Current PhD Students

Nellie Alcaraz


Nellie came to Canada from the Philippines under the federal live-in caregiver program. She has been a community organizer and a migrant rights advocate for more than a decade. She is completing her Ph.D. at McGill University’s School of Social Work under the supervision of Dr. Jill Hanley. Her doctoral research looks at the experiences of non-status migrants in Canada. Nellie completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Calgary, her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Victoria. Nellie also finished a degree in Political Science at Adamson University. In 2021, Nellie received the John Hutton Memorial Award from the Alberta College of Social Workers and in 2019, she was given the Clarice Chodak Social Justice and Action Award by University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work. Nellie was appointed member of the City of Calgary's Anti-Racism Action Committee. Nellie has been a practicing social worker for more than a decade in the field of child and family services with a particular focus in Indigenous population.




Alcaraz N., Lorenzetti L., Thomas S., Dhungel R. (2021). Breaking Isolation: Social Work in Solidarity with Migrant Workers through and beyond COVID-19. Soc Work. 2021 Nov 3

Alcaraz, N., Ferrer, I., Abes, G., & Lorenzetti, L. (2021). Hiding for Survival: Highlighting precarity and lived experiences of non-status Filipinos in Canada amidst labor abuse. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work.


Alcaraz, N., Lorenzetti, L., Dhungel, R., Jamal, A., & Karki, B. (2022). Fathers in Focus: Weaving Immigrant Father’s Stories through Photovoice. Paper presented at Canadian Social Work Education Conference held online.

Alcaraz, N., Lorenzetti L., & Dungel, R. (June, 2020). Community Interventions: Solidarity with Temporary Foreign Workers During COVID-19. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Social Work Research & Practice Symposium: Social Work during Pandemic: Learning, Creative, and Innovative Practices. AB.

Alcaraz, N., Singlot, R., & Bragas, K. (2020, January). Examining the intergenerational challenges and perspectives that Filipinx newcomers face in Calgary and Alberta. Paper presented at the Immigrant and Education Society (TIES) Conference 2020, Calgary, AB.

Alcaraz, N. (2019, June). Finding Resources Available to Calgary's Non-Status Migrants and Unpacking their Experience in Accessing Services. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for Social Work Education Conference. Canadian Association for Social Work Education Conference, Vancouver, B.C.

Halvorsen, J., Hemens A., Price T., Alcaraz N., King R., & Lorenzetti L. (2019, June). Antiracism and Anticolonialism Social Work education: Employing a Caucus Approach. Paper presented at the Annual Canadian Association for Social Work Education Conference. Canadian Association for Social Work Education Conference, Vancouver, B.C.

Alcaraz, N., Dhungel, R., & Lorenzetti, L., (2020, June). Community Interventions: Solidarity with Temporary Foreign Workers During COVID-19. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Social Work Conference, AB. Alcaraz, N. (2018, April). Social Issues Discussion: Migrant Caregivers. Paper presented at the Calgary Women's Centre, Calgary, AB.

Alcaraz, N. (2016, October). Community Organizing Work with Migrants. Paper presented at the Annual Gathering of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Social Work, International Community Development’s Students, Calgary, AB.

Wolfleg, A., Haile, L., Lorenzetti, L., & Alcaraz, N. (2019). The Road to Reconciliation Through Allyship. Paper presented at the Alberta College of Social Workers Conference, Calgary, AB.

Alcaraz, N. (2015, May). A Success Story in Casework Practice. Paper presented at the Child Protection Workers’ Conference on Signs of Safety. Government of Alberta. Edmonton, AB.

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nellie.alcaraz [at] (Email)

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Anaïs Cadieux Van Vliet


Anaïs Cadieux Van Vliet (they/them) is a PhD candidate in the McGill School of Social Work, a former community organizer and support worker. Before pursuing doctoral studies, Anaïs spent a decade providing psychosocial support services to street involved youth, migrants living with precarious status and students impacted by sexual violence. Currently, they coordinate two Advisory Committees for the Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma(CCYT). Comprised of former youth in care and kinship/adoptive caregivers, members of these advisory committees help shape the CCYT’s research and programming by providing their professional and lived expertise.

Anaïs completed a B.A with a double major in International Development Studies and Psychology, as well as an MSW on grass-roots efforts to transform university policies on harassment, discrimination and sexual violence. Their PhD research, detailed in the following section, is expertly supervised by professors Myriam Denov (McGill University), Marjorie Rabiau (McGill University) and Dr. Rosaleen McElvaney (Children’s Health Ireland). Anaïs is also a grateful beneficiary of professors Delphine Collin-Vézina and Sharon Bond (professor emeritus)’s mentorship.


Recipient of a SSHRC doctoral award and MITACS Accelerate Fellowship, Anaïs’ doctoral research focuses on siblings of child sexual abuse survivors- the experiences and service needs of this underrecognized group of young people impacted by child sexual abuse. Sometimes referred to as “non-abused, non-abuser siblings”, children who grow up in homes where one or more children experience abuse but were not directly victimized, are often deeply impacted by sexual violence. Yet very little research or therapeutic attention has been given to these children (“non-abused, non-abuser” siblings). Their doctoral project will contribute to filling important evidence and theory gaps surrounding siblings and the sibling relationships in the context of family violence, while promoting the voices of non-abused siblings. Research findings could influence organizational policies and practice from the ground up. Specific practice implications might include how to work with the sibling subsystem in cases of child abuse; how to attend to survivors’ needs without placing undue responsibility on siblings; and differentiating best practices with direct survivors from best practices with their siblings.

More broadly, Anaïs’ academic work centers often forgotten young people (including siblings) in contexts of familial and political violence, and how to better respond to the needs of underrecognized populations. They bring a commitment to participatory principles to their research and their social work practice more broadly. Their doctoral project will contribute to filling important evidence and theory gaps surrounding siblings and the sibling relationships in the context of family violence, while promoting the voices of non-abused siblings. Research findings could influence organizational policies and practice from the ground up. Specific practice implications might include how to work with the sibling subsystem when CSA has occurred; how to attend to survivors’ needs without placing undue responsibility on siblings; and differentiating best practices with direct survivors from best practices with their siblings.


Peer Reviewed


Denov, M., Van Vliet, A. C., & Lakor, A. A. (2022). Children and youth born of conflict-related sexual violence: the making of the ‘other’ in Northern Uganda and Rwanda. Crime, Law and Social Change, 1-21.

Denov, M., Cadieux Van Vliet, A., Mosseau, N, Lakor, A.A & Arach, J. (2022) The Meaning of Place for Children born of wartime rape in northern Uganda. Children’s Geographies. Advance Online Publication. DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2022.2113857.

Denov, M., & Cadieux Van Vliet, A. (2021). Children born of wartime rape on fatherhood: Grappling with violence, accountability, and forgiveness in postwar northern Uganda. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 27(4), 597–605.

Denov, M., Cadieux Van Vliet, A., Lakor, A. A., & Janet, A. (2019). Complex perpetrators: forced marriage, family and fatherhood in the Lord's Resistance Army. Revista de historia Jerónimo Zurita, (94), 139-160.


Denov, M. & Cadieux Van Vliet, A. (2023). Missing Fathers: Children Born of Wartime Rape and Their Perspectives on Fathers and Fatherhood in northern Uganda. In Theidon, K., and Mazurana, D. Challenging Conceptions: Children Born of Wartime Rape and Sexual Exploitation. Oxford University Press.

Denov, M. & Cadieux Van Vliet, A (2022) Child Soldiers. In Hola, B., Brehm, H.N., Weerdesteijn, M. (Eds.) Oxford Handbook on Atrocity Crimes. Uk: Oxford University Press.


Cadieux Van Vliet, A. & Hanscombe, E. (2023, September 27th) Discovering love as a verb: a dyadic autoethnography on solidarity and changemaking by two siblings. Love is an Action: 2023 Annual Critical Autoethnography Conference. RMIT University, Melbourne Australia.

Cadieux Van Vliet, A. , & Jenicek, A. (2023, May 11th) Forgotten figures? Sibling and peer attachment as significant figures for children’s resiliency [Student poster]. Canadian Symposium and Child Youth and Trauma. McGill University Centre for Research on Children and Families.

Denov, M., Cadieux Van Vliet, A., Mosseau, N, Lakor, A.A & Arach, J. (2022, June 27th) The Meaning of Place for Children born of wartime rape in northern Uganda. [Virtual presentation] The meaning of Place and the Place of meaning. London Centre on Interdisciplinary Studies.

Cadieux Van Vliet, A. (2022, May 24th). L’abus sexuel d’enfants au Québec: Une réconciliation à faire entre les services thérapeutiques et les besoins de la fratrie non-abusée? [Online Student Conference] McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS Cadieux Van Vliet, A. (2023, June 28) Résultats préliminaires de l’évaluation du programme Kayrn sur l’intervention sensible au trauma auprès des jeunes placés par l’Aide Sociale à l’enfance. Fondation des Apprentis d’Auteuil. Meudon, France.

Cadieux Van Vliet, A. (2023, January 25) Siblings and Child Sexual Abuse: What does the research tell us? [Online presentation to youth protection professionals]. Batshaw Youth and Family Center’s Clinical Integration Group on Child Sexual Abuse. Montreal, Canada

Collin-Vezina, D., Doucet, M., Cadieux Van Vliet, A. (2020, November 5). Where are children and youth voices amidst the pandemic? Learning from the past [Online presentation]. Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children.

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anais.cadieuxvanvliet [at] (Email)

Hanna Caldwell


Hanna Caldwell is a Ph.D. student in the McGill School of Social Work under the supervision of Dr. Jill Hanley and a recipient of the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (CGS-D) Award. The working title of her dissertation project is “A critical analysis of an intercultural approach to child protection social work with immigrant families in Montreal, Quebec: A mixed-methods study.”

She is interested in equitable implementation of health and social services within a universal policy paradigm. Before coming to Montreal for her MSW at McGill in 2016, Hanna worked in international development, refugee resettlement, and migrant mental health in the Middle East and North America. Hanna has clinical experience in multiple community-based settings, including as a program coordinator at Action Réfugiés Montréal and as interim program manager of a community-based organization in the Ashrefiyyeh neighbourhood of Amman, Jordan, through the International Community Action Network. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she studied culture, politics, and the Arab world. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan in 2012-2013.


Most recently, Hanna has worked with the Canada Research Chair on Social Services for Vulnerable Children and the Social Services Research Lab at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Tonino Esposito. Previously, she was a research assistant with the Children’s Services Policy Research Group led by Dr. Vandna Sinha, with whom she conducted critical analysis of the concept of “neglect” in child protection and comparative analysis of federal child protection legislation in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, she has worked on several other research projects related to: compensation of First Nations children under the 2019 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal 39 decision with Dr. Barbara Fallon and Dr. Nico Trocmé, harm reduction-based family intervention in Inuit communities in Nunatsiavut (Labrador) with Dr. Heather MacIntosh and Prof. Wanda Gabriel, and bilingual online resources for frontline family social work during COVID-19 in Quebec and New Brunswick with Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina. Hanna also recently provided program management support to the Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma based at McGill’s Centre for Research on Children & Families.



Esposito, T., Caldwell, J., Chabot, M., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., Hélie, S., & Blumenthal, A. (2023). Childhood prevalence of involvement with the child protection system in Quebec: a longitudinal study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20, 622.

Esposito, T., Caldwell, J., Saint-Girons, M., Chabot, M., & Trocmé, N. (2023). Tenir compte de la variation géographique et de la pauvreté dans l’intervention en protection de la jeunesse au Québec. Revue Criminologie, 56(1).

Collin-Vézina, D., Fallon, B., & Caldwell, J. (2023). Children and youth mental health: not all equal in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Friedman, H.S., Markey, C.H. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health, vol. 1. Elsevier, Academic Press, pp. 377–385.

Esposito, T., Précourt, S., Caldwell, J., Saint-Girons, M., Chabot, M., Hélie, S., Clément, M.-E., & Trocmé, N. (2022). L’environnement social et les défis des familles vulnérables : Une étude longitudinale à multiniveau sur l’intervention récurrente en protection de la jeunesse. La revue de psychoéducation, 51(3), 75-103.

Esposito, T., Chabot, M., Caldwell, J., Webb, C., Delaye, A. Fluke, J., Trocmé, N., & Bywaters, P. (2022). The differential association of socioeconomic vulnerabilities and neglect-related child protection involvement across geographies: Multilevel structural equation modeling. Children and Youth Services Review, 138, 106505.

Esposito, T., Caldwell, J., Chabot, M., Delaye, A., Trocmé, N, Hélie, S., & Fallon, B. (2021). Reunification trajectories in Quebec: Acknowledging chronic family challenges to support stability. Child Abuse & Neglect, 105437.

Caldwell, J., Delaye, A., & Esposito, T. (2021). Studying the spaces around families: Critical considerations for neighborhood research methods related to child protection involvement. Child Welfare, 99(3), 91-139.

Sinha, V., Caldwell, J., Paul, L., & Fumaneri, P. R. (2021). A review of literature on the involvement of children from Indigenous communities in Anglo child welfare systems: 1973-2018. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 12(1), 1-43.

Esposito, T., Chabot, M., Trocmé, N., Fluke, J., Delaye, A., Caldwell, J., Hélie, S., King, B., De La Sablonnière-Griffin, M., & Mackrell, L. (2021). Recurrent involvement with the child protection system for reasons of neglect: A longitudinal clinical population study. Child Abuse & Neglect, 111, 104823.

Caldwell, J., Delaye, A., Esposito, T., Petti, T., Black, T., Fallon, B., & Trocmé, N. (2020). “Essential” services, risk, and child protection in the time of COVID-19: An opportunity to prioritize chronic need. Developmental Child Welfare, 2(3), 208-223.

Hahn, H., Caldwell, J., & Sinha, V. (2020). Applying lessons from the U.S. Indian Child Welfare Act to recently passed federal child protection legislation in Canada. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 11(3).

Caldwell, J., & Sinha, V. (2020). (Re)conceptualizing neglect: Considering the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in child welfare systems in Canada. Child Indicators Research, 13, 481-512.

Caldwell, J. (2015). Inter-Arab Rivalry and the All-Palestine Government of 1948. Jerusalem Quarterly, 62, 50-64.

REPORTS (selected)

Esposito, T., Fallon, B., Trocmé, N., Caldwell, J., Saint-Girons, M., & Précourt, S. (March 2023). Summary report: Canadian child welfare administrative data knowledge exchange meeting (45pp). Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada.

Esposito, T., Fallon, B., Trocmé, T., Caldwell, J., Saint-Girons, M., & Précourt, S. (March 2023). Considerations for the Canadian Child Welfare Information System (13 pp). Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada.

Fallon, B., Trocmé, N., Saint-Girons, M., Caldwell, J., Quinn, A., Milne, C., Wilson, L., Paul, L., Rotenberg, G., Mercado, J., Rodomar, S., Sistovaris, M., Haber, E., & Livingston, E. (January 2022). Review of data and process considerations for compensation under 2019 CHRT 39 (843 pp). Ottawa, ON: Indigenous Services Canada.

Collin-Vézina, D., Caldwell, J., Fallon, B., Esposito, T., Lafortune, D., Poirier, M.-A., Tarabulsy, G., & Trocmé, N. (June 2021). Identifier et répondre aux besoins des familles desservies par le continuum jeunes en difficulté en contexte de pandémie: Rapport d’évolution du projet (29 pp). Québec, QC: Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux.

Esposito, T., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., Delaye, A., Caldwell, J., Doucet, M. (March 2020). Canadian Child Welfare Administrative Data Knowledge Exchange Meeting Summary Report (40 pp). Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada.

MacIntosh, H., Fletcher, K., Gabriel, W., Caldwell, J., & Duncan, B. (April 2019). Reducing the Harms of Parental Substance use in Nunatsiavut: final report for the consultation and research process funded by the Government of Nunatsiavut (301 pp). Government of Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada.

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johanna.caldwell [at] (Email)


Andrea Corral Rodríguez


Andrea Corral Rodríguez is a Tomlinson Scholar and immigrant from Guadalajara, Jalisco, México with nearly two decades of experiences with immigrants with precarious status in the United States of America. Andrea is interested in understanding the unique characteristics and needs of immigrants with precarious status (e.g., undocumented immigrants, asylum seekers, asylees, temporary migrant workers). She is interested in addressing the paucity of research for these immigrant communities as well as applying her findings to advance social justice by informing practice and policy. More specifically, Andrea’s doctoral research explores the interplay of resilience, self-efficacy, trauma, and heritage identities for immigrants with precarious status in Canada.

Andrea joined the School of Social Work at McGill University in the Fall of 2023 to complete her doctorate under the supervision of Dr. Régine Débrosse. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.




Selected Publications:

Corral Rodríguez, A., Barr, N., & Marçal, K.E. (2023). Language, immigration, and socioeconomic status: A latent class analytic approach to parental predictors of child behavior outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Barr, N., & Corral Rodríguez, A. (2023). Latent profile analysis of risk & protective factors in veteran transitions: Associations with nonroutine military discharge. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Benuto, L.T., Zimmermann, M., Gonzalez, F.R., & Corral Rodríguez, A. (2020). A confirmatory factor analysis of the Beck Anxiety Inventory in Latinx primary care patients. International Journal of Mental Health, 49(4), 361-381.

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andrea.corralrodriguez [at] (Email)

Jacqueline Colting-Stol


Jacqueline Stol is a Ph.D. Candidate and an 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 of the diaspora. Her overall research draws from queer, diaspora, and transnational feminist theories to critique and strengthen possibilities for participatory, equitable, and 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.


  • Ph.D. Candidate, School of Social Work, McGill University
  • Master of Social Work, Carleton University
  • B.A. Specialization in Psychology, Advanced Minor in French as a Second Language


  • Course Lecturer, Critical Thought and Ethics, School of Social Work, McGill University (SWRK 219)
  • Course Lecturer, Migration, Power and Possibilities for Change, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC), McGill University (CANS 303, Winter 2021; CANS 300, Winter 2022)


Research Interests:

  • Queer and trans diaspora and migrations
  • Queer, women of colour and Filipino/a/x feminisms
  • Grassroots, community organizing, mobilization and activism
  • Equity and access in social services and social policies
  • Displacement, migration and transnationalism
  • Community-based, participatory, qualitative oral and visual research approaches

Dissertation Title: “I see myself in each of you”: Queer kuwentuhan and photovoice community-based methods to uplift the community-building and advocacy narratives and realities of LGBTQ+ Filipino/a/xs of the diaspora (working title).


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Stol, J. (2022). How mutual aid and care ignite and further grassroots organizing possibilities for long-term change: A case of Kapit-Bisig Laban COVID Montreal. ALON: Journal for Filipinx American Diasporic Studies.
  • Rae, J., Pettey, D., Aubry, T. & Stol, J. (2015). Factors affecting smoking cessation efforts of people with severe mental illness: a qualitative study. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 11, 42-29.

Book Chapters

  • Khan, A., Khanlou, N., Stol, J. & Tran, V. (2018). Immigrant & refugee mental health: a scoping review. In S. Pashang, N. Khanlou & J. Clarke (Eds.), Today’s Youth Mental Health: Hope, Power, Resilience, Advances in Mental Health and Addiction (Series editor: Masood Zanganeg). New York Springer.

Reports and Policy Papers

  • Stol, J. & Jean-Francois, N. (2022). Making evaluation more meaningful for youth participation: A shareback by the STAY project and dialogue on ethics, data and recruitment. Head & Hands, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Stol, J. (2017). Assessment of the Expanded Students Grant-in-Aid Poverty Alleviation Program (ESGPA). Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD), Cordillera Administrative Region, Benguet, Philippines.
  • Stol, J., Khanlou, N., Nguyen, H., Tran V., Omer, S., Yip, A…. Carter, C. (2015). Taking action on health equity and diversity: Responding to the mental health needs of children, youth and families new to Canada. Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Selected Presentations:

  • Stol, J. (2023, Feb 13). “I see myself in each of you”: Queer kuwentuhan (talk-story) and photovoice as sites of (re)connections with LGBTQ+ Filipino/a/xs of the diaspora [Workshop]. Kasarian Gender Studies Program and Cordillera Studies Centre, University of the Philippines Baguio, Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines.
  • Stol, J. (2022, Oct 22). “I see myself in each of you”: Queer kuwentuhan (talk-story) and photovoice as sites of collective (re)connections with LGBTQ+ Filipino/a/xs in the diaspora [Panelist]. Photovoice Conference: Past, Present, Future, online.
  • Stol, J. (2022, April). How mutual aid and care ignite and further grassroots organizing possibilities for long-term change: A case of Kapit-Bisig Laban COVID Montreal (linked arms in the struggle against COVID) (paper presentation). Association of Asian American Studies 2022 Panel: Collective Care as a Praxis of Change in the Filipino Diaspora, Denver, Colorado, online.
  • Stol, J. (2021, June). Queer of colour organizing in Canada from the 1970s to present. Ontario Association of Social Work Education (OASWE) Conference, online.
  • Stol, J. (2021, June). Voices from the frontlines: Filipino community and essential workers sharing our stories during the COVID-19 pandemic [Podcast presentation]. Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASWE) Conference, online.

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Maya Fennig


An Israeli social worker and human rights activist, Maya Fennig is dedicated to researching and designing innovative, culturally responsive interventions that advance the wellbeing of refugees and marginalized people. Maya has worked extensively in the psychosocial field supporting war affected populations. She is currently a research associate at the Centre for Research on Children War Violence and Arts based Technologies (CREATE) and member of the Centre’s research group on children and global adversity, funded by Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FQRSC). In 2015, Maya was awarded a prestigious Jeanne Sauve Public Leadership Fellowship to address issues of diversity and refugee integration in Quebec, Canada. In her native country, Maya worked, for two years, as the research officer and coordinator of Empowerment & Resilience in Children Everywhere (ERICE). This Italian-Palestinian-Israeli research group works to promote the mental health of Arab children and families. At the same time, Maya developed the first university led program in Israel that trains African refugees to become lay health workers (LHW’s), which she continues to remotely lead today.

Throughout her childhood Maya’s mother and grandparents, who had both escaped persecution and extreme violence in their countries, instilled in her a very personal sense of obligation towards other victims of war and dictatorship. It was therefore no surprise that in 2006, when African refugees began to arrive in Israel, Maya found herself on the frontline, volunteering with NGOs. There, she provided much needed support and organized numerous demonstrations to advocate for the rights of refugees. These experiences led Maya to found The Refugee Voice newspaper, which she successfully managed for three years. This nonprofit social venture is the first media source in Israel, authored by and for African refugees and asylum seekers living in Israel; one that expresses their voice and speaks for them in their own language. With the support of The UN Refugee Agency, Ha’artez (one of Israel’s leading newspapers) and dozens of volunteers, the newspaper’s printed and electronic editions have reached more than 150,000 readers in Israel and abroad, raising national and international awareness about refugee issues.

Maya earned a Bachelor of Social Work (honours) at TelAviv University in 2011 and a Master of Social Work in 2014 from Washington University in St. Louis.


Maya is currently pursuing a PhD at McGill University’s School of Social Work under the supervision of Dr. Myriam Denov. Maya’s doctoral research examines the effects of social and cultural factors on Eritrean refugees’ mental health with the goal of developing a novel, culturally sensitive adaptation framework for working with Eritrean refugees. This framework is effectively a set of guidelines which will assist researchers and practitioners in creating adapted mental health interventions that reflect Eritrean refugees’ unique needs and worldviews. The development of this framework will be done in a bottom-up manner focusing on Eritrean refugees’ culturally distinctive ways of ‘knowing’, helping and healing. Maya’s longterm goal is to improve the access, equity and quality of psychosocial services for underserved refugee and migrant populations.


Fennig, M (in press). [Review of the book Social, Cultural and Clinical Aspects of Ethiopian Immigrants in Israel, by  Eliezer Witztum & Nimrod Grisaru (Eds), Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press, 2014], Transcultural Psychiatry Journal.

Fennig, M. (2016). Let's Remember Israel's Refugees From Sudan and Eritrea. The Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved from:

Fennig, M., Krispin O., Apter A., Masallha S. & Fennig M. (2015). ERICE Project for Arab-Israeli Cooperation in Child Mental Health. In Lerner A. (Ed), Cultural Competency in Mental Health in Israel (pp. 59-64). Israel: Ministry of Health Publications.

Contact Information

Office: 3438 McTavish St., room 204  

maya.fennig [at] (Email)

Pankil Goswami


I am a third-year PhD candidate at the School of Social Work, McGill University. My research interests revolve around understanding the impact of market reforms on Institutions. I am particularly interested in understanding how neoliberalization transforms labour market institutions and the ideas of the market economy are further embedded into the state institutions and bureaucratic structures. My other area of interest reflects upon the informalization of work through labour market flexibility and the consequence of precarious working conditions among people who work at the bottom of the informal economy.

My PhD thesis examines the intricacies related to access to welfare policies for migrant construction workers in western India. Within Quebec and the Canadian context, my research is focused on two varied categories of workers who engage in precarious work. First, my research examines the experiences of temporary foreign workers who work in agricultural fields across Canada. Secondly, I am researching the experiences of international students in navigating precarious part-time employment in Montreal’s labour market. My research and teaching are primarily interdisciplinary in nature and focused on larger concerns related to labour, work and employment relations, social policy, and transformation of the welfare state. Before embarking on my PhD at McGill, I completed my MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge as a Commonwealth Shared Scholar.


MPhil in Development Studies, University of Cambridge.

Masters in Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

B.A (Economics), St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad.


  • Labour,
  • Social Policy
  • Institutions
  • Neoliberalization



Contact Information

pankil.goswami [at] (Email)

Tareq Yahya Hardan


After Finishing my MSW at McGill in 2009, I joint social work teaching team since 2009 in Al-Quds University (AQU) and I was part of helping in its efforts to foster linkages between the university and the community. Also, founded the Kufer Aqeb Community Advocacy Center in 2013 which is dealing with various issues related to East Jerusalem such as access and quality of education in poor neighborhoods, residency rights, welfare benefits and other social services.

Besides being a community organizer in various Jerusalem-based community organizations, my work today focuses on accessibility to Higher Education, Refugees, Community Organizing, Marginalization, PTSD, Nation-Building and Social policy as they intersect with people's social and economic rights


  • Higher Education and Social Work Education
  • Research in Social Work
  • Social Services Design and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Community Practice
  • Displacement and Refugees.


Labadi, Fadwa,  Hardan, Tareq. (2016). “Married women, split residency, and the wall in Jerusalem”. Jerusalem Quarterly Journal, Vol. 65 No. 5.

Hardan, Tareq, & Vladu, Valentin (2015). “Establishing minimum Quality standards for services to people with disabilities in Palestinian institutions” (In Arabic). Ministry of Social Affairs, Ramallah, Palestinian Territories.

Zu`bi, Himmat, Hardan, Tareq (2013) “The Perception of Palestinian Civil Society Organizations on Human and Bodily Rights” ( In Arabic), Al-Qaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, Haifa, Israel.

Hardan, Tareq, Morita, Satoshi, & Iwakuni, Sawa (2012) “Report of Survey Results on Life and Education Environment of Children and Youths in Jerusalem Governorate”.  Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK) in Palestine, Al-Ayzaria, West Bank, Palestinian Territories.

Hardan, Tareq (2011). “White paper on Al-Quds University Campus safety” (In Arabic). Community Action Center, Al-Quds University, Abu Dis Campus, West Bank, Palestinian Territories.

Contact Information

3506 University Street
Room 102, Wilson Hall,
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A7
Tel.: 514-398-6717

tareq.hardan [at] (E-mail)

Mahmudul Hassan


Mahmudul Hassan is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social Work at McGill University. As a social researcher and development practitioner, Mahmud has over 6 years of working experience in Asia, Europe, and North America. In 2015, he commenced his professional journey at the a2i Programme, a project of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and UNDP Bangladesh that brings innovation in public service delivery through digitization of government services to provide hassle-free services at citizens’ doorsteps. To support the national-level policy formulation in Bangladesh, Mahmud designed, coordinated, and implemented many national-level community development projects and research studies along with small-scale projects of different ministries of GoB and international donors such as UNICEF, UNDESA, etc.

Mahmud earned his BSS (Bachelor of Social Sciences) Honors and MSS (Master of Social Sciences) degrees in Social Welfare in 2013 & 2014, respectively at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Under the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship programme, funded by the European Union, Mahmud completed his 2nd master's degree titled “European Master in Social Work with Families and Children (MFamily)” in 2020. It is a joint master’s degree programme, coordinated by the University of Stavanger, Norway, that allowed Mahmud to study in three different institutions (ISCTE-IUL, Portugal, University of Stavanger, Norway, and University of Gothenburg, Sweden) in Europe, and to enhance his skills and understanding of EU actions to protect vulnerable children and families from violence, discrimination, and modern challenges. His master’s thesis focused on the relationship between immigrant Bangladeshi parents and their young children in respect of their education and social life.

Through his doctoral research, he will explore the intergenerational relationships in the couple formation process of Bangladeshis in Canada. Along with investigating the couple formation process (dating/cohabitation, and marriage) among young adults (2nd generation and 1.5 generation) of immigrant Bangladeshi families in Canada, this study will also enrich the understanding of intergenerational relationships and conflicts over the couple formation process in immigrant Bangladeshi families. Moreover, it will guide the policymakers to develop appropriate policies and take the required initiatives to ensure positive relationships in immigrant families.

Teaching Experience:

Summer 2023 - Course Lecturer SWRK 423: Social Work Research, School of Social Work, McGill University

Winter 2023 - Teaching Assistant SOCI 388 Crime, Department of Sociology, McGill University

Winter 2022 - Teaching Assistant SOCI 388 Crime, Department of Sociology, McGill University

Research, Project Management, and M&E Experience: 

Fall 2021 – Cont. Research Assistant (Social Inclusion Research Stream)  - Inclusive Communities for Older Immigrants, McGill University.  

Sept. 2020 – Aug. 2021 Project Management Assistant (National Consultant) - a2i (Aspire to Innovate) Programme, ICT Division, Government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh 

Jun. 2018 – Aug. 2018 National Consultant- Project Management Assistant (Programme and M&E), - a2i Programme, UNDP Bangladesh, Bangladesh 

Aug. 2017 – May 2018 Young Professional (Research) - a2i Programme, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh  

Sept. 2015 – July 2017 Research Assistant - a2i Programme, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh 


Academic Research

Hassan, M. (2020). The relationship between Bangladeshi immigrant parents and their children in Portugal: Focus on education and sociability aspect [Dissertação de mestrado, Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa]. Repositório Iscte.

Hassan, M. (2015). Impact of Riverbank Erosion on the Elderly: A Study on a Coastal District of Bangladesh. [Master’s Thesis, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh].


Journal Publications

Palas, M.J.U., Uddin, R. and Hassan, M. (2019) ‘Digitising Government Payments in Bangladesh: A Mobile Banking Approach’. Electronic Government, an international journal. Vol. 15, No. 2, pp.166–188.

Ahmed, F., Uddin, R., and Hassan. M. (2018). Assessing the Needs for Unique ID based Primary Students’ Profile and Digitizing Students’ Enrolment using CRVS Framework. NAEM Journal. National Academy for Educational Management. Ministry of Education, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Khan, M. A. A., Khan, M. M. R., Hassan, M., Ahmed, F., and Haque, S.M.R. (2017). Role of Community Radio for Community Development in Bangladesh. The International Technology Management Review (itmr), Vol. 6, No. 3, pp: 94-102.

Masters Dissertation

Hassan, M. (2020). The relationship between Bangladeshi immigrant parents and their children in Portugal: Focus on education and sociability aspect [Dissertação de mestrado, Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa]. Repositório Iscte.

Hassan, M. (2015). Impact of Riverbank Erosion on the Elderly: A Study on a Coastal District of Bangladesh. [Master’s Thesis, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh].

Contact Information

Email: mahmudul.hassan [at], mahmudul.hassan [at]


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Shu-Hua Kang


Shu-Hua Kang is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social Work at McGill. Her research interests focus on the aging process of conflict-related sexual violence survivors, intergenerational effects and resilience of wartime sexual violence, and arts-based intervention and research with marginalized populations. Her dissertation study Taiwanese Comfort Women Survivors and Their Families: The Complexity of Identity, Motherhood, and Intergenerational Implications, explores the impact of early-life sexual trauma on Taiwanese comfort women survivors (victims of Japanese military sexual slavery in WWII) and their families.

Shu-Hua was a long-term social worker and administrator in NPOs in Taipei, Taiwan working with varied disadvantaged groups. In particular, she has devoted herself to raising public awareness of the lived experience of comfort women through arts-based social activism such as documentary filmmaking and museum exhibitions. Shu-Hua received the Ministry of the Interior award for excellence in combating sexual assault, and family violence in 2012 in Taiwan and the 12th Compassion Award in 2017 for her dedication to social service from the HK & Macau Taiwanese Charity Fund Ltd. Shu-Hua holds an MSW from Columbia University and an MPPA from the University of Pittsburgh. Her study at McGill is supported by the Taiwan Ministry of Education under the Overseas Graduate Study Scholarship Program.




Kang, S-H. (2021). Toward a humanistic discourse: Approaches to gaining public support for Taiwanese comfort women, Journal of Human Rights Practice, 13 (3), 710–711.

Kang, S.-H. & Wang, F. T.-Y. Intersectionality of Early Sexual Trauma and Aging in Two Truku Comfort Women Survivors’ Life Trajectories [Manuscript submitted for publication].

Kang, S.-H. & Denov, M. “Wow, that’s our grandma”: The responses of family members of Taiwanese comfort women survivors regarding their public disclosures [Manuscript in preparation]. School of Social Work, McGill University.

Kang, S.-H. & Denov, M. Living in the shadows of conflict-related sexual violence: Intergenerational realities of Taiwanese comfort women survivors [Manuscript in preparation]. School of Social Work, McGill University.

Bandarchian, N., D’Amico, M., Denov, M., Kang, S.-H., Linds, W., Mitchell, C. (in alphabetical order tentatively) “Leaving a mark”: Art-making with refugee children and young people [Manuscript in preparation].


Kang, S.-H. (2022, Sep. 13). More than a survivor: Perspectives of Taiwanese comfort women survivors’ families [Invited presentation]. Gender, Sexuality, and Memorialization: An Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of York, York, United Kingdom.

Kang, S.-H. (2021, Aug. 25). Storytelling as resistance: Towards a humanist discourse of Taiwanese comfort women. In Schick-Chen, A. & Berry, C. (Chairs), Comfort women” in Taiwan: Issues of discursivity, intertextuality, and filmic representation [Panel presentation] The 23rd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany. (online)

Kang, S.-H. & Wang, F. T.-Y. (2020, April 2). Recovery from historical trauma via arts-based collective activism: The comfort women movement in Taiwan [Invited presentation]. Imagine Aging Seminar Series, Imagine Age Friendly “Communities within Communities,” Canada. (online)


Contact Information

shu-hua.kang [at]

Google Scholar

Ronak Karami


Ronak Karami is a Kurdish intersectional feminist. She is an experienced researcher and psychosocial intervention worker with proficiency in multiple languages. She has a demonstrated track record of working within various communities and non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Isfahan and a Master's degree in Gender and Social Justice from McMaster University. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in the School of Social Work at McGill University, focusing on the experiences of immigration-related trauma among West Asian migrant women youth residing in Canada.




Articles in Refereed Journals

Karami, Ronak. “Men Should Stay Out, and Women Should Pack the Bags at Home: The City of Mice and Gender Practice in Iran.” Journal of International Women's Studies 21.1 (2020): 359-373.

Karami, Ronak. “Mr. Hashemi and Family Construction in Iran.” Journal of International Women's Studies 21.1 (2020): 387-398.

Karami, Ronak. “Gender Bias in Persian Literature Textbooks.” Journal of International Women's Studies 21.1 (2020): 374-386.

Karami, Ronak. "Something Separates Me from Other People: The Matter of Sexuality in Golshiri's Short Story." International Journal of Language, Literature, Culture, and History Studies 1.1 (2019): 9-15.

Manuscripts currently under Peer-Review

Karami, Ronak. "Digital Storytelling as a Response to Injustice: The Case of Migrant Care Workers in Canada." Digital Studies/ Le champ numérique, in press.

Peer-reviewed conference paper presentations

 “Something Separates Me from Other People: The Matter of Sexuality in Golshiri’s Short Story”, 2nd International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture, and History Studies, New Vision University, Tbilisi, Georgia (May 2019).

Community presentation

 “The Impact of Education on Reducing Violence against Children”, Iranian Women’s Association of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (June 2021).

Contact Information

email: ronak.karami [at]


Amanda Keller


Amanda Keller is a Ph.D. candidate, activist, author, and entrepreneur working under the supervision of Dr. Michael MacKenzie. She earned her Master of Science in Psychiatry from McGill University School of Medicine and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University. Amanda employs a multidisciplinary and mixed-method approach to examine well-being in populations affected by poverty and exclusion, and she primarily focuses on populations affected by child welfare. Her dissertation research is focused on exploring the life course of alumni of group care. She is also engaged in several research projects examining trauma-informed care. Amanda has over ten years of clinical experience working with youth and young adults in Montreal suffering from trauma and addictions.

Additionally, she co-founded CARE Jeunesse, a grassroots peer support organization for foster care alumni within a Participatory Action Research project. Amanda has received numerous prestigious scholarships throughout her academic journey, including the McNair Scholars Program, Casey Family Scholarship, and National Science Foundation REU program as an undergraduate. She received the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship during her Master of Science. Currently, she is a Vanier Scholar and MITACS fellowship recipient. Amanda Keller is focused on merging her personal, professional, and academic knowledge to lead transformative change in child welfare and trauma responses.


Key Words: Care Leavers, Child Welfare, Intergenerational Trauma, Well-being, Trauma Informed Care.



Keller, A. (In press) Missing the Mark, the importance of financial anxiety in financial skills training for foster youth. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies.

Chilanga, E., Dzimbiri, M. Mwanjawal, P., Keller, A. Mbeya, R. A. (2022) Religion, Politics and COVID-19 Risk Perception Among Urban Residents in Malawi BMC Public Health, 22 Keller, A. (2021). Life after Residential Care. The Scottish Journal of Residential Childcare 20 (2) 1-20

Harden, T., Keller, A., MacKenzie, M. (2021). Inequities in internet connectivity: Implications for child and youth well-being in Haliburton County. Youth Connectivity Brief.

Keller, A., Doucet, M., Dupuis, J., Dupuis, J., & Mann-Feder, V. (2020). Factors that promote or hinder a Youth in Care Network: A report from the field. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 11, 111-117


Keller, A., Bosk, E., MacKenzie, M. (2023 March). Genetic anxiety for substance abuse transmission in substance-using mothers. ELePHiNt Montreal QC.

Keller, A., Bosk, E., MacKenzie, M., Lee, Y. (Jan 2023) Discussions of Infant Exposure and Withdrawal Symptoms with Substance Using Moms Society for Social Work Research Conference Phoenix Arizona

Keller, A., Bosk, E., Mendez, A. Greenfield, B. & MacKenzie, M. (Jan 2023) Attachment and Its Association to the Perception of Risk Factors for the Intergenerational Transmission of Substance Abuse Disorders Society for Social Work Research Conference Pheonix Arizona

Keller, A. Chilanga, E., Desrosier, A., Hardan, T. (May 2022) Ethical Challenges in Participatory Approaches. Canadian Social Work Doctoral Student Network (CSWDSN) Conference: Co-Creating Brave Spaces for Scholarship University of British Columbia

Keller, A., Bosk, E., Julien, F., Mendez, A., MacKenzie, M. (2022 Jan) Perceptions of Genetic Risk for Transmission of Substance Abuse Among Parents with Substance Use Disorders. The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 26th Annual Conference Washington D.C., USA

Keller, A. (2021 September). Thirty years later: Exploring the life narratives of older adults who aged out of youth protection residential care services in Quebec, Canada. European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF). Zurich, Switzerland

Dupuis, J., Keller, A., Mann-Feder, V. (2021) Growing a youth in care network: assets and obstacles. In B. Strahl (Chair) Multinational Comparison of Out of Home care and Challenges for Care Leavers the meaning of Participation and Care Leaver Organizations. European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents. Zurich, Switzerland.

Keller, A. (2021 March) Keynote: Recognizing signs of burn out CHSSN Community Forum on Mental Health and COVID-19 Montreal, Canada

Keller, A. (2019 June) Cultiver une communauté et une voix pour les jeunes placé.e.s et anciens placées au Québec In I. Lacroix (Chair) Les associations d’entraide d’anciens places. Pour accompagnier la transition on la vie adulte: entre droits communs et droits specifique. Ecole Nationale d’Administration Publique (ENAP) école d'été. Montreal, Canada.


Haruv International PhD Workshop Jerusalem May 2023 Child & Youth Trauma Symposium Montreal May 2023 Early Life and Prenatal Health in Neurodevelopment (ELePHiNt) Montreal QC. – March 2023

Contact Information

amanda.keller [at] (Email)

Hanna Kim


Hanna Kim is a Ph.D. student at McGill University and a registered social worker in Ontario. She completed her MSW at the University of Toronto, specializing in mental health and health. Hanna is committed to research, teaching, and practice. Her specialized focus has been on working with immigrant and refugee populations, from settlement issues to cross-cultural mental health.

Other research experience includes evaluating and collecting data on youth mindfulness and after-school programs, school cyberbullying, and online counselling.  She has taught and facilitated workshops in the community working closely with practitioners such as settlement workers and health care providers for older adults. Hanna has provided counselling both online and in-person with individuals experiencing issues related to trauma, relationships and family, intimate partner abuse, self-esteem, identity, anxiety and mood disorders, substance use, and risk/crisis management.


As a doctoral student, she hopes to inform policy and practice by working with refugee populations. Her other areas of interest include emerging adulthood, identity, mental health, trauma and resilience, and international social work. Hanna’s doctoral research aims to explore refugee women’s experiences living in refugee camps through narrative and art.


Kahn, S., Alessi, E. J., Olivieri, C., Woolner, L, & Kim, H. (2016). Supporting the well-being of LGBT forced migrants in Canada. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Tsang, A. K. T., & Kim, H. (2010, September). Cross-cultural mental health: The SSLD approach. In S. K. Min (Ed). Proceedings of the 1st Seoul International Conference on Multi-Culture Society and Mental Health. Seoul: Seoul Municipal Eunpyeong Hosp

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Rusan Lateef


Rusan Lateef is a PhD Candidate and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholar in the School of Social Work at McGill University. Rusan completed her Honours Bachelor of Science (Psychology Specialization) and Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

Rusan’s doctoral research explores how race, ethnicity, and overall social identity influence the shame and counselling experiences of adult survivors of child sexual abuse who identify with a racial and/or ethnic minority group. Rusan’s primary research interests include the shame and help-seeking experiences of and systemic responses to sexual violence survivors from marginalized groups. Rusan brings an intersectional lens to her research and teaching.

In addition to her dissertation research, Rusan is engaged in academic research that examines the impact of the MeToo movement on sexual violence disclosures in Canada, as well as a study that evaluates legal support services for victims of sexual violence in Quebec, Canada. In 2022, Rusan was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Florida, where she joined the research team for a project that tracks attrition in rape prosecution cases in Florida.

Before pursuing her Ph.D., Rusan worked as a clinical social worker in Ontario in various settings, including Anishnawbe Health Toronto (a health centre dedicated to Indigenous clients in Toronto), Maplehurst Correctional Complex (a correctional facility for men), and the Forensic Assessment and Triage Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Rusan also has frontline experience with children and youth experiencing mental health issues as well as adults experiencing homelessness.




Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lateef, R., Alaggia, R. Collin-Vézina, D., McElvaney, R. (2023). The legacy of shame following childhood sexual abuse disclosures. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.

Lateef, R., Moloney, F., Ali, A, Jones, R. (2023). Shame among forensic and non-forensic patients and the impact of the social determinants of health: A pilot study. Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice, 23(1), 92-111.

Lateef, R., Burt-Yanoff, J., Oliveira, L. (2022). Examining social workers' experiences with offering a social work field placement: A program evaluation. Journal of Social Work Education.

McElvaney, R, Lateef, R., Collin-Vézina, D., Alaggia, R., Simpson, M. (2021). Bringing shame out of the shadows: Identifying shame in child sexual abuse disclosure processes and implications for psychotherapy. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Lateef, R., Alaggia, R., & Collin-Vézina D. (2021). A scoping review on psychosocial consequences of pandemics on parents and children: planning for today and the future. Children and Youth Services Review.

Collin-Vézina, D., De La Sablonnière-Griffin M., Sivagurunathan, M., Lateef, R., Alaggia, R., McElvaney, R., & Simpson, M. (2021). “How many times did I not want to live a life because of him”: the complex connections between child sexual abuse, disclosure, and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 8(1).

Lateef, R., & Jenney, A. (2021). Understanding sexually victimized male adolescents with sexually abusive behaviors: A narrative review and clinical implications. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 22(5), 1169-1180.

Alaggia, R., Collin-Vézina, D., & Lateef, R. (2019). Facilitators and barriers to child sexual abuse (CSA) disclosures: A research update (2000-2016). Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 20(2) 260-283.

Fuller-Thomson, E., Lateef, R., & Sulman, J. (2015). Robust association between inflammatory bowel disease and generalized anxiety disorder: Findings from a nationally representative Canadian study. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 21(10), 2341-2348.

Professional Publications

Lateef, R. (2022, October). Trauma and Mental Health among Youth – Racial Discrimination, Assessment, and Trauma-Informed Care in Schools. Research to Practice and Policy Knowledge Bulletin. Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma. Link to document.

Lateef, R. & GoodOwl Center for Justice. (2022). Access to Justice Sheets: Understanding Domestic Violence in an Immigration Context. Goodowl Center for Justice.

Lateef, R. & GoodOwl Center for Justice. (2022). Access to Justice Sheets: Child Abuse in an Immigration Context. Goodowl Center for Justice.

Lateef, R. & GoodOwl Center for Justice. (2021). Defining Sexual, Physical, Verbal and Economic Abuse & the Role of Social Workers in Assisting Victims of Domestic Violence: Domestic and Family Violence A2J Sheets. Goodowl Center for Justice. Link to document.

Lateef, R. (2021, October). Research to Practice and Policy Knowledge Bulletin. Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma. Link to document.

Lateef, R. (2020, August). Appreciation during a pandemic. Radix Magazine, 4.

Lateef, R. (2017, April 18). When is it safe to disclose childhood sexual abuse? [Blog post]. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh.
Link to blog post.

Lateef, R. & Munroe, M. (2015). Youth living in out-of-home care who become involved with the criminal justice system. Toronto, ON. Practice and Research Together (PART).

Lateef, R. & Munroe, M. (2015). Tips and resources for practitioners and caregivers working with youth living in out-of-home care who become involved with the criminal justice system. Toronto, ON. Practice and Research Together (PART).

Presentations at Juried Conferences

Lateef, R. & Collin-Vezina, D. (2022, June 24–26). MeToo: A potential pathway to sexual violence disclosures in Canada. In A.N. Zucker & M. Coy (Co-Chairs), Responses to sexual violence: Disclosure, policing and prosecution, and healing [Symposium]. SPSSI Conference: Reenergizing Ourselves and Our Communities - Connections Across Borders and Barriers, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 24, 2022.

Lateef, R., Alaggia, R., Collin-Vezina, D., McElvaney, R. (2021, June 7–11). Child sexual abuse disclosures – what's shame got to do with it? [Paper presentation]. ISPCAN International Congress, Milan, Italy, June 11, 2021.

Lateef, R. & Burt-Yanoff, J. (2021, March 1–26). Examining social workers attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of offering a social work field placement: A program evaluation [Poster presentation]. Ontario Association of Social Workers Virtual Seminar Series: Leadership & Innovation in Social Work Practice, Canada.

Lateef, R., Ali, A., Moloney, F. (2020, February 17–22). Understanding shame among forensic patients and the potential moderating roles of the social determinant of health [Paper presentation]. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting, California, United States, February 22, 2020.

McElvaney, R., Alaggia, R., Lateef, R., Collin-Vezina, D., & Simpson, M. (2018, September 2–5). Understanding shame and child sexual abuse: A narrative analysis [Paper presentation]. ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Czech Republic, September 3, 2018.

Alaggia, R., Lateef, R., Cash, L., Collin-Vézina, D., & McElvaney, R. (2018, April 11) Speaking out: Youth experiences of disclosing sexual abuse and the role of environmental influences [Paper presentation]. BASPCAN, University of Warwick, England, April 11, 2018.

Lateef, R., Widger, K., Williams, R., Bennet, C., Rapoport, A. (2016, October 18–21). Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) community outreach nurse practitioner: Pilot project [Poster presentation]. 21st International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Canada.

Alaggia, R., Lateef, R., & Rajchel, S. (2016, July 10–13). Child sexual abuse disclosures over the life course: A review of the research literature [Poster presentation]. International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, New Hampshire, United States.

Invited Presentations and Interviews

Lateef, R. (2022, July 21st). Panelist for Funded Student Panel, SSHRC and Vanier Scholarship Writing Information Session. Canadian Social Work Doctoral Student Network.

Lateef, R. (2022, February 23rd). Rights of Immigrants, Refugeed Peoples and Persons Without Status in Cases of Child Abuse. Video Capsules: Addressing Institutional Barriers to Legal Services in Immigrant and Refugee Communities in Quebec. Good Owl Center for Justice.

Lateef, R. (2022, February 22nd). Rights of Immigrants, Refugeed Peoples and Persons Without Status in Cases of Domestic Violence. Video Capsules: Addressing Institutional Barriers to Legal Services in Immigrant and Refugee Communities in Quebec. Good Owl Center for Justice.

Lateef, R. (2021, October 22nd) Defining Sexual, Physical, Verbal and Economic Abuse & the Role of Social Workers in assisting Victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence. Domestic and Family Violence Prevention 2021 Series of Legal Learning Videos. Good Owl Center for Justice.

Lateef, R. (2021, September 9th) Violence against Women – Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Marginalized Groups. Oral presentation at Women’s Health and Social Services Event, Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN), Montreal, QC, Canada. Link to event agenda.

Lateef, R. (2019, July 25th) Understanding Sexually Victimized Adolescents with Sexually Abusive Behaviours. Oral presentation at CAMH Forensic Psychiatry Seminar, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Contact Information

Rusan.Lateef [at] ()

Google Scholar Profile

ResearchGate Profile

Marsha Ma


I am a Doctoral Student at the School of Social Work at McGill University. I have multiple years of work experience promoting and advocating international social work development in social service. I have a long-standing in project coordination and management position. I also worked as a clinical social worker before joining the Ph.D. program.

My research interest has focused on health and social care for older adults. I have been studying issues such as access to health care for people without status; working with caregivers who care for their adult children with disability or terminal illness; access to services for seniors who lost their autonomy; service coordination and case management in health and social services. I am also interested in people’s individual, family, and community strategies to overcome barriers to their rights.

My lifelong passion is to advocate for vulnerable groups in our society, especially special needs children and older adults. I am actively involved in community life and an activist supporting the social rights of immigrants and refugees in Montreal.


  • Masters of Social Work University of McGill
  • Certificate program of French as a second language
  • (Diplôme d’études supérieures Spécialisées) D.E.S.S Program for social administration University of Montréal
  •  Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Community and Public Affairs Concordia University



How Social workers reach capacity determinations: expressed challenges and opportunities for innovation.”


Prof. Dr. Tamara Sussman (School of Social Work, McGill University)


How do social workers working across the continuum of health care assess capacity?


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Godfrey Makoha


Godfrey Makoha is an indigenous African tracing his ancestry from the Badde clan of the Basamia/ Bagwe tribe in Eastern Uganda. Godfrey is a social worker and Ph.D. student in the School of Social Work at McGill University. Godfrey has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Kyambogo University in Uganda and McGill University in Canada, respectively.

Godfrey has researched and presented at conferences on these topics. He is interested in refugee and migration studies, social work field education, community-led initiatives and development, indigenous epistemologies, and international social work. His doctoral research seeks to conceptualize alcohol use and forced displacement. He served as an Assistant Lecturer at Kyambogo University and a Research Assistant with Global Child McGill in Montreal, Canada. He is a research assistant with the Transforming Field Education Landscape (TFEL) Project at the University of Calgary in Edmonton, Canada.





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godfrey.makoha [at] (Email)

Maya Malik


Maya Malik, MSSW is a doctoral student at McGill School of Social Work and a researcher with the Global Child McGill Research Group in the Participatory Methods Axis and the Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET) at the University of Regina. Mx. Malik is currently a Sadler Scholar at the Hastings Center, focusing on arts and community-based participatory research as a main method of knowledge production for bioethics to push back on the harms of essentialized western ethics in health and research. Mx. Malik’s research focuses on utilizing arts-based Youth-Led Participatory Research (YPAR) methods to work with Queer Black Americans who have been justice-involved and/or come from areas with community violence to improve intervention programs focused on well-being. They utilize Black Feminist Poethics as their methodology to unseat knowledge hierarchies and de-legitimize hegemonic historical propaganda that dehumanizes non-heterosexual and non-white youth.

Maya’s research aims to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to critique and change the anti-black criminality of western programs for marginalized youth and instead look at gang recruitment and involvement as a violation of the rights of said youth. Maya also works with an interdisciplinary group of public health researchers focused on critical quantitative and mixed methods approaches to imagining the impact of possible interventions to mitigate the impact of social determinants of health and covid-19 on the Black diaspora in the United States through health-focused Reparations policies here. They are also featured in a special issue of the Journal of Computing with the Ethical Tech Working Group at Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University here.

Maya also works as a consultant to create educational training plans for research programs and nonprofit organizations using arts-based participatory methods. They also consult on qualitative data collection (focus groups and interviews), participatory analysis, and participatory research methods working with all ages. They also currently volunteer as a community grant reader for the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, work with EqualHealth on Reparations advocacy for members in the Global South, and over the summer interning with the New England Innocence Project creating educational materials around prison abolition and trauma. Over the summer, Maya participated in the Michigan Center for African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) and Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) Mentoring Program. Mx. Malik earned their Masters of Science in Social Work from the Columbia School of Social Work, focusing on International Social Welfare and Rights for Immigrants and Refugees through program design, research, and evaluation.

Throughout their academic career, Maya has taught low-income youth of colour in different communities in the United States and India utilizing arts-based learning techniques and created interactive educational programming to address the negative effects of poverty, trauma, and structural oppression on attainment for students in marginalized communities.


Current Funding 

  • Saddler Scholars Program @ the Hastings Center for Bioethics Research a 

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, & FXB Center for Environmental Justice and Reparations Project (2022 - 2024) 


M. Malik and M. M. Malik, "Critical Technical Awakenings," in Journal of Social Computing, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 365-384, December 2021, doi: 10.23919/JSC.2021.0035. 

Eugene T. Richardson, Momin M. Malik, William A. Darity Jr., A. Kirsten Mullen, Michelle E. Morse , Maya Malik, Aletha Maybank, Mary T. Bassett, Paul E. Farmer, Lee Worden, and James Holland Jones. (2021). Reparations for Black American descendants of persons enslaved in the US and their potential impact on SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Social Science & Medicine, 276, 113741. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.11374  

Charles Gyan, Maya Malik, and Aisha Siddique. (2021). Barriers to women’s participation in community development processes in rural Ghana: A regression analysis. Development in Practice. doi: 10.1080/09614524.2021.1937541 

  Sandra Cortesi, Alexa Hasse, Melyssa Eigen, Pedro Maddens Toscano, Maya Malik, and Urs Gasser. (2021, October 28). Youth and extended reality: An initial exploration of augmented, virtual, and mixed realities. Youth and Media, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.


Participants in an Ethics of Digitalization Research Sprint. (2021). Digital ethics in times of crisis: COVID-19 and access to education and learning spaces. Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. THE ETHICS OF DIGITALIZATION 

Sandra Cortesi, Urs Gasser, Alexa Hasse, Pedro Maddens, Maya Malik, and Momin Malik. (2021, March 21). ITU 2020 youth engagement survey: Data and interpretation. Youth and Media project, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.ITU_Survey Data and Interpretation_V2 (Public) 


Avik Chatterjee, LaShawn Glasgow, Mackenzie Bullard, Mariah Sabir, Greer Hamilton, Deborah Chassler, Danelle J. Stevens-Watkins, Dawn Goddard-Eckrich, Emma Rodgers, Joan Chaya, Sandra Rodriguez, Damara N. Gutnick, Emmanuel A. Oga, Pamela Salsberry, and Linda Sprague Martinez, 2022:Placing Racial Equity at the Center of Substance Use Research: Lessons From the HEALing Communities StudyAmerican Journal of Public Health 112, 204_208, 


(2022, May 21). Place-Based Understandings of Power, Black Geographies and Ethical Critiques of Colonial Uses of Space: Rethinking Procedural Ethics with War-Affected Youth. With Neil Bilotta and Rosemary R. Carlton. Ethics and Relationality Panel. 18th Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) 

(2021, August 14). Online privacy rights. eQuality project and Young Canadian’s Parliament (YCP).Report.  

(2021, March 12). Integrating narrative and arts-based inquiry. Interview with Shari Brotman. SWRK 653: Research Methods 1, Spring 2021.McGill University School of Social Work.  

(2021, January 20). Critical theory and quantification. With Ezekiel Dixon-Román and Momin M. Malik. Histories of Artificial Intelligence: A Genealogy of Power. Mellon Sawyer Seminar, University of Cambridge. Slides. 

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Jeffrey McCrossin


Before starting his Ph.D., Jeffrey McCrossin earned an MSc(A) in Couple and Family Therapy (2019) from the School of Social work. Before coming to McGill, he obtained an MSW from Carleton University (2012) and worked as a clinical social worker, couple and family therapist, and psychotherapist in community mental health and neurorehabilitation settings in his home province of Nova Scotia. He maintains a private practice and is an approved clinical supervisor with the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. Jeffrey has taught family therapy courses at McGill in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and the School of Social Work.

His passion for teaching has been recognized by the Faculty of Arts, who awarded him the Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2022. Jeffrey’s research program is centred on the well-being of families of neurodiverse children and explores ways in which support systems can facilitate pathways of family resilience. He examines how caregiver support, such as parenting programs, navigation services, and peer support, can have wider cascading benefits for the whole family beyond the individual caregiver or child. Jeffrey engages families in research to put the needs of the families on the research and practice agenda in social, healthcare, and education sectors.

His research has been funded by several fellowships including from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, le Fonds du recherche du Québec ¬- Santé, and various national pediatric research networks and philanthropic organizations. He is also a Quebec Autism Research Training Fellow and recipient of the Trainee Leadership Award for Community Engagement from the Transforming Autism Care Consortium.





McCrossin J, Lach L (2022). Parent-to-parent peer support for families of children with neuro disabilities: Applications of family resilience theory. Child: Care, Health & Development

McCrossin J, Filipe A*, Nicholas D, Lach L (2022). The allegory of “navigation” as a concept of care: The case of childhood neuro disabilities. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 27(2), 1-19. *Co-first authors

McCrossin J, Mitchell W, Grantzidis F, Clancy A, Lach L. (2022). “They may cry, they may get angry, they may not say the right thing”: A case study examining the role of peer support when navigating services for children with neuro disabilities Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 27(2), 1-19.

McCrossin J, (2022). Case report - Parents supporting parents: A story from a parent-to-parent network. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 27(2), 20-21. *Supplement to article above.

McCrossin J, Lach L, McGrath P (2022). Content analysis of parenting interventions for children with neurodevelopment and mental health problems: A scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation.

McCrossin J, Champagne M (2022) Working with interpreters: Clinical implications for couple and family therapists. Intervention Revue (OTSTCFQ) (In Press).

McCrossin J, (2020). Justifying a dedicated role for family therapy in pediatric neurorehabilitation. Journal of Family Social Work, 24(2), 157-174.

McCrossin J, (2012). Children for social justice. First Peoples Child & Family Review, 7(1), 40-51.

McCrossin J, (2011). Student placement experience in a mental health setting. Ontario Association of Social Workers Bulletin, 37(2), 4-5.


McCrossin J, Lach L (2023). Parent-to-parent support for childhood neurodisability: A qualitative analysis and proposed model of peer support and family resilience. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. Phoenix, Arizona (Poster accepted).

McCrossin J, (2023). Understanding and developing peer supports to foster resilience in families of neurodiverse children. ABLE2 6th Annual FASD Symposium, Ottawa, Ontario (Presented online).

McCrossin J, Clancy A, Lach L (2022). Family resilience processes in a caregiver peer support network. DOHaD World Congress. Vancouver, British Columbia (poster).

Clancy A, McCrossin J, (2022). The Family Support Institute of British Columbia – Families supporting families. DOHaD World Congress. Vancouver, British Columbia (poster).

Lach L, McCrossin J, Hébert M, Mitchell W (2021). Navigational support for families of children with neuro disabilities. CRIR Scientific Conference. Online (poster).

McCrossin J, Lach L (2021). A case study examining the role of peer support when navigating services for children with neuro disabilities. Transforming Autism Care Consortium Research Forum. (Presented Online).

McCrossin J, Mitchell W, Clancy A, Grantzidis F, Lach L (2020). The role of parent-to-parent support in navigating services for families of children with neuro disabilities: a BC case study. Kids Brain Health Conference. (Presented Online).

Blake C, McCrossin J, Rabiau M (2019). Adapting modes of supervision to the needs of the supervisee and its challenges: A case example. Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration Annual Conference. Lisbon, Portugal. (Presented in Person).

McCrossin J, Rabiau M (2019). Getting the most out of supervision: Flexibility in formats. Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration Annual Conference. Lisbon, Portugal. (Presented in Person).

McCrossin J, Lach L (2020). Evaluation of a peer family support and navigation initiative for families living with disabilities: a case study. Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Annual Symposium (Cancelled due to pandemic), Toronto, Ontario. (Accepted)

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Susan Mintzberg


Susan is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work at McGill University. Her research explores the role of families in psychiatry with a focus on the relationship between family members and psychiatric professionals and a particular interest in collaboration between the two groups. Susan completed her master’s degree (MSW) at McGill University, where she trained in family therapy. Her final master’s project (ISP) explored the role of grief and unrecognized loss faced by the families of people suffering from mental illness. Susan received her bachelor’s degree (BA) in cultural studies and French literature from Trent University. Before graduate school, Susan spent ten years doing clinical work with families in community mental health at various organizations around Montreal, including AMI-Quebec, TRACOM, Project ARC, and Project PAL. Her work focused on counseling, crisis intervention, psychoeducation, and advocacy. Susan’s clinical experience with families has had an important influence on her research.

In an earlier career, Susan was a photojournalist with published work in various newspapers and magazines. She learned early on that taking the time to listen and connect with people allows you to see and appreciate the world in diverse ways. She believes that people’s stories can change the world, and so be it through a camera, counseling, or research, Susan aims to give voice to the stories people want to tell. Encouraging connections between people with varied experiences has been an essential piece of Susan’s work and has drawn her to interdisciplinary collaboration. Merging diverse backgrounds leads to fresh ideas and new insights, something she believes is particularly pertinent in the classroom.

Together with colleagues, Susan has given presentations about shaking up the academic establishment and has published on end-of-life care and the merits of co-teaching in higher education. Susan has taught (and co-taught) courses on social care and family practice at the master’s and bachelor’s level and has regularly been invited to guest lecture on family involvement in mental healthcare. She has presented at numerous academic conferences and in diverse clinical settings. 


Susan’s research explores the roles of families in psychiatry with a focus on the relationship between family members and psychiatric professionals. She is particularly interested in exploring the role of collaboration between these groups. Using a qualitative methodology that captures people’s experiences and stories (with an interest in arts-based research), her work aims to challenge and improve how collaboration with families occurs in mental healthcare.


Mintzberg, S. (2020, April 13). It’s essential to let families back into seniors’ residences- opinion piece. Montreal Gazette.

Mintzberg, S. (2018, May 14). Waiting, with a broken bone, in a broken Quebec health system: opinion piece. Montreal Gazette.

Burns, V. & Mintzberg, S. (In press). Co-teaching as teacher training: Experiential accounts of two doctoral students. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 67(2), 94-99.

Sussman, T., Kaasalainen, S., Bui, M., Akhtar-Danish, N., Mintzberg, S., Strachan, P. (2017). “Now I Don’t Have to Guess”: Using Pamphlets to Encourage Residents and Families/Friends to Engage in Advance Care Planning in Long-Term Care. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 3.

Durepos, P., Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., Parker, D., Brazil, K., Mintzberg, S. & Te, A. (2017). Family Care Conferences in Long-Term Care: Exploring Content and Processes in End of Life Communication. Palliative and Supportive Car, 16(5), 590-601.

Sussman, T., Kaasalainen, S., Mintzberg, S., et al. (2017). Broadening End-of-Life Comfort to Improve Palliative Care Practices in Long Term Care. Canadian Journal on Aging, 36(3), 306-317.

Interviews in the Media

Mintzberg, S. (2020, April 16). The situation in Quebec's long-term care facilities amid the pandemic. Guest on CBC Radio One-Radio Noon with Shawn Apel

Mintzberg, S. (2020, April 15). Are families of elders in care homes ‘essential ‘workers’? Guest on CBC Radio One- The Current with Matt Galloway

Mintzberg, S. (2020, April 14). Should families be let back into long term care facilities? Guest on CBC Radio One- Montreal Daybreak with Mike Finnerty 

Peer-reviewed and professional conference presentations

November 2019: Looking down- reaching out: The university in the 21st century. Co-presentation with Henry Mintzberg. Annual Joint Board-Senate Meeting, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

March 2019: The Missing Piece: Collaborating with families in mental healthcare- McGill Student Association for Collaborative Mental Healthcare, Montreal, Quebec.

May 2018: Shakin it up: challenging academic conformity - International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana, Illinois.

May 2018: Qualitative cafe - Co-presenter with Hagit Sinai-Glazer. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana, Illinois.  October 2017: “Shaker”la cabane: refléxion sur l’université actuelle Co-presentation with Henry Mintzberg. Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Rouen, Quebec.

October 2017: One head two hats: when research gets personal- Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work Conference, Burlington, Vermont.

May 2017: When research gets personal: navigating between two worlds- International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana, Illinois.

May 2017: Whose voice fills the (w)hole? How family members experience severe and persistent mental illness and their interaction with psychiatric professionals -Panel presentation. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana, Illinois.

May 2015: Two heads are better than one: An experiential account of co-teaching.  Co-presentation with Victoria Burns. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ottawa, Ontario.

May 2015: The diverse realities of doctoral students in social work: Challenging the norms of academic success- Panel presentation. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ottawa, Ontario.

May 2010: Calming the crisis: The integration of families in psychiatric care. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Montreal, Quebec.

May 2010: Creating Families- the O’Leary experience: An experimental approach to learning about family therapy. Co-presentation with Aline Bogossian. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Montreal, Quebec.


Summer 2019: Human systems: Let’s debrief. International Masters for Healthcare Leadership and Management- IMHL, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.

Fall 2018: Human Systems: Preparing for the collaborative mindset. International Masters for Healthcare Leadership and Management- IMHL, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.

Winter 2018: - SWRK-326 Practice with Individuals & Families II (U2 level)- Course lecturer, School of Social Work, McGill University.

Winter 2017: - SWRK-326 Practice with Individuals & Families II (U2 level)- Co-teacher (TA) with Tamara Sussman, School of Social Work, McGill University.

Winter 2016: - SWRK-326 Practice with Individuals & Families II (U2 level)- Co-teacher (TA) with Tamara Sussman, School of Social Work, McGill University.

Fall 2014-SWRK-609 Understanding Social Care (Master’s level)- Co-teacher with Victoria Burns, School of Social Work, McGill University.

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susan.mintzberg [at]

Lyn Morland


I've devoted 35 years to developing culturally responsive social services, education, and health/mental health care, nationally and internationally, emphasizing community participation and leadership. My work has included research (ethnic identity, international development, community service collaboration, health care, and community-based participatory research); directing community-based programs; and developing and leading national technical assistance initiatives (National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health and, for the past 10 years, Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services, I hold an MSW and MA/doctoral candidacy in Anthropology/Medical Behavioral Sciences. I am a Research Fellow at Bank Street College of Education in New York and a doctoral student and Tomlinson Fellow in the School of Social Work at McGill University. My current research focuses on cross-sector collaboration and community partnership strategies to improve cultural responsiveness, relevance, and effectiveness within mainstream education, health/mental health, and social service systems.


Indigenous Migrant Family Participatory Action Research Project (2013-2015):  Co-developer and lead writer for a collaborative project conducted with the Office of Head Start National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness and the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) Collaboration Office.  Developed relationships with indigenous and MSHS organizations in Oxnard, California and Tampa, Florida and worked closely with all partners to conduct multiple site visits, key informant interviews, focus groups, and qualitative data analysis.  A highly collaborative process resulted in developing the first culturally responsive materials for Mixtec, Zapotec, and Triqui families from Mexico on early learning and healthy development and for North American practitioners on these indigenous peoples.

Head Start-Refugee Resettlement Collaboration Research (2011-2015):  Co-developer and lead writer for mixed-methods study of collaboration between Head Start and Refugee Resettlement at the federal, regional, state, and local levels (Phoenix, Arizona and Syracuse, New York) conducted together with Nicole Ives, McGill University, and Clea McNeely and Chenoa Allen, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Invited to participate in two roundtables organized by Migration Policy Institute (MPI) on young children in refugee families. The first author for MPI-commissioned research article on our study.


Morland, L., Ives, N., McNeely, C. and Allen, C. (2016). Providing a Head Start: Improving Access to Early Childhood Education for Refugees. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Morland, L. and Birman, D. (2016). Practice with immigrant and refugee children and families in the education system. In A. Dettlaff & R. Fong (Eds), Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families: Culturally Responsive Practice. New York: Columbia University Press.

McNeely, C., Morland, L., Doty, B., Meschke, L., and Husain, A. (2016).  How schools can promote healthy transitions to adulthood for newly-arrived immigrant and refugee adolescents: Research priorities. Journal of School Health.  

Morland, L. and Levine, T. (2016). Collaborating with refugee resettlement organizations: Providing a head start to young refugees. Young Children,17(4):69-75.

McNeely, C. and Morland, L. (2016). McNeely and Morland Respond. American Journal of Public Health, 106(5):e19-e19.

McNeely, C. and Morland, L. (2016). The health of the newest Americans: How public health systems can support Syrian refugees. American Journal of Public Health, 106(1):13-15.

Morland, L. (2014). Kinship care and immigrant families. FOCUS. NJ: Foster Family-based Treatment Association.

Dettlaff, A., Morland, L., and Lincroft, Y. (2014). Special Issue on Migration and Child Welfare: An Introduction. FOCUS. NJ: Foster Family-based Treatment Association.

Birman, D. and Morland, L. (2013). Immigrant youth. In D. Dubois & M. Karcher (Eds), Handbook of Youth Mentoring, Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Morland, L., Birman, D., Dunn, B., Adkins, M., and Gardner, L. (2013). Immigrant students. In E. Rossen & R. Hull (Eds), Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students. New York: Oxford University Press.

Fontes, L. and Morland, L. (2009, expanded in 2012-2013).  Preventing Child Maltreatment in ORR-Funded Care Provider Programs.  Washington, DC: BRYCS/USCCB and ORR.

Morland, L., Lummert, N. and Earner, I. (2006).  Brighter Futures for Migrating Children: An Overview of Current Trends and Promising Practices in Child Welfare. Washington, D.C.: Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services/USCCB. 

Morland, L. (2007).  Promising practices in positive youth development with immigrants and refugees. The Prevention Researcher, 14(4):18-20.

Morland, L., Duncan, J. Hoebing, J., Kirschke, J., and Schmidt, L. (2005).  Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services: Lessons learned from a national technical assistance effort. The Journal of Child Welfare, 84(5):791-812.

Hunt, D., Morland, L., Huckins, M., and Caal, S. (2002). Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Problem Behaviors among Refugee and Immigrant Youth. (a comprehensive annotated bibliography with a 48-page narrative prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; narrative available online,

Pellegrino, E., Harvey, J., Morland, L., Wessell, M. and Curtin, T. (1991).  Opening doors to the needy. Health Progress. Washington, DC: The Catholic Health Association of the United States (an article describing organizing a network of volunteer physicians to serve the medically uninsured, primarily Central American immigrants).

Professional Publications:

National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, OHS/NCCLR (2015). Using participatory methods, co-developed resources to promote culturally responsive practice with refugee and indigenous migrants (lead writer) (

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services, BRYCS/USCCB (2004-2013). Led, researched, developed topics/conceptual approach, and authored or co-authored over 200 original BRYCS articles and resources on refugee and immigrant children, youth, and families (

National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health, Immigration and Refugee Services of America/U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, IRSA/USCRI (1998-2000). Led and co-developed: Lessons from the Field: Issues and Resources in Refugee Mental Health
Connections: An On-Line Publication of IRSA’s National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health.

Contact Information

Lyn.Morland [at] (Email)

Rodney Nkrumah


Rodney Buadi Nkrumah is a Doctoral Candidate at the School of Social Work, McGill University, under the supervision of Vandna Sinha and Jill Hanley. His research interest centers around questions on inequality and social justice in educational access and how social and/or welfare policies shape children’s access to social services. His doctoral dissertation uses a mixed method research design to explore learning inequality as well as micro-level experiences that shape children’s access to learning in rural communities in global South contexts. Rodney’s research is funded by a doctoral award from the International Development Research Center (IDRC). He recently served as a UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellow (2022), working on related research in improving equity in global education monitoring. Prior to joining McGill, Rodney pursued his master’s degree in the Public Policy Good Governance (PPGG) program at University of Osnabrueck, Germany. Dissertation Title: Learning inequality and the attainment of global education goals: insights from Ghana’s basic school system.


Educational inequality; Learning assessment; Community engagement in addressing educational inequality; Children’s social/welfare policies.



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Oluwagbemiga Oyinlola


Oluwagbemiga Oyinlola is a doctoral candidate under Dr. Tamara Sussman at McGill University School of Social Work and a Vanier Scholar. Prior starting his doctoral studies, he was a Medical Social Worker at the University College Hospital, Nigeria. He had his undergraduate and Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He was an alumnus of the Mental Health leadership and Advocacy Program (MhLAP) at the WHO Collaborating Centre on Mental health, neurological sciences and substances use, University of Ibadan and the Global Ageing and Policy of the University of Southampton.

Drawing on over ten years of experience working with adults and their families by managing chronic health-related issues in both hospital and community settings, Oluwagbemiga’ s research focuses on Afrocentric dementia caregiving practice, advance directives, end-of-life planning and how health services, and systems impact older adults and their families in Africa. His research includes experiences of spouses of older adults with dementia, and other chronic health conditions, the sociocultural implications of transitioning into long-term care settings in Africa and addressing the intersectionality of policy issues affecting older adults and their families in the African region. Oluwagbemiga is interested in conducting research and intervention services that could improve health policies, processes, and practices through a partnership with community actors, interpretation of results, and translating and disseminating result findings to government agencies. He was the National Assistant General Secretary of the Association of Medical Social Workers of Nigeria (AMSWON) and one of the founding members of the Emerging Researchers & Professionals in Ageing- African Network (ERPAAN). He is a member of the Black Access Committee of McGill School of Social Work, Montreal, Canada.

Dissertation title: Meanings, and experiences of caring for older adults with dementia in South-West, Nigeria

Research Supervisor:

Dr. Tamara Sussman (School of Social Work, McGill University)


  • Aging
  • Dementia caregiving
  • Advance-directive
  • End of life care
  • Mental health
  • Medical social work
  • Field education


Contact Information

Oluwagbemiga.oyinlola [at] (Email)

Samuel Ragot


Samuel Ragot is a doctoral student at the School of Social Work at McGill University and works as a Senior Policy Analyst and Advocacy Advisor at the Quebec Intellectual Disability Society. In the context of his work, Samuel has worked on major pieces of legislation in the province, such as the reform of the guardianship regime and the creation and implementation of the Basic Income Program. Trained as a political scientist (UQAM) and holding a graduate degree in bioethics (UdeM), Samuel is interested in financial support programs for persons with disabilities in Canada. His goal is to establish a set of best practices and public policy options to reform these programs to foster the inclusion and economic participation of persons with disabilities. Samuel is supervised by Dr. Lucy Lach (School of Social Work) and Dr. Daniel Béland (Department of Political Science).




Published Articles (peer-reviewed)

  • Ragot, S (2023). The New Québec Basic Income Program: A Useful Set of Policy Directions for the Canadian Disability Benefit. Osgoode Hall Law Journal. (to be published)
  • Ragot, S and Marcoux, S (2022). Le rôle social actif : une nouvelle composante de la participation sociale et de l’inclusion réelle. Revue de l’observatoire en inclusion sociale, Vol.4 #1. 2022
  • Ragot, S (2021). Plateaux de travail et employabilité inclusive au Québec. Revue de la Ligue des droits et libertés du Québec.

Published Reports and Analysis


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Email : Samuel.ragot [at]

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Lindsay Savard


Lindsay (she/her) is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta who comes to McGill from her home in the Region 3 of the Métis Nation. Lindsay is completing her Ph.D. at McGill University’s School of Social Work under the supervision of Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina. Her doctorate research looks at pathways of supporting parents and caregivers whose child is experiencing suicidal ideation and/or expressing plans to die by suicide. Her research interests include family and community-based responses to pediatric suicide, supporting caregivers affected by pediatric suicide (prevention, intervention) and social work education. Lindsay obtained her Master of Social Work specializing in children and their families at the University of Toronto, where she trained as a child and family therapist with SickKids Centre for Community Mental Heath. In her training, she worked on various multidisciplinary teams, including reflective family therapy and infancy-preschool teams.

Lindsay received her Bachelor of Social Work (Hons.) from the University of Calgary, where she trained as a school social worker and hospital outpatient clinician supporting youth discharged from mental health units. Prior to starting her Ph.D. program, Lindsay was a school social worker for pregnant and parenting youth. Lindsay is presently involved in several research projects at the institutional, national and international levels aimed at supporting the voices and well-being of children across Canada and beyond. Lindsay has been invited to speak at both undergraduate and graduate classrooms over the years. She also continues to see adults, youth and couples in her private practice.





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Email: lindsay.savard [at]

Ata Senior Yeboah


I am a Doctoral Student at the School of Social Work, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I have a research interest in sustainable development, emphasizing water and climate change governance and policy, social sector policy, planning, and environmental policies. I have a vast pool of expertise in policy design in the context of environmental and social development issues.

My experience has enabled me to acquire relevant skills and techniques in policy formulation, policy implementation and policy evaluation and/or termination. My areas of interest span sustainable livelihoods, sustainable resettlements, water resource governance, pro-environmental behaviour, climate-compatible development, environmental justice and social policy planning.


  • MSC. Development Policy and Planning (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
  • BSC. Development Planning (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana).



“Integrating Environmental Justice into Community Development Practices in Ghana”


Prof. Charles Gyan (School of Social Work, McGill University)




  • Baah-Ennumh, T.Y., Yeboah, A.S. and Akularemi, A.E.J., 2019. Contextualizing the effects of stone quarrying: insights from the Wenchi municipality in Ghana. GeoJournal, pp.1-17:
  • Okumah, M., and Yeboah A.S., 2019. Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of the quality and governance of water resources in the Wenchi municipality. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management:
  • Okumah, M., Yeboah, A.S., Nkiaka, E. and Azerigyik, R.A., 2019. What Determines Behaviours towards Water Resources Management in a Rural Context? Results of a Quantitative Study. Resources 2019, 8, 109:


  • Okumah, M., Yeboah, A.S. and Asante-Wusu, I., 2020. Unpacking the moderating role of age and gender in the belief–behaviour link: a study within the context of water resources pollution. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, pp.1-20:
  • Yeboah, A.S., Baah-Ennumh, T.Y. and Okumah, M., 2020. Understanding the economic, socio-cultural, and environmental impacts of resettlement projects. African Geographical Review, pp.1-22.
  • Yeboah, A.S., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O. and Anaafo, D., 2020. Assessing the practicality of the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines to the urban poor in the Ghanaian context. Social Sciences & Humanities Open, p.100087.
  • Okumah, M., Yeboah, A.S. and Amponsah, O., 2020. Stakeholders' willingness and motivations to support sustainable water resources management: Insights from a Ghanaian study. Conservation Science and Practice, 2(3), p.e170.
  • Okumah, M., Ankomah-Hackman, P. and Yeboah, A.S., 2020. Do socio-demographic groups report different attitudes towards water resource management? Evidence from a Ghanaian case study. GeoJournal, pp.1-10:
  • Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O., Yeboah, A.S. and Mantey, E., 2020. Locational analysis of slums and the effects of slum dweller’s activities on the social, economic and ecological facets of the city: insights from Kumasi in Ghana. GeoJournal, pp.1-15:
  • Okumah, M., Yeboah, A.S. and Bonyah, S.K., 2020. What matters most? Stakeholders’ perceptions of river water quality. Land Use Policy, 99, p.104824.


  • Nketia, S.K.K., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O., Yeboah, A.S., Mensah, H. and Ahadzie, D.K., 2021. “Going Green” Rhetoric or Reality: An Assessment of the Prospects and Challenges of Ghana’s Youth in Afforestation Programme. Society & Natural Resources, pp.1-18.
  • Danso, G.K., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O., Yeboah, A.S. and Owusu, R.O., 2021. Exploring the effects of rapid urbanization on wetlands: insights from the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana. SN Social Sciences, 1(8), pp.1-21.


  • Yeboah, A.S., Okumah, M., Baah-Ennumh, T.Y. and Poku-Boansi, M., 2022. `For the first time in my life, I am living in a home with separate lavatory and kitchen': examining stakeholders' satisfaction with the Bui hydroelectric power resettlement project. African Geographical Review, pp.1-16.
  • Manu, K.K., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O., Yeboah, A.S. and Lotsah, M., 2022. Location of forest reserves and sustainable natural resource management: evidence from a Ghanaian case study. SN Social Sciences, 2(5), pp.1 - 27.


  • Gyan, C., Yeboah A.S., Abbey E., and Hervie V.M., 2023. Male Allyship within the Context of Local Governance: A Case of Wenchi Municipality in Ghana. The International Journal of Community Diversity 23 (1): 35-48.


  • Gyan C., Yeboah, A. S, Abbey, E. & Hervis, M. V. (forthcoming). Indigenizing Research Practices: Prospects and Challenges of Incorporating Indigenous African Culture into Research. In J. Onyango (ed.) Decolonizing methodologies to sustainability in the global south.


Contact Information

Email: ata.yeboah [at]

Google Scholar: ata senior yeboah - Google Scholar

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