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Lise Milne, MSW, PhD, RSW

Assistant Professor

Office: Saskatoon Campus, The Concourse Building, Room 111.7
E-mail: lise.milne@uregina.ca
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, knowledge mobilization for child-serving organizations in the context of COVID-19, program implementation evaluation.

Lise Milne is an Assistant Professor in the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work (Saskatoon campus). Her current research projects relate to resilience-, trauma-, and violence-informed practices in child-serving organizations, Canadian child welfare data, knowledge mobilization during COVID-19 (childtraumaresearch.ca), 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 10 years at graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Regina, McGill University, and Concordia University in Montreal. Her teaching areas include 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 (cwrp.ca).

Lise has 15 years of experience in child welfare in both Manitoba and Quebec as a child welfare worker, supervisor, and trainer. She has been a member and chairperson for specialized groups and has provided training to staff in the area of child sexual abuse. Lise is a board member for the Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre and is a member of the RESOLVE Saskatchewan steering committee. She 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 has done work for the Family Violence Surveillance Section of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Current Research Projects

2021-22 / $7,500

Co-Investigator

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Research Connections Grant

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

2020-2022 / $54,452

Principal Investigator                                                                      

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Project: Supporting workers to build resilience in trauma-impacted children: A Saskatchewan pilot study in a residential program.

2020-2027 / $2,500,000

Co-Investigator                                                                                 

SSHRC Partnership Grant                                                                         

Project: Canadian Consortium on Child & Youth Trauma (CCCYT).

2020-2021 / $21,466

Principal Investigator                                                                      

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant

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

2020 / $47,342

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                             

CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity in Mental Health and Substance Use

Project: 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 / $10,000

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                             

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Research Connections COVID-19 Rapid Response Program

Project: Creating a Digital Connections Hub to support children in care in Saskatchewan during COVID-19 and beyond.

2020-2022 / $74,935

Co-Investigator                                                                                 

SSHRC Insight Development Grant          

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

2019-2021 / $9,675

Principal Investigator                                                                      

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)

Project: Determining the supports needed for group home workers to provide trauma-informed care to children and adolescents.

2017-2021 / $155,193

Co-Investigator                                                                                 

SSHRC Insight Grant

Project: In Search of Promising Approaches: Canadian Child Protection Responses to Cases of Intimate Partner Violence.

2019-2020 / $5,000

Principal Investigator                                                                      

McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families Seed Grant

Project: Seed funding for a Tri-Council Agency grant application on implementing and testing the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics in a group care facility.

2019-2020 / $50,000

Co-Investigator                                                                                 

SSHRC Connection Grant

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

2018-2020 / $8,000

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                             

University of Regina - Distributed Distance Learning

Project: Evaluating learning for Social Work and Justice Studies Practicum Seminars.

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.105221

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. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/DXDXA8AAWZ2Y9YUEBKAF/full?target=10.1080/01488376.2021.1926399

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. https://www.child-encyclopedia.com/maltreatment-child/according-experts/child-sexual-abuse-overview

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.03.010

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. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0037865

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2014.896841

Collin-Vézina, D. & Milne, L. (2014). Adolescents en centre de réadaptation: Évaluation du trauma. Criminologie, 47, 213-245. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.105221 *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. http://observatoiremaltraitance.ca/Pages/Coup_d'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.

http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/activite-physique/according-experts/child-sexual-abuse-overview

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-011-9323-8

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. https://doi.org/10.7202/029807ar

Conference Presentations

2021 (June). Milne, L.  A tri-provincial survey on the personal and professional experiences of group care workers: Laying the foundation for supporting trauma-informed care provision. International Society for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect 2021 International Congress.

2021 (June). Milne, L., & Reid, N. Translating knowledge for Canadian child-serving organizations: Managing the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health of children, families, and workers. International Society for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect 2021 International Congress.

2021 (May). Milne, L.  Laying the groundwork to support group care workers in trauma-informed care for youth: A tri-provincial pilot survey of workers’ personal and professional experiences. The Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma: 2021 Child and Youth Trauma Symposium.

2021 (May). Milne, L., Reid, N., & Priel, C. Supporting the mental health and well-being of Canadian children, families, and service-providers during COVID-19 and beyond: Mobilizing critical knowledge through the creation of a website. The Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma: 2021 Child and Youth Trauma Symposium.

2020 (October). Milne, L. & Reid, N. Translating knowledge for child welfare organizations across the Prairies: Managing the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health of children, families, and workers. Saskatchewan Health Authority Research Showcase.

2019 (August). Milne, L. Profiles of Canadian adolescents in group home care. International Society for Child Indicators conference - Children in the World: The Touch of Change: Theories, Policies and Practices, Tartu, Estonia.

2019 (August). Milne, L. A longitudinal examination of Canadian adolescents in different Child Protection Services placement contexts.  International Society for Child Indicators conference - Children in the World: The Touch of Change: Theories, Policies and Practices, Tartu, Estonia.

2019 (September). Nixon, K., Alaggia, R., Jenney, A., & Milne, L. In search of promising approaches: Canadian child protection responses to cases of intimate partner violence (findings from interviews with supervisors and managers). European Conference on Domestic Violence, Oslo, Norway.

2018 (June). Milne, L. (invited presenter and panelist), Wekerle, C., & Julien, G. Evaluating and detecting trauma. Symposium on Complex Trauma: Canadian Perspectives and Initiatives, Montreal, Quebec.

2018 (May). Milne, L. Variation in maltreatment, trauma symptoms and externalizing behaviors among youth in Child Welfare. Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Regina, Saskatchewan.

2018 (May). Richards, G., Milne, L., Spooner, M., Lysak, M. Perspectives on knowledge mobilization and translation outside of Academia. Canadian Communication Association Annual Meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

2017 (October). Milne, L. & Collin-Vézina, D. Trauma Informed Practices: The Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) Model: Adolescents in group care. International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Conference, The Hague, Netherlands.

2017 (May). Fletcher, K. & Milne, L. Dealing with professional unsuitability and students who struggle in the field: To fail or not to fail, confronting our own need for transformation as field educators. Canadian Association for Social Work Education, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Toronto.

2016 (December). Milne, L. A trauma-informed analysis of the profiles and trajectories of youth in group care. Haruv Institute International Workshop on Maltreatment. Jerusalem, Israel.

2016 (May). Milne, L., Gallo, S., & MacIntosh, H. Évaluation de l’implantation du cadre de référence en négligence. Conférence de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS). Montreal.

2016 (May). Collin-Vézina, D., Milne, L., Garland, L., & Forget, S. Les groupes d’intégration clinique: Une stratégie prometteuse pour enrichir la pratique et la recherche. Conférence de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS). Montreal.

2016 (April). Milne, L. A Trauma-informed analysis of the profiles and trajectories of adolescents in child protective services group care. International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). San Francisco, California.

2016 (March). Milne, L. (invited presenter). A trauma-informed analysis of the trajectories and resilience of youth in group care. Picturing Wellness: From Adversity to Resilience Conference. Hamilton, Ontario.

2015 (July). Milne, L. & Nutton, J. Putting the horse before the cart: Evaluating the implementation of a child neglect program as a first step towards evaluating its overall effectiveness. Conference of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Boston, Massachusetts.

2015 (July). Milne, L. Developing comprehensive trauma profiles of youth in child protective services group care. Poster presentation. Conference of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Boston, Massachusetts.

2015 (June). Milne, L. A trauma-informed analysis of the trajectories and resilience capacities of youth in child protective services group care. Pathways to Resilience III Conference. Halifax, Nova Scotia.

2014 (October). Milne, L. Maltreatment experiences and traumatic reactions of youth in residential treatment care: Perspectives of youth and their workers. Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Long Beach, California.

2014 (June). Milne, L. & Nutton, J. Building research capacity: Innovative ways of supporting child welfare agencies through participatory research collaborations. Conference of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). New Orleans, Louisiana.

2012 (July). Milne, L. Child sexual abuse among youth in residential care: A multiple source comparison - International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference. Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

2012 (May). Collin-Vézina, D., & Milne, L. Profiles of youth in residential care: The impact of traumatic experiences on mental health and behavior. Conference on the Comité Québecois pour les Jeunes en Difficulté de Comportement (CQJDC). Québec, Québec.

2011 (November). Collin-Vézina, D., Milne, L., & Coleman, K. Trauma experiences, maltreatment-related impairments, and resilience among child welfare youth in residential care – Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Montréal.

2010 (June). Milne, L., & Esposito, T. Evidence-based management in child welfare – Canadian Association of Social Work Educators (CASWE) Congress for the Humanities. Montréal.

2009 (June). Milne, L. (invited speaker). Evidence-based management in child welfare - Practice and Research Together (PART) conference. Collingwood, Ontario.

Other Publications and Reports

Priel, C., Milne, L. & Reid, N. (2020-2021). Over 100 Information Briefs and Posters on topics related to the impact of COVID-19 on children, youth and caregivers in vulnerable contexts: (1) Mental health of children, youth and caregivers; (2) Substance use among youth and caregivers; (3) Protection of children and youth; (4) Schools and education, and (5) Importance of communication during COVID-19. www.childtraumaresearch.ca

Milne, L. & Reid, N., Priel, C., Prado, S., Fisher, R., & Ramiz, R. (November 23, 2020). 2020 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Rapid Response Knowledge Synthesis: Translating Knowledge for Child-Serving Organizations Across the Prairies: Managing the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Children, Families, and Workers. Final Report. 105pp. https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/52068.html

Milne, L. & Reid, N., Prado, S., Priel, C., & Fisher, R. (June 23, 2020). 2020 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Rapid Response Knowledge Synthesis: Translating Knowledge for Child Welfare Organizations Across the Prairies: Managing the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Children, Families, and Workers. Initial Report. 81 pp. https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/52079.html

Milne, L. & Fletcher, K. (2020). Experiences of students in University of Regina Faculty of Social Work and Justice Studies Field Practicum Seminars (Research Report). University of Regina Distance and Distributed Learning. 51 pp.

Milne, L. (2018). Variation in experiences and functioning among adolescents involved with Child Protection Services: A trauma-informed, longitudinal examination of maltreatment experiences, trauma symptoms and externalizing behaviors (Doctoral Dissertation). McGill University School of Social Work. 187 pp.

Milne, L. (2016). Batshaw Centres Clinical Integration Group on Sexual Abuse. On the Radar, 1(2).

Milne, L., MacIntosh, H., & Fletcher, K. (2016). Batshaw Centres Neglect Program: Implementation Evaluation Final Report. Montreal, QC: McGill University Centre for Research on Children and Families. 58 pp.

Milne, L., Kozlowski, A., & Sinha, V. (2014). Manitoba’s child welfare system. Child Welfare Research Portal Information Sheet #126E. Montreal, QC: McGill University, Centre for Research on Children and Families. http://cwrp.ca/publications/manitoba-child-welfare-system.

Nutton, J. & Milne, L. (2014). Supporting individuals with special needs and their families: A community needs assessment. Connecting Horizons/Kahnawake Shakotiia'takehnhas Community Services, 22pp. http://www.kscs.ca/story/connecting-horizons

Kozlowski, A., Milne, L., & Sinha, V. (2014). British Columbia’s child welfare system. Child Welfare Research Portal Information Sheet #139E. Montreal, QC: McGill University, Centre for Research on Children and Families. http://cwrp.ca/publications/bc-child-welfare-system.

Milne, L. (2014). Sexual abuse among youth in residential care: A multiple source comparison. In-the-Know, 3(2), 3-4.

Milne, L., Bogossian, A., & Weightman, P. (2013). Academic functioning of children receiving Batshaw Services. In-the-Know, 3(1), 4-5.

Trocmé, N., Milne, L., Laurendeau, C. & Gervais, M. (2011). Evidence-based management in child welfare: A process and outcome evaluation. McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families. 124 pp.

Milne, L. & De La Sablonnière-Griffin. (2010). A synthesized review of: (1) Lamb, et al. (2009). Use of a structured investigative protocol enhances the quality of investigative interviews with alleged victims of child sexual abuse in Britain. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23, 449-467; and (2) Cyr, M. & Lamb, M. (2009). Assessing the effectiveness of the NICHD investigative interview protocol when interviewing French-speaking alleged victims of child sexual abuse in Québec. Child Abuse & Neglect, 33(5), 257-268. (Journal Watch–Centre for Research on Children and Families, Montreal).

Milne, L. & Laurendeau, C. (2010). Clinical Integration Group on Sexual Abuse. In-the-Know, 2(3).

Collin-Vézina, D., Coleman, K. & Milne, L. (2010). Attachment, Regulation, Competency (ARC) Study. In-the-Know, 2(2).

Coughlin, L., Esposito, T., Milne, L., & Trocmé, N. (2010). School Delay. In-the-Know, 1(5).

Trocmé, N., Esposito, T., Milne, L., Chabot, M. & Coughlin, L. (2009). Court Use. In-the-Know, 1(4).

Milne, L. (2009). Québec research on attachment. In-the-Know, 1(2), 4.

Trocmé, N., Esposito, T. & Milne, L. (2009). National Child Welfare Outcomes Indicator Matrix (NOM). In-the-Know, 1(2).