Katherine Maurer

Dr. Katherine Maurer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University where she is also a faculty member of the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families. She obtained her Ph.D. in Social Work at New York University Silver School of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, New York. Dr. Maurer practiced in New York City as a clinical social worker and a trauma therapist. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on adolescent mental and behavioral health during the transition to adulthood. Particularly, Dr. Maurer studies the physiological impact of exposure to extreme stressors, such as interpersonal violence and poverty, on the development of self-regulation capacities in adolescence and adults. Dr. Maurer has held research fellowships with New York University’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and the University of California-Davis Center for Poverty Research. Her poverty research focuses on the development and application of social capital theory in social work policy and practice and the social reproduction of disadvantage in the context of gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnic/racial identities. Dr. Maurer is the recipient of a 2016 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant to conduct a phenomenological study of affect regulation with adolescents who have experienced violence in their family as part of her research agenda focusing on the intergenerational transmission of family violence. She is also PI of a research project exploring these interests in the context of homelessness through the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families in collaboration with the Old Brewery Mission in Montreal.


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