Associate Professor-School of Social Work and
Disability Studies and Psychology
Phone: 519-253-3000 x 2223
Degrees: Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Waterloo, MA in Social Psychology, University of Wisconsin, BA in Psychology and Sociology, York University
Scholarly Interests: Ethnic minority issues, Prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination, First Nations, multicultural, and continuing education, Attitudes, values and behaviour.
Dr. Shelagh Towson is interested in intercultural psychology, specifically the way in which people from different ethnocultural groups living in a multicultural society negotiate their interactions with each other and the way in which the defining values of a multicultural society develop. Within this framework, Dr. Towson is particularly interested in issues of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination and concepts of retributive and restorative justice.
Degrees: Ph.D. Social Justice Education, OISE at the University of Toronto, M.A. Sociology & Equity Studies in Education, OISE at the University of Toronto, B.A. (Hon.) University of Toronto
Scholarly Interests: Critical Disability & Mad Studies, Social Movement Activism & Disability Justice Education, Housing Precarity, Homelessness, Housing First, Disability Leadership, Inclusion, Participation, Resistance, Interdisciplinary Critical Theory, Disability Identity & Culture, Poststructural Qualitative Methods & Methodologies
Dr. Jijian Voronka uses Critical Disability Studies perspectives to elucidate confluences of power that negatively affect disabled people within health, social service, research, and education systems. She is currently completing a book exploring the consequences of inclusion policies and the expansion of peer work in mental health and homeless sectors. Her work prioritizes consumer/survivor knowledge production through service user-led, arts-informed, community-based, and narrative inquiry. She has participated in national program evaluation and research demonstration projects, notably the At Home/Chez Soi project, and has received support from SSHRC, Health Canada, and the MHCC. Dr. Voronka has been a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Rutgers University – Newark, taught at Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies, and worked for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.