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BHEc (MSVU), MSc (Alberta), PhD (Dalhousie)

Email: msvu.ca

Phone: (902) 457-6376

Office: Evaristus 325

Affiliated Member of the Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs (www.msvu.ca/sicema)



Biography

I received a Bachelor of Home Economics in Family Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Master in Science in Family Life Education from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in Educational Foundations from Dalhousie University.

 

Research and professional activity with military and veteran families has been my main focus over the course of my career. Informed by ecological theory and critical theory, I am dedicated to advancing knowledge about the cycle of deployment, military-to-civilian-transition, and the impacts of operational stress injuries, largely from the standpoints of the families of serving members and veterans. This research and professional activity is applied, collaborative and interdisciplinary.

For seven years, I led a community-university research alliance investigating service needs and service gaps experienced by individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Nova Scotia.

Family violence research and practice is also an interest, as reflected in my recent involvement with the Gendered Violence Prevention Network, a collaboration between Mount Saint Vincent University and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

My courses focus on the theories, skills, and dispositions required for research and practice in Family Studies and related fields. I teach across the trajectory from first-year undergraduate courses to graduate courses. As present, these include FSGN 1100 – Introduction to Family Studies, FSGN 3314/GFSG 6614 – Family Violence across the Life Course, GFSG 6613 – Critical Theories in Family Studies and Gerontology, GFSG 6610 – Family Life Education, and GFSG 6606 – Research Methods in Family Studies and Gerontology. In 2019, I will be teaching Military Families (FSGN 4490/GFSG 6650), taught as a “Special Topics” course at the undergraduate and graduate level both on campus and online.

Over the past 10 years (2008-2018), I have supervised the thesis committees of 14 MA students to completion. The thesis research focused on the mental health and well-being of military and veteran families, resilience in military and veteran families, parenting programs, and intimate partner violence.

I serve on a number of University committees, community boards, research groups, leadership circles, and professional associations. I am the Associate Editor of the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health. 


Research Interests

 

  • Military families
  • Health and social service needs of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Family relations and social support
  • Family violence                               
  • Qualitative research        
  • Critical theories     

Recent Academic Honours and Awards


2018

The Vanier Institute Military and Veteran Family Health Research Award for best family paper presented at the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum – Regina, SK, October, 2018


2017               

Fellow

Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research

 

 

2016

Induction to the Decade Club

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF)


2015

Senate Award for Service in University Governance

Mount Saint Vincent University 


Selected Publications

Cramm, H., Norris, D., Schwartz, K., Tam-Seto, L., Williams, A., & Mahar, A. (2019). Impact of Canadian Armed Forces veterans’ mental health problems on the family during the military to civilian transition. Military Behavioral Healthdoi.org/10.1080/21635781.2019.1644260

Cramm, H., Norris, D., Houlton, C., Flindall-Hanaa, M. & Tam-Seto, L. (accepted). Exploring post-traumatic stress disorder and its impacts on military families: Scoping the field. In R. Ricciardelli, N. Carleton, A. Hall, & S. Bornstein (Eds.), Handbook of Post-traumatic Stress: Psychosocial, Cultural and Biological Perspectives. London, UK: Routledge.

Skomorovsky, A., Norris, D., Martynova, E., McLaughlin, K., & Wan, C. (2019).   . Work-family conflict and parental strain among Canadian Armed Forces single mothers: The role of coping. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, 5 (1), 93-104. doi.org/10.3138/jmvfh.2017-0033

 

Norris, D., Eichler, M., Cramm, H., Tam-Seto, L., & Smith-Evans, K. (2018). Operational stress injuries and the mental health and well-being of veteran spouses: A scoping review. Journal of Family Theory and Review. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12283

 

Cramm, H., Norris, D., Venedam, S., & Tam-Seto, L. (2018). Toward a model of military family resiliency: A narrative review. Journal of Family Theory and Review. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12284

 

Cramm, H. & Norris, D. War and family life: A critical book review (2018). Journal of Family Theory and Review. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12276

 

Ostler, K., Cramm, H. & Norris, D. (in press). Geographic mobility and special education services. Understanding the experiences of Canadian military families. Journal of     Military, Veteran and Family Health. 

Norris, D. & Smith-Evans, K. (in press, 2018). The experiences of spouses of Canadian Armed Forces veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder: Pathways to resilience. In S. Dursun, S. Urban, & W. Dean (Eds.), The home front: Family well-being and military readiness. Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press.

 

Norris, D., Cramm, H., & Smith-Evans, K. (in press, 2018). The families of military veterans: A scoping review. In S. Dursun, S. Urban, & W. Dean (Eds.), The home front: Family well-being and military readiness. Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press.

 

Skomorovsky, A. & Norris, D., Bullock, A., & Smith-Evans, K. (2016). The impact of military life on children’s well-being and child-parent relationships in single parent military families. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, 2(2), 29-36. doi: 10.3138/jmvfh.3753

 

Cramm, H., Tam-Seto, L., Norris, D., Eichler, M., & Smith-Evans, K. (2016). The impact of parental operational stress injury on child mental health and well-being: A scoping review. Military Behavioral Health. doi: 10.1080/21635781.2016.1181582

Tam-Seto, L., Cramm, H., Norris, D., Eichler, M., & Smith-Events, K.  (2016) An environmental scan of programs and services of Veterans with operational stress injuries Military Behavioral Health., doi: 10.1080/21635781.2016.1187098

Cramm, H., Norris, D., Tam-Seto, L., Eichler, M., & Smith-Evans, K. (2015). Making military families in Canada a research priority. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, 1(2), pp. 11-15. doi: 10.3138/jmvfh.3287

Blotnicky, K., Das, M., Fitzgerald, M., French, C., French, F., Mombourquette, P., & Norris, D. (2013). The relative influence of promotion, peer and family influence on youth gambling in Nova Scotia. Workplace Review, pp. 33-41.

 

Norris, D., Fancey, P. Power, E. and Ross, P. (2013). The critical-ecological framework:  Advancing knowledge, practice, and policy on older adult abuse. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 25(1), 40-55. doi: 10.1080.08946566.2012.712852 

 

Green-LaPierre, R.L., Williams, P.L., Glanville, N.T., Norris, D. A., Hunter, H. C., Watt, C.G. (2012, September). Learning from “Knocks in life”: Food insecurity among low-   income lone senior women”. Journal of Aging Research, 1-11. doi:10.1155/2012/450630

 

Pickrell-Baker, S. & Norris, D. (2011). The experiences of female partners of Canadian Forces veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. In A. Aiken & S. Belanger (Eds.), Shaping the Future: Military and Veteran Health Research (pp. 175-185). Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press.


Conference Presentations (Refereed) 

Cramm, H., Norris, D., Schwartz, K.D., Tam-Seto, L., Mahar, A., Eichler, M., Smith-Evans, K.,& Blackburn, D. (2018). Co-parenting with a veteran partner who has post-traumatic stress disorder. International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Washington, D.C., Paper. 

Norris, D., Smith-Evans, K., & Cramm, H. (2018). Military family resilience/y: An environmental scan of programs and services. Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, Regina, SK, Canada, Paper. 

Norris, D., Cramm, H., Schwartz, K.D., Mahar, A., Tam-Seto, L., & Smith-Evans, K. The mental health and well-being of families of CAF Veterans with operational stress injuries through the military-to-civilian transition: Implications for program and policy development.  Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, Regina, SK, Canada, Paper. 

Cramm, H., Norris, D., Schwartz, K., Tam-Seto, L., Mahar, A., Eichler, M., Smith-Evans, K., &

Blackburn, D. (2018). Exploring the health and well-being of families of Canadian Armed Forces Veterans living with mental health problems during the military-to-civilian transition period. Veterans’ Mental Health – From Enlistment to Retirement. King’s College London, UK, Poster.

           

Invited Presentation  

Norris, D. (2019). Veteran family resiliency. University of Southern California – Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research International Summit. Los Angeles: CA: Paper.


Recent Research Grants and Contracts

2019 - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Team Grant: Mental Wellness in Public Safety Team Grants – Letter of Intent Development Grant) ($30,000). Focusing on the family: Enhancing resiliency in public safety personnel families (Co-Applicant).

2019 - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Team Grant: Mental Wellness in Public Safety Team Grants – Letter of Intent Development Grant) ($30,000). Three pillars of resilience program for public safety personnel (Co-Applicant). 

2019 - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Team Grant: Mental Wellness in Public Safety Team Grants – Letter of Intent Development Grant) ($30,000). Resiliency training for firefighters: a national implementation evaluation (Co-Applicant).

2019 - MSVU Internal SSHRC Explore Grant ($2950.20). Family psychoeducation for military veterans: A pilot study (Principal Investigator).

2018 - True Patriot Love Foundation ($34,100). Exploring the experiences of adult children of CAF veterans: Implications for program and policy development(Principal Investigator).

2018 - True Patriot Love Foundation ($35,000). Understanding the experience of parents caregiving for adult veterans injured through service (Co-Investigator).

2018 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – Partnership Engage Grant ($24,682). Exploring (in)justice stories (Collaborator).

 

2018 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – Insight Grant ($76,784). Dismantling Stigma: Exploring experiences of and views on food insecurity, social exclusion, and shame among women through participatory action research (Collaborator).

 

2018 - Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services ($20,000). Military family resilience/y (Co-PI).

 

2017 - Veteran Affairs Canada ($180,242.69). Qualitative study on Veteran’s identity and well-being during military to civilian transition (PI).

 

2016 - Veterans Affairs Canada ($194,235.19) Qualitative study on the health and well-being of families of Canadian Armed Forces Veterans with mental health problems (Co-PI).

2016 - Veterans Affairs Canada (357,849.06) Longitudinal study on the mental health of Veterans during military to civilian transition (Co-I) 

2016 - MSVU Research Grant ($7500). Beyond medicalization: Engaging the Veteran's community to understand the meaning(s) of injury (Co-PI).


2015 - 
Veterans Affairs Canada ($29,092.15) Environmental scan of administrative elements and support programs for Canadian Armed Forces Veterans during military to civilian transition (Co-PI).

2015 - Veterans Affairs Canada ($12,490.51) Operational stress injury: The impact on family mental health and well-being (Co-PI).

 


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