Academic Background: Tracie Afifi received her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in 1999 and her Master of Science (MSc) in 2003 at the University of Manitoba. Her MSc thesis research focused on the relationship between child physical abuse and adolescent motherhood. In 2009, she completed her Doctorate in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Her dissertation research examined problem gambling among women in Canada. Following her PhD, Dr. Afifi did a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) post-doctoral fellowship studying behavioral-genetics analysis of posttraumatic stress disorder at the University of Regina and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Afifi joined the faculty in the Department of Community Health Sciences with a cross appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba in 2010. In 2014, she was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2016 was granted tenure.
Recent Awards: In 2013 and 2017, Dr. Afifi was the recipient of a Merit Award in Research from the University of Manitoba. Dr Afifi was also the 2013 recipient of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, Children’s Rights Support Award. This award is presented to an individual or group who has demonstrated exemplary efforts to respect the rights of children as described in the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child. In 2014, Dr. Afifi received the Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Health Sciences category from the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation. Dr. Afifi was also named as one of CBC Manitoba Future 40 in 2016. In 2017, Dr. Afifi was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College for New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. In 2018, Dr. Afifi was selected as the recipient of the Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research.
Research: Dr. Afifi’s primary research interest in the area of child maltreatment (including child abuse, neglect, physical punishment, and exposure to intimate partner violence). She has used population-based data from Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands to investigate mental and physical health correlates of child maltreatment. She has also conducted several studies to understand risk and protective factors related to child maltreatment and how to foster resilience. Dr. Afifi has published over 113 peer-reviewed journal publications and presented research findings in over 130 national and international conference proceedings. Dr. Afifi has participated in over 100 media interviews for print, radio, television, and social media resulting in over 1,500 known worldwide news stories. With regard to child maltreatment, Dr. Afifi is interested in furthering our understanding of protective factors related to resilience following child maltreatment, and effective child maltreatment prevention and intervention strategies.
Dr. Afifi is currently accepting students in the graduate programs in Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Please contact her early in your planning for supervision opportunities.