Canada Research Centre on Inclusive Education


Acadia University

Dr. M. Lynn Aylward (Associate Professor, Acadia University, Nova Scotia) collaborates with community advocacy groups (e.g., People First, Learning Disabilities Association). Her research is in the areas of teacher education and postsecondary education with a focus on how we construct the category of "dis/ability".
Dr. Lynn Aylward's full bio.

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Gabrielle Young Dr. Gabrielle Young (Assistant Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland) began her position in July 2011 and has recently completed her Ph.D. She has already connected with the community, the school board, and the Department of Education in Newfoundland.
Dr. Gabrielle Young's full bio.

Dr. KImberly MaichDr. Kimberly Maich (Assistant Professor, Brock University, Ontario) has worked as an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) consultant and Program Co-ordinator with McMaster Children's Hospital. Before moving to Brock University, she was a professor in Fanshawe College's Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Leadership.
Dr. Kimberly Maich's full bio.

Mount St. Vincent University

Dr. Jamie Metsala Dr. Jamie Metsala (Professor, Mount St. Vincent University, Nova Scotia) is the Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Learning Disabilities (appointed July 1, 2011). She has begun collaboration with representatives from the Nova Scotia Department of Education concerning both children with learning disabilities and early reading acquisition.
Dr. Jamie Metsala's full bio.

University of Moncton

Dr. Angela AuCoin Dr. Angèla AuCoin (Professor, University of Moncton, New Brunswick). Her doctoral studies reviewed the history, and the lived legal framework of school inclusion in the Acadian area of Nova Scotia. In 2011 she collaborated with Dr. Gordon Porter to prepare a report on school inclusion in New Brunswick. She is member of the International Laboratory on School Inclusion (LISIS).
Dr. Angela Aucoin's full bio.

Mireille LeBlanc Dr. Mireille LeBlanc (Professor, University of Moncton, New Brunswick). Her fields of specialization: School adaptation, teaching resources, collaboration between teacher, and school inclusion.

Brock University

Dr. Sheila Bennett Dr. Sheila Bennett (Professor; Brock University, Ontario) works in the area of policy and practical issues in the field. Through her research work, publications, and speaking engagements, she has collaborative relationships with universities, school boards, and community associations (e.g., Six Nations Aboriginal Community Consortium; Ontario Brain Injury Association) across Canada.
Dr. Sheila Bennett full bio.

Dr. Tiffany Gallagher Dr. Tiffany Gallagher (Associate Professor, Brock University, Ontario) specializes in survey design and case study methods. Within the past few years, she has worked closely with two school boards in the Niagara region of Ontario as a consultant researcher for projects that these school boards were implementing in the areas of professional development, and literacy for struggling students.
Dr. Tiffany Gallagher's full bio.

McGill University

Prof. Roberta Thomson (Course Instructor, McGill University, and LaSalle College) has a passion to facilitate learning and empowerment of individuals through the use of technology in accessible learning environments. She has been working to support the Office for Students with Disabilities at McGill in its promotion of the concept of Universal Design for Learning. Her area of expertise is Universal Design for Learning, Assistive Technology, Special/Inclusive Education.
Prof. Roberta Thomson's full bio.

Dr. Tara Flanagan Dr. Tara Flanagan (Assistant Professor, McGill University, Quebec). Her main research and theoretical interests lie in the areas of social cognition, social inclusion, and social policy for persons with developmental disabilities. She is particularly interested in the transition from school to the community for young adults with disabilities, self-determination, and in the notions of adulthood and quality of life for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Dr. Tara Flanagan's full bio.

Queens University

Dr. John Freeman Dr. John Freeman (Professor, Queen's University, Ontario) is Director of the Social Program Evaluation Group at Queen's University). His research focuses primarily on how schools can be made more welcoming places for students, teachers, and parents.
Dr. John Freeman's full bio.

Dr. Nancy Hutchinson Dr. Nancy Hutchinson (Professor, Queen's University, Ontario) has published textbooks and casebooks on inclusive education used extensively in teacher education across Canada. For the past 10 years, she has focused much of her research on enhancing co-operative education and workplace learning for youth with disabilities and at-risk youth.
Dr. Nancy Hutchinson's full bio.

University of Ottawa

Dr. Jessica Whitley Dr. Jessica Whitley (Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Ontario) teaches and conducts research in the area of educational psychology and inclusive education. She is particularly interested in the psychosocial outcomes and mental health functioning of all students but particularly those with exceptionalities.
Dr. Jessica Whitley's full bio.

Western University

Dr. Elizabeth Nowicki Dr. Elizabeth Nowicki (Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario) is a former elementary school teacher. Her research focuses primarily on peer relations and diversity.
Dr. Elizabeth Nowicki's full bio.

Dr. Jacqueline Specht Dr. Jacqueline Specht (Professor, University of Western Ontario) teaches in the area of educational psychology and special education. Currently she is the director of the Centre for Inclusive Education and teaches in both the pre-service and graduate programs. Her research interests encompass pedagogical issues surrounding the participation of children in the school system.
Dr. Jacqueline Specht's full bio.

Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Steve Sider Dr. Steve Sider (Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario) focuses on educational leadership and developing caring, inclusive school cultures, spanning alternative contexts such as Haiti, Thailand, various First Nations groups, and independent schools. He serves on the Regional Special Education Committee (Ministry of Education, London region).
Dr. Steve Sider's full bio.

University of Regina

Dr. Wanda Lyons Dr. Wanda Lyons (Assistant Professor, University of Regina, Saskatchewan) researches inclusive education policy, teacher and principal education, and the role of educational assistants. Dr. Lyons has collaborated with provincial and national stakeholder and advocacy groups. She is currently engaged in the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance.
Dr. Wanda Lyons' full bio.

Dr. Scott Thompson Dr. Scott Thompson (Associate Professor, University of Regina, Saskatchewan) is broadly interested in the area of diversity and inclusive education. He is engaged in the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance.
Dr. Scott Thompson's full bio.

Dr. Vianne Timmons Dr. Vianne Timmons (President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, Saskatchewan; President-Elect of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities) is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher and advocate in the field of inclusive education. During the course of her work, she has collaborated with several members of this team.
Dr. Vianne Timmons's full bio.  

Dr. Jenn De Lugt Jenn De Lugt (Lecturer, University of Regina, Saskatchewan) teaches in inclusive education and is particularly interested in research related tosupporting students with emotional and behavioral challenges in inclusive classrooms. She is currently investigating ways in which educative mental health programs for schools can foster open dialogue, reduce stigma, and enhance understanding about mental health concerns for children and youth.
Jenn De Lugt's full bio.

Concordia University of Edmonton

Dr. Tim Loreman Dr. Tim Loreman (Professor, President, Concordia University of Edmonton) researches school inclusion, childhood and pedagogical issues along with pre-service teacher education. He has partnered with provincial and regional agencies, such as Getting Ready for Inclusion Today (GRIT) and Pembina Hills Regional School Division #7.
Dr. Tim Loreman's full bio.

Thompson Rivers University

Dr. Kim Calder Stegemann Dr. Kim Calder Stegemann (Assistant Professor; Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia) has been an elementary school teacher, Director/Founder of a literacy centre, and coordinator of Inclusive and Special Education Program at TRU. Her research interests focus on at-risk students, especially those with English as a Second Language and those from Aboriginal communities.

University of British Columbia

Dr. Jennifer KatzDr. Jennifer Katz (Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba) is the developer of the Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which is described in a newly released book.
Dr. Jennifer Katz's full bio.

University of Victoria

Dr. Donna McGhie-Richmond Dr. Donna McGhie-Richmond (Associate Professor, University of Victoria, British Columbia) focuses on the role of universal design for learning and instruction and assistive technologies in enabling teaching and learning. She has established collaborative connections with school districts in BC and ministry of education-supported services such as Provincial Integration Support Program; and SET-BC.
Dr. Donna McGhie-Richmond's full bio.

Dr. Anne Marshall Dr. Anne Marshall (Professor and Director, Centre for Youth and Society, University of Victoria, British Columbia). Her work focuses on adolescent and emerging adulthood transitions, mental health, cultural identity, knowledge mobilization, and qualitative community-engaged research.

Dr. Anne Marshall's full bio.