Jillian Roberts

Jillian Roberts
Office: MacLaurin A357

BA (Waterloo), BEd (Dalhousie), MEd (OISE Tor), PhD (Calgary), RPsych (BC)

Area of expertise

Educational Psychology (Special Education)

  • Multimedia applications in educational psychology and children's sexual education
  • Medically fragile school children
  • Concepts of quality of life
  • Psychology of the individual
  • Program planning
  • Ethics and qualitative research methodology

Dr. Roberts in the past, has worked primarily in the area of medically fragile children, and she is striving to better understand their quality of life experiences and how to best support them in the education system. Her current research interests include multimedia applications in educational psychology and children's sexual education. She is highly interested in qualitative research methodologies. Dr. Roberts works primarily with graduate students and those who wish to be teachers in schools. She is the co-author of three books: School Children with HIV/AIDS, Disclosing HIV/AIDS to Children, and Starting a Conversation: School Children with Congenital Heart Disease.

Dr. Roberts also developed "The Facts of Life" software application which is available on iTunes and Google Play, in both English and Chinese.

Multimedia Applications

Roberts, J. (2013). The Facts of Life. Developed for both iOS and Android platforms. Is available in English and Simplified Chinese.

Refereed Articles

Rickwood, R.R., Roberts, J., Batten, S., Marshall, A., & Massie, K. (2004). "Empowering high-risk clients in attaining greater quality of life: A career resiliency framework." Journal of Employment Counselling, 41, 99-104.

Roberts, J., Mortimer, T., Massie, K., Maxwell, L., Sinclair, B., Ross, S., et al. (2004). "Listen to me! Involving children and families living with congenital heart disease in the research process." Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 19, 186-191.

Roberts, J., Massie, K., Mortimer, T., & Maxiwell, L. (2005). "School children with congenital heart disease: Quality of life and policy implications." Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 23(2), 69-92.

Edgington, K., & Roberts, J. (2005, May). "Serving youth with physical deformity in Canadian schools: Ethical guidelines for non-discriminatory practice" [28 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line journal], 6(2), Art. 44.

Roberts, J., Mortimer, T., Mish, S., Kerns, K., Jagdis, F., & MacMath, S. (2005). “The experiences and recommendations of families with children who have congenital toxoplasmosis.” Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 24, 23-39.

Elliott, T., & Roberts, J. (2005). "Families of children with chronic illness: A review of the literature." Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 20, 72-82.

MacMath, S., Roberts, J., Martin, J., & Hayashi, A. (2005). "A Theoretical Model for the Qualitative Analysis of Disfigurement Adjustment." International Journal of the Humanities, 3(2), 85-90.

Roberts, J. (2005). “Facing the challenge:  Teaching school children with congenital heart disease.” International Journal of the Humanities, 3(3), 111-116.

Roberts, J., MacMath, S., English, M., Martin, J., Hayashi, A., & Sigalet, D. (2006). "Body disfigurement and the quality of life of adolescents with pectus excavatum: Effects of the Nuss procedure." Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 24(2), 21-46.

Roberts, J., Maxwell, L., MacMath, S., Massie, K., Olivotto, I., Parker, C., et al. (2006). "The experiences of elderly women who underwent radio frequency ablation to treat their breast cancer." Qualitative Health Research, 12, 762-772.

Roberts, J. & MacMath, S. (2006). “Providing guidance for school personnel making decisions in the service of school children with congenital heart disease.” Exceptionality Education Canada, 16(2), 59-72.

Moore, J., & Roberts, J. (2007). “Experiences of new teachers in inclusive classrooms in BC.” Exceptionality Education Canada, 17(3), 61-84.

MacMath, S., Roberts, J., Wallace, J., Xiachong, Chi. (2010). "Curriculum integration and at-risk students: a Canadian case study examining student learning and motivation." British Journal of Special Education. 37(2), 87-94.

Litster, K., & Roberts, J. (2010). The self-concepts and perceived competencies of  gifted and non-gifted students: A meta-analysis. Journal of  Research in Special Educational Needs, 1-11.

Roberts, J., & Whiting C. (2011). Caregivers of school children with epilepsy: Findings of a Phenomenological study. British Journal of Special Education, 38(4), 169-177.

Rasumssen, L., Haggith, K., & Roberts, J. (2012). Transition to Adulthood, Moving Needs Into Practice: A Canadian Community Partnership Response to New Adult Service Needs for Individuals with Disabilities. Relational Child and Youth Practice, 25(3), 29-38.

Roberts, J., & Whiting-McKinnon C. (2012). Children with Epilepsy: a review of the international literature using a quality of life lens. British Journal of Special Education, 39(4), 194-200.

Whiting-McKinnon C., & Roberts, J.,(2012). The school experiences of children with epilepsy: A phenomenological study. Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 31(2), 18-34.

Non-Refereed Articles

Roberts, J. (2000). “Canadian families with HIV/AIDS: Recommendations for public schools.” Connections 2000, 23-29.

Roberts, J. (2002).  “Congenital heart disease: What we know and what we still need to know.” PsyPAG Quarterly, 44, 50-53.

Scholarly Monograph/Book

Roberts, J. & Cairns, K. (1999). School Children with HIV/AIDS. Calgary: Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

DeMatteo, D. & Roberts, J. (2001). Disclosing HIV/AIDS to Chldren: The Paths We Take. Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

Roberts, J., & MacMath, S. (2006). Starting a conversation: School children with congenital heart disease. Detselig Enterprises Ltd.