Max Rady College of Medicine
Community Health Sciences
S113-750 Bannatyne Ave
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2
Dr. Afifi’s primary research interests are in the areas of child maltreatment and mental health with a focus on resilience, intervention and prevention.
Her work focuses on protective factors related to better outcomes for children and adults following childhood adversity as well as primary prevention of child maltreatment. She has also conducted research to advance knowledge related harms and prevention of spanking.
In addition, Dr. Afifi is leader in the field of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Dr. Afifi has also conducted work to understand trauma among members of the Canadian Armed Forces and among public safety personnel.
Director, Childhood Adversity and Resilience (CARe) Research Team
Member, Manitoba Population Mental Health Research Group
Member, Childhood Adversity Research Program at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia
Member, Canadian Institute of Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) Academic, Research and Clinical (ARC) Network
Research scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)
President, Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology
Dr. Tracie Afifi is a professor in community health sciences and psychiatry at the University of Manitoba. She is also a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Childhood Adversity and Resilience. Her work has informed health policy and legislative changes at the national and international levels.
Dr. Afifi’s primary research interests are in the areas of child maltreatment and mental health with a focus on resilience, intervention and prevention. She has published over 175 peer-reviewed journal publications and has over 175 conference presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Afifi is also an associate editor of Child Abuse & Neglect.
Dr. Afifi’s work has generated global media attention, including CNN, Headline News, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, CBC, CTV, Global TV, Canada AM, TIME, USA Today, Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Globe and Mail.
PhD, University of Manitoba (2009)
Master of Science, University of Manitoba (2003)
Bachelor of Science, University of Manitoba (1999)
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 (2013).
Merit Award in the Research, Scholarly Work, and Creative Activities Category from the University of Manitoba and University of Manitoba Faculty Association (2013)
Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Health Sciences category at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation (2014)
2016 CBC Manitoba Future 40 (2016)
Inducted Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (2017)
Merit Award in the Research, Scholarly Work, and Creative Activities Category from the University of Manitoba and University of Manitoba Faculty Association (2017)
Article of the Year in Child Abuse & Neglect (2017)
The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research from The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (2018)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Gold Leaf Prize for Early Investigator (2019-20)
The Alexander Leighton Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology (CAPE) and the Canadian Psychiatry Association (CPA)
Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leader Category, Women’s Executive Network’s Diversity Council of Canada (2021)
Dr. Afifi has been highlighted in UM publications Rady UM and UM Today. Follow the links to learn more.