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September 6, 2023

Families Matter Research Group Interactive Series: Exploring the experiences and perspectives of parents of defence and public safety personnel

Date & Time: September 27th, 2023, 11:00 am CST (12:00 pm EST)  

Where do parents fit in all of this? We invite you to join Dr. Heidi Cramm and Lisa Vaters for a discussion about the experiences and perspectives of parents of defence and public safety personnel. We will explore issues and needs across the family life cycle.

While this is an open event and all are welcome, please note, registration is required. Information gathered from this event will play a vital role in growing a network that will serve and support PSP families across Canada. Following the event, attendees will be asked to complete a survey to inform the format, frequency, and themes of future PSP Families Network activities.

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant (Families matter: A partnership of partners to study, serve, and support the families of military, veterans, and public safety personnel) with partners the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT), the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR), and the Vanier Institute of the Family, along with Medavie Foundation.


Dr. Heidi Cramm
Heidi Cramm is Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy and the research lead for the Families Matter Research Group based at Queen’s University. An occupational therapist, she has a clinical background in child and family mental health and wellbeing. Her research program focuses on family mental health and wellbeing for those serving in occupations with significant risk and requirement.

Lisa Vaters
Lisa Vaters is examining the bereavement experience of military and Veteran family members in her second year of a Rehabilitation and Health Leadership Doctorate. She is currently a Veteran spouse for a decade, after twenty-five years as a military family member, and parent of a military member for seven years.

This event will be presented in English with the option of French captioning.

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