The Childhood Adversity and Resilience (CARe) Research Team: Collaborators & Affiliate Members

Local Collaborators:

Jitender Sareen

Jitender Sareen, MD FRCPC

Position: Professor & Head
Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba
Biography: Dr. Sareen is the Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, Medical Director for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Mental Health Program and Provincial Co-Lead of the Mental Health Addictions Team for Shared Health.  Dr. Sareen holds the rank of Professor of Psychiatry in the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology and Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

 


Murray Enns

Murray W. Enns, BSc., BSc (Med), MD FRCPC

Position: Professor
Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba
Biography:
Dr. Enns is a Professor in the UM Department of Psychiatry, and the Medical Director of the Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Winnipeg. He is an author of 160 peer reviewed publications in the areas of depression, anxiety, suicide, and post-traumatic stress. Dr. Enns was formerly the Head of the UM Department of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the WRHA Mental Health Program (2006 to 2016).

 


Laurence Y. Katz, BA, MD, FRCPC

Position: Professor and Head, Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Mental health, Health Sciences Centre
Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba
Biography: Dr. Katz is a Professor and Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. He received his medical and adult psychiatric training at the University of Manitoba and his child and adolescent psychiatry training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx N.Y. He holds and has held numerous grants and is widely published in the area of suicide and suicidal behavior using both clinical outcome research and administrative databases.


Marni Brownell

Marni Brownell, PhD

Position: Professor, Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of Research
Affiliation: Department of Community Health Sciences, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba
Biography: Marni Brownell is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of Research at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. She uses administrative health and social services databases to examine child health and well-being, with a particular focus on social influences on health. She currently leads projects focusing on First Nations and Metis child health and development, the health and well-being of children in the child welfare and justice systems, and evaluations of programs designed to improve child development, family functioning and health equity. 


Mariette Chartier, RN, PhD

Position: Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences & Research Scientist
Affiliation: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba


Nathan C. Nickel, MPH PhD

Position: Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences & Research Scientist
Affiliation: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba


leslie roosDr. Leslie Roos, PhD

Position: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba
Biography: Dr. Leslie E. Roos is a clinical scientist who aims to support children facing chronic stress by developing targeted programs that build dual-generation capacities. Dr. Roos takes a multi-modal approach across epidemiological, stress neurobiology, and parent-child interaction methods to understand the intergenerational transmission of stress and identify opportunities for intervention. She is currently leading the Building Regulation in Dual Generations (BRIDGE) program as a candidate intervention designed to support maternal self-regulation and buffer children’s neurobiology from the effects of stress. Dr. Roos consults with the Frontiers of Innovation at the Harvard Centre on the Developing Child and is the chair of the Academic Research Committee at the Until the Last Child Foundation. She completed her clinical residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health received her PhD from the University of Oregon. She co-directs the Hearts and Minds lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba.


Corey MacKenzieCorey S. Mackenzie, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Position: Professor of Clinical Psychology
Affiliation: University of Manitoba Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry
Biography: Corey’s research, clinical, and teaching interests focus on older adults’ mental health. Three lines of research, that are being explored in his Mental Health and Aging laboratory, are investigating ways of improving the mental health of older individuals. Using both primary quantitative and qualitative methods, and secondary analyses of national population surveys, research in his lab aims to: (a) understand how age affects mental health, (b) enhance older adults’ access to mental health services, and (c) help individuals cope with stress when caring for older adults with dementia.


Renee El-Gabalawy

Renée El-Gabalawy, MA PhD

Position: Assistant Professor and Staff Psychologist
Affiliation: Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba
Biography: Dr. El-Gabalawy is a clinician-scientist at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Health, Anxiety and Trauma Laboratory. She is cross-appointed between the Departments of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Clinical Health Psychology, with adjunct appointments in Psychology and Psychiatry. Her research is focused on 1) the mental health impact of medical trauma, 2) interventions aimed at improving health outcomes following medical trauma, and 3) the impact of anxiety and trauma-related disorders on physical health and chronic pain.


National Collaborators:

Harriet MacMillan

Harriet MacMillan, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Position: Distinguished University Professor
Affiliation: Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences and Pediatrics, McMaster University
Biography: Harriet MacMillan is a psychiatrist and pediatrician conducting family violence research.  She is a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies, Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and Pediatrics at McMaster University and holds the Chedoke Health Chair in Child Psychiatry.  Harriet was the founding Director of the Child Advocacy and Assessment Program, a multidisciplinary program at McMaster Children’s Hospital that addresses the needs of children experiencing maltreatment.  Her research focuses on the epidemiology of violence against children and women; she has led trials evaluating approaches to prevent child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. 


Gordon AsmundsonGordon J. G. Asmundson, PhD

Position: Full Professor and Registered Doctoral Psychologist
Affiliation: University of Regina
Biography: Gordon J. G. Asmundson, Ph.D., is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist and Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina. He received his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1991, completed postdoctoral training from 1991-1993, and in 2005-2006 trained as a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Development Editor of Clinical Psychology Review and serves on the editorial boards for nine other journals. His research and clinical interests are in assessment and basic mechanisms of fear, the anxiety and related disorders, and chronic pain, and the association of these with each other, maladaptive coping, and disability. Dr. Asmundson has published 325 peer-reviewed journal articles, 70 book chapters, and 8 books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2009) and has received the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Donald O. Hebb Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Psychology (2014), the CPA Traumatic Stress Section Award for Excellence in Psychology of Traumatic Stress (2018), the Canadian Pain Society Distinguished Career Award (2018), as well as a number of early career awards.


Christine WekerleDr. Christine Wekerle, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Position: Associate Professor, Pediatrics
       Associate Member, Offord Centre for Child Studies
       Editor-in-Chief, Child Abuse & Neglect
Affiliation: McMaster University
Biography: Dr. Christine Wekerle is an Associate Professor, Pediatrics, and Associate Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  She is Editor-in-Chief of the premier international journal, Child Abuse & Neglect, and founding editor of the open access journal, International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience. Her new book with colleagues, Childhood Maltreatment (2nd Ed.), is targeted to those whose practice engages them in the issues of child maltreatment. Her research focuses on youth who have had adverse childhood experiences, their mental health, and resilience.  Her current team grant focuses on the impact of sexual violence victimization among male youth and young adults, seeking to understand components of resilience and developing intervention innovations. She has recently developed an app to support daily resilient functioning. She can be reached via email (wekerc@mcmaster.ca) and on Twitter @DrWekerle.


Dr. Kathy Georgadies, PhD

Position: Associate Professor     
Affiliation: Offord Centre for Child Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University


Andrea Gonzalez, PhD

Position: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Offord Centre for Child Studies, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Biography:  Dr. Gonzalez' research program focuses on the developmental consequences of early life adversity; the impact of traumatic experience on brain development, behavioural outcomes and health; the intergenerational transmission of risk; and evaluating evidence-based preventive interventions. She is a lead investigator, or co-leads several randomized controlled trials assessing the effectiveness of preventive interventions with high risk populations of young families including the Triple P, the Nurse Family Partnership, the Family Check Up, and SafeCare®; where both behavioural and biological measures from mothers and their children (ages 0-6 years) are collected within the context of evidence-based interventions.


Melissa KimberDr. Melissa Kimber, BSW, BA, MSW, PhD

Position: Assistant Professor     
Affiliation: Offord Centre for Child Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Biography: Dr. Kimber is a clinician-scientist whose program of work examines the independent and intersecting antecedents and outcomes of child maltreatment and mental disorders among children adolescents; she has a special interest in eating disorders, emotion processing, emotional maltreatment, children’s exposure to intimate partner violence, as well as the developmental and contextual influences of these experiences. Paralleling these areas of inquiry, is a line of work focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of preventative interventions for disordered eating and child maltreatment.


Lil Tonmyr, MSW, PhD

Team Lead Family Violence Surveillance
Public Health Agency of Canada
Biography: Lil Tonmyr, MSW, PhD, is a senior researcher with the Public Health Agency of Canada and adjunct research professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University. She is responsible for the development and implementation of child maltreatment surveillance systems. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of family violence, including the prevention of child maltreatment and associated harm. She co-chairs the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s (ISPCAN) Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection. She serves on the editorial boards of Child Maltreatment and Child Abuse and Neglect.


Nicholas CarletonR. Nicholas Carleton, Ph.D., R.D. Psych.

Position: Professor of Psychology
Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Regina
Biography: Carleton is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Scientific Director for the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment. He researches trauma-related disorders and factors. His research is funded through awards, grants, and contracts from sources including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Government of Canada. Carleton is principal investigator for the RCMP Longitudinal PTSD Study. He has published 140+ peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and encyclopaedia entries, has completed 360+ national and international presentations, and received several prestigious awards. He enjoys teaching and supervision, and he maintains a small private practice for military and public safety personnel.


Andrea Gonzalez, PhD

Position: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Offord Centre for Child Studies, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Biography:  Dr. Gonzalez' research program focuses on the developmental consequences of early life adversity; the impact of traumatic experience on brain development, behavioural outcomes and health; the intergenerational transmission of risk; and evaluating evidence-based preventive interventions. She is a lead investigator, or co-leads several randomized controlled trials assessing the effectiveness of preventive interventions with high risk populations of young families including the Triple P, the Nurse Family Partnership, the Family Check Up, and SafeCare®; where both behavioural and biological measures from mothers and their children (ages 0-6 years) are collected within the context of evidence-based interventions/


International Collaborators:

Murray Stein, MD

Position: Distinguished Professor
Affiliation: University of California, San Diego


Melissa Merrick

Affiliation: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Ben MathewsBen Mathews, LLB, BA(Hons), PhD

Position: Professor
Affiliation: School of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, QUT
Director, Childhood Adversity Research Program, Faculty of Health, QUT
Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Biography:  Professor Mathews has published 3 books, 18 government reports, 75 refereed articles and book chapters, and 20 law reform submissions on child welfare.  He conducts multidisciplinary and empirical research into how legal and social systems prevent, detect, and respond to child abuse and neglect, within a framework of law, public health and children’s rights.  He has special expertise in the nature and effect of mandatory reporting laws, child sexual abuse within and beyond institutional contexts, and reform of law, policy and regulatory systems.  His research focuses on the impact of law and policy in lived experience, and the study of law and policy as an agent of change. 


Katie portsKatie A. Ports, PhD

Position: Behavioral Scientist
Affiliation: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Biography: Katie Ports, PhD, is a Behavioral Scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She received her doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Her major research interests include examining risk and protective factors for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in order to identify and improve evidence-based prevention strategies that address health outcomes and inequities across the lifespan.