Our Research

Community-based spinal cord injury (SCI) organizations aim to enhance the lives of the 85,500 Canadians living with SCI.

  • A flagship program of these organizations developed toward attaining this goal is SCI peer mentorship.
  • We define SCI peer mentorship as: a peer interaction that aims to help individuals who share similar lived experiences adapt and/or thrive.
  • In consultation with SCI organizations, it was found that the measures currently used to examine the outcomes of SCI peer mentorship do not capture the intricate and subtle details of these programs.
  • SCI organizations have voiced the need to develop a SCI peer mentorship evaluation tool in order to evaluate their programs.

To address this need, a community-university partnership is being developed following the IKT guiding principlesto co-create a SCI peer mentorship evaluation tool and our plans are illustrated in the image below.

For more information, you can also view this video where Dr. Sweet discusses his research on well-being and specifically on spinal cord injury peer mentorship for McGill University’s Institute of Human Development and Well-Being’s video series entitled: Well-Being: What a Concept!

This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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