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Associate Professor, Psychology
Areas of Expertise: Education; Early childhood education and care; Immigration; Multiculturalism; Psychological sense of community, belonging, and attachment, alienation; Research design and methods;
Biography: My research concerns the topic of community and education. Currently I am conducting studies on early childhood care and education in Canada, Madagascar, and Lao People's Democratic Republic, school- and community-based programs for girls in Canada, and…
519-884-0710 ext.Ext. 2858
Areas of Expertise: Community psychology and community mental health - prevention and mental health; Promotion programs for children and youth; Community development; Self-help/mutual aid; Housing for people with mental health problems
Biography: Geoffrey Nelson is Professor of Psychology and at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. He has served as Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health and Chair of the Community Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological…
(519) 884-0710 ext.3314
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work; Director Social Innovation Research Group; Director, Manulife Centre for Community Health Research
Areas of Expertise: University/community collaboration; Organizational change and diversity; Co-operatives and the social economy; Domestic violence; Aboriginal issues; Working with survivors of war and torture
Biography: Dr. Lafrenière teaches Master's and Ph.D. level courses in research methods, diversity, community development and social change. She is the founding director of the Social Innovation Research Group (S.I.R.G) which is a research and training incubator…
Associate Professor - On Sabbatical Jan 1/15-Jan 1/16
Areas of Expertise: Local/community economic development; Urban revitalisation; Cartography and geographic information science; Instructional technologies;
Associate Professor, Associate Dean: Aboriginal Field of Study
Areas of Expertise: Indigenous knowledges, culture and history; Indigenous community based practice; Indigenous research methodologies; Indigenous history in Canada; Residential schools, child welfare and mental health
Biography: Kathy Absolon is Anishinaabe kwe from Flying Post First Nation and teaches in the Aboriginal Field of Study. She has a background in Indigenous studies and Aboriginal social work practice. Kathy teaches holistic healing practices and…
Areas of Expertise: Oaths, Oath Refusal; Pledges and Vows: Citizenship, Religious, Military, Loyalty and Allegiance, Environmental; Mennonites: Faith, History and Community; History of Christianity; Religion and War and Peace; Global Conflict and Disarmament; Global Citizenship and Ethics; International Humanitarian Law
Biography: Edmund Pries was born into a refugee family. His parents were born in Ukraine/USSR, Edmund was born in Paraguay, and all six of his younger siblings were born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Being born into a globalized family environment helped him understand…
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
Areas of Expertise: Evolutionary Game Theory; Plant Ecology; Foraging Ecology; Community ecology
Biography: I am an ecologist who uses evolutionary game theory to understand plant-plant interactions and community structure. I tend to view most ecological interactions as a foraging game. …