next 13 years in clinical practice in Michigan, initiating a child and family counseling program in a local center, providing supervision, consulting with community organizations, developing a private practice and founding a volunteer program in a women’s prison in Guatemala. Upon arriving to Montreal she worked for two years in early childhood settings, thus acquiring an intimate sense of the challenges faced by Quebec families. As a doctoral student, Shawn Renee’s interests include the integration of the natural environment in social work education and practice as well as direct intervention and research with children in the context of families. She is presently exploring the role of nature in the adaptation process of immigrant children and families. One offshoot of this research has been to develop and co-coordinate a community-based project entitled “Familles en nature: 4 saisons de plaisir!” in which recently arrived and low-income families are invited to participate in diverse nature-based activities. Shawn Renee is licensed as a social worker with the OTSTCFQ. Her teaching interests include fostering clinical and critical thinking skills in social work students.
Shawn Renee’s current research focuses on immigrant and child populations. As a doctoral student, she was the local research co-coordinator for an HRSDC funded project “Uncovering Invisibilities.” This qualitative study explored housing insecurity and homelessness as experienced by immigrant women and their children. In her dissertation work, she is examining the role of nature in the adaptation process of immigrant children and families. Interviewing immigrant children in the context of both peer groups and families allows her to analyze the impact of the research context on the child’s interview process. Her doctoral research will influence social work practice in three specific areas: it will inform social workers working with newcomer children and their families; it will develop theory concerning the role of nature in social work practice; and it will develop sound research methodologies with children and families across cultures.
Hordyk, S., Ben Soltane,S., & Hanley, J. (under review). Voices of Homeless Immigrant Women: A Poetic Critical Realist Approach to Research. Qualitative Social Work.
Ben Soltane, S., Hanley, J., & Hordyk, S. (in press). "Révéler l’itinérance des femmes immigrantes à Montréal : documenter l’itinérance différemment." Pratiques Feministes.
Sjollema, S., Hordyk, S., Walsh,C.,Hanley, J., Ives, N., & Ben Soltane, S. (2012). Found Poetry – Finding Home: A Qualitative Study of Homeless Immigrant Women
Walsh, C-A., Hanley, J., Ives, N., Hordyk, S., & Mahano, B. (2011). “Uncovering Invisibilities: Understanding Experiences of Newcomer Women across the Homeless Spectrum”. Report prepared for the Homeless Partnership Strategy Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Burham-Bella, M., Hordyk, S. (2012). "L’accueil des nouveaux arrivants par la nature." 12e édition du colloque en éducation relative à l’environnement.
Hordyk, S., Ben Soltane, S. (2012). “Uncovering invisibility(ies): migrant women’s experiences with homelessness.” Colloque Étudiante, CEETUM, Montréal, QC.
Walsh, C., Hordyk, S. (2011). “Uncovering invisibility(ies): understanding experiences of newcomer women.” All Our Sisters: National Forum, London, ON.
Hordyk, S., Hanley, J., Mahano, B. (2010). “Uncovering invisibility(ies): understanding experiences of newcomer women.” Collectif de recherche sur l’itinérance, la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale.
PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Hordyk, S., Ben Soltane, S., Hanley, J. (2012). “ Révéler ce qui est invisible: Uncovering Invisibilities.“ Forum public : Non à l’itinérance des femmes! Table des Groupes de Femmes de Montréal, QC.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Email: lukas [dot] labacher [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
Laboratory website: participatorycultureslab.com
Edward Ou Jin Lee is a doctoral candidate and course lecturer at the McGill School of Social Work. Ed previously completed a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Calgary and a Masters of Social Work at McGill University, as a member of the Dean's Honour List and a recipient of the Alumni prize for Outstanding MSW thesis. A SSHRC Vanier fellowship recipient, Ed's doctoral research examines the relationship between migration, gender and sexuality, in particular, the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) migrants with precarious status. In addition, Ed has served as the research co-coordinator for a CIHR funded community-based research project about LGBTQ refugees. Ed’s research interests include engaging with institutional ethnography and participatory methodologies, in addition to critical race feminist and anti-oppression theorizing. Ed is also involved in a number of community-based initiatives, including AGIR (www.agirmontreal.org) and Qouleur (www.qouleur.ca).
This will also be the sixth year that Ed will serve as course lecturer for SWRK 325: Anti-Oppression Social Work Practice. In Fall 2013, Ed served as part-time faculty member at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, teaching SWDB 498 F/2 - Queer Migrations: Intersections between Gender, Sexuality and Colonialism.
Ed’s primary research interests include the use of participatory, digital and visual research methodologies in conjunction with critical race, feminist and anti-oppression theorizing. His doctoral research examines the intersection between migration and sexuality, with respect to the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) newcomers. In addition, he is presently the research coordinator for a CIHR funded Canadian research project titled: Speaking Out: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Refugees in Canada: Exploring Intersections of Sexual, Gender and Cultural Diversity
Refereed Journal Articles
Lee, E.O. & Brotman, S. (in press). Speak Out!: Structural intersectionality and sexual minority refugees in Canada. Canadian Social Work Review: Special 30th Anniversary Edition. (confirmed to be published in early 2014)
Lee, E.O. & Ferrer, I. (under review). Examining Social Work as a Canadian Settler Colonial Project: Colonial Continuities of Circles of Reform, Civilization and In/visibility. Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry.
Lee, E.O. & Brotman, S. (2011). Identity, Refugeeness, Belonging: Experiences of Sexual Minority Refugees in Canada. Canadian Review of Sociology: Special Edition on Sexuality, Sexual Health and Sexual Rights. 48 (3), 241 – 274.
Jenicek, A., Lee, E., & Wong, A. (2009) “Dangerous shortcuts”: representations of LGBT refugees in the post 9/11 canadian press. Canadian Journal of Communications: Special Edition on Race and Ethnicity. Vol 34 (4), 635 - 658.
Arabi, A., Grigsby, D.J., Lee, E.O., Lopez, G.A., Magpayo, A., Pacifico, A., Patsak, K., Petrica, O., Vodikcova, M. & Wheeler, B.L. (2013). "Discussion Series Volume 1: How, Why and With Whom?" Refugee Review: Social Movement, 1 (1), 76-85. Retrieved from: http://refugeereview.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/volume-1-how-why-and-with-whom/
Brotman, S. & Lee, E.O. (2011) Sexuality through the lens of intersectionality : Sexual minority refugees in Canada. Canadian Social Work Review. 28 (1), 151 – 156.
Lee, E.O. & Miller, L. (in press). Collaborative media making with queer and trans refugees: Social locations, competing agendas and thinking structurally. In H.M. Pleasants & D. E. Salter (Eds.). Community-based multiliteracies and digital media projects: Questioning assumptions and exploring realities. New York: Peter Lang Publishing. (confirmed to be published in early 2014)
Lee, E.O. & Brotman, S. (in press). Social work and sexual and gender diversity. In N. Ives, M. Denov & T. Sussman (Eds.). Social work histories, contexts and practices: A Canadian perspective. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
Lee, E. O. (2012). Escape, retreat, revolt: queer people of colour living in Montreal: Using photovoice as a tool for community organizing. In A. Choudry, J. Hanley & E. Shragge (Eds.), Organize! Building from the local for global justice. Oakland: PM Press.
Ryan, B., Brotman, S., Baradaran, A. & Lee, E. (2008). The colour of queer health care: experiences of multiple oppression in the lives of queer people of colour in Canada. In S. Brotman & J.J. Levy (Eds.), Intersections: Cultures, sexualités et genres. Montreal: Presses de l’Université du Québec.
Community-based Research Publications
Lee, E. O. & Brotman, S. (2013). Executive Summary. Speak Out: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer refugees in Canada: Exploring intersections of sexual, gender and cultural diversity. Montreal: McGill School of Social Work.
Brotman, S. & Lee, E.O. (2010). Research Report. Speak Out: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer refugees in Canada: Exploring intersections of sexual, gender and cultural diversity. Montreal: McGill School of Social Work.
Lee, E.O. & Brotman, S. (2010). Community Zine. Speak Out: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer refugees in Canada: Exploring intersections of sexual, gender and cultural diversity. Montreal: McGill School of Social Work.
Lee, E.O. & Brotman, S. (2010). Trans Fact Sheet. Speak Out: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer refugees in Canada: Exploring intersections of sexual, gender and cultural diversity. Montreal: McGill School of Social Work.
Lee, E.O. (2010). Policy Brief. Human lives at stake: Refugee reform Bill C-11 and its potential impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer refugees. Collaboration between AGIR and McGill School of Social Work.
Lee, E.O (2013). Paper presentation. Re-examing the conditions for queer migration and precarious status: Bridging queer migration and critical race feminist scholarship. Rethinking Race and Sexuality: Feminist Conversations, Contestations and Coalitions. 35th Anniversary Conference, Simone de Beauvoir Institute. Concordia University. April 17 – 19. Montreal, QC.
Lee, E.O. & Brotman, S. (2012). Paper presentation. LGBTQ refugees and mental health outcomes. Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research, CIHR Institute of Gender and Health International Conference. October 29 – 31. Montreal, QC.
Lee, E.O. (2010). Paper presentation. Les réfugiés gais, lesbiennes, bisexuels, trans et queer au Canada: explorer les intersections entre diversité sexuelle, diversité de genre et diversité culturelle. Les recherches sur les minorities sexuelles: enjeux théoriques, méthodologiques et normatifs – diversité ethnoculturelle. 78e Congrès, ACFAS - Université de Montréal. May 10 – 14, 2010. Montreal, QC.
Lee, E. O. & Brotman, S. (2010). Paper Presentation. LGBTQ refugee settlement in Canada: Perspectives from Community-Research Collaborations in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Immigration and Diversity: Crossroads of cultures, Engine of Economic Development. 12th National Metropolis Conference. March 18 – 21.Montreal, QC.
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).
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.
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.
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).
Ifeyinwa Mbakogu has graduate degrees in Communication and Language Arts and Social Work. Her research has focussed on the portrayal of women in media advertisements, promotional strategies determining the survival of new products, aging in the African context, community development, forced migration, African diaspora studies, gender, culture and development, child labour and human trafficking. Ifeyinwa is the founding Director of Nothing Greater than a Child Initiative (NIGTAC) an NGO that is focussed on research, policy formulation and programme development relating to children and families. Also, NIGTAC sponsors and coordinates the annual International Law Conference on Women and Children that holds in her homeland, Nigeria. Since enrolling in McGill, Ifeyinwa has participated in the Post Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) as a member of the Equity Committee, representative of the society on the Joint Board of Governors-Senate Sub-Committee (JSBCE) on Students with Disabilities and currently Race and Ethnic Group Relations. She has also been active in the Social Work Association of Graduate Students and is one of the initiators/coordinators of the Racialized Students Network (RSN) in the School of Social Work. Ifeyinwa’s doctoral research is focussed on understanding child trafficking from the perspective of Nigerian children involved in the activity.
Lise Milne is a Ph.D. student at McGill University, the recipient of a Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) scholarship award. For the past 3 years she has worked at the McGill University Centre for Research on Children and Families as a project manager for a knowledge mobilization initiative, Evidence-Based Management in Child Welfare. She is also the coordinator of the Child Welfare Research Portal, a website designed to provide child welfare professionals, researchers, and the general public with a single point of access to Canadian child welfare research. Lise completed her Masters Degree at McGill University, where her thesis focused on identifying adolescent victims of child 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 on sexual abuse at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, where she also provides specialized training to staff. For her doctoral research, she plans to continue exploring the trauma-related symptoms and treatment interventions for young victims of sexual abuse.
Lise has been a teaching assistant for two courses at the McGill School of Social Work, and will be teaching a Masters level course on Youth Justice in Canada in the winter of 2012. She has been an executive and subcommittee member of the Social Work Association of Graduate Students.
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.
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/
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)
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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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.
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.
Alexandra Ricard-Guay is currently a PhD student at McGill University’s School of Social Work and a Vanier Scholar. She holds a M.A. in political science and international relations from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Alexandra has professional experiences in research as well as international cooperation in the areas of women’s rights, human rights, forced migration and gender-based violence. She worked three years in Latin America as program manager for the Organization Universitaria Interamericana, where she has developed international research and training programs in the areas of human and women rights and access to education. She also did two international internships where she worked for community groups providing psychosocial and judicial services to vulnerable population. In 2005, in collaboration with CARE Canada, she worked with forcibly displaced women in the region of Putumayo in Colombia and, in 2006, in Cambodia in the area of gender-based violence. She has held positions as a research assistant for various research institutes, and she has teaching experience, as instructor for the course ‘Public Social Services’ at McGill’s School of Social Work in 2010. She is also actively involved in different community groups in Montreal for the promotion of women’s rights and access to adequate services for victims of human trafficking.
Alexandra Ricard’s research interests include human trafficking, gender-based violence, migration and refugee studies. Her current doctoral research focuses on human trafficking in post-conflict context, and explores how psychosocial assistance can support trafficked women in their social reintegration; giving voice to women’s experiences. Alexandra is also committed to pursue research on human trafficking in Canada and in Quebec, examining the accessibility to adequate social services and protection for the victims. She is currently research assistant for the Transcultural Research and Intervention Team (TRIT) - CSSS de la Montagne (Parc Extension). The current research project addresses the issue of the limited access to health care for pregnant women and youth with precarious status.
Macleod, A. and A. Ricard-Guay (2006). « Vers la sécurisation d'une question sociale ? Immigration et discours sécuritaire en France et en Grande-Bretagne depuis le 11 septembre 2001 », dans Bernard Jouve et Yann Roche (dir.), Des flux et des territoires : vers un monde sans États ?, Montréal, Presses de l’Université du Québec (PUQ), pp. 21-42.
Macleod, A. and A. Ricard-Guay (2006). « Perceptions britanniques et françaises de l’immigration comme menace depuis le 11 septembre 2001 », dans MacLoed (dir.) Lutte antiterroriste et relations transnationales, Bruxelles, Bruylant.
Ricard-Guay, A. (2006). «Le déplacement forcé en Colombie : une crise humanitaire sous silence », Human Security Bulletin, Canadian Consortium on Human Security.
In addition to being a doctoral candidate in the McGill University School of Social Work, Marjorie Silverman has worked since 2001 in the Caregiver Support Centre of the CSSS Cavendish, a health and social service centre specializing in social gerontology. She trains professionals, participates in research, and publishes on caregiving issues. Marjorie also trained as a psychotherapist at the Argyle Institute of Human Relations, and has small clinical private practice.
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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.
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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