Child Cluster Members 2017-11-30T17:00:40+00:00

Researchers

Child, Youth, and Family Wellbeing

40 Members
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Amanda Sim

Doctoral Candidate
Department of Social Policy and Intervention
University of Oxford

Biography::

Amanda Sim is a doctoral candidate in Social Intervention at the University of Oxford. Her research is on the development, implementation and evaluation of family-based interventions to reduce violence and promote mental health and resilience among children and families affected by war. Her doctoral research is a mixed methods study on the inter-generational impact of war among Syrian refugee families in Lebanon.

Amanda previously worked at the International Rescue Committee, where she conducted research on the causes and effects of violence against women and children, and the effectiveness of parenting and mental health interventions in humanitarian settings. She has over ten years of experience in research and programme implementation and evaluation in Uganda, Afghanistan, Liberia, Ethiopia, Lebanon, and the Thai-Burmese border. Amanda holds a MA in International Development from Tufts University and a BA in Psychology and Romance Languages from New York University.

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Anna Huguet

Research Scientist at IWK Health Centre.

Biography::

Dr Huguet is a Research Scientist at IWK Health Centre and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community of Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. She has been specializing in the areas of pediatric pain and the use of everyday technology to deliver evidence-based care in the early stages of recurrent or chronic conditions.Her research has expanded on knowledge of the epidemiology, etiology and prognosis of chronic pain. Her research has also synthesized current knowledge. She has adapted and developed new self-report measures that are currently helping both clinicians and scientists to better understand pain and its impact on the daily lives of children and youth with pain conditions. Her most recent research is aimed at promoting better self-care in children, youth and their families with chronic or recurrent conditions. (e.g., headaches). Her efforts are now aimed at establishing the effectiveness of these interventions with youth across the globe.
Dr. Huguet is the author or coauthor of over 35 scientific manuscripts and 4 book chapters. Her manuscripts have appeared in prestigious journals in the field of pain, psychology and medical informatics. She is currently acting as the Co-Principal and Principal Investigator for research projects from Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) and participates as co-investigator in other provincial and international projects. Overall, her research has been devoted to finding ways to help youth prevent or manage chronic or recurrent conditions, especially pain.

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Bayan Khatib

Co-Founder of Syrian Canadian Foundation

Biography::

Bayan Khatib, is the Co-founder and Director of The Syrian Canadian Foundation. For the past five years, Bayan lead a multinational media campaign, had numerous media appearances, and participated as a speaker on the Syrian crisis at local and international events. Bayan is the translator of Just Five Minutes: Nine Years in the Prisons of Syria, a memoir of a female political prisoner, and is also the author of numerous short works of fiction and opinion articles.

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Bayan Khatib

Executive Director of the Syrian Canadian Foundation

Biography::

Bayan Khatib is a published creative and non-fiction writer and a speaker about human rights and the Syrian refugee crisis. She is the co-founder and director of the Syrian Canadian Foundation and on the advisory committees of a number of nonprofits and community groups.

Bayan graduated from the University of Toronto, Mississauga, with a degree in English and Professional Writing and Communications and also has a Masters in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory from McMaster University.

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Bonita Varga

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Biography::

Knowledge Broker with the Mental Health Commission of Canada with a specialization in the mental health of immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized populations, family caregivers and collaborative mental health care.

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Christine Gervais

Professor
Nursing departement
Université du Québec en Outaouais

Biography::

Christine Gervais, is a nurse and professor in the Nursing Department at Université du Québec en Outaouais in Canada. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing, and a doctorate in psychology.

Her research work focuses on family relationships and health, with a specific focus on immigrant family and child mental health. She received a grant from the Fonds de recherche en santé Québec to develop a research program on the mental health of immigrant children. This program, lasting four years, aims to define the mental health of immigrant children and to improve the professional practices offered. She is currently carrying out the project “The Immigrant Child and Their Family: Listening to Better Understand,” who helped to better understand immigrant children’s perception of their family relationships and the modifications thereof, throughout the migration process.

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Emily Pelley

PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University

Biography::

Emily Pelley (nee. Zinck) is a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary program at Dalhousie University, doing research on refugee children and youth affected by armed conflict. She is also a researcher with the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier’s Initiative. In 2010, Emily received her MSc with distinction in International Health from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Prior to this, she received her BA (Honours) from Dalhousie University in International Development Studies. Emily is passionate about the fight against human trafficking and she has used any avenue that comes her way to raise awareness and mobilize people to stand up to this injustice. Her research interests include children and youth mental health, social justice, human trafficking, international humanitarian law, knowledge mobilization, and youth engagement.

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Emily Truong-Cheung

Student, University of British Columbia

Biography::

I'm interested in exploring internet use amongst refugee youths. The Internet has become embedded in the daily lives of much of the developed world (DiMaggio et al., 2001; Howard, Rainie & Jones, 2002; Wellman & Haythornthwaite, 2002). For refugee migrants, connectivity can be vital to maintaining family connections, staying informed and secure, supporting economic self-sufficiency, and educating themselves (Mikal and Woodfield 2015). Refugees migrants’ online participation presents a unique opportunity to examine the internet activities and refugee migrants’ resettlement process. I examine how refugee migrants’ internet participation affects their feeling of belongingness and social integration to new society.

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Fadi Ennab

Manager of Community Wellness Programs at Mount Carmel Clinic

Biography::

Fadi is currently working as a Manager for the Community Wellness Programs at Mount Carmel Clinic. He has extensive experience training service providers on anti-oppression and cultural competency in working with and for refugees. He has also taught several university courses on migration. In 2017, he wrote a community-based research report on refugee parent involvement in Winnipeg’s inner city, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba focusing on police violence against Indigenous peoples in the Canadian Prairies. Fadi also has lived experiences as a forced and voluntary migrant and as a community advocate.

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Fatemeh Alhosseini

Ph.D. student, University of Toronto

Biography::

Fatemeh's previous research was focused on the role of attribution and mindset in development of wisdom. She is currently exploring different elements contributing to refugee children’s resilience in Canada. Fatemeh is especially interested in developing new strategies in helping children overcome their traumatic experiences. She loves working with children and conducting practical studies contributing to their wellness.

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Gordon Asmundson

Registered Doctoral Psychologist and Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina.

Biography::

Gordon J. G. Asmundson is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist and Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina. He received his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1991 and in 2005-2006 trained as a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia. He holds several editorial posts, including Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Clinical Psychology Review, and serves on the editorial boards for nine other journals.

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Ian Van Haren

PhD Student, McGill University

Biography::

Ian Van Haren is a PhD student at McGill University. He is currently a research assistant on the Early Integration Trajectories of Syrian Refugees in Canada project funded by SSHRC.

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