|"This grant gives us an opportunity to rethink common-sense understandings about research, violence and health – to engage in truly collaborative research that is simultaneously rigorous, important and fun!"|
Helene Berman, RN, Ph.D. is professor and associate dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University, as well as a research scholar at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children. Her research has focused on violence in the lives of children and has included homeless, Aboriginal, and newcomer youth who have experienced marginalization, trauma, uprooting, and displacement.
Helene was the principal investigator on two national studies examining how girls and young women are socialized to expect violence, its effects on their health, and implications for policy makers and programmers. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), SSHRC, and Status of Women Canada. The theoretical and methodological perspectives used are informed by critical and feminist theory, intersectionality, participatory approaches and narrative analysis. She is past chairperson of the Alliance of Canadian Research Centres on Violence and editor, with Y. Jiwani, of the forthcoming book, Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls (Althouse Press).