Dr. Nancy Poole, MA, PhD

Nancy is the Director of the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Vancouver Canada, and the Prevention Lead for the CanFASD Research Network. Nancy is well known for her collaborative work on FASD-related research, training and policy initiatives with governments and organizations on local, provincial/territorial, national and international levels. She is involved in research teams and knowledge exchange projects on a wide range of women’s health and substance use issues; and has co-edited four books: Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use (2007), Becoming Trauma Informed (2012), Making it Better: Gender Transformative Health Promotion (2014) and Transforming Addiction: Gender, Trauma and Transdisciplinarity (2015). Nancy is also known for leadership in piloting online participatory methods for knowledge generation and exchange on women’s health, including virtual networks and online communities of inquiry.


Dr. Ana Hanlon-Dearman, MD, FRCPC, FAAP

Dr. Ana Hanlon-Dearman is a Developmental Pediatrician at the Manitoba FASD Centre and at the Child Development Clinic with the Child Health Program in Winnipeg, MB. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health with the University of Manitoba and holds a cross appointment with the Department of Community Health Sciences. She has been awarded the Manitoba FASD Research Scientist Award from Healthy Child Manitoba Office with the University of Manitoba Community Health Sciences, and chairs the Research Group at the Manitoba FASD Centre.  Dr. Hanlon-Dearman has been working collaboratively with a number of research teams to understand population health issues of individuals with FASD and to better integrate care for affected individuals and their families. Her clinical and research interests include neurodevelopmental patterns of children with FASD, as well as children with a variety of neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Dr. Mansfield Mela, MBBS, FWACP, MRC (Psych), MSc, FRCPC

Dr. Mansfield Mela is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan. His clinical practice is out of the Forensic Outpatient Clinic at University of Saskatchewan and the Forensic Inpatients Services at Regional Psychiatric Center, Saskatoon. Dr. Mela’s recent research studies include psychiatric drug use in sex offenders, FASD in forensic populations, neurotoxic metals in aggressive patients, spirituality and religiosity in forensic psychiatric patients.

Dr. Jocelynn L. Cook, PhD, MBA


Dr. Jacqueline Pei, PhD, R.Psych.

Dr Jacqueline Pei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Also a practicing Registered Psychologist for the past ten years, Dr Pei began her career as a criminologist and forensic counselor working with incarcerated youth. Motivated by this early work, she returned to academia to study youth at risk, child development, and neuropsychology, leading to her current focus on interventions for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Building on her work with various community and government agencies, including serving on the FASD Clinical Diagnostic Team at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr Pei currently leads the Intervention Network Action Team (iNAT) for the Canada FASD Research Network.


Dr. Michelle Stewart, BA, MA, PhD

Dr. Michelle Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina. She is an applied anthropologist with research that focuses on complex needs in the justice system in Canada. She is the Strategic Research Lead for Justice Interventions with Can FASD. As an applied researcher, Dr. Stewart is actively engaged in local FASD initiatives focused on bringing about better justice outcomes for individuals with FASD; as part of this work she is actively involved in policy work and has hosted or facilitated training and information sessions for justice professionals, community organizations, researchers and policy makers. Her research team has created an FASD resource page for front-line workers and researchers that includes information about programs and projects across Canada. Click here to view the FASD Research Project web page or visit:

Child Welfare

Dr. Dorothy Badry, PhD, MSW, RSW