Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina is the Director of the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF), the Nicolas Steinmetz and Gilles Julien Chair in Social Pediatrics in Community (appointed in 2016), the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare (2008-2018), and an Associate Professor in the McGill School of Social Work since 2007.
She has devoted her career to conducting collaborative research with organizations that provide services to children and youth living in vulnerable contexts, as currently exemplified by her three main research programs: sexual abuse and disclosure, implementation of trauma-informed care, and return on investments for the social pediatrics model. Her projects are developed using a bottom-up approach whereby she collaborates at all research stages with practitioners, managers and policy-makers to develop relevant and timely projects that have direct impacts on practices and policies to best serve children and youth. To this end, she has led and collaborated on significant projects on family violence, trauma and service provision with key organizations in Québec, including youth protection centres, health and social services centres, community-based organizations, as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission. She has been involved in the development and implementation of the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Model (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010) in a number of child-serving systems in Québec. Since 2008, she has partnered with a total of nine child protection centers and three school boards to assist them in adapting and meaningfully implementing trauma-informed care in way which is consistent with their mandates and roles with trauma-impacted children and youth.
Dr. Collin-Vézina is a scholar interested in engaging in and influencing both policy and practices. On the one hand, she attempts to influence social policies by writing open letters to be published in the media, by participating in expert panels called upon by the Ministry (e.g. the 2016 Gender-based violence expert panel from Status of Women Canada), by being a member of the Board of Directors of the Child Welfare League of Canada, and by sitting on several scientific committees of influential institutions, including the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. On the other hand, as a trained clinical psychologist, she has delivered training on trauma interventions to more than 1,800 professionals, including pediatricians, psychologists, and social workers from diverse settings, and provided ongoing coaching and consultation to an estimated 150 child protection staff and professionals. All of these experiences have allowed her to develop important collaborative research, networking and presentation skills that she shares with the graduate students whom she mentors.
Postdoctoral fellowship (UQAM) 2006
B.Sc. (UdeM) 1998
2015 – present Nicolas Steinmetz and Gilles Julien Chair in Social Pediatrics in Community
2015 – present Associate Member - McGill University, Department of Pediatrics
2008 - present Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare- Canada Research Chairs
2007 - present Assistant promoted to Associate Professor - McGill University, School of Social Work
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