Find a researcher to help you evaluate or study your Housing First programs!

Find a researcher to help you evaluate or study your Housing First programs!

Dr. Tim Aubry

Organization: School of Psychology & Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services
Contact info: taubry [at] uotttawa [dot] ca   613-562-5800 X5232
Website: https://uniweb.uottawa.ca/#!uottawa/members/1026  

Biography

Tim Aubry, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Full Professor in the School of Psychology and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services at the University of Ottawa. He is currently holder of the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Chair in Community Mental Health and Homelessness. Tim was a Member of the National Research Team and the Co-Lead of the Moncton site in At Home / Chez Soi Demonstration Project of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  In 2012, he received the Contribution to Evaluation in Canada award from the Canadian Evaluation Society.  He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association).  Tim teaches graduate courses at the University of Ottawa in community psychology and program evaluation.
Research interests and expertise: Community mental health , Housing First, homelessness

Dr. James R. (Jim) Dunn

Organization: McMaster University 
Contact info: jim [dot] dunn [at] mcmaster [dot] ca 
Website: https://socialsciences.mcmaster.ca/people/dunn-jim 

Research interests and expertise

Dr. Dunn’s research program focuses on the socio-economic determinants of health and interventions in housing and neighbourhoods that can improve population health. He has a significant amount of active research on housing and health, including an 11-year study of the health impacts of the redevelopment of Regent Park and a long-standing study of the impact of subsidized housing on health in the Greater Toronto Area.

Biography

Dr. James (Jim) Dunn is Professor and Chair in the Department of Health, Aging & Society and the Director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments, both at McMaster University in Hamilton. He is also a Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and holds appointments at the University of Toronto (Geography and Planning) and the University of Waterloo (Planning).

Dr. John Ecker

Organization: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Contact info: jecker [at] edu [dot] yorku [dot] ca; (416) 736-2100 ext. 44136; York University, 6th Floor Kaneff Tower, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON, M3J1P3
Website: http://homelesshub.ca/library/program-evaluation-services

Research interests and expertise

My research and evaluation interests focus on homelessness, housing, community mental health, and the LGBTQ community. I often use mixed methods in my research and evaluation work, highlighting my training in quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis.  

Biography

Dr. John Ecker received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Ottawa. His dissertation focused on facilitators and barriers of community integration among homeless and vulnerably housed individuals. He has worked on several national research and evaluation projects, most notably the At Home/Chez Soi demonstration project. He is currently the Director of Evaluation at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. 

Cheryl Forchuk, RN, PhD 

Organization: Lawson Health Research Institute; Western University
Contact info: cforchuk [at] uwo [dot] ca; (519) 685-8500 x 77034
Website: http://publish.uwo.ca/~cforchuk/home.html

Research interests and expertise

Dr. Forchuk has published on many topics in relation to mental health and mental illness, including: therapeutic relationships, transitional discharge, housing/homelessness, peer support, poverty and nursing theory. She has published a book on Peplau's interpersonal theory of nursing and a book on housing and homeless issues for psychiatric survivors. Her current research includes exploring issues related to poverty and social inclusion for psychiatric survivors, housing/homeless issues, the implementation of the Transitional Discharge Model for the transition from hospital to community, and the use of new technologies to improve mental health, including addiction, services.

Biography

Dr. Cheryl Forchuk is a Distinguished University Professor and Associate Director of Nursing Research at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing (Western University) with a cross appointment to the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry (Western University. She is also a Scientist and Assistant Director for the Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson), the research arm of both London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care – London, as well as Group Leader of Mental Health/Health Outcomes Research at Lawson.

Dr. Julian Hasford

Organization: Ryerson University, School of Child and Youth Care

Research Interests

My research interests focus on understanding and improving community-based prevention/promotion services for marginalized populations, with a particular focus on black/racialized youth, and on participatory anti-racist research methods.

Biography

Dr. Julian Hasford is an Assistant Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University. He holds a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, where his doctoral research examined African Canadian youths’ experiences of racism and empowerment in the workplace. He has been involved in numerous community-based research projects and program evaluations, including work as a Research Manager and Principal Investigator for evaluations of Better Beginnings, Better Futures, a community-based early childhood prevention program in disadvantaged communities, and postdoctoral research on the dissemination and implementation of Housing First, a supportive housing intervention for homeless people with mental illness.

Dr. Hasford’s practice experience includes over eight years as a frontline worker in child welfare in group care and foster care settings, and over 12 years as a Community Recreation Programmer with the City of Toronto’s Community Gardens and Urban Farms Program, where he was involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating urban agriculture programs for racialized youth. In recent years, he has been increasingly involved in anti-racist systems change advocacy through work on several steering committees, including the Black Community Action Network of Peel, African Canadian Mental Health Strategy, and the Ontario Association for Children’s Aid Society’s One Vision, One Voice project, which developed a practice framework for addressing disproportionalities and disparities faced by African Canadians in the child welfare system. 

Dr. Tessa Hebb

Organization: Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Carleton University
Contact info: Carleton University, DT 2125, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1S 5B6; 613 520 2600 ex 1217; tessa [dot] hebb [at] carleton [dot] ca 
Website: www.carleton.ca/3ci

Research interests and expertise

Dr Hebb is an expert in the areas of responsible investing, impact investing and impact measurement.  Responsible investors take environmental, social and governance factors into consideration in investment decision making.

Biography

Dr. Hebb is a Senior Research Fellow and past Director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Carleton University, Canada. She is also Vice President of Hebb, Knight and Associates. Her research focuses on Responsible Investment, Impact Investment, and Impact Measurement.  This work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada. Dr. Hebb received her Doctorate from University of Oxford and was the recipient of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities' William E. Taylor Fellowship for outstanding doctoral candidate (2002-2003). She also received a Clarendon Fellowship from University of Oxford.  She received her Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.   

Dr. Hebb is the past chair of the steering committee of the UN- backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Academic Network. She also serves on the boards of the the Responsible Investment Association (Canada), the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative, the Heartland Network, and the Centre for Innovative Social Enterprise Development. She is a frequent guest speaker on impact investment, responsible investment and impact measurement issues.  She has published many books and articles on responsible investing and impact investing including the volumes the Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment, SRI in the 21st Century: Does it make a Difference to Society; Working Capital: the Power of Labor’s Pensions; No Small Change: Pension Fund Corporate Engagement; and The Next Generation of Responsible Investing.

Dr. Stephen Hwang 

Organization: St. Michael’s Hospital 
Contact info: hwangs [at] smh [dot] ca 
Website: http://stmichaelshospitalresearch.ca/researchers/stephen-hwang/ 

Research interests and expertise

My research focuses on homelessness, housing, and health; the impact of supportive housing / Housing First programs on health and housing outcomes; and interventions to end homelessness and improve the health of people experiencing homelessness 

Biography

My research focuses on improving the health of people who are homeless or vulnerably housed and deepening our understanding of housing as a social determinant of health. My current research projects include a study of health care utilization in a sample of 1,191 homeless men, women, and families in Toronto; an observational cohort study of health and housing transitions among 1,200 homeless and vulnerably housed adults in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver; and the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s “At Home” study, a randomized controlled trial of rent subsidies and mental health supports for individuals who are homeless and have mental health issues. 

Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly

Organization: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
Contact info: jacqueline_kennelly [at] carleton [dot] ca; (613) 520-2600 x 8103
Website: www.jacquelinekennelly.ca

Research interests

Dr. Kennelly's research focuses on issues of urban inequality and the lives of young people. Her current research is with homeless young people, exploring the supports they need to effectively transition out of homelessness. 

Biography

Dr. Kennelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. She is the author of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era (2011), and the co-author of Lost Youth in the Global City: Class, Culture, and the Urban Imaginary (2010). She co-edited the Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meanings in Changing Times (2015). Her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC)-funded research project investigated  the experiences of low-income youth in the Olympic host cities of Vancouver (2010 Winter) and London (2012 Summer), using qualitative and visual methods, which was summarized in a recent book entitled Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty, and Social Legacies (2016).

Dr. Kennelly’s current research focuses on homeless young people’s experiences of citizenship and belonging, as well as what is needed to effectively support them out of homelessness. Her work has appeared in a number of national and international peer-reviewed journals, including British Journal of Sociology of Education, British Journal of Criminology, Sociology, Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Citizenship Studies, Visual Studies, Journal of Youth Studies, Ethnography, Feminist Theory, Young, Sociological Research Online, and Gender and Education.

Dr. Maritt Kirst

Organization: Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
Contact info:75 University Ave. West, Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5, Science Building, N2057F Tel: 519-884-0710 ext. 3077 Email: mkirst [at] wlu [dot] ca
Website: https://www.wlu.ca/academics/faculties/faculty-of-science/faculty-profil...

Research interests and expertise

Mental health and addictions, housing and homelessness, social capital and health, evaluation of complex health interventions

Biography

Dr. Maritt Kirst is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Kirst conducts solutions-focused research with the goal of generating evidence with which to improve health and increase accessibility of community-based healthcare and social services for vulnerable populations. She has led evaluations of complex health interventions such as Housing First programs for individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness (At Home/Chez Soi randomized controlled trial – Toronto site), mental health services including mobile crisis intervention teams, and tobacco control programming. Some of her current projects include: research on social contextual effects (social capital and neighbourhood effects) on substance use and mental health problems among adults and youth; evaluations and knowledge syntheses of integrated health and social care programs for individuals with complex health problems; studies on how Canadians understand and explain health inequalities and their opinions on health equity solutions.

Dr. Rebecca Schiff

Organization: Lakehead University
Contact info: Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1 807 766 7199 rschiff [at] lakeheadu [dot] ca
Website: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/users/S/rschiff/node/28442

Research interest and expertise

Dr. Schiff's work focuses on issues social justice, poverty, sustainability, and health equity with a particular emphasis on determinants of individual and community wellbeing for marginalised communities. I am particularly interested in community-engaged and participatory research that is rooted in principles of collaborative and respectful inquiry.

Biography

Dr. Schiff is an Associate Professor with the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University. She spent many of her formative years learning first hand about the emerging Pathways NY Housing First program. Since then, she has conducted research on a wide range of housing and homelessness issues with communities across the country. This includes work with the Calgary Homeless Foundation, the Regina Housing and Homelessness Committee, the Thunder Bay Housing and Homelessness Coalition, and a number of rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. Dr. Schiff is committed to working closely with governments and community organizations to address relevant community needs for improved housing and support service systems.

Dr. John Sylvestre

Organization: Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services University of Ottawa 
Contact info: jsylvest [at] uottawa [dot] ca; (613) 562-5800 ext. 4307; University of Ottawa, 136 Jean Jacques Lussier, Vanier Hall, Room 5002, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
Website: https://uniweb.uottawa.ca/#!uottawa/members/756 

Research interests and expertise

Program evaluation, community mental health, housing, homelessness 

Biography

Dr. John Sylvestre is the Director of the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services and is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He previously served as Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. He has over twenty years of experience in the evaluation of community-based programs. His primary interests are in the area of community mental health, and more specifically, homelessness and housing. He is co-editor (along with Geoff Nelson and Tim Aubry) of Housing, Communities and Citizenship for People with Serious Mental Illness published by Oxford University Press (2017).  

Dr. Jijian Voronka

Organization: School of Social Work, University of Windsor
Contact info: Jijian [dot] Voronka [at] uwindsor [dot] ca

Research interests and expertise

As a Disability Studies scholar, Jiji explores service user inclusion into the systems that affect us. Blending critical social science, community-based research and practice, and service user research and knowledge, Jiji attends to how peer workers are currently being configured into health and social service systems. 

Biography

Jijian Voronka received her PhD from the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto. Her current work uses critical theory to query the possibilities, conditions, and limits of service user involvement in mental health and homeless research and service systems. She holds a SSHRC post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University – Newark, and is an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies.