Our faculty

Kristen Cheney

Director
School of Child and Youth Care
Research areas: orphans/orphanhood, intercountry adoption, child institutionalization, youth with lived experience of care; humanitarianism, international child protection regimes, political economy of childhood and international development; adolescent/youth sexual and reproductive health and rights, children and assisted reproductive technologies; decolonizing and participatory research methods
Office: HSD B102b
Jessica Ball

Professor
School of Child and Youth Care

Research interests: Dr. Ball’s research interests include (but are not limited to): forced migration, refugee reintegration and resettlement, cultural ecologies of child development, identity documentation and family life in contexts of transnational labour migration, program evaluation, Indigenous early childhood development and early learning, Indigenous fatherhood, child and youth service workforce and policy development, speech and language development, arts-based and other qualitative research methods, and  community-engaged scholarship.

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Sandrina Carere

Professor
School of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Human and Social Development

Participatory, action-oriented, arts-based research and practice, Child-, youth- and community-led research and practice, Intersectional, anti-colonial, land-based frameworks, Critical girlhood, youth and feminist studies, Child welfare, foster care, kinship care

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Nicholas XEMŦOLTW̱  Claxton

Assistant Professor
School of Child and Youth Care
Research interests: Indigenous Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Research Methodologies, Indigenous Governance, Indigenous Resurgence, Land-Based Learning, Experiential Learning; Community Engaged Research
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Office: HSD B140
Samantha  Corrington

Assistant Teaching Professor
School of Child and Youth Care
Office: HSD B132
Alison Gerlach

Assistant Professor
School of Child and Youth Care
Research Interests: Equity-oriented system, organizational, practice changes in diverse early years and healthcare contexts, Indigenous and non-Indigenous children’s health, health equity, dis/abilities, adverse childhood experiences. Cultural safety and trauma- and violence-informed care. Critical, relational, and intersectional theorizing, mixed methods; community-based and participatory research.
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Shemine Gulamhusein

Assistant Professor
School of Child and Youth Care
Research interests: Exploring Muslim migration stories of belonging and identity; lived experiences of marginalized and minoritized people and communities; therapeutic recreational practices in community spaces; outdoor and solution-focused therapies; global perspectives of child, youth, family, and community research and practices; (auto)ethnographic methods; narrative inquiry; and community-arts-based methodologies.
Doris Kakuru

Associate Professor
School of Child and Youth Care
My research interests include: Violence in childhood with a focus on sexual violence in schools; Girlhood and gendered children’s rights; Adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights; Children and youth in urban poverty; Social context of education and child labour.
Office: B130
Doug Magnuson

Professor
School of Child and Youth Care
I am a member of teams working with and writing about data from Risky Business--a longitudinal study of street-involved youth, data from sex workers, and data from youth participants in outdoor adventure programs.
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Farah Mawani

Assistant Professor
School of Child and Youth Care
Research interests and supervision fields: Lived experience, community-led, community-embedded, trauma-informed, and decolonizing research approaches; knowledge synthesis; interdisciplinary quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research; implementation science; social and mental health inequities; macro-, community-, and family-level social determinants of mental health and well-being; systemic racism and discrimination as trauma; community responses to systemic racism and discrimination; migration and mental health; work environments and mental health; green space/blue space and mental health; walking peer support groups; intergenerational programs.
Shanne McCaffrey

Teaching Professor
School of Child and Youth Care

Interests include:  Land and Water based learning, teaching, and interconnectedness, Child Welfare, colonialism as a shared experience, environmental nurturing, preservation and activism, and sharing the land with non-human relatives.

Mandeep Kaur Mucina

Associate Professor
School of Child and Youth Care

Research interests: family violence, gender-based violence, understanding the role of trauma in migration, and exploring second-generation immigrant youth’s stories of resistance, identity, and encounters with racism in the diaspora, all from a feminist anti-racist, anti-colonial lens.

Bryan Silverman

Assistant Teaching Professor, Graduate Advisor
School of Child and Youth Care
Research Interests: Social context of education; multiculturalism; identity;
Jennifer H. White

Professor
School of Child and Youth Care

Research interests: Youth suicide prevention; ethics; discourses of professionalism; constructionist methodologies; collaborative research; narrative practices; professional development; praxis; pedagogy

Sarah Wright Cardinal

Assistant Professor
School of Child and Youth Care

Research interests:

Indigenous Resurgence
Intersectionality & identity development
Land and water-based Education
Wholistic Dimensions of Indigenous Wellness
Storied and community engaged research
Decolonization Praxis
Indigenous Child Welfare (historical and current)

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Jin-Sun Yoon

Teaching Professor
School of Child and Youth Care
Research interests: intersectional diversity training, cultural identity development, racialized settler/Indigenous relations.
On Leave