I studied at Columbia University, where I completed a BA in sociology (2001), an MPH in population and family health (2006), and an MSSW in Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice (2006). I received my PhD in social work from McGill University, where I was a Vanier Scholar from 2011-2014.
In addition to my position at Wilfrid Laurier University, I am Treatment Facilitator for the Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group, Faculty Affiliate for the Child Protection in Crisis (CPC) Learning Network based at Columbia University, and Research Associate for the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity.
My program of research focuses broadly on international child protection, ranging from micro-level understandings of the experiences of children and families affected by war to macro-level studies on child protection systems strengthening. My past research projects include an evaluation of psychosocial programs for children in Chechnya (2005) and northern Uganda (2008), a mapping of social work education in West and Central Africa (2014), and a place-based study on the experiences of Palestinian children and families living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (2014), and an eight-country baseline study to determine child protection practices and social service workforce needs in southeast Europe (2015-2016).
I am also the principal investigator for two research projects with families displaced by the war in Syria: (1) a qualitative study exploring the childrearing experiences of Syrian families, and (2) a SSHRC-funded mixed methods study investigating Syrian families’ well-being and mobility.
I am willing to supervise students interested in all aspects of global social welfare, specifically topics related to international child protection. Research assistantships related to these themes may also be available. Please contact me for more information.
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