Advisory Committee


Dr. Kerstin Stieber Roger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences (Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences) at the University of Manitoba. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education and a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from the University of Toronto. She has previously been certified as a Clinical Psychotherapist and Supervisor in Ontario and was in private practice for several years in downtown Toronto. Current research questions focus on the family and community interfacing with the health care system and social services with content in aging (and HIV, health care literacy, families and caregiving, older men and depression, abuse of older adults), as well as social aspects of living with a neurological condition across the lifespan. Dr. Roger has been a Principal Investigator on multi-site nationally funded research (e.g. PHAC, SSHRC, Movember, federal government), as well as conducting provincial and regionally funded research. She has worked on international collaborations, local not-for-profit community initiatives, and continues to co-author and engage graduate students in her research. She is the founder and Director of the Qualitative Research Group (QRG), a community of practice that consists of over 200 members across Canada and internationally.

Special Projects Team 2015-2018

A small group of researchers (listed below) has come together to complete two short-term projects to be completed during this academic year.  Details of these projects will be announced within the next several months.

Dr. Tracey A. Bone is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. Many of her areas of specialization relate to deaf difference, mental health, adult criminal justice, and interpersonal communication skills.

Dr. Tuula Heinonen is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. Many of her areas of specialization relate to human rights issues, including violence against women, gender relations and international social development.

Dr. Karen D. Schwartz is the Faculty Relations Officer at the University of Manitoba. She is a qualitative researcher who focuses on better understanding the ways in which everyday and professional discourses circulating in North American society marginalize people with intellectual disabilities and profoundly affect their lives.

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Dr. Joyce Slater is an Associate Professor of Community Nutrition in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, at the University of Manitoba where she teaches food and nutrition education, and public health nutrition.  Joyce uses mixed methods and participatory approaches to conduct research on the role of food literacy in well-being; food and nutrition security; and nutrition surveillance.  Her research has been funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Home Economics Foundation.  Joyce is also a Registered Dietitian who worked in various public health organizations for 18 years before obtaining her PhD and joining the University of Manitoba.  Joyce is a member of the new Winnipeg Food Council, representing research.

Student representative Sulaye Thakrar, PhD Candidate

Advisory Members

The Advisory members of the QRG include the director, members from the Special Projects Team, and several other researchers at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Michelle Driedger is currently a Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Environment and Health Risk Communication, in the Department of Community Health Sciences.  Michelle’s broad areas of research interests include public and health risk communication, risk perception, and knowledge translation under conditions of uncertainty. Equally embedded in this program of research is the role that trust plays in the individual or organization that is doing the communication. Drawing primarily on qualitative methods, her research focus involves the study of how new and emerging risk controversies develop in science, policy and public forums. She is particularly interested in how risk communicators can meaningfully engage public audiences to enable informed decisions about risk recommendations. Her research explores these aspects with both general population and Metis contexts.  She has a number of funded research projects looking at public risk communication concerning pandemic H1N1, as well as looking at how decision-makers navigate uncertainty in policy decisions involving different cancer control and Multiple Sclerosis treatments.

Dr. Jacquie Ripat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba. She has two main areas of research and teaching. The first area is focused on understanding the interaction between people who use assistive technologies and their environments. The intended outcome of this work is to develop and implement ways to use assistive technology, and to modify environments, in order to promote community participation of people with disabilities. In the second area, she concentrates on understanding and facilitating occupational therapists’ and occupational therapy students’ ability to be client-centred at individual client, practice environment, and systems levels.

Dr. Janice Ristock obtained her BA (hons) at the University of Manitoba, MA in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Guelph and PhD in Community Psychology at the University of Toronto (OISE). Before assuming the position of Vice‐Provost (Academic Affairs), she was the Associate Vice-President (Research) in the Vice-President (Research and International) office, the Associate Dean (Research and Faculty Development) in the Faculty of Arts and served as Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program for twelve years. Dr. Ristock is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Disability Studies Program. Her scholarly work reflects an overarching focus on community mental health and social justice. Her research is in three intersecting areas: gender and sexuality; interpersonal violence; and HIV and social stigma. She has gained international recognition for her research on violence in same‐sex relationships and feminist community‐based research methodologies. She has authored, co‐authored or co‐edited numerous books, chapters, journal articles and government reports. She serves on several editorial boards and peer‐reviews for journals and funding agencies both nationally and internationally. Dr. Ristock received an Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Interdisciplinary Research and an Outreach Award from the University of Manitoba. She also received a YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, as well as a book award for No More Secrets: Violence in Lesbian Relationships from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association for making a distinguished contribution to psychology.

Dr. Roberta L. Woodgate is a Professor at the University of Manitoba in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and a research scientist with the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Reproductive and Child Health Services and Policy Research. Her research program,  IN•GAUGE, embraces a dynamic approach to: involve children, youth and families; interact with researchers and knowledge users in the research, intervention and evaluation process; and be innovative in the use and exchange of knowledge with the combined goal of improving health care and access to care for children and youth. Her program is infused by an approach to knowledge inquiry that is grassroots, embedded in the needs, experiences and practices of children, youth and their families experiencing health challenges, as well as the needs, barriers and gaps that exist for health care providers, knowledge users and decision makers. She embraces a rights-based approach to research that recognizes that the voices of children and youth have in the past been silenced in research and in the decisions affecting their lives, including their health, and advocates for an approach that recognizes that children and youth are key actors in their own development, with the right to participate in decisions that affect them in accordance with their evolving capacities. In this regard, children and youth are key participants in the research process, contributing to the development, translation and exchange of knowledge. Alongside more traditional approaches to knowledge translation (KT), such as publications and presentations, Roberta also engages in innovative KT strategies, including arts-based approaches such as photography, participatory film, YouTube videos and dance.