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The Research Chair

In partnership with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work, Wood’s Homes launched the Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health to enhance the existing body of knowledge in the children’s mental health field and develop new, innovative and evidence-based interventions that will further help children and their families with the far-reaching effects of mental illnesses of all types.

On May 19, 2017, Wood’s Homes and the University of Calgary announced the hiring of Dr. Angelique Jenney for the Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health position.

Dr. Jenney, PhD, RSW, has over 25 years' experience working with children and families, and was most recently the Director of Family Violence Services for Child Development Institute (CDI), an internationally recognized child and family Toronto agency. The chair is Canada’s first community-hosted chair in Children’s Mental Health.

The children’s mental health community will benefit from this initiative by:

  • Having ready access to information about best practices and other research to enhance skills and abilities to effectively address mental health issues in youth
  • Engaging in studies that will offer opportunities to learn about research practices, outcome measures and also ‘what works’ in a field of interest
  • Gaining access to action-oriented research opportunities, results and strategies to more effectively work with children and adolescents
  • Offering practitioners and students in the social services field the opportunity to both learn and practice skills needed to improve services to children, youth and families
  • Providing the results and experiences to policy-makers, other agencies, professional journals, academic institutions and the general public at the local, provincial, national and international level