Ph.D., Sociology, University of Alberta (Recipient of SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship)
M.A., Sociology, McGill University
B.A. (Honours), Sociology, Queen’s University
Dr. Caroline McDonald-Harker is a Sociologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. She is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Centre for Community Disaster Research (CCDR), and a Research Associate with the Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES).
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Her areas of expertise and research include: the sociology of family; disasters; parenthood/parenting; children and youth; trauma and resilience; gender; domestic violence; and qualitative research methods. Dr. McDonald-Harker is committed to engaging in knowledge translation and dissemination of her sociological research, knowledge, and insight into the public realm. She is regularly interviewed by both national and local television, radio, newspaper, and web news media to provide her expert opinion on sociological topics in her areas of expertise.
Dr. McDonald-Harker is currently conducting three community-based research studies funded by major external grants totaling 1.9 million dollars. She is conducting these research studies collaboration with 32 community partners.
In addition to other publications, Dr. McDonald-Harker is the author of book All of Dr. McDonald-Harker’s personal proceeds from the book are donated to the YWCA Calgary to support women and children who experience domestic violence. (February 2016), published with Demeter Press. This book was listed on the National Post’s Top 10 Bestseller List, just five months after being released.
RESEARCH STUDIES AND GRANT FUNDING
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Operating Grant: Health Effects of the Alberta Wildfires – Pediatric Resiliency. 2016-2020. “The Health Effects of the Alberta Wildfire and Evacuation: Pediatric Resiliency.” Role: Principal Investigator. In collaboration with Dr. Peter Silverstone, University of Alberta (Nominated Principal Investigator); Dr. Vincent Agyapong, University of Alberta (Principal Investigator); and Dr. Julie Drolet, University of Calgary (Principal Investigator). $500,000.
Centre for Community Disaster Research (CCDR), Mount Royal University. Quick Response Grant. 2016-2017. “A Peer Support and Mentoring Pilot Project for Community Service Providers and Children/Youth in Fort McMurray, Alberta: Developing Collaborative Support for Community Resilience and Disaster Recovery.” Role: Principal Investigator. In collaboration with Dr. Julie Drolet, University of Calgary (Co-Researcher); and Dr. Robin Cox, Royal Roads University (Co-Researcher). $15,000.
Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS). Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities (CRIO). 2015-2019. “Alberta Resilient Communities Research Project: Engaging Children and Youth in Community Resilience Post-flood in Southern Alberta.” Role: Collaborative Co-Lead. In collaboration with Dr. Julie Drolet, University of Calgary (Collaborative Lead); and Dr. Robin Cox, Royal Roads University. $1,059,716.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Partnership Development Grant - Community and College Social Innovation Fund. 2015-2019. “Social Innovation on the Ground: Accessible and Evidence-Based Tools for Social Innovators.” Role: Collaborator. In collaboration with Russ Wilde, Bow Valley College (Principal Investigator); Augusto V.C. Legaspi, Bow Valley College (Co-Researcher); Scott H. Henwood, Bow Valley College (Co-Researcher); Timothy J. Loblaw, Bow Valley College (Co-Researcher); Corinne Finnie, Bow Valley College (Collaborator); Lisa Reinders, Town of High River (Collaborator); Tricia Donovan, eCampus Alberta (Collaborator). $198,245.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Partnership Development Grant. 2014-2018. “The Effects of Environmental Disasters on the Family: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River Alberta Floods.” Role: Principal Investigator. In collaboration with Dr. Timothy Haney, Mount Royal University (Co-Researcher). $165,336.
Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES), Mount Royal University. Environmental Sustainability Research Grant. 2014-2015. “The Effects and Implications of Environmental Disasters on the Family and Communities, and Ensuring Environmental and Social Sustainability: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River Alberta Floods.” Role: Principal Investigator. In collaboration with Dr. Timothy Haney, Mount Royal University (Co-Researcher). $19,800.
McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (2016). Mothering in Marginalized Contexts: Narratives of Women Who Mother in and Through Domestic Violence. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press
McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (Forthcoming). “Making the Invisible Visible: Abused Women’s Mothering Experiences.” In Lynn O’Brien Hallstein, Andrea O’Reilly and Melinda Vandenbeld Giles (Eds), Routledge Companion to Motherhood. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
McDonald-Harker, Caroline. (2015). “Mothering in the Context of Domestic Violence and Encounters with Child Protection Services: From Victimized to “Criminalized” Mothers.” In B. Hogeveen and J. Minaker (Eds.), Criminalized Mothers: Criminalizing Motherhood (pp. 323-354). Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.
Brown, Matthew R. G., Agyapong, Vincent, Greenshaw, Andrew J., Cribben, Ivor, Brett-MacLean, Pamela, Drolet, Julie, McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Omeje, Joy, Mankowsi, Monica, Noble, Shannon, Kitching, Deborah, and Silverstone, Peter H. (2019). “After the Fort McMurray Wildfire There Are Significant Increases in Mental Health Symptoms in Grade 7-12 Students Compared to Controls,” BMC Psychiatry, 19(18): 1-11. doi:
Drolet, Julie, McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Fulton, Amy, and Iliscupidez, Anna. (2018). “Art-Informed Research with Children and Youth in a Post-flood Community,” The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts 13(1): 39-50. doi:
Haney, Timothy J. and Caroline McDonald-Harker. (2017). “The River is Not the Same Anymore: Environmental Risk and Uncertainty in the Aftermath of the High River, Alberta Flood,” Social Currents 4(6): 594-612.