Hanna Caldwell is a PhD student in the McGill School of Social Work under the supervision of Dr. Jill Hanley and a recipient of the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (CGS-D) Award. The working title of her PhD project is “A critical analysis of an intercultural approach to child protection social work with immigrant families in Montreal, Quebec: A mixed-methods study.”
Hanna joined the CRCF in 2018 while completing her MSW at McGill. She currently works with the Canada Research Chair on Social Services for Vulnerable Children and the Social Services Research Lab at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Tonino Esposito. Previously, she was a research assistant with the Children’s Services Policy Research Group led by Dr. Vandna Sinha. In addition, she has worked on several other research projects related to compensation of First Nations children under the 2019 CHRT 39 decision, harm reduction-based family intervention in Inuit communities in Labrador, critical analysis of the concept of “neglect” in child protection, comparative analysis of federal child protection legislation in the U.S. and Canada, and online resources for frontline family social work during COVID-19. Hanna also recently provided program management support to the Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma. A selection of Hanna’s publications is available here.
Hanna has clinical experience in multiple community-based settings, including as interim program manager of a community-based organization in the Ashrefiyyeh neighbourhood of Amman, Jordan, through the McGill International Community Action Network, and as a program coordinator at Action Réfugiés Montréal.
Before coming to McGill, Hanna worked in international development, refugee resettlement, and migrant mental health in the Middle East and North America. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where she studied culture, politics, and the Arab world. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan in 2012-2013.
Contact: johanna.caldwell [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)