• Portrait of Caroline Piotrowski.
  • Associate professor 

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Department of Community Health Sciences
    217 Human Ecology Building, Fort Garry Campus
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

    Phone: 204-474-8053
    caroline.piotrowski@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Effects of exposure to intimate partner violence
  • Injury and violence prevention
  • Post-traumatic growth in children
  • Sibling relationships
  • Trauma and resilience in children and youth

Keywords

  • Child injury
  • Exposure to violence
  • Sibling relationships
  • Trauma-informed

Research affiliations

Research groups

  • Scientific committee, The Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR)
  • Allied Health and Nursing Professional Committee, International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA)

Research summary

Dr. Caroline Piotrowski has studied sibling relationships in a variety of family situations, including adverse circumstances such as intimate partner violence and chronic illness of a family member.

Her work has examined parental intervention into sibling conflict, sibling aggression, sibling prosocial behaviour and support, as well as sibling supervision and child injury.

She has utilized mixed methods approaches such as naturalistic observation, focus groups, photovoice and digital storytelling to investigate factors that influence the health and well-being of children and youth.

She is currently lead investigator on a CIHR-funded project investigating the efficacy of an intervention adapted specifically for Indigenous mothers and children who have experienced intimate partner violence.

She is also involved in projects examining resilience in Indigenous youth, the psychosocial adjustment of siblings in families with a chronic illness, and the long term influences of childhood exposure to intimate partner violence on adult siblings.

Biography

Dr. Caroline Piotrowski is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.

She takes an interdisciplinary approach in her research that combines developmental psychology, health promotion, and implementation science perspectives.

She has studied the influence of sibling relationships in adverse circumstances across the life course. She has used mixed methods approaches to study risk and resilience in children and youth that include naturalistic observation, focus groups, photovoice and digital storytelling. She has led and contributed to national and international research teams concerning child injury prevention, safety promotion, and violence prevention.

Dr. Piotrowski has teaching expertise in family health, family conflict, trauma- and violence-informed approaches to care, and trauma and resilience in children and youth.

Education

  • Master of public health, health promotion and behavioral sciences, San Diego State University (2007)
  • Doctor of philosophy, human development and family studies, Pennsylvania State University (1993)
  • Master of arts, developmental psychology, University of Waterloo (1989)
  • Bachelor of arts (honours), early childhood education and care specialization, University of Waterloo (1987)

Awards

  • Violence Prevention Fellowship; University of California San Diego (2002-04)
  • University of Manitoba Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)
  • University of Manitoba Merit Award for Excellence in Service (2014)

Contact us

Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada

204-789-3655