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Maria Liegghio

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School of Social Work

Associate Professor

Office: Ross Building, S876
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 22847
Email: mlieg@yorku.ca

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Maria Liegghio is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her main areas of research are social work epistemology in mental health; the stigma of mental illness in child and youth mental health, or more critically children's psychiatrization; critical social work education, theory, and practice; and collaborative, community-based and participatory action research. She has extensive experience working as a child and family mental health therapist. Her current work is focused on the experiences psychiatrized children and youth and their caregivers have of crisis responses, policing, and police encounters. She has three projects: 1) a study exploring the "mental health" experiences children and youth have, in particular, their experiences of "crisis/distress" and of accessing and using mental health services, specifically crisis and police services; 2) a study exploring the emotional, functional, and financial (provisioning) contributions youth make living in low-income, lone mother households; and 3) an international collaboration exploring theories about "trauma" and "resilience" as organizing frameworks for violence prevention and intervention in El Salvador, with a particular focus on de-colonial research and practice approaches.

Degrees

PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
MSW, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
BSW (honours), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Research Interests

Children and Youth , Mental Health, Critical Social Work Theory, Practice, and Education, Stigma of Mental Illness, Resilience and Trauma, Community-based/Participatory Action Research

Current Research Projects

Supporting resilient outcomes: Understanding the emotional, instrumental and financial contributions of youth in low-income lone mother households

    Summary:

    The purpose of this study is to explore youth resilience, poverty and provisioning in the Global North, specifically in two major Canadian urban centres – Toronto and Vancouver. The aim is to understand the emotional, instrumental, and financial formal and informal activities and roles youth living in poverty undertake to meet their own needs and those of other family members; that is, how children and youth help families "make ends meet".

    See more
    Role: Co-investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2019

    Collaborator: Dr. Lea Caragata (principal investigator)
Crisis responses, policing and police encounters with psychiatrically "at-risk" children and youth

    Summary:

    The purpose of this 2 year, community-university partnership is to pilot a study - its methods, questions, and theoretical orientation - to explore crisis responses, policing, and police encounters with children and youth in need of, or involved with the child and youth mental health system.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2018

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Development Grant
Police and police encounters in child and youth mental health

    Summary:

    The focus is on the lived experiences children and youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, and their caregivers, have of police and police encounters.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Jan   Year: 2014

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2018

    Funders:
    SSHRC Small Grants Program
    Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Mental Health Literacy on the Stigma of Mental Illness for Child and Youth Mental Health Professionals

    Summary:

    The focus of this research was to develop a mental health literacy program for frontline child and youth mental health professionals on the stigma of mental illness

    See more
    Start Date:
      Month: Mar   Year: 2012

    End Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2012

    Funders:
    Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
Stigma of Mental Illness and Child and Youth Mental Health

    Summary:

    The purpose of this study was to explore self and family stigma of mental illness from the perspective of youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, their caregivers and siblings.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funders:
    Mental Health Commission of Canada
An International Collaboration Exploring the Salvadoran Identity Twenty-five Years After the Civil War

    Summary:

    Working in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences (Escuela de Ciencias Sociales) in the Faculty of Sciences and Humanities (Faculitad de Ciencias y Humanitades) at the University of El Salvador, the aim of this project is to develop a larger research partnership to explore cross-nationally what it means to be “Salvadoran” 25 years after the country’s civil war (1980-1992) from the perspectives of the war and postwar generations.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2018

    Funders:
    LA&PS Seed Grant for Collaborative Research Initiatives
Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Liegghio, M. (2018). Za młodzi, żeby być szaleni. Upośledzaja zderzenia z “normalnośia” z perspektywy młodzieży doświadczajacej psyshiatryzacji. (Polish, English translation: Too young to be Mad: Disabling encounters with ‘normal’ from the perspectives of psychiatrized youth). In A. Witeska-Młynarczyk (ed)., Antropologia psychiatrii dzieci i młodzieży: Wbór tekstów. (p.p. 250-279) Warzawa, Poland: Oficyna Naukowa.

2018

Liegghio, M. (2013) . Chapter 5: A denial of being: Psychiatrization as epistemic violence. In B. LeFrancois, R. Menzies, & G. Reaume (Ed.s.), Mind matters: A critical Canadian reader. (p.p. 122-129). Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

2013

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Liegghio, M.; Truong, A.H.; Canas, H. & Al-Bader, H. (accepted August 2020). “I don’t want people to think I’m a criminal”: Calling for more “compassionate policing” in child and youth mental health. Journal of Community Safety & Well-being.

2020

Liegghio, M. (2020). Allyship and solidarity, not therapy, in child and youth mental health: Lessons from a participatory action research project with psychiatrised youth. Global Studies of Childhood. Special Issue: Psychiatrised childhoods: Observed, understood and experienced, 10 (1), 78-89.

2020

Liegghio, M. & Caragata, L. (2020, July). Covid19 and youth living in poverty: The ethical considerations of moving from in-person interviews to a photovoice using remote methods. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/0886109920939051

2020

Liegghio, M.; Canas, H.; Truong, A.H. & Williams, S. (under review 2020). Collaboration rooted in compassionate policing, but calling for depolicing: Distressed children and youth caught between the mental health and police systems. Journal of Community Safety & Well-being.

2020

Liegghio, M., Delay, D., & Jenney, A. (2019). Challenging social work epistemology in children’s mental health: The connections between evidence-based practice and young people’s psychiatrization. The British Journal of Social Work, 49, 1180–1197.

2019

Liegghio, M. (2017) . Our biggest hurdle, yet: Caregivers’ encounters with structural stigma in child and youth mental health. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences, 98 (4), 300-309.

2017

Liegghio, M.; Van Katwyk, T.; Freeman, B.; Caragata, L.; Sdao-Jarvie, K; Brown, K.; & Sandha, A. (2017) . Police involvement among a community population of children and youth accessing mental health services. Social Work in Mental Health, 15 (1), 14-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15332985.2016.1156043

2017

Liegghio, M. (2017) . “Not a good person”: Family stigma in child and youth mental health from the perspectives of young siblings. Child and Family Social Work, 22 (3), 1237-1245. doi:10.1111/cfs.12340.

2017

Liegghio, M. (2016) . Too young to be Mad: Disabling encounters with “normal” from the perspectives of psychiatrized youth. Special Issue: Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and ‘Mental Health’ for Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice, 5 (3), 110-129.

2016

Liegghio, M. & Caragata, L. (2016) . “Why are you talking to me like I’m stupid?”: The micro-aggressions committed by the social welfare system against lone mothers. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. 31 (1), 7-23. doi: 10.1177/0886109915592667

2016

Liegghio, M. (2015) . Over 1000 aluminum cans for forty dollars: The provisioning contributions of older children from the perspectives of welfare-reliant lone mothers. Children & Society, 29, 388-398.

2015

Liegghio, M. & Jaswal, P. (2015) . Police encounters in child and youth mental health: Could stigma informed crisis intervention training (CIT) for parents help? Special Issue on Mental Health: Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community, 29 (3), 301-319. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2015.1050654

2015

Van Katwyk, T., Liegghio, M. & Laflamme, L. (2014) . Democratic learning: The study circle as a critical approach to social work education. Canadian Social Work Review/Revue Canadienne de Service Social, 31(2), 227-243.

2014

Liegghio, M., Nelson, G., & Evans, S. (2010, September) . Participatory action research with children with mental health issues: Contributions of a sociology of childhood perspective. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46 (1-2), 84-99.

2010

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Liegghio, M. (December 2013) . ‘No one gets left behind’: Self and family stigma from the perspectives of youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, caregivers, and siblings; Final report of findings. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: A report to the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Liegghio, M.; Van Katwyk, T.; Pereira, N. & Sdao-Jarvie, K. (2012, August) . A mental health literacy program for frontline child and youth mental health professionals: The stigma of mental illness, facilitator’s guide. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: Peel Children’s Centre.



Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 GS/SOWK5913 3.0 A Contesting Children's 'Mental Health' SEMR


Maria Liegghio is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her main areas of research are social work epistemology in mental health; the stigma of mental illness in child and youth mental health, or more critically children's psychiatrization; critical social work education, theory, and practice; and collaborative, community-based and participatory action research. She has extensive experience working as a child and family mental health therapist. Her current work is focused on the experiences psychiatrized children and youth and their caregivers have of crisis responses, policing, and police encounters. She has three projects: 1) a study exploring the "mental health" experiences children and youth have, in particular, their experiences of "crisis/distress" and of accessing and using mental health services, specifically crisis and police services; 2) a study exploring the emotional, functional, and financial (provisioning) contributions youth make living in low-income, lone mother households; and 3) an international collaboration exploring theories about "trauma" and "resilience" as organizing frameworks for violence prevention and intervention in El Salvador, with a particular focus on de-colonial research and practice approaches.

Degrees

PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
MSW, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
BSW (honours), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Research Interests

Children and Youth , Mental Health, Critical Social Work Theory, Practice, and Education, Stigma of Mental Illness, Resilience and Trauma, Community-based/Participatory Action Research

Current Research Projects

Supporting resilient outcomes: Understanding the emotional, instrumental and financial contributions of youth in low-income lone mother households

    Summary:

    The purpose of this study is to explore youth resilience, poverty and provisioning in the Global North, specifically in two major Canadian urban centres – Toronto and Vancouver. The aim is to understand the emotional, instrumental, and financial formal and informal activities and roles youth living in poverty undertake to meet their own needs and those of other family members; that is, how children and youth help families "make ends meet".

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co-investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2019

    Collaborator: Dr. Lea Caragata (principal investigator)
Crisis responses, policing and police encounters with psychiatrically "at-risk" children and youth

    Summary:

    The purpose of this 2 year, community-university partnership is to pilot a study - its methods, questions, and theoretical orientation - to explore crisis responses, policing, and police encounters with children and youth in need of, or involved with the child and youth mental health system.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2018

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Development Grant
Police and police encounters in child and youth mental health

    Summary:

    The focus is on the lived experiences children and youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, and their caregivers, have of police and police encounters.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Jan   Year: 2014

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2018

    Funders:
    SSHRC Small Grants Program
    Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Mental Health Literacy on the Stigma of Mental Illness for Child and Youth Mental Health Professionals

    Summary:

    The focus of this research was to develop a mental health literacy program for frontline child and youth mental health professionals on the stigma of mental illness

    Project Type: Funded
    Start Date:
      Month: Mar   Year: 2012

    End Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2012

    Funders:
    Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
Stigma of Mental Illness and Child and Youth Mental Health

    Summary:

    The purpose of this study was to explore self and family stigma of mental illness from the perspective of youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, their caregivers and siblings.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funders:
    Mental Health Commission of Canada
An International Collaboration Exploring the Salvadoran Identity Twenty-five Years After the Civil War

    Summary:

    Working in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences (Escuela de Ciencias Sociales) in the Faculty of Sciences and Humanities (Faculitad de Ciencias y Humanitades) at the University of El Salvador, the aim of this project is to develop a larger research partnership to explore cross-nationally what it means to be “Salvadoran” 25 years after the country’s civil war (1980-1992) from the perspectives of the war and postwar generations.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2018

    Funders:
    LA&PS Seed Grant for Collaborative Research Initiatives

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Liegghio, M. (2018). Za młodzi, żeby być szaleni. Upośledzaja zderzenia z “normalnośia” z perspektywy młodzieży doświadczajacej psyshiatryzacji. (Polish, English translation: Too young to be Mad: Disabling encounters with ‘normal’ from the perspectives of psychiatrized youth). In A. Witeska-Młynarczyk (ed)., Antropologia psychiatrii dzieci i młodzieży: Wbór tekstów. (p.p. 250-279) Warzawa, Poland: Oficyna Naukowa.

2018

Liegghio, M. (2013) . Chapter 5: A denial of being: Psychiatrization as epistemic violence. In B. LeFrancois, R. Menzies, & G. Reaume (Ed.s.), Mind matters: A critical Canadian reader. (p.p. 122-129). Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

2013

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Liegghio, M.; Truong, A.H.; Canas, H. & Al-Bader, H. (accepted August 2020). “I don’t want people to think I’m a criminal”: Calling for more “compassionate policing” in child and youth mental health. Journal of Community Safety & Well-being.

2020

Liegghio, M. (2020). Allyship and solidarity, not therapy, in child and youth mental health: Lessons from a participatory action research project with psychiatrised youth. Global Studies of Childhood. Special Issue: Psychiatrised childhoods: Observed, understood and experienced, 10 (1), 78-89.

2020

Liegghio, M. & Caragata, L. (2020, July). Covid19 and youth living in poverty: The ethical considerations of moving from in-person interviews to a photovoice using remote methods. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/0886109920939051

2020

Liegghio, M.; Canas, H.; Truong, A.H. & Williams, S. (under review 2020). Collaboration rooted in compassionate policing, but calling for depolicing: Distressed children and youth caught between the mental health and police systems. Journal of Community Safety & Well-being.

2020

Liegghio, M., Delay, D., & Jenney, A. (2019). Challenging social work epistemology in children’s mental health: The connections between evidence-based practice and young people’s psychiatrization. The British Journal of Social Work, 49, 1180–1197.

2019

Liegghio, M. (2017) . Our biggest hurdle, yet: Caregivers’ encounters with structural stigma in child and youth mental health. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences, 98 (4), 300-309.

2017

Liegghio, M.; Van Katwyk, T.; Freeman, B.; Caragata, L.; Sdao-Jarvie, K; Brown, K.; & Sandha, A. (2017) . Police involvement among a community population of children and youth accessing mental health services. Social Work in Mental Health, 15 (1), 14-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15332985.2016.1156043

2017

Liegghio, M. (2017) . “Not a good person”: Family stigma in child and youth mental health from the perspectives of young siblings. Child and Family Social Work, 22 (3), 1237-1245. doi:10.1111/cfs.12340.

2017

Liegghio, M. (2016) . Too young to be Mad: Disabling encounters with “normal” from the perspectives of psychiatrized youth. Special Issue: Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and ‘Mental Health’ for Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice, 5 (3), 110-129.

2016

Liegghio, M. & Caragata, L. (2016) . “Why are you talking to me like I’m stupid?”: The micro-aggressions committed by the social welfare system against lone mothers. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. 31 (1), 7-23. doi: 10.1177/0886109915592667

2016

Liegghio, M. (2015) . Over 1000 aluminum cans for forty dollars: The provisioning contributions of older children from the perspectives of welfare-reliant lone mothers. Children & Society, 29, 388-398.

2015

Liegghio, M. & Jaswal, P. (2015) . Police encounters in child and youth mental health: Could stigma informed crisis intervention training (CIT) for parents help? Special Issue on Mental Health: Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community, 29 (3), 301-319. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2015.1050654

2015

Van Katwyk, T., Liegghio, M. & Laflamme, L. (2014) . Democratic learning: The study circle as a critical approach to social work education. Canadian Social Work Review/Revue Canadienne de Service Social, 31(2), 227-243.

2014

Liegghio, M., Nelson, G., & Evans, S. (2010, September) . Participatory action research with children with mental health issues: Contributions of a sociology of childhood perspective. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46 (1-2), 84-99.

2010

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Liegghio, M. (December 2013) . ‘No one gets left behind’: Self and family stigma from the perspectives of youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, caregivers, and siblings; Final report of findings. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: A report to the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Liegghio, M.; Van Katwyk, T.; Pereira, N. & Sdao-Jarvie, K. (2012, August) . A mental health literacy program for frontline child and youth mental health professionals: The stigma of mental illness, facilitator’s guide. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: Peel Children’s Centre.



Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 GS/SOWK5913 3.0 A Contesting Children's 'Mental Health' SEMR