Full Time Faculty
Dr. Joan Durrant - Biography

My research focuses on preventing physical maltreatment of children.  I have a particular interest in understanding why parents strike their children as punishment - and how to support them in adopting positive approaches to resolving conflict with their children.  My research has taken me many times to Sweden, where I have studied the history and implementation of the world's first ban on physical punishment, as well as Swedish parents' approaches to parenting. 

I also am interested in the role of social policy in preventing child maltreatment, particularly law, human rights frameworks and public education.  In collaboration with Save the Children, I have developed a program called, Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting (PDEP) that is being delivered in more than 30 countries.  My research on this program has been funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant and a grant from Grand Challenges:  Stars in Global Health.  I lead a research team with members from academia, non-governmental organizations and the public sector.  We are developing a rights-based cross-cultural approach to evaluating the impact of PDEP on parents' knowledge, beliefs and behaviour.

Adjunct Professor, Arthur V. Mauro Center for Peace and Justice

Ph.D. (1988) Child-Clinical Psychology
University of Windsor

Recent Awards:
2014    Children's Rights Supporter Award, Canadian Coalition for Children's Rights
2013    Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Glencore Trailblazers and Innovators Award, Women’s Executive Network (WXN)
2013    Human Rights Commitment Award, Manitoba Human Rights Commission.
2012    Health Promotion and Innovation Award of Excellence, Canadian Institute of Child Health.
2012    Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  Conferred by the Government of Canada.
2012    Health Promotion and Innovation Award of Excellence, Canadian Institute of Child Health
2011    YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Education, Training and Mentorship category
2011    Canadian Red Cross, Manitoba Chapter Power of Humanity Award:  Humanitarian of the Year
2010    Sgt. Ian Logan Memorial Award for Leadership in Child Abuse Prevention, Provincial Advisory Committee on Child Abuse
2007    Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Saunderson Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Manitoba
2006    Ted Freeman Award for Innovation in Education, Ontario Hospital Association. Awarded to the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth
2005    University of Manitoba Merit Award for Research
2005    University of Manitoba Outreach Award
2004    University of Manitoba Merit Award for Service

Dr. Joan Durrant

313C Human Ecology Building
35 Chancellor's Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-8060
Fax: 204-474-7592
E-mail: joan.durrant@umanitoba.ca