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Kara Fletcher, BA, MSW, PhD, RSW

Assistant Professor
Director, Social Policy Research Centre

Office: Saskatoon Campus, The Concourse Building, Room 111.6
E-mail: kara.fletcher@uregina.ca
Phone: (306) 664-7380
Fax: (306) 664-7131

Kara Fletcher is an Assistant Professor at the Saskatoon Campus and is also the Director of the Faculty’s Social Policy Research Centre. Kara’s research interests centre around couple and family therapy at the intersections of trauma, mental wellness and substance use and misuse. She also has an active research programme in the area of Medical Assistance in Dying, in particular the role of social workers in MAID, and advance requests in MAID.

Current Funded Research Projects

RBC Training fellowship, Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University  

  • COVID-19 and Frontline Healthcare Workers
  • Co-Investigator: Heather MacIntosh, McGill University

Advance Request Project Funded by Dying with Dignity Canada

  • Pilot project on advance requests for Medical Aid in Dying
  • Co-Investigators: Jessica Shaw, University of Calgary, Donna Goodridge, University of Saskatchewan, and Janine Brown University of Regina

Mitacs Globalink Program

  • Currently completing analysis on a study completed in 2019 on the impact of technology on romantic attachments

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Establishment Grant

  • Mental health and substance abuse treatment in a Saskatchewan context: Who accesses and benefits from treatment? Who is missing?
  • Co-Investigators: Colleen Dell, University of Saskatchewan, Heather MacIntosh, McGill University, Lachlan McWilliams, University of Saskatchewan, and Barry Duncan, Better Outcomes Now

Peer Reviewed Publications

MacIntosh, H., Fletcher, K. & Ainsworth, L. (2019) Measuring mentalizing in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples with childhood sexual abuse survivors and their partners, Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy.

Fletcher, K. & MacIntosh, H. (2018). Emotionally Focused Therapy in the context of addictions: A replicative case study. The Family Journal. 26:3, 330-340.

Fletcher, K. & MacIntosh, H. (2018). “It’s about us, you know?” Relapses in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy for addictions. Social Work Practice in the Addictions. 18:4, 364-388.  

MacIntosh, H., Fletcher, K. & Collin-Vézina, D. (2016). “I was like damaged, used goods”: Thematic Analysis of Disclosures of Childhood Sexual abuse to Romantic Partners. Marriage and Family Review. DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2016.1157117

MacIntosh, H., Fletcher, K. & Collin-Vézina, D. (2016). “As time went on, I just forgot about it”: Thematic analysis of spontaneous disclosures of recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 25(1) 56-72.

Fletcher, K., Nutton, J. & Brend, D. (2015). Attachment, a matter of substance: The potential of attachment theory in the treatment of addictions, Clinical Social Work Journal, 43, 109-117.

Fletcher, K. (2014). Couple therapy treatments for substance use disorders: A systematic review. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13(4).

Brend, D., Fletcher, K. & Nutton, J. (2013). With Laura: Attachment and the healing potential of substitute caregivers within cross-cultural child welfare practice. First Peoples Child & Family Review Journal, 7(2), 43-59.

Publications (Other)

Fletcher, K. (2020). “Love in the time of coronavirus: 5 tips for communicating with your partner while stuck at home.” The Conversation Canada. https://theconversation.com/love-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-5-tips-for-communicating-with-your-partner-while-stuck-at-home-135638

Fletcher, K. (2017). “I was having an affair with drugs”. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy in the context of substance addictions, Psychologica.

Fletcher, K. (2016). Family-Behavioural Therapy Programs are Promising Interventions For Mothers with Concurrent Substance Abuse and Child Neglect Reports Under Child Protective Services. Research Watch - Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal.

Fletcher, K. (2016). Harsh Parenting and Family Conflict Elevate the Risk of Child Behavioural Problems in the Context of Maternal Substance Abuse Symptoms. Research Watch Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal.

Simpson, M., Fletcher, K. & De La Sablonniere-Griffin, M. (2016). False allegations of abuse and neglect. CWRP Information Sheet. Montreal, QC: McGill University, Centre for Research on Children and Families.