Delphine Collin-Vezina

Delphine Collin-Vézina (child welfare, psychology)

Delphine Collin-Vézina is the Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families at McGill University, a licensed clinical psychologist, and a Full Professor at the McGill School of Social Work. She is also an Associate Member in the Department of Pediatrics where she holds the Nicolas Steinmetz and Gilles Julien Chair in Community Social Pediatrics. She is the Director of the Canadian Consortium on Child & Youth Trauma that regroups 110 researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and governmental representatives to better understand the impact of adverse and traumatic life events in the lives of children and youth, as well as their experiences with services geared towards them. 

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 Mary Ellen Macdonald

Mary Ellen Macdonald (Anthropology, oral health, palliative care, indigenous health, health professions education)

Mary Ellen Macdonald, a medical anthropologist, holds the J & W Murphy Chair in Palliative Care at Dalhousie University. Her research has highlighted the importance of socio-cultural context on our understanding of the well-being of children and families in domains including palliative and end-of-life care, grief and bereavement, MAID, medical complexity, oral health, and within Indigenous communities. She has advanced expertise in qualitative research, and especially ethnography. 

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Jean-Frédéric Menard

Jean-Frédéric Menard (law)

Jean-Frédéric Menard is assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Sherbrooke. He is lawyer with experience as pediatric clinical ethics consultant, and advanced expertise in the intersection of ethics and law. He recently completed a PhD in Law at University College London's Faculty of Laws (Centre for Ethics and Law Studentship and Trudeau Foundation scholarship). on decision-making in neonatal intensive care. He holds a BA in philosophy (Université Laval, 2001) and law degrees from McGill University (BCL / LL.B, 2005) and the University of Oxford (BCL, 2012). He served as law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Louise Charron of the Supreme Court Canada. His research explores the intersection between law and ethics, focusing on i) the interpretation of the best interest of the child principle through comparative law and medical ethics; and ii) conceptualizing the legal dimension of youth agency.

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Marjorie Montreuil

Marjorie Montreuil (Nursing, Mental health)

Marjorie is assistant professor at McGill’s Ingram School of Nursing. She has clinical experience as a mental health nurse and clinical nurse specialist, both at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She completed a doctoral degree in Nursing at McGill University in child mental health as a VOICE trainee. During her doctoral studies, she received competitive funding from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, the Canadian Nurses Foundation and the Association québécoise des infirmières et infirmiers en santé mentale. She then pursued postdoctoral training in pragmatic health ethics at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, where she further advanced participatory research approaches and concept analysis strategies. Within her program of research, she seeks to advance knowledge and practices in child mental health to address ethical issues of high relevance to clinical care. She privileges a participatory approach to research in which children are part of the research process. Her current work includes the development of an ethics framework that promotes children’s inclusion in their own care; the development and advancement of participatory approaches with children in research and clinical care; and the implementation and evaluation of a suicide prevention and intervention guide. She also works with community organizations offering services to children and families.

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Victoria Talwar

Victoria Talwar (childhood education, psychology)

Victoria Talwar’s research, examining intersections across child psychology, education and law, has focused on children’s moral reasoning and behaviour within the classroom, the family, and the courtroom. She has investigated practices for ensuring the veracity and accuracy of children’s reports related to abuse and victimization in legal and educational contexts, while furthering knowledge of basic developmental processes in social cognition and moral behavior.  Her applied-focused research has helped to eliminate barriers to children’s voices being heard and recognition of children’s capacity to take an active role in their own agency within the legal system. 

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Gail Teachman

Gail Teachman (occupational therapy, childhood disability)

Dr Teachman is an occupational therapist whose research examines intersections among childhood, disability, rehabilitation, and ethics with a focus on children's moral experiences and the social structures and relations that contribute toward inclusion and exclusion. She has developed innovative participatory methodologies for advancing research with disabled young people, including those who communicate in ways other than speech. She has led several studies where disabled children and youth were involved as advisors, including research that directly elicited their experiences and views concerning engagement in advisory roles. 

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Shauna Van Praagh

Shauna Van Praagh (law)

Professor Van Praagh is currently on leave as she was appointed President of the Law Commission of Canada.

Professor Shauna Van Praagh teaches in the areas of the law of civil wrongs, common law obligations, social diversity and law, and children and the law. Current research areas include legal education; religion and law; and children in the law of civil wrongs. She has taught intensive courses on children in armed conflict and children and socio-economic justice, and incorporates a focus on the legacy of Canadian residential schools for First Nations children, families and communities into her courses on the law of civil wrongs. Finally, her research on social and religious diversity focuses on issues related to children, health and education. Her doctoral studies at Columbia University focused on children, families, religious communities, and the state.Professor Van Praagh clerked for Chief Justice Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989-1990. She then taught at Columbia Law School and King’s College London, before coming to McGill in 1993.

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Shaheen Shariff

Shaheen Shariff (childhood education) Former Co-Investigator.

Shaheen Shariff, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Studies, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Shariff's research and teaching are grounded in the study of law as it impacts educational policy and practice. In particular, she is interested in studying legal issues that emerge in relation to on-line social communications such as cyber-hate, cyber-bullying, sexting, free expression, privacy harm, libel and criminal harassment. Her work addresses the emerging policy vacuum on legal and ethical limits of on-line expression, such as the line between joking and cyber-threats; fair use; privacy rights and privacy harm, cyber-safety, cyber-libel; and school supervision. She is also studying girls' use of on-line social media and its role in identity development for teens and pre-teens. Dr. Shariff was invited to participate on a United Nations panel on cyber-hate chaired by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and appeared as a panelist with the First Amendment Center’s online symposium. She has received research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for Canada and is currently developing an interactive resource website to bring stakeholders together in dialogue towards the development of informed policies and educational practice.She has been appointed to an advisory committee to Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard on cyberintimidation policy.

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