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Associate Professor, Departments of Community Health Sciences and Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
2009-2010 (CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship), University of Regina and University of British Columbia
2009 (Doctor of Philosophy), Department of Community Health Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
2003 (Master of Science), Department of Family Social Science, University of Manitoba.
1999 (Bachelor of Science), Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba.
Dr. Afifi has developed two primary research interests in the areas of child maltreatment (including child abuse, neglect, physical punishment, and exposure to intimate partner violence) and problem gambling. She has used population-based data from Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands to investigate mental and physical health correlates of both family violence and problem gambling. Dr. Afifi has published over 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and presented research findings in over 85 national and international conference proceedings. Dr. Afifi has participated in over 100 media interviews for print, radio, television, and social media resulting in over 1,500 known worldwide news stories.
Dr. Afifi’s research program objectives are to: 1) understand the size and scope of child maltreatment within a Canadian context and how it relates to health and health services; 2) identify protective factors associated with a decreased likelihood of child maltreatment and increased likelihood of improved health outcomes following child maltreatment; 3) apply this new knowledge to develop a new evidence-based intervention strategy or to modify an existing program; and 4) begin to evaluate this newly developed or modified intervention strategy to determine effectiveness in preventing child maltreatment and its associated mental and physical health impairment.
The short-term goals are to advance child maltreatment knowledge in Canada, to identify protective factors related to prevention, and to develop (or modify) an intervention strategy. The long-term goals are to evaluate and implement strategies to prevent child maltreatment and to reduce the likelihood of poor health outcomes following child maltreatment. Importantly, this program will be the first to measure potential decreases in child maltreatment and mental and physical health conditions and health services