Monica Ruiz-Casares

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Associate Professor Faculty of Community Services School of Child and Youth Care Toronto, Ontario monica.ruizcasares@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 554826

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I am an associate professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at Toronto Metropolitan University and adjunct professor of psychiatry and associate member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families and the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. For a decade, I wa...

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Bio/Research

I am an associate professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at Toronto Metropolitan University and adjunct professor of psychiatry and associate member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families and the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. For a decade, I was a staff investigator at the Sherpa University Institute in Montreal, where I evaluated health and social services for migrant and refugee families and other culturally diverse populations. I was born in Spain and have lived and/or worked in all continents (except Antarctica!). A lawyer by training (ICADE, Spain), I obtained an MSc in Program Planning and Evaluation and a PhD in Policy Analysis and Management/Human Services Studies from Cornell University, an MA in International Development from The George Washington University, and postdoctoral fellowships in Social and Cultural Child Psychiatry at McGill University. I lead mixed-methods studies on child wellbeing/mental health and protection cross-culturally, mainly in contexts of parent-child separation in low- and middle-income countries. I am also interested in ethical and methodological issues involved in research with and by young people. I am a member of the board of directors of the American Evaluation Association, co-chair of the International Society for Child Indicators, and a credentialed evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society. I have worked in policy and program evaluation of human services internationally for more than 25 years.

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