Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy

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Associate Professor Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work Waterloo, Ontario mmfoafomcarthy@wlu.ca Office: (519) 884-0710 ext. 5238

Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

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Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

Lori Chalmers Morrison
Director: Integrated Communications
lchalmersmorrison@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3067

Graham Mitchell
Director: Communications & Issues Management
gmitchell@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3070

Brantford Campus:

Beth Gurney
Associate Director: Communications & Public Affairs
bgurney@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 5753

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Bio/Research

I have more than 15 years of social work practice experience in New York, British Columbia and Ontario. I have worked with individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness and HIV/AIDS, adolescent sex offenders, youth in conflict with the law and community based mental health. I have taught the ...

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Bio/Research

I have more than 15 years of social work practice experience in New York, British Columbia and Ontario. I have worked with individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness and HIV/AIDS, adolescent sex offenders, youth in conflict with the law and community based mental health. I have taught the following courses at Laurier: Research Methods; Diversity, Marginalization and Oppression (DMO); Community Interventions; and Health and Mental Health.

My research interests include global mental health. My funded projects examine serious mental illness and stigma among immigrant communities. I am also interested in post-colonial and critical race theories, social justice and anti-oppressive practice.

I received my PhD in Social Work from the University of Toronto in 2010 and my Maters degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York in 1998.

Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health’s Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI) program at the University of Toronto (2010-2011).

The main focus of my research is exploring the intersection between mental illness and stigma and its impact on immigrant communities. Also, the effectiveness of treatment options for individuals with serious mental illness in the community.

I am currently involved in multiple collaborative projects at Laurier’s faculty of social work and the department of social work at the University of Ghana.

-Study to increase understanding of clients’ and staff perspectives on the use of community treatment orders for clients of the Guelph Assertive Community Treatment Team.

-West African ideals of family.

-Stigma and serious mental illness in the Waterloo region.

-Media’s portrayal of mental illness in Ghana.


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