I received my MA and PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1975 and 1979 and my BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1972.
Prior to joining Laurier, I completed a pre-doctoral internship at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin (1976-77), and I worked as a school psychologist at the Winnipeg Child Guidance Clinic (1977-79).
My research has focused on 2 areas: (1) community mental health programs for people with serious mental illness and (2) primary prevention programs for young children and families. With regard to the first area, much of my research has focused on homelessness and housing for people with serious mental illness. I have also done research on peer support and self-help in mental health. For the second area, prevention of problems for children, I have studied the prevention of child maltreatment. I have also done research on community-driven approaches to prevention in children’s mental health, with much of my work focusing on Better Beginnings, Better Futures, an innovative, universal, ecological, community-based, multi-component, multi-year prevention program for children living in 8 low-income, Ontario communities. My current research focuses on sustainability and knowledge transfer of the Housing First approach for homeless people with mental illness in Canada and is funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.