About the Centre and our Founder

Dr. Susan J. Wells. Please click the photo for a video on the origins of the Centre.


The Centre was established in 2011 by Dr. Susan J. Wells, UBCO professor emerita, with support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation five-year infrastructure grant. The Centre was developed to advance research on child welfare services and focuses on evidence-based practices, organizational factors related to service quality, as well as racial biases and disparities. Our research supplements services in applying innovative strategies within their practice for children and families. Funding for Centre projects has come from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), provincial sources, and other foundation funding.

Dr. Susan J. Wells, the founding director of the Centre, has a over 30 years of experience conducting research with federal programs, province-wide child mental health and social service agencies, and community service providers, with an emphasis on the interface between research, practice, and policy. Dr. Wells has supported this work with over $12 million in grant and contract research funding, leading to numerous publications and knowledge translation efforts that have had a direct impact nationally and internationally on laws, policy, and practice in child health and social service delivery. Dr. Wells is currently UBCO Professor Emerita following a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology and in the School of Social Work.