Full Time Faculty

Tracie O. Afifi, PhD, Associate Professor


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 and in 2014 was promoted to Associate Professor.

Research: Dr. Afifi has developed two primary research interests in the areas of child maltreatment (including child abuse, neglect, physical punishment, and exposure to intimate partner violence) and problem gambling. She has used population-based data from Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands to investigate mental and physical health correlates of both family violence and problem gambling. Dr. Afifi has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and presented research findings in over 65 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 studying mental and physical health correlates of physical punishment, protective factors related to resilience following child maltreatment, and effective child maltreatment interventions. In the area of problem gambling, Dr. Afifi is interested in studying gender differences related to problem gambling, the incidence of problem gambling and trends over time, the impact of parental gambling problems on children, and the relationship between family violence and problem gambling.

Dr. Afifi is currently accepting students in the graduate program in Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She also has research funds available for experienced students interested in working as a research assistant on child maltreatment and gambling projects. Please contact her for further details.


Afifi, Tracie
Rank: Associate Professor
Credentials: BSc, MSc, PhD
Phone:  204-272-3138
Email: Tracie.Afifi@umanitoba.ca

Recent Awards:

1. CIHR New Investigator Award (2013-2018)
2. Merit Award in Research from the University of Manitoba (2013)
3. Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, Children’s Rights Support Award (2013) - 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.


Wave Magazine August 2014

Selected Media Links:

1. CNN-Does spanking harm the black community
By Steven A. Holmes, September 18, 2014

2. The Globe and Mail - One in three Canadian has suffered child abuse, study says
By Gayle MacDonald, April 22, 2014


3. National Post - One-third of Canadians have suffered child abuse, highest rates in western provinces, study says
By Sarah Boesveld, April 22, 2014

4. CTV News
One in three Canadian adults experienced child abuse: study
By Marlene Leung, April 22, 2014

5. Dr. Drew talks spanking, mental illness study
By Dan Schenek, July 3, 2012


6. CNN - Can spanking cause mental illness?
By Dr. Jennifer Shu, July 2, 2012

7. TIME Magazine - Hitting your kids increases their risk of mental illness
By Bonnie Rochman, July 2, 2012


8. CBC News - VLTs tied to problem gambling in women: study
January 20, 2010