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Tracie O. Afifi

Tracie O. Afifi

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Childhood Adversity and Resilience, University of Manitoba
Tracie Afifi received her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in 1999 and her Master of Science (MSc) in 2003 at the University of Manitoba. Her MSc thesis research focused on the relationship between child physical abuse and adolescent motherhood. In 2009, she completed her Doctorate in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Her dissertation research examined problem gambling among women in Canada. Following her PhD, Dr. Afifi did a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) post-doctoral fellowship studying behavioral-genetics analysis of posttraumatic stress disorder at the University of Regina and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Afifi joined the faculty in the Department of Community Health Sciences with a cross appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba in 2010. In 2014, she was promoted to Associate Professor, in 2016 was granted tenure, and in 2019 was promoted to Professor.

Dr. Afifi main research interest is in the area of child maltreatment (including child abuse, neglect, physical punishment, and exposure to intimate partner violence). 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 150 peer-reviewed journal publications and presented research findings in over 150 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.

How to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake and decrease vaccine hesitancy in young people

May 28, 2021 11:07 am UTC| Health

Ending the coronavirus pandemic rests partly on a large uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, with the goal of reaching herd immunity. Recently in Canada, the age for vaccine eligibility has been decreasing to include young adults...

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