Dr. Kim Anderson a Metis writer, researcher and educator who has spent most of her career working on Indigenous family well-being in Canada. Most of her scholarship is community engaged, interdisciplinary and applied; much of it employs oral history and Indigenous research methodologies. She has published on Indigenous mothering, Indigenous feminism, Indigenous masculinities, and Indigenous knowledge in urban settings. Dr. Anderson has an evolving interest in arts based and land based methods of research and teaching. She is well suited to supervising students studying Indigenous family, Indigenous relationships, social and environmental justice, community building through Indigenous ways of knowing, and/or gender and Indigeneity.
Dr. Lynda Ashbourne is a registered psychotherapist, CFT practitioner and therapy supervisor in the MSc Couple and Family Therapy program. Her research interests are generally relational, and are particularly focused on the co-construction of meaning within family relationships, especially between parents and adolescents; as well as broader social influences such as migration and structural violence on persons and families. Dr. Ashbourne utilizes qualitative research methods primarily, including grounded theory and narrative analytic approaches, participatory action research and arts-based methods.
Dr. John Beaton primarily teaches in the Couple and Family Therapy master’s degree program. His current research interests focus on two areas: Families with children with disabilities and chronic health conditions, and Men in families. Dr. Beaton is currently the Chair of the Campus Student Mental Health Advisory Committee.
Dr. Paula Brauer’s research focuses on improving the effectiveness of nutrition services in inter-professional primary care for the most common nutrition-related health conditions in Canada - obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and metabolic syndrome. She is a past member of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (2010-2015) and chaired the Adult Obesity Guidelines. She is currently involved in two major implementation research projects. The CHANGE collaboration has several projects underway to improve lifestyle management of the metabolic syndrome in primary care. An OMAFRA funded project aims to pilot-test nudge approaches to increasing vegetable consumption in commercial food service settings.
Dr. Andrea Breen's research focuses on the development of identity through story-telling and implications for well-being, resilience and social change. Her research is informed by her applied experiences, which have included leading content development for a parenting app, developing a literacy program in youth detention settings, and several years working at a Children's Mental Health Centre, where she led the development of violence prevention programs. Current research projects are focused on stortyelling and resilience with Indigenous youth, Young Carers experiences in postsecondary settings, and the inflence of stories encountered through the media on the development of self and identity. Dr. Breen completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Education at OISE/UT. She also holds a Masters degree in Risk and Prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Education from McGill University.
Dr. Kathleen Brophy’s research interests have been focused on at-risk children and their families, and the provision of quality programs. Through the Better Beginnings, Better Futures initiatives, Dr. Brophy has completed evaluation research on community-based prevention strategies that support young children and their families. She has also been a member of the Reaching In Reaching Out research project which focused on developing training in resiliency for early childhood educators and parents. She also continues to conduct research on the process of inclusion of children with special needs in early education. She is currently retired, however, is still active within the department and continues to conduct research.
Dr. Susan Chuang’s lines of research include parenting, fathering, parent-child relationships, child and adolescent development, and school readiness in various sociocultural contexts (e.g., cross-cultural work on immigrant Chinese Canadian and Mainland Chinese families). Her area of expertise also focuses on settlement and immigration issues. One of her major cross-cultural projects explores mothers’ and fathers’ involvement and parenting of young children in various ethnic groups (i.e., Chinese families in Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; Latino families in Paraguay and the United States (SSHRC-funded). She is currently the Series Editor for Springer-Science+Business Media on the Advances on Immigrant Family Research.
Dr. Anna Dienhart has researched in the area of gender relations in the family context, especially men’s experience of fathering, for over two decades. Her more recent focus is studying the intersection of practice, training, and theory in couple and family therapy.
Dr. John Dwyer’s research interests are primarily the promotion of physical activity and non-sedentariness (especially the psychology of these behaviours) among adolescents and adults. His current research interests are a continuation of his academic background (e.g., Ph.D. in applied social psychology) and public health experience (previous full-time employment as a Program Evaluation Specialist in the public health sector for 15 years). During that period, he worked with managers and staff to develop and evaluate health promotion and healthy lifestyle community programs, including physical activity and community nutrition initiatives. Dr. Dwyer is interested in advising AHN and FRHD graduate students with similar research interests. He is currently a member of the University Research Ethics Board (2010-present).
Dr. Dalia El Khoury’s research interests focus on the role of functional ingredients/foods in the regulation of appetite, food intake, glycemia and metabolism in healthy individuals and individuals at risk of or with nutrition-related disorders including obesity and metabolic syndrome. Dr. El Khoury has also worked in the fields of sports nutrition and infant nutrition through experiences in both academia and private industry.
Dr. Laura Forbes' research program has combined clinical and community nutrition research methods to focus on dietary intake during key developmental periods (adolescence, pregnancy) with the goal of preventing chronic disease, specifically diabetes and obesity.
Dr. Jess Haines’s primary research interest is in the prevention of weight-related disorders among children and adolescents. Within this concentration, her current research is focused on community and home-based interventions aimed at promoting healthful behaviours among families with preschool children. She is the Associate Director of the Guelph Family Health Study, a family-based cohort study designed to identify early life risk factors of obesity and chronic disease and to test family-based strategies to support healthful behaviours early in life.
Dr. Leon Kuczynski is a developmental psychologist who does empirical and theoretical research on parent-child interactions and relationships. He is interested in dynamic bidirectional processes in parent-child interactions and relationships in areas such as socialization, social development and relationship formation. Currently, his research focuses on dynamic approaches to socialization in childhood and adolescence, and international collaborative research on the application of his social relational theory in social work and family therapy.
Dr. Tuuli Kukkonen's research interests fall within the field of sexual psychophysiology, with a focus on the interaction between biological and psychosocial factors involved in sexual health, and in aging and sexual health. She has recently received funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to establish a thermography laboratory at the University of Guelph where she will contine to examine sexual functioning in healthy and clinical populations.
Dr. Donna Lero directs a program of research on public policies, workplace practices and community supports in the University's Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being, which she co-founded. She has conducted several studies on workplace practices that support employees with caregiving responsibilities, as well as on employment challenges and social policies affecting people with disabilities. Dr. Lero has been involved in Canadian research and policy analysis on work and family issues in a variety of areas, including child care policies and programs, support for parents of children with disabilities, parental leave, and self-employment for women.
Dr. Clare MacMartin focuses her studies on a variety of fields, including: qualitative research methods, especially conversation analysis and discourse analysis and their use in teaching professional communication skills; communication in healthcare and psychotherapy settings; discourses of sexualized violence; and human-animal interactions. She is currently working with colleagues in the Ontario Veterinary College studying veterinarian-client-patient interactions, including nutritional treatment recommendations and management of obesity in companion animal practice.
Dr. Scott Maitland's research interests include life-span developmental psychology, adulthood and aging, personality, and the application of advanced methods (e.g., structural, latent mean, latent transition and growth curve modeling, and measurement equivalence) to study developmental processes. He is particularly interested in examining patterns of intra-individual change and inter-individual differences regardless of the substantive topic.
Dr. Robin Milhausen is a sexuality researcher who studies gender, sexuality, and relationships. Her current research interests include: gender differences and similarities; factors that inhibit and enhance sexual arousal and desire; sexual and relationship satisfaction; the experience of sexual problems and sexual pleasure; and condom use and sexual health. Dr. Milhausen is currently the Co-Chair for the Annual Guelph Sexuality conference, the largest and longest running sexuality conference in Canada, and often serves as a sexuality educator in the media.
Dr. Ruth Neustifter is a Registered Family Therapist and a Therapy Supervisor at the Couple and Family Therapy Centre. They utilize various qualitative methodologies to explore their areas of interest, which include: issues of sexual well-being from a sex-positive perspective; sexuality and gender diversity; and resilience after traumas including sexual and intimate partner violence. Recent projects have focused on: survivors of intimate partner violence in new, non-violent relationships; educating therapists on queer, kinky and/or open relationships; and attitudes toward dating violence and gender.
Dr. Michèle Preyde’s approach in research is centred on practitioner-researcher collaboration and concerns biopsychosocial well-being for vulnerable people across the lifespan. She has completed several studies with clinical partners on individuals’ and families’ experiences of illness, their coping and adjustment, the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions designed to address problems in coping, and the mechanism of action of these interventions. Current projects include an exploration of the community adaptation of youth with moderate to severe emotional and behavioural disorder discharged from residential mental health treatment centres and an examination of school-related stresses of youth accessing inpatient psychiatry.
Dr. Janis Randall Simpson is College Professor Emerita. She continues to supervise senior undergraduate and graduate students and to conduct research. Her major research project is NutriSTEP®, which involves the development of nutrition risk-screening questionnaires for parents of toddlers and preschoolers to determine their children’s nutritional risk. She collaborates with Health Canada on various projects, which currently includes the development of a Short Sodium Screener to rapidly assess dietary sodium intake in Canadians.
Dr. Carla Rice is a leader in the field of body image and of embodiment studies in Canada both prior to and since moving into academia. She is a founding member and former director of numerous innovative initiatives including Canada’s National Eating Disorder Information Centre and the Body Image Project at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Rice founded Project Re•Vision and the Revisioning Differences Media Arts Laboratory (REDLAB), an assemblage of cutting-edge arts-based research projects and a state-of-the-art media-lab, which seek to explore how communities can use arts-informed research to advance social inclusion and justice by challenging stereotypes.
Dr. Olga Sutherland is an Associate Professor in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT). She is interested in social justice theory, training, and practice in counselling and psychotherapy. Concerned with the link between gender, power, and language, she examines social interaction in psychotherapy and other settings. To this end, she employs intersectional and qualitative analyses (e.g., discourse and conversation analysis, narrative analysis) and draws on postmodern, poststructural, and critical perspectives.
Dr. Hannah Tait Neufeld is an emerging Indigenous health scholar, educated primarily in the fields of nutrition and public health, with training in a wide range of disciplines such as geography, First Nation studies and international development. Thus far in her academic career, she has been involved in multidisciplinary and collaborative research with Indigenous women focused on the determinants of food choice and chronic disease prevention. Dr. Neufeld also has experience working in international nutrition policy and evidence-based guideline development with the World Health Organization. Her current research interests continue to focus on health inequalities, taking into consideration community interests, along with environmental and other factors influencing maternal and child health, along with Indigenous food systems globally.
Dr. Tricia van Rhijn is an interdisciplinary social scientist and Registered Early Childhood Educator whose research interests include: parent-child relationships, child development, early childhood education and care, child and family well-being, family relations, and various aspects of work-life integration (as well as school-life or school-work-life integration). She works with the Centre for Families, Work, and Well-Being and the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute.
Dr. Kimberley Wilson is an assistant professor who studies adult development and aging, with a specific focus on aging and mental health. As a social gerontologist, her current research interests include health and mental health, ageism, stigma, social and health policy. Dr. Wilson is also interested in the inclusion of social determinants of health and social inclusion/equity lenses into gerontology research. Her teaching and research philosophies are influenced by her social work background and her interest in promoting gerontology in higher education. She is currently recruiting graduate students with complementary interests for the 2016-2017 academic year.