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Dr. Harriet MacMillan

Dr. Harriet MacMillan

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Specialties: Psychiatry

About The Speaker

Dr. Harriet MacMillan is a psychiatrist and pediatrician conducting family violence research. She is a Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and Pediatrics at McMaster University, with associate membership in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact. She holds the Chedoke Health Chair in Child Psychiatry. MacMillan’s research focuses on the epidemiology of violence against children and women and approaches to prevention. She has led randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of approaches to preventing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. MacMillan works closely with organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization. From 1993 to 2004, MacMillan was the founding director of the Child Advocacy and Assessment Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. CAAP is a multidisciplinary program committed to reducing the burden of suffering associated with family violence. MacMillan continues to see patients as an active staff member of CAAP and provides consultations to child protection agencies.

The VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, and Action) Project has created pan-Canadian, evidence based guidance and education resources to assist healthcare and social service providers in recognizing and responding safely to family violence. VEGA developed these resources with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada in collaboration with 22 national organizations. VEGA focuses on three main types of family violence: child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and children’s exposure to intimate partner violence.

VEGA has developed an online platform of education resources comprised of learning modules (e.g., care pathways, scripts, how-to videos), interactive educational scenarios and a Handbook. These will equip healthcare and social service providers (including students) in addressing the needs of those who may have experienced family violence. These resources are based on a series of systematic reviews summarizing the scientific evidence. VEGA is led by Dr. Harriet MacMillan, Distinguished University Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, and of Pediatrics at McMaster University, in collaboration with a team of clinicians, researchers and other stakeholders.

Participants will be introduced to these educational modules and interact to learn effective ways to address family violence in their respective clinical settings.

 

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