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 2015-2016

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 a Research Facilitator at the University of Manitoba. She is affiliated with the Faculties of Education and Social Work, but is also available to work with any university faculty members who wish to apply for research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as well as other public and private funders.

Dr. Joyce Slater is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, both at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include community food and nutrition security, the role of food literacy in well-being and human ecology, nutrition surveillance, socio-environmental influences on food choice, and utilization-focused evaluation methods in community nutrition.

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 a Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Environment and Health Risk Communication in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Michelle’s 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.  To learn more about her research, click here to view videos that her lab has produced.

Dr. Maria Medved is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Concerned with the human right to health, Dr. Medved explores questions related to disabled people's experiences with social justice and change in her clinical psychological research. She focuses on people whose voices and perspectives are often ignored or neglected in healthcare—including First Nations people, people with cognitive impairments, people with developmental disabilities, and, in general, all patients who have to cope with health institutions. Medved is involved in interdisciplinary research collaborations that share her value of the human right to health. Her community partners include First Nation communities, the Manitoba Brain Injury Association and the Burn Survivor Group.

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. Before assuming the position of Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) she served as Associate Vice-President (Research), prior to this she served for 4 years as Associate Dean (Research and Faculty Development) in the Faculty of Arts, and for 12 years as the Coordinator of the Faculty’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Dr. Ristock is a Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and an Adjunct Professor in Anthropology, Family Social Sciences, and Disability Studies. Dr. Ristock is an internationally recognized community-based researcher. Her scholarly work centers on community well-being and social justice, with a particular focus on the intersecting areas of gender and sexuality, interpersonal violence, and HIV/AIDS and stigma. Her research has been supported by various sources, including SSHRC and CIHR, and has been widely disseminated.

Dr. Roberta L. Woodgate is a Professor in the College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences and a research scientist for the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Applied Chair in Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Services and Policy Research. Dr. Woodgate’s research is focused on meeting the psychosocial needs of children and youth (young people) in three priority areas of study: 1) young people living with chronic physical and mental illness; 2) young people living with disabilities and complex health needs; and 3) promoting health and access to healthcare for young people. 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. In all her research, Dr. Woodgate strives to ensure that the voices of young people are accurately represented by adopting innovative research approaches that include the use of art and technology. She has expertise in qualitative and participatory research, arts-based research, knowledge translation activities, and research ethics. Over the years she has garnered research grants/awards totaling over $7M. Currently she is the principal investigator on: three CIHR funded projects involving youth with anxiety disorders, Aboriginal youth with HIV and African newcomer families; one Research Manitoba funded project focused on improving access and quality of mental health resources for youth through implementation of a Shared, Stepped Care approach; and a study funded by the Canadian Hemophilia Society focused on children living with hemophilia and their families.

Student Representatives

The QRP student representatives include Sulaye Thakrar (see above) and Katherine Kenyon.

Katherine Kenyon is an MA Candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include violence in intimate relationships, power dynamics in intimate relationships, empowerment, and anxiety disorders. Her honours research examined the effect of age at onset on the severity of child OCD symptoms. For her Master's thesis, she will conduct a qualitative study of the empowerment experiences of women living in domestic violence shelters.