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 became a full-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba in 2010.
Dr. Afifi has developed two primary research interests in the areas of family 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. With regard to family violence, Dr. Afifi is interested in studying mental and physical health correlates of physical punishment, resilience following child maltreatment, and effective family violence 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, and the impact of parental gambling problems on children. Dr. Afifi has research funds available for students interested in working as a research assistant on family violence or gambling projects. Please contact her for further details.