Lise Milne, MSW, RSW, PhD

Associate Professor

Office: Saskatoon Campus, The Concourse Building, Room 111.7
Phone: (306) 664-7336
Fax: (306) 664-7131

Research interests
Lise’s research interests include child and adolescent trauma, the neurobiological impacts of trauma, resilience-, trauma-, and violence-informed practices within child welfare organizations, responses to children exposed to intimate partner violence, Canadian child welfare data, and knowledge mobilization for child-serving organizations in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.

Lise Milne is an Associate Professor in the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work (Saskatoon campus) and the Child Trauma Research Centre Research Chair in Intervention and Prevention Approaches Supporting Child and Youth Health and Well-Being (2022-2025). Her current research projects relate to resilience-, trauma-, and violence-informed practices in child-serving organizations, Canadian child welfare data, knowledge mobilization (, the neurobiological impacts of trauma, and practice and policy responses to intimate partner violence. Prior to her appointment, Lise was a Lecturer at the University of Regina in 2017, where for six months she acted as the Field Education Coordinator. She has taught for the past 11 years at graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Regina, McGill University, and Concordia University in Montreal. Her teaching areas include Advanced Practice with Children and Youth, Child Welfare, Quantitative Research Methods, Ethics, Critical Issues/Critical Thought, Youth Justice, and Student Practicum. For 10 years she worked at the McGill University Centre for Research on Children and Families on several university-community partnership projects and was the coordinator for the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal (

Lise has 15 years of experience in child welfare in both Manitoba and Quebec as a child welfare worker, supervisor, and trainer. She is a board member for the Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre and is a member of the RESOLVE Saskatchewan Steering Committee and Saskatchewan Academic Representative for the RESOLVE Regional Council. Lise is a faculty associate with the University of Regina Child Trauma Research Centre, a full faculty member at the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families, and does work for the Canadian Child Welfare Information System within the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Current Research Projects

2022-25 / $119,958

Principal Investigator

SHRF Establishment Grant: Exploring the optimal conditions for implementing a trauma-focused prenatal group program in Saskatchewan: Interrupting the intergenerational cycle of trauma.

2022-28 / $2,390,000

Co-Investigator (Saskatchewan Early Career Mentor)

CIHR Training Grant: Alliance against Violence and Adversity (AVA): Health and Social Services Research Training Platform for System and Population Transformations in Girls’ and Women’s Health.

2020-27 / $2,500,000


SSHRC Partnership Grant: Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma (CCCYT).

2020-22 / $54,452

Principal Investigator                                     

SSHRC Insight Development Grant: Supporting workers to build resilience in trauma-impacted children: A Saskatchewan pilot study in a residential program.

2020-22 / $21,466

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SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant:  Foundation-building for a trauma-informed approach to improving the well-being of adolescents and workers in group care contexts.

2022 / $20,000

Principal Investigator

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship: Promoting long-term health and resilience of infants and their caregivers: Applying neuroscience to interventions that optimize pre- and postnatal brain development.

2021-22 / $7,500


SHRF Research Connections Grant: Drawing together neuroscience and Play, Art, and Narrative (PAN): Co-creating a resilience-enhancement toolkit for children in vulnerable contexts.

2020-21 / $47,342

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                                                          

CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity in Mental Health and Substance Use: Translating knowledge for child welfare organizations across the Canadian Prairies: Managing the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health of children, families, and workers.

2020-21 / $10,000

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                                                          

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Research Connections COVID-19 Rapid Response Program: Creating a Digital Connections Hub to support children in care in Saskatchewan during COVID-19 and beyond.

2020-22 / $74,935


SSHRC Insight Development Grant: Stories to tell: A pilot podcast project for youth with lived experience of crystal meth use in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

2017-23 / $155,193


SSHRC Insight Grant: In search of promising approaches: Canadian Child Protection Services responses to cases of intimate partner violence (IPV).

2019-21 / $9,675

Principal Investigator (2 grants)                                                                                                

1-SSHRC/University of Regina President’s Fund Research Seed Grant ($4,975)

2-McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families RBC Training Fellowship ($4,700): Determining the supports needed for group home workers to provide trauma-informed care to children and adolescents.

2019-21 / $5,000

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McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families Seed Grant: Implementing and testing the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics in a group care facility.

2018-20 / $8,000

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                                                                          

University of Regina - Distributed Distance Learning: Evaluating learning for Social Work and Justice Studies practicum seminars.

2019-20 / $50,000


SSHRC Connection Grant: A one-year series of outreach activities on childhood complex trauma: Developing a cohesive intersectoral approach to trauma-informed child and youth services.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Milne, L., Collin-Vézina, D., & Wekerle, C. (2021). Diverse trauma profiles of youth in group care settings: A cluster analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect, 120, 105221.

Akesson, B., Milne, L., Canavera, M., Meyer, E., & Reinke, C. (2021). Changing public perceptions and supporting improved working conditions for the social service workforce: Expert perspectives from a global Delphi study. International Journal of Social Welfare.

Collin-Vézina D. & Milne, L. (2019). Child sexual abuse: An overview. MacMillan, H. (topic ed.). In: Tremblay, R. E., Boivin, M., Peters, R. DeV., (eds.). Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development.

Milne, L. & Collin-Vézina, D. (2018). Évaluation des traumas. In T. Milot, D. Collin-Vézina, & N. Godbout, Le trauma complexe: Comprendre, évaluer et intervenir. Collection D’enfance (R. Tessier, G.M. Tarabulsy, J.-P. Lemelin, Eds.). Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Collin-Vézina, D., DeSablonnière-Griffin, M., Palmer, A., & Milne, L. (2015). A Preliminary mapping of individual, relational, and social factors that impede disclosure of childhood sexual abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 43, 123-134.

Milne, L. & Collin-Vézina, D. (2015). Assessment of children and youth in child protective services out-of-home care: An overview of trauma measures. Psychology of Violence, 5, 122-132.

Milne, L., & Collin-Vézina D. (2014). Sexual abuse disclosure among youth in residential treatment care: A multi-informant comparison. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 23, 398-417.

Collin-Vézina, D. & Milne, L. (2014). Adolescents en centre de réadaptation: Évaluation du trauma. Criminologie, 47, 213-245. *Jury special mention for contribution to services for adolescents.

Trocmé, N., Milne, L., Esposito, T., Laurendeau, C., & Gervais, M.-J. (2014). Supporting evidence- based management in child welfare: A Canadian university-agency collaboration. In A. Shlonsky & R. Benbenishty (Eds.) From Evidence to Outcomes in Child Welfare: An International Reader. Oxford University Press, 171-188.

Milot, T., Collin-Vézina, D. & Milne, L. (2013). Coup d’œil sur les traumatismes complexes.'oeil_sur_le_traumatisme_complexe.aspx

Collin-Vézina D. & Milne, L. (2012). Child sexual abuse: An overview. MacMillan, H. (topic ed.). In: Tremblay, R. E., Boivin, M., Peters, R. DeV., (eds.). Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development; 2012:1-6.

Collin-Vézina, D., Coleman, K., Milne, L., Sell, J., & Daigneault, I. (2011). Trauma experiences, maltreatment-related impairments, and resilience among child welfare youth in residential care. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 9, 577-589.

Milne, L. & Trocmé, N. (2010). Premières leçons tirées de trois initiatives de mobilisation des connaissances.  Association des Centres Jeunesse de Montreal. D. Lafortune, M. Cousineau & C. Tremblay (Eds.). Pratiques innovantes auprés des jeunes en difficulté. Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal.

Trocmé, N., Esposito, T. Laurendeau, C. Thomson, W., & Milne, L. (2009). Knowledge Mobilization in Child Welfare. Criminologie, 42, 33-59.