Rusan is a PhD student in the School of Social Work at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Delphine Collin-Vezina, the Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF). Rusan has over four years of experience with child sexual abuse research, and will be working on the Child Sexual Abuse Disclosures project with Dr. Collin-Vezina. Rusan’s doctoral research will focus on child sexual abuse and shame, and the therapeutic process for child sexual abuse survivors.
Rusan completed her Master in Social Work and her Honours Bachelor of Science (Psychology Specialization) at the University of Toronto. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Rusan worked as a clinical social worker in Toronto, Ontario in various settings, including Anishnawbe Health Toronto (a health centre dedicated to the Aboriginal Community of Toronto); Maplehurst Correctional Complex (a correctional facility for adult males); and the Forensic Assessment and Triage Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Rusan was the Principal Investigator for a research study at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that examined shame among forensic and non-forensic patients with schizophrenia and the impacts of the social determinants of health on their levels of shame. Rusan has also held research positions within academic and hospital settings that involved diverse research focuses, including adolescent sex offenders, pediatric palliative care, impact of policies on smoking behaviour, and field instruction in social work.
Contact: rusan.lateef [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)