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Deborah Norris

Dr. Deborah Norris, Principal Investigator


Deborah Norris is Chair and Associate Professor within the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University. She has a PhD in Education and undergraduate and Masters degrees in Family Studies.


She was the co-principal investigator on a project entitled Older Parents Caring for Adult Sons/Daughters with Disabilities: Age-Related Transitions funded by the NHRDP/CIHR from 1999 to 2001, a study considered to be a foundation for the current project.


Dr. Norris teaches undergraduate courses in family relations, family life education, family and social theories, and family violence. At the graduate level, she teaches courses on critical theories and research methods. Her teaching experience in the area of family violence is complemented by her participation on research teams comprised of academics and researchers within the Directorate of Quality of Life at the Department of National Defence investigating the incidence and prevalence of family violence within the Canadian Forces.


For more than ten years, Dr. Norris has been active as a qualitative researcher, but has employed mixed methodologies in a number of projects. In addition to her involvement in the family violence in the Canadian Forces’ project, she has also acted as the principal or co-principal investigator on five externally funded projects focusing on family caregiving relationships with the military, the experiences of female military partners, and older parents caring for sons and daughters with lifelong disabilities. As an applied researcher, she commonly works with key informants from the community. Results of her work have informed the development of programs and policies that provide social support for families.