Shari Brotman is Associate Professor at the McGill School of Social Work and a member of CREGÉS. Shari has worked extensively, as an educator, researcher and practitioner in the fields of social gerontology and anti-oppressive social work practice. Her scholarly activities center on questions of access and equity in the design and delivery of health and social care services to older adults from marginalized communities, including work addressing the experiences of neurodiverse older people and their carers. Her research incorporates an intersectional lens exploring the ways in which interlocking oppressions shape the everyday lives of people and communities. She undertakes qualitative, community and arts-based research.
Tamara SussmanTamara Sussman is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University and an affiliated researcher at Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology. She is a social gerontologist whose program of research examines how health and social services can improve outcomes for older adults with chronic health conditions and their families. While Dr. Sussman has conducted studies across the health and social service network including home care, hospital settings, and long-term care (LTC) homes, her expertise and contributions have been, increasingly directed towards improving interventions and services within the context of congregate living environments such as LTC.
Laura Pacheco is Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, Memorial University and an Adjunct Professor at the McGill University School of Social Work. Previously she was a clinician-researcher and coordinator of a specialized evidence-based parenting service for persons with intellectual disability in Montreal. She is a consultant for workers in the government, community and legal system. Laura’s research interests include intersecting levels of oppression on the lines of ability/dis- ability, gender, culture, service provision to families headed by parents with intellectual disability, participatory approaches and reproductive justice. Laura has been in the helping profession within the field of disability for over 15 years and has worked with individuals, couples and families from birth to the aging population.
Lucyna LachLucy Lach is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, McGill University and Associate Member of the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology/Neurosurgery in the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. She has a special interest in health-related quality of life and parenting of children with chronic health conditions and disabilities. Working closely with parents, clinical and institutional leaders, and policy makers, Dr. Lach uses her expertise to increase awareness of what constitutes parenting, what makes a difference to how parents parent their child, and what difference parenting makes to child outcomes. Dr. Lach began her professional career as a front- line social worker working with families and children with Cystic Fibrosis and neuro-developmental diagnoses at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Co-investigator and Team Leader (Quebec City)
Marie-Hélène Deshaies is an Assistant Professor at École de travail social et criminology of Laval University. She teaches community organization and the study of social movements. Her research interests focus on the social and political organization of care work, health and social service system, collective action and social movements and the fight against poverty and inequalities. In her work, she mobilizes collaborative and participatory research processes with community and social organizations.
Co-investigator (Quebec City)
Émilie RaymondÉmilie Raymond is Professor at École de travail social et criminology of Laval University, where she teaches community organization and qualitative research methods. She is responsible for the FRQSC’s Participation sociale et villes inclusives research team and a CREGES researcher. Dr. Raymond is interested in the social and civic participation of older adults, particularly people with disabilities. She mainly uses collaborative research approaches, working with community, association and governmental partners to improve older adult's inclusive access to social participation spaces.
Co-investigator (Quebec City)
Élise MilotÉlise Milot is an Associate Professor at École de travail social et criminology of Laval University and co-director of the Inclusive Communities Laboratory of the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale (CIRRIS) in Quebec City. She is a co-researcher in this project. Her research interests focus on the development of more inclusive environments for adults and seniors with intellectual disabilities and on experimenting with innovative practices to promote their participation in community life. Her research projects are participatory in nature, and all carried out with partners from various communities.
Zelda FreitasZelda Freitas is a social worker (MSW) and the past coordinator of the area of expertise in caregiving at the Centre for Research and Expertise on Social Gerontology, CIUSSS CCOMTL. She recently joined the professional practice team as a clinical advisor at the CIUSSS. As a research practitioner, she is interested in issues related to psychosocial practice and family care, bereavement, loss and grief. She plays a crucial role in accessing and consolidating partnerships within the health and social services network and with community partners. She has been recently named as an Adjunct Professor at the McGill University School of Social Work. Zelda is a proud caregiver to her parents.
Daniel DicksonDaniel Dickson is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Concordia University. His dissertation project is related to the development of a cross-provincial policy index to compare effectiveness in implementing social inclusion policies for older Canadians with neurodiversity. Drawing from his past experience in the social services sector, his primary interest is in analyzing the effects of public policies designed to reduce social marginalization and exclusion, with a specific focus on disability and population aging.
Julien SimardJulien Simard holds a master’s degree in Anthropology (Université de Montréal) and a PhD in Urban Studies (INRS-UCS). He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the McGill School of Social Work under the supervision of Shari Brotman, and is the recipient of a CMHC Housing Research Scholarship. His current work, informed by critical social gerontology, housing studies and urban anthropology, is centred around understanding the many facts of housing precarity among older low-income tenants in gentrifying neighborhoods. He will use his expertise to contribute to the conceptual framework and analysis of the data, along with anchoring the research into the legislative and policy housing context of Quebec.
Berna EliasBerna Elias holds a Diplôme d'études approfondies (DEA) in Social Psychology and is currently a PhD Candidate at École de travail social of Université de Montréal. Berna has over ten years of experience as a social worker in a multicultural setting and within a transdisciplinary team. She is interested in supporting individuals with neurodiversity, their families, and practitioners working with them. Her research interests focus on the child- parent- practitioner partnership in intervention, the transcultural context and participatory partnership research. Berna associates herself with the clinical sociology approach, a reflective, comprehensive, critical and interdisciplinary approach.
Research Assistant (Montreal)
Aglaé MastrostefanoAglaé Mastrostefano is completing her Master’s in Social Work at McGill University. Her research interests center around neurodiversity, specifically looking at the life experiences that neurodiverse adults and older adults go through in their lives. Her work experience has mostly been with this population within community organizations and the health care system. She enjoys getting to know individual’s life stories and she is glad to be part of this project.
Research Assistant (Quebec City)
Éloise PelletierEloïse has recently graduated from University of Laval with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Since then, she has been working as a researcher assistant on projects concerning social participation and social inclusion of senior citizens. Relating to Eloïse’s professional life, her interests are social inclusion, equity, feminism, politics and teaching. While working as a research assistant, Eloïse is also pursuing her DESS (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées) in teaching. She is grateful to have the opportunity to join this project in order to continue her learning in the field of research.
Camille Demers is a project officer at Sans Oublier le Sourire (SOS) where she works with a consultant and several partners on the project "Pour une "re" connaissance des personnes vieillissantes ayant une déficience intellectuelle (DI) et/un trouble du spectre de l'autisme (TSA)" (2021-2023). She is currently co-leading the production of a toolbox with the goal to centralize all the existing tools on aging and intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder, as well as the definition of a new transition model - the "Transition vers un âge d’or concerté" (TAOC). Prior to SOS, Camille worked for two years as a research assistant at the Institut du Savoir Montfort and for five years at the Société franco-ontarienne de l'autisme. She strongly believes in the collaboration between research and field-led community work to find concrete solutions towards a more inclusive society. Sans Oublier le Sourire is very happy to be involved in this committee. We hope we can bring our hands-on experience and a community organization perspective on the subject.