Research

The research excellence across the Faculty of Social Sciences is reflected in the awards, funding, and measurable impact of the work done here.

Canada Research Chairs

Julia Baird

Julia Baird

Paula Duarte-Guterman

Paula Duarte-Guterman

Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell

Matthew Kwan

Matthew Kwan

Andrea Doucet

Andrea Doucet

Danielle Sirianni Molnar

Danielle Sirianni Molnar

The Faculty of Social Sciences is now home to half of Brock’s active Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), following an announcement in early 2022 that Paula Duarte-Guterman in the Department of Psychology and Matthew Kwan and Danielle Sirianni Molnar in the Department of Child and Youth Studies are now Tier II CRCs. They join Julia Baird in the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, Karen Campbell in the Department of Psychology, and Andrea Doucet in the Department of Sociology and Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies. Read more.

  • Julia Baird, Tier 2 CRC in Human Dimensions of Water Resources and Water Resilience
  • Karen Campbell, Tier 2 CRC in Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging
  • Andrea Doucet, Tier 1 CRC in Gender, Work, Care and Community
  • Paula Duarte-Guterman, Tier 2 CRC in Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Matthew Kwan, Tier 2 CRC in Youth Mental Health and Performance
  • Danielle Sirianni Molnar, Tier 2 CRC in Adjustment and Well-Being in Children and Youth

Distinguished Research Awards in the Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences announced its top honours for research, the Distinguished Researcher and Early Career Researcher of the Year.

Professor Robert Dimand of the Department of Economics as named the Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Researcher for 2021. Dimand’s most recent books include The Routledge Handbook of the History of Women’s Economic Thought, co-edited with Kirsten Madden, The Elgar Companion to John Maynard Keynes, co-edited with Harald Hagemann and Irving Fisher for Palgrave Macmillan’s Great Thinkers in Economics series.

The adjudication committee chose to name two Early Career Researchers of the Year for 2021, both from the Department of Child and Youth Studies. Assistant Professor Naomi Andrews is currently working in partnership with Toronto not-for-profit Mothercraft, to examine programs serving vulnerable families and a new intervention for women experiencing partner violence. Assistant Professor Chelsea Jones recently worked with Re·Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph and the British Council Canada to publish “Relaxed Performance: Exploring University-based Training Across Fashion, Theatre, and Choir,” soon to be turned into an online training module.

Read more about this year’s award recipients.

portrait of Robert Dimand

Robert Dimand

portrait of Naomi Andrews

Naomi Andrews

Chelsea Jones

Chelsea Jones

five researchers stand in front of foliage changing colour

Thomas O’Neill in the Department of Child and Youth Studies was joined by research collaborators from Nepal for the first Canadian screenings of their documentary film, Chalphal (The Discussion) in October. Read more.

Andrea Doucet

Andrea Doucet of the Department of Sociology and Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies was recognized at Fall Convocation with Brock University’s 2022 Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. Read more.

Ann Farrell

Ann Farrell in the Department of Child and Youth Studies has been elected as a New Council Member for the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA). Her term will run from 2022-2026. Farrell, with co-applicant Tracy Vaillancourt and collaborator Irene Vitoroulis, both of the University of Ottawa, has also received a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant on Emerging Asocial Society for a project entitled, “Lessons from the COVID-19 global pandemic: Implications for social relationships, loneliness, and the well-being of Canadian children and youth.”

portrait of Pascal Lupien

Pascal Lupien in the Department of Political Science recently received a Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Community Investment Program Grant of $99,122 to support research by and for Indigenous women aimed at using digital technologies to engage in the political sphere.

portrait of Sujane Kandasamy

Sujane Kandasamy, a post-doctoral fellow with the INfant, Child and youth Health (INCH) Lab and Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University, is co-leading a research team aiming to create a “connecting to nature intervention” for new immigrant families. The project, ‘Strengthening Community Roots: Anchoring Newcomers in Wellness and Sustainability (SCORE!), has been awarded $870,000 from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Read more.

portrait of Tom Farrell

Tom Farrell in the Department of Applied Linguistics recently had a book published in his honour. Teacher Reflection: Policies, Practices and Impacts by Zia Tajeddin and Atsuko Watanabe was “compiled in honor of Thomas S.C. Farrell, one of the most distinguished scholars in theorizing and researching language teacher reflection.” Learn more.

Research Events

October 2022

In the fall, Movement and Mobility became the third event in the interdisciplinary symposium series hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Co-hosted with Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI), presenters from our Faculty and others presented on the theme of movement and mobility. Learn more and watch the recording.

portrait of Maurice Feldman

Maurice Feldman in the Department of Applied Disability Studies has recently seen an increase in demand for his Step-by-Step Parenting Programme, which supports parents with intellectual disabilities. Read more.

portrait of Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies (shown), Liam Midzain-Gobin in the Department of Political Science, and Maureen Connolly of the Departments of Kinesiology, Child and Youth Studies and Applied Disability Studies are among the most recent recipients of Brock University Indigenous Research Grants. Read more.

portrait of Charlis Raineki

Charlis Raineki in the Department of Psychology was recently awarded a three-year research grant from the Azrieli Foundation to investigate how changes in the neuroimmune function and gut microbiome can mediate the neurobehavioural changes observed in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

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A new research collaboration between Brock and Pathstone Mental Health has yielded promising insight into using dance with behaviour therapy to foster the development of social skills and self-esteem in children with exceptionalities and behavioural challenges. Under the supervision of Associate Professor Tricia Vause in the University’s Departments of Child and Youth Studies and Applied Disability Studies, Master of Arts in Disability Studies student Dana Kalil implemented the Dance with a B-E-A-T! (Behaviour Analysis and Therapy) program with a group of children who experience behavioural challenges in Pathstone’s structured, day-treatment setting. Read more.

David Sharron displays documents from Andrew Jackson Fonds

Brock’s Archives and Special Collections is now home to the papers of Andrew Jackson, former Chief Economist and Director of Social and Economic Policy at the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), thanks to joint efforts from the Department of Labour Studies and the Brock Library. Read more.

portrait of Caitlyn Gallant

This winter, Caitlyn Gallant (MA ’17, PhD ’22) of the Department of Psychology took top honours in the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ inaugural GRADflix video research competition. Gallant now works as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Lab at York University. Watch her video on Understanding the Complex Mental Health Needs of Children or read more about the competition.

care work illustration featuring baby in high chair, woman working on laptop at kitchen table, woman preparing to feed with a spoon

The Reimagining Care/Work Policies website launched in December 2021 as part of the knowledge mobilization strategy of a seven-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership grant led by Andrea Doucet, Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care and Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock. Scholars, journalists and policymakers now have a new resource for discovering Canada’s latest research into the crucial issue of care and work policies and how they impact diverse families. Read more.

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Allison Clark, Master of Sustainability student in the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, received the 2021-2022 Gunther Abrahamson Research and Management Award of $2,000 from the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) in late fall.

Ann Farrell

Ann Farrell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies, was awarded the 2021 Early Career Award by the University at Buffalo’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention. The award recognizes an individual who has made exemplary scholarly contributions to the field of bullying abuse prevention and conducted research that has the potential to influence practice and policy. Read more.

Niruba Rasuratnam

At the 2021 Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) conference, Assistant Professor Valdeep Saini and graduate student Niruba Rasuratnam (shown here) were recognized for their contributions to scholarship in their field. Saini received the 2021 Researcher Award, while Rasuratnam received the 2021 Poster Award. Both individuals were also honoured at last year’s event, with Rasuratnam receiving the 2020 Student Award and Saini receiving the 2020 Teaching Award.

Horizon Scholarship winner gallery

The Faculty of Social Sciences congratulates the student researchers across our Faculty who received Horizon Scholarships in 2021. Read more.

  • Lulu Larcenciel, Child and Youth Studies master’s student
  • Nazurah Khokhar, Applied Disability Studies master’s student
  • Emese Graham, Social Justice and Equity Studies master’s student
  • Zohreh Salaribaghsangani, Applied Linguistics master’s student
  • Gifty Owusu, Applied Disability Studies master’s student
  • Marwa Mohammed Iqbal, Applied Disability Studies master’s student
  • Matthew Hayes, Child and Youth Studies PhD student

2021 Faculty of Social Sciences Research Colloquium

Each year, award-winning researchers from across the Faculty of Social Sciences gather to share their research with the Brock community at the FOSS Research Colloquium. The December 2021 virtual event featured five presentations, including two from the joint recipients of the 2021 FOSS Early Career Researcher of the Year Award (Jessica Blythe and Julia Baird, shown above) and three from winners of the 2021 FOSS Student Research Award:

  • “Water resilience for a rapidly changing world” — Associate Professor Julia Baird, Geography and Tourism Studies and Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
  • “Empathy and Equity for the World’s Oceans” — Assistant Professor Jessica Blythe, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
  • “A Holistic Approach to Mapping Priority Sites for Low-Impact Development” — Jillian Booth (BSc ’20), Sustainability Science and Society
  • “Tracing the Colonial Dimensions of ‘Special Education’: History, Disability and Settler Colonialism” — Alec Moore (BA ’20), Child and Youth Studies
  • “Evaluating Video Prompting to Teach Prospective Parents and Caregivers Correct Installation of Child Passenger Safety Restraints” — Niruba Rasuratnam, Applied Disability Studies

2021 Faculty of Social Science Graduate Writing Awards

Best PhD Thesis

Christine Salabub (Psychology) – “Electrophysiological measures of flexible attentional control and visual working memory maintenance”
Supervised by Stephen Emrich

Best MA Thesis

Julia Hamill (Geography) – “Molida’, That’s Shimshali Food: Modernization, Mobility, Food Talk, and the Constitution of Identity in Shimshal, Pakistan”
Supervised by David Butz

Best MRP

Stephanie Piovesan (Critical Sociology) – “Animal Activism in Response to the Haudenosaunee Deer Harvest at Short Hills: Colonial Oppression, Responsibilities, and Indigenous-Settler and Human-Animal Relationships”
Supervised by Lauren Corman

Best Paper in a Graduate Course

Ralph Pot (Applied Disability Studies) – “Children, Disability, Education, and the Covid-19 Pandemic”
For Laura Mullins

Research Events

June 2022

Brock virtually welcomed Psychology students from across Ontario to share their research with peers and professors during the 52nd annual Ontario Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference (AOPUTC). Read more.

The Department of Applied Linguistics hosted the 13th Annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) Conference, which brings together pronunciation researchers and graduate students from around the world. Read more.

May 2022

A Brock conference on selective mutism (SM), the first of its kind in Canada, brought together people who experience, care for and want to treat the condition. The event was hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Read more.

September 2021

In September 2021, Social Justice and Community Collaboration, part of the interdisciplinary symposium series hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences, showcased affiliates of the Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) representing several disciplines. Researchers shared updates on their community collaboration research projects that have been funded by the SJRI. Learn more and watch the recording.

Distinguished Research Awards in the Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences awarded its top honours for research, the Distinguished Researcher and Early Career Researcher of the Year.

Professor Andrea Doucet of the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies was named the Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Researcher for 2020. Doucet holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care and recently began work on a SSHRC Partnership Grant entitled Reimagining Care/Work Policies (2020-2027).

The adjudication committee chose to name two Early Career Researchers of the Year for 2020: Assistant Professor Jessica Blythe of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC), faculty lead on the Niagara Adapts Innovative Partnership, and Assistant Professor Julia Baird of the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies and the ESRC, who holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of Water Resources and Water Resilience.

Andrea Doucet

Andrea Doucet

Jessica Blythe

Jessica Blythe

Julia Baird

Julia Baird

Elizabeth Todd

Elizabeth Todd in the Department of Applied Disability Studies received the Governor General’s Gold Medal for highest academic achievement among graduate students at Brock’s spring convocation. Read more.

Diane Dupont

Diane Dupont, Professor in Brock University’s Department of Economics, has been named an inaugural Fellow by the Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Association (CREEA). Read more.

Sid Segalowitz

Brock research teams are part of a $1.84 M Brain Canada Foundation grant to launch an EEG platform for national and international EEG-based neuroscience collaboration. In partnership with McGill University, the Montreal Neurological Institute and various Universities and research centres worldwide, the project, called EEGNET, is to develop an open EEG platform that will facilitate amalgamation of data from multiple labs. This project is part of the new open science movement that will generate larger, more diverse datasets to advance our understanding of neurodevelopmental, psychiatric and neurodegenerative brain disorders. Several Brock research groups are participating in the EEGNET platform: James Desjardins (MA PSYC, 2011), who is also the High Performance Computing Consultant at SHARCNET, has been working with the McGill team on large scale EEG analytic initiatives for some years starting with results stemming from his Masters research; Ayda Tekok-Kilic (CHYS), Erin Panda (CHYS) and Sid Segalowitz (PSYC) are starting a longitudinal study of children receiving services from Pathstone Mental Health to examine whether knowing about brain function at entry will help clinicians to provide more targeted services and therefore improve outcomes; Karen Campbell (PSYC) researches memory and cognitive changes associated with brain changes in older adults; Teena Willoughby (PSYC) has been collecting longitudinal EEG on a normative adolescent population to relate to well-being and health risk behaviours; and Chrissy Lackner (PhD PSYC, 2015, now at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax) and Sid Segalowitz (shown here) are using EEG measures to examine self-regulation and information processing in young adults with cerebral palsy. This Brain Canada grant will fuel international collaboration and optimize data sharing for the research and medical community. Read more.

Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner of the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies was the University of Washington’s 2020-21 Fulbright Canada Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies. Read more.

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The Faculty of Social Sciences congratulates the student researchers across our Faculty who were the first recipients of Horizon Scholarships. Read more.

  • Onika Forde, Social Justice and Equity Studies master’s student
  • Elvia Lopez, Social Justice and Equity Studies master’s student
  • Sarah Lukaszczyk, Critical Sociology master’s student
  • Sali Moieldin, Social Justice and Equity Studies master’s student
  • Nneka Onyeachonam, Applied Disability Studies master’s student
  • Teshawn Smikle, Social Justice and Equity Studies master’s student
  • Helena Tizaa, Critical Sociology master’s student
  • Nwakerendu Waboso, Child and Youth Studies PhD student
  • Xiaoyang Xia, Psychology PhD student

Council for Research in the Social Sciences

In the 2020-21 academic year, 14 researchers across the Faculty received CRISS funds to support their projects. Read more about their work.

Joanne Heritz

CRISS funding is instrumental in the creation of an in-depth media content analysis of issues related to affordable housing in Niagara. The report will provide background information for the SSHRC funded community-based project with the YWCA Niagara Region and Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory that investigates “Improving Safe and Affordable Housing for Women Before and After the COVID-19 Pandemic.” ~Joanne Heritz, CRISS Research Award recipient, May 2021

2020 Faculty of Social Science Graduate Writing Awards

Best MA Thesis

Katelyn Pierce (Geography) – “Detached from Our Bodies: Representing Women‘s Mental Health and Well-being with Graphic Memoirs”
Supervised by Ebru Ustundag

Best MRP

Sorayyah Chityal (Political Science) – “Did Former Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin Leave a Feminist Legacy Behind?”
Supervised by Matthew Hennigar

Best Paper in a Graduate Course

Steven Iamarino (Economics) – “Causes for Property vs. Violent crime in Canada”
For Robert Dimand

Research Events

May 2021

The Department of Applied Linguistics hosted the 12th Annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) Conference virtually, the only annual North American conference on the topic, which brings together pronunciation researchers and graduate students from around the world. Funding for the event comes from a SSHRC Partnership Grant received by Ron Thomson and Andrew Lee of the Department of Applied Linguistics, as well as support from the Dean’s Discretionary Fund.

The Faculty hosted a second virtual symposium to highlight the impact of the Special COVID-19-Related Dean’s Discretionary Fund (see below).

April 2021

Perspectives on Mental Health kicks off a new interdisciplinary symposium series hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences designed to offer members of the Brock and wider communities the chance to learn about research and activities happening across the University.

February 2021

The Faculty hosted a virtual symposium to highlight the impact of the Special COVID-19-Related Dean’s Discretionary Fund. In the spring of 2020, as the disruptive potential of the pandemic became clear, we sought to support ongoing and innovative initiatives by members of the Faculty of Social Sciences through the Special COVID-19-Related Dean’s Discretionary Fund call. The virtual symposium highlighted the impact of this funding by showcasing some of the projects that were supported as activities and projects across FOSS were reimagined and realigned to comply with the new COVID-19 context.

October 2020

Applied Linguistics and Psychology students hosted colleagues from around the world in the first “Words in the World Online Conference,” an online event specifically designed to highlight the research of students working in empirical language research as part of the Words in the World SSHRC Partnership Project hosted by Brock University. Over 300 people registered for the conference from more than 50 institutions in 17 countries.