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Colleen McMillan

Assistant Professor

colleen mcmillan

Degrees: 

  • BES, Urban Planning, University of Waterloo 

  • Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Diploma in Social Policy, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Clinical Intern Program, St. Michael’s Family Therapy Centre 

  • PhD, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo 

Research interests 
Having worked in the health field for the past 28 years, my clinical, teaching and research interests include the genderization of health, photo voice as a methodology in the context of illness, interprofessional education and participatory action research with marginalized populations. My research and teaching methods are framed by Relational Cultural Theory which emphasizes the value of connection and reciprocity.

Teaching

  • SWREN 434R  Advanced Social Group Work Practice
  • SWREN 470R  Mental Health and Addiction Issues
  • Scholar Lecturer – Institute

Research grants – Funded

Lee, L., Patel, T. McMillan, C. 2009. Ontario Trillium Grant Foundation: Memory Clinic’s Outreach Service for Vulnerable Seniors (Centre for Family Medicine FHT, Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services), $107,600, 1 year.

McMillan, C. 2009 Does Interprofessional Training Shift Attitudes of Health Care Learners in a Primary Care Centre? Centre for Family Medicine/McMaster University/University of Waterloo/Wilfrid Laurier University. $2,000, 6 months.

Lee, L., Patel, T. & McMillan, C. 2010. Outreach Screening for Medication safety Concerns Among Elderly Marginalized Populations. Department of Family Medicine Pilot Project Funding, McMaster University, $5,000, 1 Year.

McMillan, C. 2010. Interprofessional Education in Primary Care. Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, $10,000, 6 months.

McMillan, C. & Lee, J. 2010–2012. Building Capacity for Spinal Cord Injury within Family Health Teams – Innovation through Participatory Action Research at the Centre for Family Medicine, Kitchener, Ontario. Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. $100,000, 2 Year.

McMillan, C. & Milligan, J. 2011-2012. Developing and Evaluating a SCI Consumer Driven Primary Toolkit. Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. $10,000, 1 Year.

McMillan, C. & Milligan, J. 2011. Developing an Electronic Template for SCI Patients at Family Health Teams. Department of Family Medicine Site Education Research and Scholarship Funding Envelope, McMaster University, $1,500, 6 months.

Lee, J., McMillan, C., Milligan, J. & Giangregorio. L. Spinal Cord Injury in Primary Healthcare/Mobility

Clinic Project. Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, $358,000. 3 Years. 

Research fellowship

Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training in Primary Health Care Research. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Research Fellowship Position. $37,500, 2008-2009

Conferences

October, 2011. McMillan, C. Engaging Consumers as Research Partners: Participatory Action Research with Spinal Cord Injury. Ontario Association of Family Health Teams. Toronto, Ontario.

October, 2011. McMillan, C. & Jenkins, A. Is Having a Period a Lifestyle Choice? Pharmaceutical 
Shaping of Menstruation. The 17th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

June, 2011. Patel, T., McMillan, C., & Lee, L. Change in Attitudes and Perspective Among Health Care Learners. Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

June, 2011. McMillan, C., Hagen, C. & Rose, D. Participatory Action Research with Spinal Cord Injury Consumers – Building Partnerships that Work. Trillium Health Research Day. Toronto, Ontario.

June 2011. McMillan, C. The Use of Photo Voice with Marginalized Populations. Institute of Qualitative Health Research. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Ontario.

October 2010. McMillan, C. Pictures of Connection and Autonomy through the Lens of Adolescent Girls with Disordered Eating. The 16th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

October 2010. McMillan, C. Thinking Outside the Box – Working with Disordered Eating Adolescents Within Primary Health Care. Ontario Family Health Care Conference, Stratford, Ontario.

September 2010. McMillan, C. & Lee, Linda. The Centre for Family Medicine Memory Clinic: An Innovative Model of Primary care for Patients with Cognitive Impairment and Dementia. Canadian Coalition for Senior’s Mental Health, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

June 2010. McMillan, C. What the body stories of girls tell us about autonomy and connection during adolescence. Innovations in Qualitative Health Research –University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

June 2010. McMillan, C. What the body stories of girls tell us about autonomy and connection during adolescence. Sixth International Conference in Social Work and Mental Health, Dublin, Ireland.

May 2010. McMillan, C. The Centre for Family Medicine Memory Clinic: An innovative model of primary care for patients with cognitive impairment and dementia. McMaster University Resident Rounds, Kitchener, Ontario.

October 2009. McMillan, C. Silent knowledge and disordered eating: What the voices of adolescent girls tell us. 15th Qualitative Health Research Conference – Advances in Qualitative Research Methods, Vancouver, British Columbia. Poster Presentation

June 2009. McMillan, C. Transcending traditional boundaries: Interdisciplinary inter rater reliability in primary health care. Trillium Research Symposium, Hamilton, Ontario.

May 2009. McMillan, C. Silent knowledge and disordered eating: What the voices of adolescent girls tell us. Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research, Calgary, Alberta.

May 2009. McMillan, C. Silent knowledge and disordered eating: What the voices of adolescent girls tell us. National Conference on Collaborative Health Care, Hamilton, Ontario.

May 2009. McMillan, C. Transcending traditional boundaries: Interdisciplinary inter rater reliability in primary research. National Conference on Collaborative Health Care, Hamilton, Ontario.

February 2009. McMillan, C. Silent knowledge and disordered eating: What the voices of adolescent girls tell us. 1st Annual Wilfrid Laurier Social Work Research Forum, Kitchener, Ontario.

October 2008. McMillan, C. Transdisciplinary teams – Opportunities for family health teams. Primary Health Research Symposium, London, Ontario.

June 2008. McMillan, C. Who owns the voice of eating disorders –Understanding through the lens of relational cultural theory. The Stone Center Research Symposium at Wellesley College for Women, Boston, MA.

September 2007. McMillan, C. The role of family health teams in primary health care. McMaster University Allied Health Professionals Research Day, Hamilton, Ontario.

November 2006. McMillan, C. The role of anxiety in eating disorders. Eating Disorders Awareness Coalition of Waterloo Region Annual Meeting, Kitchener, Ontario.

April 1990. McMillan, C. Milan and intergenerational theory – How to apply to families. St. Michaels Social Work Conference on Families –St. Michaels Family Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

April 1989. McMillan, C. Family therapy modalities specific to an AIDS diagnosis – Intervention and treatment. Conference of the Psychiatric Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

October 1988. McMillan, C. Disclosure and intervention around AIDS – Involving the family. Mount Sinai Hospital Education Day, Toronto, Ontario.

September 1988. McMillan, C. Working with AIDS from a multidisciplinary perspective. Mount Sinai Hospital AIDS Research Day, Toronto, Ontario.

May 1981. McMillan, C. Mental health issues of Southeast Asian refugees. Grieff Hills Mental Health Conference, Guelph, Ontario. 

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Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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