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Editorial Board

Meet our Editorial Board Members.

Managing Editor
Paula Brunkard, BA (honours Psych), RECECurrent Position:  Supervisor of Preschool Support Services, kidsLINK, Kitchener, ONManaging Editor of Child & Family Professional

Associate Professor, Conestoga College, Kitchener, ON

Past Positions:  Child Care Provider, Subsidy Caseworker, Resource Consultant, Behaviour Consultant, Intake Clinician.


  • Behaviour consultation
  • Published parenting articles for KW Record, newspaper.
  • Designing and leading effective professional development – have presented at local, national and international levels
  • Facilitating parent groups
  Associate Editor
Darlene Brackenreed, Ph.D.Current Position: Assistant Professor of Education, Special Education/Educational Psychology and Mental Health, Nipissing University, North Bay, ONPast positions include: classroom teacher, resource and special education teacher, English as a Second Language and English Language Enrichment for Native Students, Special Education Consultant, Administrator of Special Education and Clinician: School Psychology.


  • Member of the pre-service, in-service, and graduate programs in education. Specialty is in Special Education/Educational, Psychology and Mental Health.
  • Research interests in inclusive education, standards assessment with special needs students, mental health, and technology in education.
  • Interests outside the realm of formal education include community support to persons with disabilities, mental health and the Canadian Diabetes Association.
  Associate Editor
Rochelle Fine, ECE, BA, Dip.C.S.Current Position: Program Manager in the Prevention Early Intervention department at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Toronto, ONSpecialty:

  • Early Childhood Development
Associate Editor
J. Lynn Fraser, Hons. B.A., Hons. B.A.(d), M.E.S.Freelance, Toronto, ONCurrent Position: author, freelance editor and writer.


  • She writes for national and international magazines, non-profits, research groups, corporations, and various levels of government.
Associate Editor
Emily Gray, MSW, B.A.Sc.Current Position: Intake Clinician, Front Door Access to Child and Youth Services; kidsLINK, Kitchener, ONCo-chair, Waterloo Region FASD Diagnostic Clinic Steering Committee

Past Positions: Children in Need Social Worker, London Borough of Camden; Duty and Assessment Social Worker, London Borough of Lambeth.


  • B.A.Sc. (Child Studies) from University of Guelph, ON
  • MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University, ON
  • Children’s Mental Health
  • FASD
Associate Editor
Lana Lee Hardacre, M.S.W., (R.S.W.)B.A.Current Position:   Professor in the Conestoga College Early Childhood Education program, since 1988.Specialty:

  • Her main teaching focus includes child development and children with diverse abilities.
  • She is also a co-author of a book called Resources for Educating Young Children with Diverse Abilities.
  • Since 1992, Lana-Lee has been a part-time faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University in a unique partnership that includes teaching students how to deliver the arts to children with diverse abilities. Lana-Lee teaches the arts component and other professors from Laurier and the University of Waterloo teach the music, drama, and dance components. The course includes a one week practicum where the students work as counselors at a camp called Art’s Express.
Associate Editor
Gillian Kriter, M.L.I.S.Current position:  Library Supervisor at Child and Parent Resource Institute (Ministry of Children and Youth Services) for both the Family Resource Centre and Dr. Joseph Pozsonyi Memorial Library in London, Ontario.Past Positions:  Information Services Manager at Student Development Centre (UWO), Librarian at London Public Library, and Sponsored Employee at United Way.


  • Gillian values research, education and information sharing and is pleased to contribute to the Child and Family Professional to help advance the field of children’s mental and developmental health.
Associate Editor
Patricia J. Neufeld, PhD, LCPC, NCCCurrent Position:   Academic Director, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops , BC, Canada
Professor Emeritus, Emporia State University, Emporia, KSSpecialty: 

  • School Counselling
Associate Editor
John Mayo, M.A., L.M.H.C.Current Position:  Deputy Executive Director, (2000-present) Success 4 Kids & Families, Tampa, Florida, USAS4KF is a not for profit agency following system of care principles that provides community based services to families of children with emotional disturbances.

Specialty:    Master’s Degree in Developmental Clinical Psychology
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Past positions include:

  • Counseling Supervisor at the Adolescent Day Treatment Program at USF,
  • Family Builders Therapist,
  • Children’s Clinical Case Manager,
  • Case Review Committee Chairperson,
  • Human Rights Advocacy Committee Member,
  • Clinical Consultant to Department of Child and Family Studies at Florida Mental Health Institute – University of South Florida,
  • Board of Directors-Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health,
  • Chair Policy & Prevention Committees-Juvenile Justice Board 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa,
  • Private practice working with children and families.
Associate Editor
Angela Roorda, BA, MA, PhDCurrent Position:  Arts Research Development Officer, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ONPast positions include:  Assistant Professor of English, King’s University College, Edmonton, AB


  • works with individuals and teams in the Faculty of Arts to develop projects and secure research funding.
  • As the parent of a (nearly adult) special needs child, Angela has had ample opportunity to interact with the range of professionals featured in Child & Family Professional. Contributing to this journal is her way of saying thanks-and of supporting the ongoing professional development of those in a position to make such a positive difference in the lives they touch.
Associate Editor
Joan Turner, PhD., CCLSCurrent position includes: Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Study,  Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova ScotiaPast positions include:

  • Child Life Specialist
  • Associate Editor and Executive Editor of the Child Life Council Bulletin/Focus (2006-2010)
  • Mentoring and supporting practitioners moving into the role of researcher and author


  • practicum coordinator for the Child and Youth Study program
  • serves on the University Research Ethics Review Board.
  • Joan started her career as a Child Life Specialist and continues to focus much of her research and scholarship in the area.
  • Current research is focused on archival research on child life history and the assessment and rapport processes of child life specialists. She is just beginning to investigate the role of child life specialists in outdoor play and physical activity in health care settings.
Associate Editor
Beverlie Dietze, Ph.D.Current position includes: Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Study, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova ScotiaPast positions include:

  • Campus Dean, Director of Teaching and Learning, and an Early Childhood Education Faculty  in the Ontario College System
  • Consultant with Princess Sarvath Community College, Amman, Jordan
  • Curriculum Consultant


  • Outdoor play programming and design
  • Member of the University Teaching and Learning Committee and Library Committee
  • Current research is focused on outdoor play programming and staff development models for early learning and child care practitioners
  • Author of The Foundations of Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada and Play and Learning in Early Childhood Education by Pearson Canada
  • Associate producer of educational videos on Outdoor Play and Staff Development