Vandna is a William Dawson Scholar and an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University. She leads the Children's Services Policy Research Group. Her research focuses on the impact of social policies on children's access to services and on the abilities of marginalized families and communities to care for children. Many of her projects focus on understanding service disparities and the barriers to provision of appropriate services for First Nations children in Canada.
Vandna takes a mixed methods, interdisciplinary, and community engaged approach to exploring questions that are of interest to child welfare, health, social service, and child/youth advocacy organizations. This approach prioritizes:
Information sharing, collective learning, and the development of shared understanding among project partners;
Participatory data analysis and interpretation;
Socio-historical contextualization of research findings; and,
Direct dissemination of research results to stakeholders.
2006 - PhD, Human Development and Social Policy - Northwestern University
2004 - M.A., Human Development and Social Policy - Northwestern University
1997 - B.A. Economics + Bachelor of University Studies, Community Action + Service Learning Certificate - University of Utah