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April 18, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Gary Cameron

Professor, Lyle S. Hallman Chair in Child and Family Welfare

Contact Information
Email: camerongary@wlu.ca
Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext.5236
Fax: (519) 888-9732
Office Location: FSW-403
Office Hours: open
Academic Background

Doctorate of Social Work, Columbia University
October 1983

My studies emphasized course work as well as comprehensive examinations in social planning, social policy, social administration, organizational theory and personal social service delivery systems
• my dissertation research investigated the adaptation of the concepts of organizational effectiveness to the understanding of social work agencies and social service planning systems

Master of Social Work, University of Toronto
June 1970
• my major area of concentration was community organization

Bachelor of Arts, McGill University
May 1968
Biography
Dr. Cameron teaches primarily research methods. He is the principal investigator of a longitudinal study of children leaving residential and intensive family service children's mental health programs (2005-2007) as well as research into the impact of different service delivery settings on front-line child protection services (2006-2009). He was the Principal Investigator of the Partnerships for Children and Families Project (a Community University Research Alliance - 2000 to 2005). His other major research initiatives have included the Parent Mutual Aid Organizations in Child Welfare Demonstration Project; the Multi-Site Intensive Family Preservation Services Project; the Family Wellness Project; and the Better Beginnings, Better Futures Prevention Project. His current program of research focuses on the lives and service experiences of families involved with child welfare and children’s mental health services, international comparisons of systems of child and family welfare, and long term outcomes and systems of care for children involved with residential mental health placements. Other interests include self help and mutual aid, promising programs for disadvantaged families, and successful project/program development processes.

RECENT MAJOR GRANTS

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services ($75,000) 2011 - 2012
            (G. Cameron*, M. Pancer, T. Smit-Quosai, M. Preyde, B. Gebotys, K. Frensch & community partners)

To carry out a synthesis review of the available research about community adaptation processes and programs for youth graduating from children's mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare care. 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($144,000) 2011 - 2014
            (G. Cameron*, M. Preyde, K. Frensch & community partners)

To carry out Phase three of a longitudinal study of the lives of children and families after they leave children's  mental health residential care and intensive home-based service programs.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($150,000) 2008 - 2011
            (G. Cameron*, M. Preyde, K. Frensch & community partners)

To carry out Phase two of a longitudinal study of the lives of children and families after they leave children's mental health residential care and intensive home-based service programs.

Mapping Child Protection Systems in West Africa ($140,000) 2009 - 2010
            (A. Krueger*, G. Thompstone*)

Consulting abut research design and analysis and publishing support. 

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services ($367,000) 2006 - 2009
            (G. Cameron* and other university faculty and community partners)

To carry out multiple site investigation of the effects of institutional settings on front-line child protection practice: Transforming front-line child protection practice project.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($20,000) 2005
(G. Cameron* and other university faculty and community partners)

To develop the full proposal for an international study of child protection, family service, and community caring systems of child and family welfare.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($167,000) 2005-2007
(G. Cameron*, Gerald Adams, Michelle Preyde, & Karen Frensch and community partners

To carry out a longitudinal study of the lives of children and families after they leave children’s mental health residential care and intensive home-based service programs.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($395,000)/Alliance Partners ($160,000)
2003-2005
(G. Cameron*, other research team members and community partners)

A continuation of the Partnerships for Children and Families Project to carry out research on child welfare alternative models, long term outcomes for residential care, and the lives of men involved with child welfare and to disseminate the findings from our first phase research.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($524,000)/Alliance Partners ($300, 000) 2000-2003
(G. Cameron*, other research team members and community partners)

To develop the program of research and education activities for the Partnerships for Children and Families Alliance focussing on the experiences of participants in the child
welfare and children’s mental health systems.

Human Resources Canada ($248,983) 1996-1999
(G. Cameron, M.C. Laurendeau, G. Nelson, R. Dev. Peters, I. Prilleltensky*)

To conduct Strengthening Vulnerable Children and Families Research Project focussing
on programs and policies that are successful in promoting family wellness and preventing children and families from entering the formal child protection system.

Laidlaw Foundation, Toronto, Ontario ($226,000) 1993-1999
(G. Cameron*, K. Hayward, L. Peirson)

To conduct a process and outcome assessment of Intensive Family Preservation Services in five child welfare and community mental health settings across Ontario.

Laidlaw Foundation, Toronto, Ontario ($101,000) 1992-1995
(G. Cameron*, K. Hayward)

To conduct a process and outcome assessment of the Family Buiders Intensive Family Preservation Services in three child welfare settings in Toronto.

Ministries of Community and Social Services, Education, Health, Northern and Native Affairs ($9,000,000) 1991-2000
(G. Cameron, M. Pancer, R. Peters*, A. King, S. Burke, B. Arnold, K. Brophy, S. Evers)

To carry out the process and outcome research required in 11 demonstration sites for the Ontario Better Beginnings, Better Futures Primary Prevention Project. I was a Principal Investigator for the project development research for this project (budget approximately $2,500,000).


ILLUSTRATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Books

Cameron, G., Fine, M., Maiter, S., & Freymond, N. (Eds.) (2013). Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Family realities and system responses. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Cameron, G., Coady, N. &, Adams, G. (2007).Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Current Issues and Future Directions. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Freymond, N. & Cameron, G. (2006). Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: International comparisons of child protection, family service, and community care models. Toronto, On: University of Toronto Press

Cameron, G. and Vanderwoerd, J. (1997). Protecting children and supporting families: Promising programs and organizational realities. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.

Rothery, M. & Cameron, G. (Eds.). (1990). Child maltreatment: Expanding our concept of helping. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, Inc.

Pressman, B., Rothery, M. & Cameron, G. (Eds.). (1989). Intervening with assaulted women: Current theory, research and practice. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, Inc.


Chapters in books/articles

        Cameron, G., Coady, N. & Hoy, S. (2013). Fathers and Child Welfare.  In Cameron, G. et al. (Eds.).Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Family realities and system responses (21-43). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

        Cameron, G. & Hoy, S. (2013). Mothers Life Stories.  In G. Cameron et al. (Eds.).Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Family realities and system responses (44-66). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

        Frensch, K. & Cameron, G. (2013). Matched perspectives of Service Providers and Parents.  In G. Cameron et al. (Eds.).  Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Family realities and system responses (168-197). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

        Hazineh, L. & Cameron, G. (2013). Parents' views of helping relationships in Accessible and Central Service Delivery Settings.  In Cameron, G. et al. (Eds.).Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Family realities and system responses (220-236). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

        Cameron, G. (2013). Child welfare jobs in accessible and central service delivery settings.  In Cameron, G. et al. (Eds.).Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Family realities and system responses (262-282). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

        Cameron, G. (2013). Introduction. In Cameron, G. et al. (Eds.).Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Family realities and system responses (3-20). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

        Cameron, G. (2013). Creating positive systems of child and family welfare: Questions and suggestions. In G. Cameron et al. (Eds.). Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Family realities and system responses (283-302). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

        Cameron, G., Freymond, N. & Hazineh, L. (2011). Doing the Work: Child Protection Jobs in Central and Accessible Service Delivery Models.  In Kufeldt, K. & Mckenzie, B. (Eds.)  Child welfare: connecting research, policy, and practice (117-130). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 

       Freymond, N. & Cameron, G. (2011). Child Welfare Interventions that Make Sense to Mothers. In Kufeldt, K. & Mckenzie, B. (Eds.)  Child welfare: connecting research, policy, and practice (131-144). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

        Cameron, G., Freymond, N. & Hazineh, L. (2011). Doing the Work: Child Protection Jobs in Central and Accessible Service Delivery Models.  In Kufeldt, K. & Mckenzie, B. (Eds.)  Child welfare: connecting research, policy, and practice (117-130). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 

       Cameron, G. & Freymond, N. (submitted for review January 2014). Accessible Service Delivery of Child Welfare Services and Differential Response Models.  Child Abuse & Neglect.

        Cameron, G., Coady, N. & Hoy, S. (February 2014). Perspectives on being a father from men involved with child welfare services.  Fathers Involved with Child Welfare Services. Child and Family Social Work. 9(1), 14-23.

        Coady, N., Hoy, S. & Cameron, G. (August 2013). Fathers' experiences with child welfare services. Child and Family Social Work. 18(3), 275-284.

       Cameron, G., Degeer, I., Frensch, K. & Hazineh, L. (August 2013). The impacts of accessible service delivery on frontline helping relationships in child welfare. Child and Family Social Work. 18(3), 253-263.

        Cameron, G., Degeer, I. & Frensch, K. (November 2012). Employment experiences of frontline child protection service providers in accessible and central service delivery settings. Journal of public child welfare 6(5), 590-613.

        Preyde, M., Frensch, K., Cameron, G., Hazineh, L. & Burnham, P. (2011). Mental Health Outcomes of Children and Youth Accessing Residential Programs or a Home-Based Alternative. Social Work in Mental Health. 9(1), 1-21.

        Preyde, M., Cameron, G., Frensch, K. & Adams, G. (2011). Parent-child relationships and family functioning of children and youth discharged from residential mental health treatment or a home-based alternative. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth. 28(1), 55-74.

       Cameron, G., Hazineh, L., Frensch, K., Freymond, N., Preyde, M., Gebotys, R., Degeer, I. & Smit Quosai, T. (2011). The impact of accessible and central service delivery settings on helping relationshis, service satisfaction, client functioning, system indicators and assessments of front line child protection jobs.  Child and Youth Services Review, 33: 945-955. DOI:10.116/j.childyouth.2010.12.014.

        Preyde, M., Frensch, K., Cameron, G., White, S., Penney R. & Lazure, K. (2011). Long-term Outcomes of Children and Youth Accessing Residential or Intensive Home-based Treatment: Three year follow up. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 660-668. DOI:10.1007/s10826-010-9442-z.

       Preyde, M., Adams, G., Cameron, G. & Frensch, K. (2009). Outcomes of Children Participating in Mental Health Residential and Intensive Family Services: Preliminary Findings. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth. 26(1), 1-20.

       Frensch, K., Cameron, G. & Preyde, M. (2009). Community Adaptation of Youth Accessing Residential Programs or a Home-Based Alternative: School Attendance and Academic Functioning. Child and Youth Care Forum. DOI:10.1007/s10566-009-9083-9.

       de Boer, C., Cameron, G. & Frensch, K. (January 2007). Siege and response: Reception and benefits of residential children's mental health services for parents and siblings. Child and Youth care Forum. Online First, DOI:10.1007/s10566-006-9028-5.

        Cameron, G., Freymond, N., Cornfield, D., & Palmer, S. (2007). Positive possibilities for child and family welfare: Options for expanding the Anglo-American child protection paradigm.  In Cameron, G., Coady, N., & Adams, G. (Eds.).Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Current Issues and Future Directions (pp. 1- 78). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

        Frensch, K., Cameron, G., & Adams, G. (2007). Pathways to residential children’s mental health services: parents’ perceptions of service availability and treatment outcomes. In Cameron, G., Coady, N., & Adams, G. (Eds.).Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Current Issues and Future Directions (pp. 321-346). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

        Cameron, G. (2007). Finding a fit: Family realities and service responses. In Cameron, G., Coady, N., & Adams, G. (Eds.).Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Current Issues and Future Directions (pp. vi-xxii). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

        Coady, N., Cameron, G., & Adams, G. (2007). Fundamental considerations for child and family welfare. In Cameron, G., Coady, N., & Adams, G. (Eds.).Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Current Issues and Future Directions (pp. 347-372). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

             Cameron, G. & Freymond, N. (2006). Understanding international comparisons of child protection, family service, and community caring systems of child and family welfare. In Freymond, N. & Cameron, G. (Eds.). Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: International comparisons of child protection, family service, and community care models (pp. 3-26). Toronto, On: University of Toronto Press.

        Freymond, N. & Cameron, G. (2006). Learning from international comparisons of child protection, family service, and community caring systems of child and family welfare. In Freymond, N. & Cameron, G. (Eds.). Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: International comparisons of child protection, family service, and community care models (pp. 289-318). Toronto, On: Oxford University Press.

        Cameron, G., Freymond, N., & Roy, C. (2003) Avenues for positive innovation in Canadian child welfare: Lessons from the Partnerships for Children and Families Project.  In Trocme, N., Chamberland, C., & Roy, C. (Eds.). Child welfare community collaboration and differential response, (pp. 14-31). Ottawa, ON: Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare.

        Cameron, G. (2003). Positive child and family welfare. In Kufeldt, K., & Mckenzie, B. (Eds.).Child welfare: Connecting research, policy, and practice, (79-100). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

        Cameron, G., Karabanow, J., Peirson, L., Laurendeau, M.C., & Chamberland, C. (2001). Program Implementation and Replication. In Isaac Prilleltensky, Geoffrey Nelson, &  Leslea Peirson (Eds.). Promoting family wellness and preventing child maltreatment: Fundamentals for thinking and action, (pp. 318-346). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

        Cameron, G., O’Reilly, J., Peirson, L., Laurendeau, M.C., & Chamberland, C. (2001). Programming for distressed and disadvantaged adolescents. In Isaac Prilleltensky, Geoffrey Nelson, & Leslea Peirson (Eds.). Promoting family wellness and preventing  child maltreatment: Fundamentals for thinking and action, (pp. 273-317). Toronto, ON: University of  Toronto Press.

    Cameron, G. (2006). Basic choices in child and family welfare: Lessons from child protection, family service, and community caring systems (Kinderschutz gameinsam gestalten: § 8a SGB VIII - Schutzauftrag der Kinder - und Jugenhilfe). Beitrage zur Kinder - und Jugendhilfe, vol. 58.


de Boer, C. & Cameron, G. (Under review 2005). Seige and response: Reception and benefits of residential children’s mental health services for parents and siblings. Child and Youth care Forum.

Cameron, G. & Karabanow, J. (2003). The nature and effectiveness of program models for adolescents at risk of entering the formal child protection system. Child Welfare. 82(4), 443-474.

Hayward, K. & Cameron, G. (2002).Focussing intensive family preservation services: Patterns and consequences. Child and Youth Care Forum. 31(5), 341-356.

Frensch, K. &, Cameron, G. (2002). Treatment of choice or a last resort? A review of residential mental health placements for children and youth. Child and Youth Care Forum. 31(5), 307-339.

Cameron, G. (2002). Motivation to join and benefits from participation in Parent Mutual Aid Organizations. Child Welfare. 81(1), 33-57.

Cameron, G., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S. And Pierson, L. (2000). Parent mutual aid organizations in child welfare demonstration project: A report of outcomes. Child and Youth Services Review. 22(6), 421-440.

Cameron, G. & Cadell, S. (1999). Empowering participation in prevention programs for disadvantaged children and families. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 18(1), 105-122.

    de Boer, C., Cameron, G & Frensch, K. (January 2007). Seige and response: Reception and benefits of residential children’s mental health services for parents and siblings. Child and Youth care Forum. Online First, DOI, 10.1007/s10566-006-9028-5.

    Cameron, G. & Karabanow, J. (2003). The nature and effectiveness of program models for  adolescents at risk of entering the formal child protection system. Child Welfare. 82(4), 443-474.

    Hayward, K. & Cameron, G. (2002).Focussing intensive family preservation services: Patterns and consequences. Child and Youth Care Forum. 31(5), 341-356.

    Frensch, K. &, Cameron, G. (2002). Treatment of choice or a last resort? A review of residential mental health placements for children and youth. Child and Youth Care Forum. 31(5), 307-339.

    Cameron, G. (2002). Motivation to join and benefits from participation in Parent Mutual Aid Organizations. Child Welfare. 81(1), 33-57.

    Cameron, G., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S. And Pierson, L. (2000). Parent mutual aid organizations in child welfare demonstration project:  A report of outcomes. Child and Youth Services Review. 22(6), 421-440.


Research reports / monographs

    Cameron, G., Smit-Quosai, T. & Frensch, K. (2012). Improving community adaptation outcomes for youth graduating from residential mental health programs. Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 194pp. (www.wlu.ca/pcfproject).

    Cameron, G., Hazineh, L. & Frensch, K. (2010). Transforming frontline child welfare practice: the impact of institutional settings on services, employment envirnonments, children and families.  Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 65pp. (www.wlu.ca/pcfproject).

    Cameron, G., Frensch, K. M., Hazineh, L., & Preyde, M. (2008). Family. Waterloo,ON: Life Domain Research Report Series, Long Term Community Adaptation of Children/Youth in Children’s Mental Health Programs, Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 56pp. (www.wlu.ca/pcfproject).

    Hazineh, L., Frensch, K., & Cameron, G. (September 20, 2008). Social connections and community conduct. Waterloo, ON: Life Domain Report Series, Long Term Community Adaptation of Children/Youth in Children’s mental health Programs, Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 65pp. (www.wlu.ca/pcfproject).

    Frensch, K., Hazineh, L., & Cameron, G. (September 20, 2008). School and employment. Waterloo, ON: Life Domain Report Series, Long Term Community Adaptation of Children/Youth in Children’s mental health Programs, Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 43pp. (www.wlu.ca/pcfproject).

    Preyde, M., Cameron, G., Frensch, K. M., & Hazineh, L. (2008).  Health and Well-Being. Waterloo, ON: Life Domain Report Series, Long Term Community Adaptation of Children/Youth in Children’s mental health Programs, Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 65pp. (www.wlu.ca/pcfproject).

Frensch, K., Cameron, G., & Hazineh. (2005). A study of three community and school-based models of child welfare service delivery in Ontario: An exploration of parents’, service providers, and community experiences.Waterloo,ON: Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 52pp.

Cameron, G., Hazineh, L., & Frensch, K. (2005). Halton’s Children’s Aid Society school family services program: A school-based model of child welfare service delivery.Waterloo,ON: Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 68pp.

Hazineh, L., Cameron, G., & Frensch, K. (2005). Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County: A community-based model of child welfare service delivery. Waterloo,ON: Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 101pp.

Frensch, K., Cameron, G., & Hazineh, L. (2005). The Children’s Aid Society of Brant: A community-based model of child welfare service delivery. Waterloo,ON: Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 85pp.Cameron, G., & Hoy. (2003). Stories of mothers and child welfare. Waterloo,ON: Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 185pp.

Cameron, G., de Boer, C., Frensch, K., & Adams, G. (2003). Siege and response: Families everyday lives and experiences with children’s residential mental health services. Waterloo,ON: Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 176pp.

Frensch, G., & Cameron, G. (2003). Bridging or maintaining distance: A matched comparison of parent and service provider perceptions. Waterloo,ON: Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 102pp.

Cameron, G., Freymond, N., Cornfield, D. & Palmer, S. (2001). Positive possibilities for child and family welfare: Options for expanding the anglo-american child protection paradigm.Waterloo,ON: Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 107pp.

Frensch, K., Cameron, G. & Adams, G. (2001). Treatment of choice or a last resort? A review of residential mental health placements for children and adolescents. Waterloo,ON: Partnerships for Children and Families Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 66pp.

(As member of Core Research Team with Ray Peters as Research Director) (as revised in 2000) Developing capacity and competence in the Better Beginnings, Better Futures communities: Short-term findings report. Kingston, ON: Better Beginnings Research Coordination Unit, Queen’s University, 202pp.

Cameron, G. & Jeffery, H. (September 27, 1999). Finding a balance: Project organization in Better Beginnings, Better Futures. Kingston, ON: Better Beginnings research Coordination Unit, Queen’s University, 115pp.

Cameron, G., Hayward, K., Mckenzie, A., Hancock, K. & Jeffery, H. (September 28, 1999). Partnerships and programs: Service provider involvement in Better Beginnings, Better Futures. Kingston, ON: Better Beginnings research Coordination Unit, Queen’s University, 89pp.