Faculty Leaders and Research Affiliates

Centre Directors

Faculty Research Interests
Sarah Dow-FleisnerDr. Sarah Dow-Fleisner is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC and Director of the CSSCF.

Her work focuses on the pathways to positive adaptation for children and families experiencing adversity, in particular for those involved with the child welfare system. In particular, her work is aimed identifying protective factors that promote resilience among vulnerable populations, including factors related to individual differences, supportive family relationships (e.g. siblings), and the services provided.

Dr. Dow-Fleisner earned a PhD in social work from Boston College, a MA in child development with a clinical developmental psychology focus from Tufts University, and an honors BA in psychology and a BSc in Child Development from Colby-Sawyer College.
Barbara LeeDr. Barbara Lee is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC and Director of the CSSCF.

She was the 2016 recipient of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Transforming Child Welfare Dissertation Award for her research entitled “Examining child welfare outcomes for Asian-Canadian children and families: A mixed methods study”. Her research interests include racial disparities and racial disproportionality in child welfare and social services, cross-cultural social work, evidence-informed policies and practices, and the use of simulation in social work education and training in working with children, youth, and families.

Dr. Lee earned a PhD and MSW from the University of Toronto, a BSW from the University of Victoria and a BA in psychology from Queen's University.

 

Founding Centre Director

Faculty Emerita Research Interests
Susan J. WellsDr. Susan J. Wells is a Professor Emerita in Psychology and Social Work at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC and the Founding Director of the CSSCF.

She focuses on evidence-based practice and cultural competence in child welfare practice and policy with special interests in risk assessment and screening, decision-making, service coordination, and promoting research-based practice. Dr. Wells’ current project is a study of child protective services organizational environment, practice, and outcomes which is looking to determine the relationship among organization environment, approach to practice, and case outcomes in delegated Indigenous child welfare agencies in British Columbia.

Dr. Wells earned a PhD from the University of Southern California, was an NIMH post-doctoral fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, received an MSW from the University at Albany, and a BA from Pennsylvania State University,

 

Research Affiliates

Faculty Research Interests
Jeffrey MoreJeffrey More is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC.

His scholarship focuses on anti-colonial social work practice and education. With an emphasis on practice-based research, Jeffrey’s research intends to enhance practice in child protection, clinical social work, and work with Indigenous peoples. He leads the Centre’s team to pursue culturally safe research processes. Jeffrey’s teaching specializations are anti-colonial social work and inclusive direct practice, and he has worked in private practice for over 25 years providing counselling, training, and other social services, including anti-colonial clinical practice in Indigenous communities throughout Canada.

More earned his MSW from UBC Okanagan, and is currently a PhD student at Memorial University.

Shelly Ben-DavidDr. Shelly Ben-David is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC.

Her program of research works closely with youth and young adults with mental health challenges and their families to: 1) examine decision-making and engagement with mental health services; 2) examine social, community, and online mental health messages; and 3) understand how identity is disrupted after the development of a mental health disorder.

Dr. Ben-David has a PhD in social work from New York University, an MSW from Columbia University, and a BSc in psychology and religion from the University of Toronto.
Mike Chiasson Dr. Mike Chiasson is a Professor in the Faculty of Management at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC.

His research focuses on the changing relations across people, work, power, and technology. Topics covered in his work include system development and the effects of technology, arising from particular types of technology (enterprise resource planning, eHealth, electronic health records) and in particular settings (medical, legal, entrepreneurial, government, and social work). His empirical work mixes both quantitative and qualitative data, using and contributing to social theory, research methods, and ethics.

Dr. Chiasson has a PhD in management information systems from the University of British Columbia and a B.Com with distinction in finance/accounting from the University of Alberta.
Judy GillespieDr. Judy Gillespie is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC.

Her current research focuses on multi-sector collaboration for community-level change to enhance Indigenous child and family well-being, including participatory approaches to examine culturally- relevant methods for evaluation of the impacts of multi-sector collaborations. She is also interested in place; the role of place in well-being, the interactions of person and place, including the ways in which professional practice is shaped by place using a post-structural lens.

Dr. Gillespie has a PhD from the University of British Columbia and an MSW from the University of Calgary.
Jamie PiercyDr. Jamie Piercy is an Assistant Professor of teaching in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC.

As a clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Piercy is passionate about helping children and families grow and thrive in our local community. My research centers on medical and psychosocial influences on early childhood and adolescent brain and social development. I focus on easing access to assessment and intervention services to support families in raising resilient children and communities.

Dr. Piercy has a PhD. from Wayne State University and a BSc from the University of Victoria.