Dr. Régine U. King obtained her Ph.D. at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and her Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling Psychology and Community Development at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. King’s research interests include survivors of organized violence, including refugees and those who resettle where violence occurred, social inequities, cross-cultural mental health interventions and approaches to forgiveness and reconciliatory processes. She is also very interested in transnational research methodologies and ethics. King has extensive practice experience working in community-based mental health organizations in Canada and Rwanda.
Areas of specialization:
• cross-cultural mental health with a focus on mental health intervention,
• forgiveness and reconciliatory processes among survivors of organized violence,
• violence, including refugees and those who continue to live in post-conflict settings.
Examining the Factors that Influence the Mental Health of African Refugees after their Resettlement in Winnipeg
(Principal Investigator, Dr. Tuula Heinonen , Co-Investigator)
This study examines the perceptions of African refugees who resettled in Winnipeg about: a) their understanding of their mental health, b) the resources they use, and c) what they require to improve their mental health. A photovoice methodology is used to produce photographs and obtain their meanings through on-on-one interviews and focus groups.
Rebuilding Peaceful Societies: Evaluating the Impact of Post-Conflict Interventions on Reducing Violence against Women
This is a systematic review aimed at evaluating the impact and process of post-conflict interventions on reducing violence against women in post-conflict low-income countries.
Synthesizing indigenous and international social work theory and practice in Rwanda
(Dr. Susan McGrath, Principal Investigator, Dr. Regine King, Co-applicant.)
This project aims: (1) To identify the indigenous social work practices in post-genocide Rwanda; (2)To integrate indigenous practices with existing regional and global social work knowledge; (3) To educate the public about the role of social work in addressing psychosocial and economic needs in Rwanda; (4) To engage policy makers in discussions about policy changes that can address these needs; and, (5) To develop global knowledge principles that can be used in the education and training of social workers world-wide.
A community-based mental health intervention for maternal mental health in Rwanda
(Dr. Michaela Hynie, Principal Investigator, Dr. Regine King, Co-applicant.)
This project aims to improve the health and well-being of mothers in Rwanda by improving detection of those needing specialized care emphasizing prevention and building community capacity for support.