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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, trauma-informed practices within child welfare organizations, responses to children exposed to interpersonal violence, knowledge mobilization – especially for child-serving organizations in the context of COVID-19, program implementation evaluation, and social work practicum experiences.

Lise Milne is an Assistant Professor in the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work (Saskatoon campus). Her research interests projects relate to trauma-informed practices in child-serving organizations, knowledge mobilization during COVID-19, 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 from January-December, 2017, where for six months she acted as the Field Education Coordinator. She has taught for the past nine years at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Regina, and McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal. Her teaching interests have included Child Welfare, Youth Justice, Student Practicum, Ethics, Critical Issues/Critical Thought, as well as Quantitative Research Methods. For ten 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, chairperson, and consultant for specialized groups on child sexual abuse and has provided training to staff. Lise is a faculty associate with the University of Regina Child Trauma Research Centre and a full faculty member at the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families.

Current Research Projects

Principal Investigator                                                                       2020-2022 / $54,452

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

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

This 2-year knowledge-building collaboration between the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work, McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families, and Eagles Nest Youth Ranch in Saskatchewan will take place across two phases in order to: (1) develop, implement and evaluate a trauma-informed training program for Eagles Nest group home staff; and (2) based on this program, to implement and test intervention activities with children in two group home settings. The overarching goals are to support workers and enhance their skills, and to build resilience in trauma-impacted children through emotional and behavioural self-regulation interventions. Co-Investigators Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina (McGill) and Dr. Kara Fletcher (URegina).

Co-Investigator                                                                                  2020-2027 / $2,500,000

SSHRC Partnership Grant                                                                         

Project: Canadian Consortium on Child & Youth Trauma (CCCYT): Developing cohesive intersectoral practices and policies to support trauma-impacted children and youth.

The overall goal of this partnership is to leverage trauma-informed care practice and policy initiatives that are currently implemented across Canada into a unified Canadian movement. Proposed activities to be carried out with the support of dozens of partners and collaborators across Canada include: (1) knowledge transfer and advancement; (2) intersectoral partnership development and collaboration; (3) enhancement of university-agency partnerships; (4) training and professional advancement for students and emerging scholars, and (4) sensitization of the public on the issues of complex trauma and traum-informed care. PI Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina (McGill) and multiple CIs.

Principal Investigator                                                                       2020-2021 / $21,466

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.

This collaboration between the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work, the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families, and Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba (CFS-WM) is designed to support CFS-WM in their pursuit of group care program redesign to reflect principles of trauma-informed care. The objectives of this partnership are to co-construct relevant, context-specific, evidence-based training material and support strategies to increase group care worker knowledge and practices in responding to childhood trauma, and to pilot-test its implementation in three diverse adolescent group care settings within CFS-WM. Co-Investigator (CI) Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina (McGill).

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                              2020 / $47,342

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.

This 6-month knowledge translation initiative aims to rapidly compile, vet and synthesize research and resources related to COVID-19 and its impact in the child welfare sector (children, families, and workers), with a specific focus on the Canadian Prairies. The initiative aims to further develop a URegina Child Trauma Research Centre Digital Connections Hub website to have one point of access to resources, including a knowledge synthesis, newly acquired published research, research summaries, infographics, and concrete tools. Co-PI Dr. Nathalie Reid (URegina CTRC).

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                              2020 / $10,000

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.

A socio-ecological scan of existing and emerging research and resources was conducted to ensure service providers have the knowledge and resources to meet the complex health, social, psychological, educational, and environmental needs of children in care during COVID-19. Resources will available through the newly constructed dynamic Digital Connections Hub through the University of Regina Child Trauma Research Centre. This will facilitate the mobilization of important resources to relevant stakeholders, including caregivers. Co-PI Dr. Nathalie Reid (URegina Child Trauma Research Centre).

Co-Investigator                                                                                  2020-2022 / $74,935

SSHRC Insight Development Grant          

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

The objective of this pilot research project is to respond to the current crystal meth crisis in the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan by establishing a podcast produced and developed by youth with lived experience of crystal meth and polysubstance use, and to document this process through informal interviews as well as through community listening events and listener surveys to better understand the impact of the project. PI Dr. Kara Fletcher (URegina).

Principal Investigator (2 grants)                                                      2019-2021 / $9,675

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.

This study seeks the perspectives of 300 group care staff working in units with a diverse group of children and adolescents across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec. Through online and paper surveys we examine general knowledge and attitudes towards trauma-informed care, perceived support by organizations for its provision, personal and professional experiences that may impact their work, and resilience characteristics. The findings will indicate targets for staff support and training, organizational advocacy for such support and training, as well as potential strategies for worker resilience enhancement. Sole investigator.

Principal Investigator                                                                       2019-2020 / $5,000

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.

This seed funding facilitates two main activities in the grant application process: (1) An intensive, year-long training program - Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics - an innovative, trauma-informed approach to working with at-risk and/or traumatized ch­ildren and adolescents; and (2) Support in preparing the grant application through the hiring of a student research assistant. The funding will serve to leverage funds in a larger grant application. Sole investigator.

Co-Investigator                                                                                  2017-2021 / $155,193

SSHRC Insight Grant

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

This four-year project aims to develop a better understanding of new policies and practices implemented by Canadian Child Protection organizations in response to children exposed to violence in the home, as well as to identify policy and practice gaps. Four provinces will serve as the primary sites of investigation – Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Specific recommendations for policy and practice will be developed for each of these provinces. PI Dr. Kendra Nixon (UManitoba).

Co-Investigator                                                                                  2019-2020 / $50,000

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.

This initiative aimed to create opportunities for knowledge exchange, new partnerships, and sources of mutual support to further promote the cross-sector development and sustainable integration of trauma-informed care in child-serving systems in Canada. Three outreach activities included: (1) a Complex Trauma Journal Watch; (2) "Research2Practice" Knowledge Bulletins; and (3) Communities of Practice facilitated by the PI to promote outreach, supervision, and knowledge exchange among workers and support staff in child protection agencies in six regions across Québec. A half-day Communities of Practice Summit was hosted on June 19, 2019 in Montreal uniting all six regions, following a Bilingual Symposium on Complex Trauma and trauma-informed care. PI Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina (McGill).

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                              2018-2020 / $8,000

University of Regina - Distributed Distance Learning

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

The objectives of this research were to develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of undergraduate practicum students in the Faculties of Social Work and Justice Studies completing their seminar in face-to-face, blended and online forums; to compare the experiences of students using classroom-based and live online formats; and to use this information to enhance online practicum seminar experiences for future undergraduate students by ensuring the integration of appropriate pedagogical design, thoughtful integration of student collaboration opportunities, and evaluation into online courses. CI Dr. Kara Fletcher (URegina).

Peer Reviewed Publications

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.

http://www. tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10538712.2014.896841.

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. 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.

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.

Peer-reviewed Conference Papers

Milne, L. (August 2019). 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.

Milne, L. (August 2019). 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.

Nixon, K., Alaggia, R., Jenney, A., & Milne, L. (September 2019). 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.

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

Milne, L. (May 2018). 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.

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

Milne, L. & Collin-Vézina, D. (October 2017). 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.

Fletcher, K. & Milne, L. (May 2017). 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.

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

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

Collin-Vézina, D., Milne, L., Garland, L., & Forget, S. (May 2016). 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.

Milne, L. (April 2016). 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.

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

Milne, L. & Nutton, J. (July 2015). 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.

Milne, L. (July, 2015). 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.

Milne, L. (June 2015). 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.

Milne, L. (October 2014). 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.

Milne, L. & Nutton, J. (June 2014). 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.

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

Collin-Vézina, D., & Milne, L. (May 2012). 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.

Collin-Vézina, D., Milne, L., & Coleman, K. (November 2011). 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.

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

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

Other Publications and Reports

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).