Fall 2023 / Winter 2024

The McGill School of Social Work is honoured to have many communities, graduate, and clinical lecturers in our academic programs. 


For MCLIU Priority Points up to and including 

Winter 2024 Term. 


adnan.almhamied [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Adnan Al Mhamied)


Adnan Al Mhamied is a Syrian-Canadian Ph.D. candidate at McGill’s School of Social Work. His doctoral research focuses on Syrian refugee fathers in the context of forced migration and resettlement in Canada. More broadly, his research focuses on Syrian refugee families in transition, service access, parenting issues in the post-migration stage, and masculinity and masculine identity. Adnan’s research also focuses on ethical challenges in research on refugees and vulnerable populations. Adnan teaches courses such as Research Methods, Practice and Policy for Refugees, Anti-Oppression Practices in Social Work, Critical Thought and Ethics in SW. He brings years of community engagement in human rights and community well-being to his research and teaching.

In the summer of 2021, Adnan joined Save the Children in Denmark as a research officer on a UNICEF-funded project focusing on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Children Associated with Armed Conflict and Armed Groups (CAAFAG).  He is currently associated with the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.

His dissertation research on the migration and resettlement trauma and adjustment of Syrian fathers was reported in a 2019 CBC Ideas as one of the outstanding doctoral students in Canada.



faye.assee [at] gmail.com (Faye Assee)

Faye Assee is a Ph.D. candidate at the Université de Montréal School of Social Work, focusing on sexual trauma and yoga interventions, and is also a graduate of McGill University with a bachelor's and master’s degree in social work (2013). She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with a traumatized population within youth protection and victims of criminal acts. She is a clinical supervisor for centers of sexual assault, CISS, and community organizations working with families. She also has experience as a mental health clinical coordinator for a crisis center, has worked with individuals struggling with addictions, and founded her private practice where she combines yoga and meditation modalities with clinical counselling for individuals who have experienced trauma. She also offers trauma-sensitive training for community organizations and yoga centers.

Faye has been a course instructor at Concordia for 6 years and is currently offering an advanced seminar on trauma and resilience in the faculty of social work at McGill University.





Zoe Brown






sarah.burley [at] mcgill.ca (Sarah Burley)



A graduate of the University of Waterloo and McGill University, Sarah has 10 years of professional and academic experience counselling individuals, couples and families in Canada and Europe. She is an accredited couple and family therapist within the Ordre des Travailleurs Sociaux et Thérapeutes Conjugaux et Familiaux du Quebec (OTSTCFQ), an accredited psychotherapist within the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ), and a lecture in the Couple and Family Therapy department at McGill. Before opening her private practice and co-therapy practice, she worked as a therapist in the counselling department at Agence Ometz with individuals, families and couples in the Jewish community and at the Kahnawake Shakotija’takehnhas Community Service Center with members of the Kahnawake First Nations community.

Through her master’s program at McGill, she was part of a small research team at the University, focusing on working through trauma in couples' therapy. Beforehand, she worked at Langs Community Health Centre of Waterloo, providing sex education and group work with adolescents, parents with young children, and adults in later life. She also spent several years in Europe working in a Family Service agency with families and young children in Berlin.




Mark Demaine






alison.carpenter [at] mcgill.ca (Alison Carpenter)


After 23 years of running a full-time psychotherapist and couple counsellor practice, Alison Carpenter taught her first course to CFT and MSW students in January 2020. Since then, she has taught Adult Mental Health, Intro to Couple Therapy, Trauma and Resilience, Anti-Oppressive Practice and Advanced Couple Therapy. She also coordinates the didactic and integrative seminars for CFTs. Alison’s primary clinical orientations are humanistic and systemic, and she has always practiced through a social justice, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens. Alison’s clinical interests are varied and include uses of self in the therapeutic relationship, somatic practices, self-care for the clinician and therapeutic presence. She is passionate about continuing education for those in the field. She has been a clinical supervisor since 2010, with a focus on clinical choice points and the supervisory relationship, and enjoys the chance to work with newer therapists as they develop their skills and build their practices.



laura.el-hachem [at] mcgill.ca (Laura El-Hachem)

Laura has accumulated fifteen years of experience in the field of social work. She completed a bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree in social work, after which she earned an additional master's degree in couple and family therapy at McGill University. She is a member of the OTSTCFQ and holds a psychotherapy practice license issued by the OPQ.

Alongside her university teaching, which she has been doing for over 10 years, Laura works full-time at her private practice on the South Shore of Montreal, where she primarily uses trauma-informed cognitive-behavioural and systemic approaches with individuals, couples and families.



maya.fennig [at] mcgill.ca (Maya Fennig)





amanda.guay [at] mcgill.ca (Amanda Guay)

Amanda Guay has been a professional social worker since 2012, with experience in the fields of disability, family crisis, and mental health services in a post-secondary education institution. Amanda holds a Master’s in Social Work from McGill University, and her master’s thesis, “Mothering with an Intellectual Disability: A phenomenological exploration of making infant-feeding decisions,” was presented at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Americas Regional Congress, in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2015 and published in the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities in 2016. Due to her work with parents with intellectual disabilities, Amanda was invited to present on best practices at the international symposium Vie Affective, Sexuelle et Parentalité des Personnes avec une Déficience Intellectuelle, in Brussels, Belgium, in 2017.


Amanda has acted as a field placement instructor since 2013 and continues to support social work learning in a clinical setting. Amanda has taught Critical Disability Studies in the School of Social Work since 2022.



amanda.keller [at] mcgill.ca (Amanda Keller)


Amanda Keller is a Ph.D. candidate and Vanier Scholar in the School of Social Work. She is a developmental researcher who uses multidisciplinary and mixed-method approaches to examine how we can empower traumatized and otherwise marginalized people. She has a particular interest in examining child welfare outcomes and policies. Her thesis examines the life trajectories of older adults aged out of group child welfare placement. She is collaborating on several research projects on child welfare and trauma-informed care.

Beginning her professional career as a homeless youth outreach worker and subsequently working as a case manager, she has ten years of clinical experience working with youth and young adults in Montreal suffering from trauma and addictions. She is also the founder of CARE Jeunesse. A peer support-based non-profit that supports foster care alumni and advocates for change to Quebec child welfare practices.

She attended Ohio University as an undergraduate and was a McNair Scholar and National Science Foundation fellowship recipient. She subsequently attended McGill University for her Master of Science in the Department of Psychiatry as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Amanda is a highly requested speaker. She combines her personal, professional and academic knowledge to lead transformative change in social service practices.




Stephen Legari






nicole.mitchell2 [at] mcgill.ca (Nicole Mitchell)





nona.moscovitz [at] mcgill.ca (Nona Moscovitz)



Nona Moscovitz, a graduate of McGill University with a Masters in Social Work (1997), has over 24 years of experience working with a diverse clientele and over the past 15 years in mental health. She has an extensive background and expertise in program development and management, years of clinical staff and student supervision and an ongoing commitment to the field of education. She is presently the Program Manager for Mental Health and Addictions at the CSSS Cavendish (Centre de santé et services sociaux de René-Cassin et Notre-Dame-de-Grace/ Montréal Ouest). She is also responsible for the cutting-edge Mental Health and Aging services, which includes direct services, research, training and knowledge transfer. Nona is a Member of the Seniors` Advisory Committee of the Canadian Mental Health Commission of Canada. She has had several publications, been involved in numerous national research projects and presented at conferences and workshops across Canada.


anthony.musiwa [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Anthony Musiwa)








Thomasina Phillips







Runa Reta







Bill Ryan




manuel.salamanca [at] mcgill.ca (Manual Salamance Cordona)







guylaine.seguin [at] mcgill.ca (Guylaine Séguin)



ata.yeboah [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Ata Senior Yeboah)





corrie.sirota [at] mcgill.ca (Corrie Sirota)

Corrie Sirota holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University and a Graduate Certificate in Loss and Bereavement, where she continues to teach as a sessional lecturer in the School of Social Work for over 20 years.  As a licensed psychotherapist, Corrie maintains a private practice specializing in Loss and Bereavement, Parenting, Stress management, and Relationship issues. She is a seasoned support group facilitator – currently animating groups for postpartum support, Miscarriage and Perinatal Loss, Widow support, and Caregiver support groups.

Corrie is also a well-known guest speaker, having presented at numerous conferences and workshops, both locally and internationally and continues to develop and facilitate psycho-social prevention and intervention workshops for school professionals, students, camping staff, various community agencies, organizations, and businesses.

She has authored her first book entitled, “Someone Died…Now What – A personal and professional perspective on coping with grief and loss,” available on Amazon. She has also written the article ‘Helping Children through the Grieving Process’ appearing in the Jewish Funeral Directors magazine as well as Living Legacies Volume III and has written numerous other articles and blogs posts for ME Magazine, Cappino Physio and Wellness Centre, and Risk within Reason.



Jacqueline.stol [at] mcgill.ca (Jacqueline Stol)


Jacqueline Stol is a Ph.D. candidate and a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholar at McGill’s School of Social Work. Her doctoral research focuses on engaging with visual, creative, and oral storytelling through community and participatory methodologies, Photovoice and Kuwentuhan (talk-story), to re-tell and advocate for the community-building and migration experiences of LGBTQ+ Filipino/a/xs in the diaspora. Her overall research draws from queer, diaspora, and transnational feminist theories to critique and strengthen possibilities for participatory, equitable, sustainable, and more transformative approaches amongst grassroots, community and social service organizations and the policy contexts that surround them.  


Her social work and community practice have spanned several sectors, including community health and mental health, youth engagement, settlement, housing, and homelessness. Her broader focus in these contexts has been on knowledge mobilization and community engagement to advance social and collective change, such as a policy-ready paper publication on newcomer child and youth mental health and recently on community care and mutual aid grassroots organizing amongst Filipinos in Montreal during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


She has taught Migration, Power, and Possibilities for Change at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. She is currently teaching Critical Thought and Ethics with the School of Social Work. 




Anais Cadieux Vanvliet






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