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RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Faculty Research Areas

Applied Psychology and Human Development (APHD)

Faculty member Research areas

Jeffrey Ansloos

  • Indigenous mental health
  • Youth Suicide and suicide prevention
  • Social media and mental health
  • Decolonizing methodologies
  • Sociopolitical dimensions of health

 

Anne-Claude Bedard

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Preventative interventions
  • Working memory and attention
  • Predicting response to treatment

 

Mary Caravias

  • Clinical training in graduate psychology programs
  • Self-awareness development in psychotherapy training
  • Use of mindfulness in individual psychotherapy
  • Competency-based supervision practices
  • Ethical and relational issues in supervision 

 

Charles Chen

  • Vocational and career psychology
  • Life-careers
  • Worklife wellbeing
  • Career theory development
  • Humanistic Psychology & Postmodernism 

 

Becky Chen

  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Bilingualism
  • French immersion
  • Refugee 

 

Yiola Cleovoulou

  • Elementary school pedagogy
  • Critical literacy
  • Inclusive approaches to teaching
  • Teacher education
  • Qualitative research 

 

Todd Cunningham

  • Assistive technology
  • Academic intervention
  • Learning disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Psychoeducation assessment 

 

Michel Ferrari

 

 

Patricia Ganea

  • Early cognitive development
  • Language development
  • Science misconceptions
  • Counterfactual reasoning
  • Symbolic development 

 

Esther Geva

 

 

Roy Gillis

  • Bullying prevention
  • Resilience in LGBTQ communities
  • HIV prevention
  • Hate crimes, discrimination, stigma, and micro-aggressions
  • HIV health equity

 

Abby Goldstein

  • Young adulthood or emerging adulthood
  • Mental health
  • Campus mental health and well-being
  • Alcohol, cannabis and other drug use in young adulthood
  • Well-being 

 

Chloe Hamza

  • Problem behaviour
  • Mental health
  • Development
  • Adolescence and emerging adulthood
  • Risk and protective factors 

 

Eunice Jang

  • Person-oriented assessment
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Learner modeling for growth
  • Scenario based digital assessment
  • Assessing literacy competences 

 

Kaja Jasinska

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Human development
  • Global issues
  • Language and literacy
  • Learning
  • Neuroscience

 

Jennifer Jenkins

  • Marital, sibling, parent-child interaction
  • Differential parenting
  • Child psychopathology
  • Development of social cognition and cooperation
  • Poverty 

 

Steven Katz

  • Classroom assessment
  • Intelligent, responsive leadership
  • Networked Learning Communities
  • Intentional Interruption for Impactful Professional Learning
  • Evidence-informed decision-making for school improvement 

 

Kang Lee

  • Child development
  • Lying
  • Face processing
  • Deception
  • Racial bias 

 

Rhonda Martinussen

  • Strategies/approaches for promoting academic success for students with ADHD
  • Factors contributing to inattention
  • Relationship between executive functions and school engagement
  • Supportive and effective environments for students with reading difficulties

 

Roy Moodley

  • Critical multicultural counselling and psychotherapy
  • Diversity, intersectionality and clinical issues
  • Race, culture and psychotherapy
  • Global South psychologies
  • Traditional healing practices 

 

Charles Pascal

  • Early childhood education policy
  • Education governance and leadership
  • Policy, practice and evidence
  • Measuring impact in education
  • Strategic communications 

 

Michal Perlman

  • Early childhood education and care
  • Public policy for children and families
  • Family processes
  • Conflict resolution
  • Perspective taking 

 

Michele Peterson-Badali

  • Children’s rights
  • Youth criminal justice
  • Rehabilitation
  • Risk assessment
  • Intervention 

 

Angela Pyle

  • Play
  • Kindergarten
  • Literacy
  • Assessment
  • Early years 

 

Katreena Scott

  • Intervention
  • Prevention
  • Domestic violence
  • Child maltreatment
  • Perpetrators 

 

Lana Stermac

  • Sexual violence
  • Campus sexual violence
  • Women’s education
  • Sexual assault

 

Richard Volpe

  • Life span development
  • Prevention
  • Complexity
  • Hedonics
  • Qualitative methodologies 

 

Jeanne Watson

  • Psychotherapy process
  • Psychotherapy outcome
  • Emotion focused psychotherapy
  • Therapeutic relationship/working alliance
  • Empathy

 

Mark Wade

  • Mental Health and well-being
    • Intervention, counselling and psychotherapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Violence and crime
  • Assessment, measurement and evaluation

 

Earl Woodruff

  • Emotions and learning
  • Math anxiety
  • Technology and education
  • Technology and pedagogy
  • Discourse and learning 

 

 

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Faculty member Research areas

Jeff Bale

  • Language policy
  • Comparative perspectives on education policy
  • Critical social theory
  • Language teacher education

 

Kathy Bickmore

  • Peacebuilding, conflict and education
  • International comparative perspectives
  • Democracy and citizenship education
  • Curriculum, pedagogy, and learning environments
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion

 

Jennifer Brant

  • Indigenous maternal pedagogies
  • Indigenous literatures
  • Community activism
  • Reconciliation
  • Indigenous feminisms

 

Clare Brett

  • Pedagogy in online learning environments
  • Digital technologies
  • Socio-cultural approaches to learning
  • Educational technology and teacher development
  • Design of online learning environments 

 

Kathy Broad

  • International teacher education program design and development
  • Mentoring
  • Professional learning and faculty development
  • Indigenous education and teacher education
  • Scholarship of teaching and Learning 

 

Cassie Brownell

  • Equity and educational justice
  • Language and literacies education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Multimodality and composition
  • Play

 

Carol-Ann Burke

  • Science education
  • Broadening participation in science
  • Science teacher education
  • Underrepresented youth in science
  • Cultural context of science 

 

Alexandre Cavalcante
  • Curriculum, pedagogy, and learning environments
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Globalization
  • STEM
  • Teachers, teaching and teacher education
  • Work

 

Karyn Cooper

  • Media studies
  • Literacy
  • Social justice
  • Hermeneutics and biography

 

Michelle Dubek

  • STEM education
  • Digital technologies
  • Teacher education
  • Collaboration: co-plan, co-teach, co-learn, informal learning 

 

Antoinette Gagne

  • Language teacher education
  • Inclusive education
  • Intersectionality
  • Immigrant & refugee youth
  • Critical action research

 

Kathleen Gallagher

  • Youth
  • Theatre
  • Ethnography
  • Pedagogy
  • Social relations 

 

Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez

  • Arts in education
  • Culture and inequality
  • Solidarity
  • Critical curriculum and pedagogy
  • Decolonization 

 

Garfield Gini-Newman

  • Critical thinking
  • Nurturing creativity
  • Wonder-based learning
  • Authentic learning
  • Creating thinking classrooms 

 

Wanja Gitari

  • Science curriculum
  • Access and equity in science education
  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Application of school science in everyday life
  • Integration of local knowledge into the science curriculum

Tara Goldstein

  • Performed ethnography
  • Research-informed theatre
  • Gender and sexuality in schooling
  • Critical teacher education

Jim Hewitt

  • Online learning
  • Distance education
  • Collaboration
  • Educational technology
  • Knowledge building 

Arlo Kempf

  • Teachers’ work and professional lives
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Social justice education
  • Critical perspectives on standardized assessment
  • Race and decolonization in education 

Julie Kerekes

  • Interlanguage pragmatics
  • Language and power
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Institutional discourse
  • Intercultural communication
  • TESL 

Clare Kosnik

  • Teacher education
  • Teacher educators
  • Literacy
  • Study of teachers

Cathy Marks Krpan

  • Mathematics education
  • Learning competencies
  • Student communication
  • Metacognition
  • Student inquiry

Normand Labrie

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Multilingualism
  • Language politics
  • Francophonie
  • Postsecondary education 

Tony Lam

  • Evaluation
  • Measurement
  • Self-report
  • Rating bias

Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman

  • Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Global Issues
    • Migration
  • Language
  • Learning
  • STEM
  • Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education

David Levine

  • Arts and media
  • History
  • Literacy
  • Socio-cultural studies

 

Douglas McDougall

  • Mathematics education
  • Teacher education
  • Integration of technology
  • Mathematics learning
  • Reciprocal learning between Canada and China 

Jack Miller

  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Learning environments

David Montemurro

  • Teacher education
  • Global citizenship education
  • Global competencies
  • Internationalization

Cecilia Morgan

  • Canadian history
  • Settler colonial history
  • Gender history
  • Cultural history, particularly theatre history
  • History of commemoration and public memory 

Sarfaroz Niyozov

  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Globalization
  • Language and literacy
  • Sociocultural studies
  • Teachers, teaching and teacher education

Fikile Nxumalo
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Decolonization and identity
  • Race, gender and class
  • Teachers, teaching and teacher education

Erminia Pedretti

  • Science education
  • Science museums and controversy
  • Scientific literacy
  • Science, Technology, Society and Environment (STSE) education
  • Action research and teacher development

Enrica Piccardo

  • Plurilingualism
  • Complexity theories
  • The action-oriented approach as a paradigm shift
  • The impact of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and other frameworks on language education, Creativity and emotions in language education

 

Mary Reid

  • Math content knowledge
  • Pre-service math education
  • Math anxiety
  • Differentiated development for math teachers
  • Math teaching efficacy

 

Carol Rolheiser

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Educational development
  • Teaching in higher education
  • Mentoring for teaching
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of instructional and assessment innovation
  • Professional development initiatives 

Ruth Sandwell

  • Pedagogy
  • Educational leadership
  • Globalization
  • Socio-cultural studies
  • Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education

Marlene Scardamalia

  • Knowledge building
  • Learning sciences
  • New knowledge media
  • Child development
  • Literacy 

Rob Simon

  • Practitioner research
  • Critical literacy
  • Participatory research
  • YPAR
  • Social justice education

Jim Slotta

  • Educational technology
  • Active learning
  • STEM
  • Teacher education 

Elizabeth Smyth

  • History of education in Canada
  • Gender and higher education
  • Religion and education
  • History of teachers

Shelley Stagg Peterson

  • Emergent writing
  • Play-based learning
  • Young children’s language learning
  • Rural education
  • Collaborative action research 

Sandra Styres

  • Indigenous education
  • Decolonization
  • Teacher education 

Heather Sykes

  • Sport
  • Physical education
  • Queer theory
  • Settler colonial studies
  • Olympics 

Peter Trifonas

  • Philosophy
  • Literacy
  • Technology
  • Cultural studies
  • Curriculum 

Harold Trooper

  • Immigration
  • Ethnicity
  • Pluralism
  • History
  • Education 

 

Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE)

Faculty member Research areas

Nina Bascia

  • Teacher unions
  • Teacher policy
  • Education policy
  • Teachers’ work
  • School organization

 

Elizabeth  Buckner

  • Higher education
  • Globalization
  • Privatization
  • Internationalization
  • Middle East And North Africa 

 

Carol Campbell

  • Professional learning
  • Educational leadership
  • Educational change
  • System improvement
  • Knowledge mobilization 

 

Ruth Childs

  • Measurement
  • Evaluation
  • Access
  • Admissions
  • Assessment 

 

Anna Chmielewski

  • International assessments
  • Socio-economic achievement gaps
  • School segregation
  • Curriculum differentiation/streaming
  • Inter-generational social mobility 

 

Daniel Corral
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Global issues (migration)
  • Higher education
  • Policy and politics
  • Race, gender and class

 

Scott Davies

  • Academic achievement
  • Research methods
  • Education policy
  • Organizations
  • Social stratification 

 

Claudia Diaz Rios

  • Comparative education policy
  • Education governance
  • School improvement
  • Global-local relationships
  • Education politics

 

Joseph Flessa

  • Principalship
  • School leadership development
  • Educational policy and politics
  • Comparative school leadership

 

Ruth Hayhoe
  • Internationalization
  • Higher education
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Curriculum
  • Evaluation
  • Language

 

Katharine Janzen

  • Admission policies for graduate students
  • Innovation in admission policies
  • Graduate program admissions
  • Group work in graduate education
  • Innovative curricula 

 

Glen Jones

  • University governance
  • Higher education policy
  • Academic work
  • Higher education systems
  • Professors 

 

Ann Lopez

  • School leadership
  • Culturally responsive leadership
  • Diversity and equity in education
  • Critical multicultural education
  • Tensions and possibilities of equity education 

 

Jamie Magnusson

  • Illegal economies & financialization
  • Sex work
  • Queer anti-capitalism
  • Marxist feminist perspectives
  • Community self-defence and prefigurative politics

Carly Manion

  • Gender and education
  • Educational change and school improvement
  • Education governance
  • Teacher development
  • Comparative and international education 

Lance McCready

  • Black students
  • Identity
  • Community
  • Sexualities
  • Intersectionality

Kiran Mirchandani

  • Immigration
  • Processes of racialization and gendering in workplaces
  • Economic globalization and the transnationalization of service work
  • Labour standards and their enforcement in Ontario
  • Youth labor market transitions 

Shahrzad Mojab

  • Youth, war, and migration
  • Women, war, migration, and learning
  • Critical learning
  • Pedagogy and the aesthetic of resistance
  • Policy & politics of social justice 

Karen Mundy

 

 

James Ryan

  • Leadership
  • Inclusion
  • Social justice
  • Micro politics
  • Equity 

 

Creso Sa

  • Research policy
  • Science & technology policy
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research Universities 

 

Peter Sawchuk

  • Cultural historical activity theory
  • Marxism
  • Labour studies
  • Workplace learning
  • Occupational studies 

 

Jennifer Sumner

  • Food and sustainable food systems
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Globalization
  • Rural communities
  • Sustainability 

 

Marcelo Vieta

  • Economic democracy
  • Worker cooperatives
  • Informal learning
  • Workplace learning and social economy

 

Stephanie Waterman

  • Post-secondary students
  • Indigenous students
  • Student services
  • Indigenous feminist theories
  • Critical race theories 

 

Jennifer Wemigwans

  • Decolonizing technology
  • Institutional violence & indigenous women
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Indigenous protocol
  • Transference & dissemination

 

Leesa Wheelahan

  • Postsecondary education policy
  • Relations between colleges and universities
  • Vocational and higher education
  • Pathways between education and the labour market
  • Knowledge and the curriculum 

 

 

Social Justice Education (SJE)

Faculty member Research areas
Sandra Acker
  • Women and academic leadership
  • The social production of research
  • Gender and higher education
  • Teacher educators’ work
  • Evaluative cultures and academic work (e.g., tenure and promotion; journal editors' decisions; research council funding)

Abigail Bakan

  • Anti-racism
  • Gender and politics
  • Anti-oppression politics
  • Human rights
  • United States/Canada 

 

Lauren Bialystok

  • Philosophy of education
  • Ethics
  • Sexuality education
  • Identity
  • Authenticity 

Megan Boler

  • Social media
  • Affect & emotion
  • Media
  • Politics and Social movements

 

Martin Cannon

 

 

George Dei

  • Decolonization
  • Inclusion
  • Race and anti-racism
  • Indigeneity
  • Knowledge 

 

Diane Farmer

  • Canadian Francophone studies
  • Sociology of education and school ethnography
  • Childhood social studies
  • Young peoples journeys through movements
  • Migration and mobility
  • Creative visual methods in researching along with children 

 

Rosalind Hampton

  • Ethnography
  • Black radical thought
  • Anticolonialism 

 

Monica Heller

  • Linguistic anthropology/sociolinguistics
  • Francophone Canada
  • Bi/multilingualism
  • Nationalism/postnationalism
  • Language and political economy 

 

John Portelli

  • Social justice education
  • Equity and policy
  • Critical leadership
  • Student engagement
  • Anti-oppressive pedagogy 

 

Vannina Sztainbok

  • Indigenous and Afro-descendant movements in Latin America
  • Gender, race, and nation in Latin America
  • Race
  • Race and violence
  • Anti-racist feminism 

 

Tanya Titchkosky

  • Disability Studies
  • In(ex)clusion
  • Philosophy of Embodiment
  • Phenomenology & Hermeneutics
  • Interpretive methods of social inquiry 

 

Miglena Todorova

  • Women
  • Transnational feminism
  • Sexual violence
  • Media
  • Media literacy 

 

Eve Tuck

  • Indigenous research
  • Participatory research
  • Research ethics
  • Youth research
  • Settler colonialism 

 

Njoki Wane

  • Black feminisms: The role of Spirituality in leadership
  • Black women in leadership positions in higher education
  • Anti-colonial thought
  • Decolonizing ways of teaching: researching and writing
  • African Indigenous studies
  • Indigenous Healing Practices 

 

Rinaldo Walcott