Nicole D’souza recently joined the CRCF in 2016, and is a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill. Her doctoral research seeks to understand the relationship between violence and mental health outcomes for at-risk, inner city primary school children living in Kingston, Jamaica who are exposed to daily forms of violence. She has been working in collaboration with a larger evaluation study funded by Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) to identify risk and resilience outcomes of young boys and girls who participated in an early intervention program aimed at evading the problem of violence in Jamaica. Through participatory ethnographic research, she describes how children living in marginalized inner-city communities negotiate their daily lives and tensions in a social context characterized by high levels of interpersonal conflict, violent crimes, and turf wars. In doing so, Nicole hopes to unpack the meso- and macro-level factors affecting child development that can either produce positive coping strategies or adverse consequences for children. Her fieldwork in Jamaica received financial support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and she is also a recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, as well as a FRSQ Doctoral Scholarship. Prior to her doctoral research, she completed a Masters in Psychiatry at McGill, and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto.
Contact: nicole.dsouza [at] mail.mcgill.ca