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
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.

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
Office: HSD B140
Samantha  Corrington

Assistant Teaching Professor
School of Child and Youth Care
Office: HSD B132
Sandrina de Finney

Professor
School of Child and Youth Care
Research interests: Child welfare, Indigenous customary caregiving and kinship care, 
Participatory, arts-based, land-based, child- youth- and community-led research and practices
Critical feminist, intersectional, anti-colonial, Indigenous frameworks
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.
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.
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.

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)

Jin-Sun Yoon

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