Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Milligan is the Director of the Child and Family Wellness through Integrated Systems and Evaluation (WISE) Lab, a supervising psychologist at St. Michael’s Hospital, and the director of clinical training at Ryerson University. She joined the Department of Psychology in 2012 after spending close to a decade working as a child clinical psychologist and a community-based researcher within the children’s mental health and addiction treatment sectors. Dr. Milligan received her PhD from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Milligan has a broad program of community-based research that stems directly from her clinical work. Her research is focused on the promotion of self-regulation in children and adolescents. She is interested in evaluating and showcasing innovative community-based (and often developed) prevention and treatment programs, particularly those that integrate service delivery across traditionally distinct service sectors (e.g., school, mental health, CAS, addictions). Dr. Milligan was a co-investigator with Connections, a CIHR-funded national research team that has been exploring and assisting in the development of knowledge exchange and translation strategies for programs working with pregnant and parenting women with addictions. She is currently co-leading a CIHR-funded provincial evaluation of integrated programs for pregnant and parenting women with addictions, with specific interests in models of integrated service delivery and their impact on parenting and child self-regulation and well-being. Dr. Milligan also served at the Director of Research and Psychology at Integra (Canada’s only accredited children’s mental health centre for children with mental health and co-occurring learning disabilities) from 2009-2013. She is currently leading the research and evaluation program for the Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA)™ program, a transdiagnostic treatment program for youth with learning disabilities and mental health challenges.
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