Co-Investigators

Delphine Collin-Vézina (child welfare, psychology)

A licensed clinical psychologist, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare, and Associate Professor in the McGill School of Social Work, I have developed a strong interest in research and clinical topics related to child maltreatment, child sexual abuse, and trauma. I have been the principal investigator of several substantial provincial and federal grants, including Insight Grant from SSHRC, and Programme des actions concertées from the Fonds Québécois de Recherche(FQR). I have led and collaborated on significant projects on mental health, family violence and service provision with key organizations in Québec, including the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC). Overall, my research has contributed to an understanding of epidemiological trends in child sexual abuse, of child protection responses to reports of child sexual abuse cases, of trauma-related needs of children and adolescents from different health and social services settings (e.g. youths in out-of-home care), and of trauma-related service provision in child protection agencies and health. Since joining McGill 2007, I have also been a co-investigator on numerous projects and on team networks funded through CIHR, SSHRC, and FQR that cover a wide range of topics including child mental health, family dynamics, childhood ethics, and intervention programs. In all projects that I am involved in, I closely collaborate with partners from the communities as a means to contribute to building effective and meaningful practices and policies that directly and positively impact vulnerable populations of children and youths, and their families.


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

Mary Ellen Macdonald, PhD is a medical anthropologist with postdoctoral training in Pediatric Palliative Care. In addition to her appointment as Associate Professor in the Division of Oral Health and Society, she is affiliated with the Departments of Pediatrics and Oncology, and the Ingram School of Nursing and Biomedical Ethics Unit. She is also Core Faculty in the McGill Centre for Medical Education. She chairs the McGill Qualitative Health Research Group https://www.mcgill.ca/mqhrg/. Her main research interests include oral health in vulnerable populations, palliative care and bereavement research, cultural aspects of health and illness with Indigenous communities, and health professions education research.


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Jean-Frédéric Menard (law)

Jean-Frédéric Menard is a PhD candidate at University College London's Faculty of Laws and a scholar of the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Foundation. He is conducting a study of legal and ethical decision-making in three neonatal intensive care units, in London, Paris and Montreal. 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. After practising as a tax lawyer with a prominent Canadian law firm for two years, he became assistant director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private & Comparative Law at McGill. He was also clinical ethics consultant for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. That is where he developed the strong interest in paediatric ethics that he is now pursuing in his doctoral work.


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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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Shaheen Shariff (childhood education)

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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Victoria Talwar (childhood education, psychology)

Dr. Victoria Talwar is a Canada Research Chair (II) and an Associate Professor at McGill University. She has been working in the area of developmental psychology for over fifteen years with an emphasis on social-cognitive development. Her research interests include children’s verbal deception, children’s moral development, theory-of-mind understanding and behaviour; children’s expressive display rule knowledge and behaviour. In addition, she has investigated issues related to child witness testimony including child witness credibility and competence, lie detection and jury decision making. She is also interested in the influence of cross-cultural factors and attitudes to lying behaviour. Recently, her research interests include children’s social interactions in cyberspace as well as the role of spirituality in children’s social development.


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Gail Teachman (occupational therapy, childhood disability)

Dr Teachman is an Assistant Professor at Western University's School of Occupational Therapy in London, Ontario. She completed her postdoctoral training with VOICE. Her research is helping ensure that disabled children’s views on what matters to them are elicited and taken into account in programs and services that directly impact their lives. Her work examines the participation, inclusion and occupations of disabled children and youth with a particular focus on how their lives, identities, and moral experiences are influenced by rehabilitation practices.

Using a range of qualitative methodologies and informed by social theory, occupational science, childhood ethics, and critical disability studies perspectives, Professor Teachman’s research advances understandings of how children’s experiences of inclusion, exclusion and inequities are shaped by social, cultural and political contexts. To implement her program of research, Dr Teachman is developing innovative participatory approaches for doing research with children.

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Shauna Van Praagh (law)

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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