Work in the area of Trauma and Family Violence spans the continuum between early childhood development through to adulthood. Drawing on a multi-modal approach that includes epidemiological, neuroimaging, behavioural and intervention studies, faculty in this area have sought to characterize the impact of trauma and Family Violence at the individual, family and population level. Additional work has sought to examine novel interventions aimed at preventing, and where not possible, reducing the deleterious consequences of exposure to violence and trauma across the lifespan. The majority of this work occurs in partnership with governmental (e.g., Public Health Agency of Canada; Defence Canada; Veterans Affairs Canada) and non-governmental (e.g., World Health Organization; It’s Not Just 700) organizations, as well as persons with lived experience (PWLE), with a strong emphasis on influencing policy at the provincial, national and international levels.
Work in this area has expanded significantly over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, as faculty in the Division have sought to rapidly translate research findings concerning the mental health impacts and interpersonal consequences of the pandemic to evidence-based and evidence-informed approaches to assist children, families, healthcare workers, public safety personnel, military members and Veterans in Canada and beyond. In addition to developing prevention and intervention strategies with our many partners, faculty in this area have also engaged heavily in knowledge translation and knowledge mobilization approaches, including symposia, media engagements, and plain language communications across social media platforms.
Co-Leads: Harriet MacMillan and Margaret McKinnon