Adjunct & Affiliates

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Tom Caplan

Adjunct Professor Tom Caplan is a social worker in private practice who works with individuals, couples, families and groups. Tom does clinical work with forensic populations, is the Clinical Director of the Montreal Psychotherapy Centre and is the founder and supervisor of the Montreal Anger Management Centre.


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Tonino Esposito

Adjunct Professor Tonino Esposito, Ph.D., joined the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) in 2007 with eight years of experience as a child welfare and mental health social worker, and was appointed Associate Director of the CRCF from 2012 to 2014. Tonino is currently an Adjunct Professor at McGill University and Assistant Professor at University of Montreal, and nominated for a Tier II Canadian Research Chair in Social Services for Vulnerable Children and Families.


Myra Giberovitch

Adjunct Professor

Myra Giberovitch has more than twenty-five years of experience in gerontological social work practice where she specializes in developing services and programs for survivors of mass atrocity crimes. She initiated the first community-based social service program for Holocaust survivors in Canada and subsequently founded Services for Holocaust Survivors at the Cummings Centre in Montreal. Her topics include: social work practice with older adults and trauma and aging.



Jaswant Guzder

Associate Member Dr. Jaswant Guzder is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is head of Child Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, where she is also director of Child Day Treatment. Dr. Guzder specializes in multicultural child and family therapy, and has published widely on issues related to addressing the mental health of refugee and immigrant populations, and cultural considerations in child and adolescent psychiatry.


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Myra Piat

Assistant Professor (Research)  Myra Piat has over 20 years of experience in social services in the public and community sectors, both as a practitioner and as an administrator. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology and the School of Social Work. Her interests are in mental health, housing for persons with psychiatric disabilities, mental health recovery, knowledge translation, peer support, qualitative research, participatory action research, users’ perspective and evaluation of services.


David W. Rothwell

Adjunct Professor

David Rothwell is an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at McGill University.  His research interests include poverty and economic inequality and with a specialization in social developmental and asset-based interventions. He earned his doctorate in social welfare from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and MSW from Tulane University. Before academia, He worked as a social worker in adult mental health (Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New Orleans) and community-based economic development (Hawai'i).


Catherine Roy
Associate Member

Catherine Roy holds a Ph.D. in Social Work since 2003. She joined the Centre for Research on Children and Families in June 2014 as Academic Associate. Previously, Catherine had already collaborated with CRCF working on the evidence-based management project (EBM). Be it as consultant or scientific professional, Catherine has gained valuable experience in the field of youth protection. She has led many program evaluation projects and has also contributed to developing and supporting systematic reviews and evidence-based assessments in the field of social sciences while working at Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux and at Centre jeunesse de Montréal-Institut universitaire. During her master and doctoral studies, Catherine’s research interests focused on teenage pregnancy, more specifically on the links between young mothers’ parenting behviors and children cognitive and motor development. She now aims to pursue the study of these themes while also developing knowledge and understanding around the notion of resiliency.


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Mónica Ruiz Casares

Associate Member

Mónica Ruiz-Casares is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill.


Bill Ryan 

Adjunct Professor Bill Ryan works locally, provincially, nationally and internationally on issues related to sex education, prevention, care and policy development. He is a consultant to the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services, Health Canada, the International Federation of Social Workers, UN AIDS, Christian Children's Fund (in Geneva, Kiev (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus)), UNICEF and to the Canadian AIDS Society.


Judith Sabetti



Judith Sabetti, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre. Her doctoral research focused on the stigma of mental illness in social businesses for people with serious mental illness. As Adjunct Professor, Dr. Sabetti is committed to engaging students in research activity as a lens for critically reflecting on their social work knowledge and practice. She supervises MSW students through a research field placement at the Douglas, and is available for consultation on ISP projects pertaining to mental health.



Kenneth Southall

Adjunct Professor Dr. Southall is a researcher at Institut Raymond-Dewar, a Montreal-based public health and social service institution for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have communication difficulties. His research interests concern the stigma associated with age-related health conditions. Dr Southall is interested in how stereotyping, prejudices and discrimination impact upon the management of multiple age-related health conditions.


Sami Zaidalkilani

Visiting Professor

Sami Zaidalkilani is an assistant professor at An-Najah National University (ANU), Nablus, Palestine. He is a visiting professor at McGill University in the School of Social Work and an advisory committee member of its International Community Action Network (ICAN). He has a B.Sc. in Physics, an M.A in Science Education, an MSW and a Ph.D. in Social Work. His doctoral thesis at McGill’s School of Social work explored the adoption an implementation of Human Rights-Based Community Practice in Palestine. He teaches Education and Social work as well as supervises ANU’s Community Service Center which he founded and directed for many years. He also acted as chairholder of ANU’s UNESCO Chair on Democracy and Human Rights, director of Continuing Education Center and Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences. He is a consultant in Development Strategic Planning of Palestinian cities and governorates as well as trainer in community development and civic education. His research interests are in social Human Rights-Based Approaches to work community practice and education.

Besides his academic work, Sami is a poet, short story writer, children stories writer, and translator with eight published works in these fields. He is a human rights activist, nonviolence advocate, peace and dialogue activist, who had served 5 years in Israeli jails for political activities during which he was adopted by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.