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December 11, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Academic Partners

Below is a list of past and present research team members.

Dr. Gerald Adams,  Professor of Family Relations and Human Development in the Faculty of Family Studies and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph (retired). He has published more than 120 research journal articles and has edited and authored 21 books. He is managing editor of the Journal of Adolescent Research and senior series editor of an annual book series, Advances in Adolescent Development. His research interests include adolescent identity formation, family and school influences on social adjustment and academic success in addition to primary prevention and social skills programs that facilitate social support and personal well being. Dr. Adams has also helped to create several research organizations.

Dr. Gary Cameron  Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University has been the principal investigator for several major research and demonstration projects focusing on interventions with vulnerable children and families including studies of family support in child welfare, Parent Mutual Aid Organizations, intensive family preservation services, promising programs and organizational realities in child welfare, and project/program development in the Better Beginnings, Better Futures Prevention Project. He has authored numerous research reports, is the co-editor of two volumes on interventions with disadvantaged families, and has recently co-authored a book on promising programming in child welfare. His latest publications focus on program models for disadvantaged adolescents and program implementation and replication challenges.

Dr. Nick Coady Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University has social work practice experience in both children's mental health and child welfare. A particular interest in his publications is fostering positive helping relationships in working with individuals and families. His recent research includes an evaluation of a social support/mutual aid project for parents and an assessment of an intensive family preservation project for adolescents and their families.

Dr. Marshall Fine Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University has published numerous journal articles and book chapters about couple and family therapy. A specific interest is therapeutic relationships and issues of power and collaboration. His research includes a study of the experiences of participants and therapists in couple therapy. His scholarship is grounded in ongoing direct practice with couples and families.

Dr. Robert Gebotys, Associate Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University. Experienced in all methods of advanced statistical analyses, Dr. Gebotys teaches statistics at the graduate level and has acted in the capacity of statistical consultant for WLU for over 25 years. Additionally, Dr. Gebotys is a member of the editorial board for the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. His research interests include quantitative psychology, probability judgement and human decision-making in adults and children, and public attitudes towards sentencing.

Dr. Cheryl Harvey School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University (retired) has completed research examining the perceptions of human service managers in Ontario and Australia about best practices in management. She has also investigated the experiences of an organization being re-designed to adapt to service delivery and governance changes within its sector. A particular interest is excellence in human service organization design and management.

Dr. Sarah Maiter Faculty of Social Work, York University has more than 20 years of practice experience in child welfare and children's mental health settings. Her major work focuses on understanding the needs of members of diverse ethno-racial populations receiving child welfare services, barriers they encounter, and ways to develop services that are anti-oppressive and relevant. . She is currently conducting a pilot study exploring the experiences of South Asian families receiving child welfare services and has conducted a study titled, "Building Bridges: The Collaborative Development of Culturally Appropriate Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect for the South Asian Community".

Dr. Deena Mandell Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University has twelve years of diverse practice experience with families. She has a special interest in bridging clinical practice, community development and social policy issues. Her research includes investigations of child support compliance, an examination of the relationships between individual behaviour, legal responses and social adjustment, an evaluation of a multi-agency project to empower families in helping children at risk of abuse or neglect and an investigation of the support needs of families coping with chronic illness at home.

Dr. Sally Palmer Professor Emeritis, School of Social Work, McMaster University is an internationally recognized researcher and author on child welfare issues. Her major work focuses on ensuring the inclusion of families in their child's lives when the child has been placed in out-of-home care. Her empirical studies of workers' and agencies' interactions with these children's families reveal the lack of collaborative work between service providers and service participants.

Dr. S. Mark Pancer, Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University. Over the last several years, much of Dr. Pancer's research has focused on transition age youth. He was the lead researcher with the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, funded by Health Canada to coordinate research on young people's involvement in their communities. For the last 20 years, he has been one of the core researchers of the Better Beginnings, Better Futures project, a long-term primary prevention program funded by the Ontario government to reduce social, emotional, behavioral and physical problems in children and youth from economically disadvantaged communities. He has also conducted research on young offenders, and how they are affected by serving time in custody facilities. Dr. Pancer is an editorial board member for the Journal of Research on Adolescence and Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health.

Dr. Michele Preyde's main research interests centre on health, practitioner-researcher collaboration, and intervention effectiveness. Chief areas of inquiry include the psychosocial impact of mental and physical illness, exploratory and descriptive research with vulnerable people across the lifespan, and child and family well-being. Areas of research activity include an examination of the psychosocial outcomes of children and youth accessing mental health treatment centres, evaluation of interventions and adaptation. Hospital-based (acute care) studies concern psychosocial care for parents with hospitalized infants, risk assessment and discharge planning, and psychosocial oncology.  Dr. Preyde also serves on the Board of Directors for Family and Children’s Services in Guelph.

Dr. Carol Stalker Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University is the principal investigator on an ongoing SSHRC research project investigating the maintenance of gains in adults following treatment for child abuse trauma. She serves on the Board of Directors of a child welfare agency and has considerable practice experience in mental health and child welfare settings. Her research has included assessments of marital therapy and of group treatment of adult survivors of sexual abuse, a comparison of individual and group treatments for abused women, and collaborating with physical therapists to make their work more sensitive to the needs of survivors of child sexual abuse.