Staff

Director

Dr. Michael Ungar is the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University. He is also a practicing family therapist, the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre, and consults and trains with the World Bank, UNESCO, and the Red Cross. Dr Ungar’s research has helped to identify the most important factors that influence the resilience of children and adults during periods of transition and stress. He is the author of 15 books that have been translated into five languages, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers, as well as more than 180 scientific papers. His blog Nurturing Resilience is on Psychology Today.  In 2012 Dr. Ungar was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contribution to clinical work with families and communities.

Senior Staff

Sara Al-Gashm

Sara Al-Gashm

Evaluation Manager

Sara Al-Gashm manages evaluation projects at the Resilience Research Centre at a national and international level, which integrate both quantitative and quasi...

Eric Twum-Antwi

Eric Twum-Antwi

Project Manager (RYSE)

Eric Twum-Antwi is the Project Manager for the RYSE Project based at the Resilience Research Centre. Eric has a Neuroscience Specialist Degree from the...

Jan Höltge

Jan Höltge

Visiting Scholar

Jan Höltge is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Resilience Research Centre. Jan completed both his Bachelor in Psychology and Master in Environmental...

Simone Chia-Kangata

Simone Chia-Kangata

Project Manager (CYRRC)

Simone Chia-Kangata joined the CYRRC as Project Manager in May 2017. Simone brings expertise in research and evaluation, project design, implementation and...

Philip Jefferies

Philip Jefferies

Research Fellow

Philip Jefferies is a research fellow at the Resilience Research Centre. Phil completed his bachelors and masters in psychology at the University...

Brandon Mott

Brandon Mott

Communications Specialist

Brandon promotes content, shares stories, and facilitates conversation through audio visuals, event planning, and graphic design...

Leah Crowell

Leah Crowell

Site Coordinator (RYSE)

Leah Crowell completed her bachelors in Child & Youth Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University and masters in Sociology at...

Hamideh Mahdiani

Hamideh Mahdiani

Visiting Scholar

Hamideh Mahdiani is a doctoral research fellow at the Resilience Research Centre. Hamideh holds both a bachelor and a masters in...

Research Assistants

Rena Vanstone

Rena Vanstone

Research Assistant

Rena Vanstone is a research assistant at the Resilience Research Centre. She is currently completing an Bachelor of Arts with Honours in...

Marlee Jordan

Marlee Jordan

Research Assistant

Marlee Jordan has an academic background in Criminology; she received a BA (Honours) and MA from Saint Mary’s University with...

Igor Pekelny

Igor Pekelny

Research Assistant

Igor Pekelny is a research associate at the Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University and the Sociology/Criminology Department...

Chantale Comeau

Chantale Comeau

Research Assistant

Chantale Comeau received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology from Saint Mary’s University, and has completed a...

Daniel Blais

Daniel Blais

Research Assistant

Daniel Blais is a research and evaluation associate with the Resilience Research Centre and Wisdom2Action network. With...