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James McGill Professors

The James McGill Professor Award recognizes a senior scholar’s status as an outstanding and original researcher of world-class caliber as well as an international leader in his or her field. The Faculty of Education boasts several James McGill Professors as part of its academic leadership:

 

Jeffrey Derevensky | Ratna GhoshNancy HeathClaudia MitchellShaheen Shariff

Jeffrey Derevensky

James McGill Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Director, International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-risk Behaviors

Research areas: 

  • Child Development
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Addictions
  • Gambling
  • Availability of gaming: An examination of the literature concerning the social costs and impact.
  • Examination of effective gambling prevention programs for college students.
  • The impact of social media on adolescent and young adult gambling.
  • The relationship between videogame playing and gambling.
  • Fantasy Sports
Ratna Ghosh

Ratna Ghosh

Distinguished James McGill Professor,
Department of Integrated Studies in Education

William C. Macdonald Professor of Education

Research areas: 

  • Multicultural education
  • Race relations
  • Human rights and education
  • Identity
  • Teacher education in cross-cultural perspective
  • Women in comparative perspective
  • The education of minority groups in comparative perspective
  • Sociology of Education in Developing Areas
  • Education and development
  • International development and cooperation (bilateral, non-governmental)
  • The impact of globalization and economic liberalization policies on education
  • Women in development
  • The impact of globalization and economic liberalization policies on women
  • Women in science, engineering and technology

Nancy Heath

James McGill Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Co-founder, Co-director of Self-Injury Outreach and Support (SiOS)

Director, Development and Intrapersonal Resilience Research (DAIR) Team 

Research areas: 

  • Mental health in schools
  • Enhancing mental health resilience
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Building mental health resilience in educational settings
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion regulation
  • Student stress and coping
  • Problematic video gaming



 

Dr. Claudia Mitchell

Claudia Mitchell

Distinguished James McGill Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education

Director, Institute for Human Development and Well-Being

Founder, Participatory Cultures Laboratory

 

Research areas: 

  • Youth Culture, gender, and AIDS
  • Aboriginal youth
  • Visual and arts-based research methodologies
  • Girlhood studies
  • Teacher identity and memory-work studies
  • International development in education

Shaheen Shariff

James McGill Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education

Director, Define the Line Research Projects

 

Research Areas:

  • Legal issues relating to on-line social communications (includes cyber-bullying, cyber-libel, cyber-threats)
  • School policy and education law
  • Social responsibility by corporate intermediaries and technology corporations relating to on-line communications, sensitivity and social responsibility of news media.
  • Constitutional law with focus on balancing free expression and privacy on-line, tort law (cyber-libel; negligence in the school context), and criminal law (relating to on-line criminal harassment)
  • Leadership
  • Censorship and human rights
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