Full Time Faculty

Tracie O. Afifi, PhD

Associate Professor
January 2016 Biography


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. In 2014, she was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2016 was granted tenure.

Recent Awards: Dr. Afifi is currently holds a CIHR New Investigator Award (2013-2018). In 2013, Dr. Afifi was the recipient of a Merit Award in Research from the University of Manitoba. Dr Afifi was also the 2013 recipient of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, Children’s Rights Support Award. 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. In 2014, Dr. Afifi received the Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Health Sciences category from the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation. Dr. Afifi was also named as one of CBC Manitoba Future 40 in 2016.

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 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and presented research findings in over 90 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 programs in Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Please contact her early in your planning for supervision opportunities.

 

 

 

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.
4. 2014 Rh Award for Scholarship and Research in the Health Sciences category from the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation.
5. Named as one of CBC Manitoba 2016 Future 40. This award highlights the province's next generation of leaders, builders, and change-makers under the age of 40.

 


Publications:

Maclean's Magazine Dec 2015

Wave Magazine August 2014


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