A Study of Clients’ and Staff Perspectives of the Guelph Assertive Community Treatment Team’s Use of Community Treatment Orders

This study will give voice to the experiences and opinions of men and women diagnosed with serious mental illness who are clients of the Guelph Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) and at the same time subject to Community Treatment Orders (CTOs). Instituted in 2005, CTOs require that individuals abide by certain conditions in order to live in the community; they are intended to provide comprehensive community support for these individuals such that admission to hospital is decreased. The study will also increase knowledge about how and why CTOs are used by service providers.

Capturing the Everyday Experience of Living with Alzheimer’s Disease: Ambulatory Assessment of Movement, Speech, and Sleep

While Alzheimer's disease (AD) is irreversible, strategies to slow functional decline associated with the disease have demonstrated effectiveness. A critical aspect of the recommended model of care is accurate and regular assessment of patient behaviour in everyday life, such as physical function and sleep quality. However, current clinical assessments rely heavily on patient or caregier observations to recall everyday behaviour, which may be unreliable and subject to bias.

Development and Piloting of Nationally Leading Curricula for Job Coach Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder

This project will develop, pilot and evaluate a training program for job coaches and other related support providers to person with Autism Spectrum Disorder, using several sequential steps, as follows. (1) We will conduct an environmental scan of existing job coach training curriculum. (2) We will present this information in focus groups across Alberta that include adults with autism, family members, job coahces, employes, and other key stakeholders that support the autism community and understand the role of, and potential issues for, job coaches in autism.

Assessing emergency shelter patterns to inform solutions to homelessness

The mandate of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness is to end homelessness in the Capital Region by 2018. Significant progress has been made, 162 units of supportive and 129 units of affordable housing have been built since 2009, yet homelessness remains a significant problem in Victoria, BC (Pauly et al., 2013). There continues to be a constant number of people using the emergency shelters annually (approximately 1650 for the past three years) and the number of people waiting for social housing has remained high (Pauly et al., 2013).

The Impact of Intervention on Struggling Adolescents’ Understanding of Self-in-Relationships

This project will be completed in partnership with Pine River Institute, a residential and wilderness treatment centre in Ontario for youths aged 13 – 19. I plan to investigate if/how Pine River Institute is able to help substance-addicted youth achieve the core developmental tasks of adolescence, including developing a healthy sense of self and healthy relationships with others. I am interested in the mechanism of change; that is, what is it about the program that helps accelerate development in the key areas of self and relationships.

Building Online Support for Parents of Youth and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This project aims to provide crucial and much needed knowledge in the area of "innovative social support resources" for parents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. To accomplish this, an online parent peer support group, facilitated by experienced  professionals, will be established. operated, and analyzed over a four month period, This expertly mediated network will serve as a forum through which parents can offer mutual support to one another via shared experience and knowledge in this domain.

The Community Learning Hub Knowledge Mobilization

While the use of specific drugs including cannabis cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin by youth 15-24 in Canada decreased in 2011 (Health Canada), the rate of drug use by youth 15-24 years of age remains much higher compared to that of adults 25 years and older.  (Health Canada).  Early intervention and education for youth has been suggested to provide protective effect (Hurry & Lloyd), and interactive approaches to that education and intervention have been found to be beneficial (Shiner & Newburn).


Preventing and Responding to Gendered Violence on Campus

The purpose of the research is to describe the nature of university policies and practices related to gendered violence at Canadian universities, in order to identify promising practices for preventing and responding to gendered violence. A description and analysis of university policies from across Canada will provide a useful context for evaluating the policies on gendered violence at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and the University of Waterloo (UW), specifically for identifying gaps and effective practices.

Finding Permanency for Children/Youth in Care Project

Achieving permanency for children and youth placed in out-of-home care enables them to form loving, consistent relationships, a sense of connectedness and belonging to their family and community, and a stable place that they call ‘home’. Permanency is critical to the well-being of placed children and youth now and in the future. This proposed study examines the outcomes for children/youth placed in permanent arrangements and their (new) families as a result of the Family Finders pilot project at Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County.

A Leadership Development Model for Youth in Urban Communities

This internship will extend a research partnership between For Youth Initiative (FYI) organization and the Applied Social Welfare Research and Evaluation Group at the School of Social Work, York University. The internship project will build a comprehensive leadership development model that articulates best and promising evidence-based practices for engaging and building the leadership capacity of youth and youth-led organisations in urban communities. This model will be attentive to the structural constraints that youth in marginalized urban communities experience.