Child, Youth, and Family Wellbeing

This cluster investigates young people’s experiences of trauma and the social conditions, policies and initiatives that facilitate resilience pre-and post-resettlement.

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Jennifer Jenkins

Director of the Atkinson Centre at University of Toronto

Biography::

Dr. Jennifer Jenkins is the Atkinson Chair of Early Child Development and Education, Director of the Atkinson Centre and the Academic Director at the Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the influence of marital, sibling and parent-child relationships on young children’s social understanding, early learning and well-being. She studies why some children are more resilient than others when exposed to risky environments and is particularly interested in within family differences in sibling development. She has investigated parenting and family dynamics amongst immigrant families.

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Patrick McGrath

Founder of the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Dalhousie University

Biography::

Dr. Patrick McGrath is a child psychologist, clinician-scientist, administrator, mentor and social entrepreneur. He founded the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Dalhousie and is Vice President Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation for the IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. He is an Officer of Order of Canada, fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada, the inaugural Health Legacy Leader from HealthCareCan and the recipient of numerous other awards. His research is on e-health and pain in children The not-for-profit Strongest Families Institute, www.StrongestFamilies.com , disseminates his e-health programs across Canada, Finland and Vietnam. It won the Mental Health Commission of Canada award for social innovation and the Manning Principal Award as the best innovation in Canada in 2013. He conducted pioneering research on the measurement and psychosocial interventions for pain in children and has published key textbooks in the area. His research has been cited over 22,700 times.

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Yogendra Shakya

Senior Research Scientist at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Biography::

Yogendra B. Shakya, PhD works as the Senior Research Scientist at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services and has a cross appointment (status only) as Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Shakya’s research focuses on examining how critical determinants (job insecurity, poverty, discrimination, social isolation/exclusion, language barrier etc.) affect health/wellbeing and healthcare access for vulnerable communities including racialized groups, immigrants and refugees. His research and advocacy work is geared at advancing health equity and community empowerment. He has led a number of studies on precarious employment, migration and health, refugee mental health, post-migration changes in family relationships and responsibilities, role of newcomer youth in resettlement, and impact of systemic racism/racialization. Yogendra is recognized champion of community-based research (CBR). He has developed a wealth of resources on CBR and trained hundreds of community members to become critical researchers and agents of change.

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