Welcome to FASD Research Project!

This research project is lead by Dr. Michelle Stewart at the University of Regina. This site includes research that Dr. Stewart is working on with her research team and partners.

Dr. Stewart is involved in a range of projects including those that focus on FASD and the justice system as well as strength-based projects that focus on interventions to help address social isolation. Dr. Stewart’s research team is currently funded to complete research in the following areas:

  • FASD and Social Determinants of Health (2017-2019)
  • FASD in the Justice System (2014-current)
  • Strengths-Based Approaches to FASD (2016-current)
  • Evaluative Frameworks for Strengths-Based Initiatives (2018-current)
  • Patient/Family Oriented Research and Advocacy (2015-current)

Dr. Stewart’s projects include partnerships with a range of community organisations across Canada as well as national and international research partnerships. In Fall 2018, this page will be redeveloped with links to this expansive network of projects and interventions.

October 2018: Team Releases Framework for Action on TRC #34 (FASD in Justice System)

Free resources that can be used by organizations

Three key areas of Dr. Stewart’s Research Project

Meet the current research team as well as past members.


Special thanks to all the people that have been and continue to share their stories and perspectives that inform these research projects. The team is fortunate to receive support from a range of funders including: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the University of Regina and Canada FASD Research Network. Thanks always to the amazing team that does this work!



2 thoughts on “Welcome to FASD Research Project!

  1. Very impressed….You have taken on a pretty major project that is so sorely needed.. I work in a system where we receive clients (inmates) by default from a system that doesn’t yet have the tools / resources for proper screening and diagnosis and then if we get a diagnosis we don’t have the resources in place or the training to put the interventions in place to ameliorate the secondary and tertiary disabilities.
    Resources are needed on both sides of the fence when it comes to the Criminal Justice System so we can get away from the thinking that screening leads to a responsibility to diagnose and then to a responsibility to put in place what is needed to make things work for the affected person, the support people, the court system, the adjudication team and the list just keeps going on.
    There are pockets of good things happening across the country but it is not the norm.
    There are so many things that need to be going on simultaneously in order to address all of the needs so accolades to all involved in furthering the research.
    We will all keep our lobbying hats on for Bill C-235..excellent work..
    Thanks to all,

  2. Hi! I just read a book that might be interesting because it resonates with and affirms the “We are all Living in Our Imaginations” project title. It is “The Tale-Tellers: A Brief Study of Humankind by Nancy Huston. The 2008 book is in very limited supply but available through Sask. library system. The book elucidates the ‘fictions’ and narratives which all humans spin and live by, and explains the value and importance of reading written novels. This Meaning- making might be transferable to the experience of indigenous oral traditions of storytelling and daily discourses as well. It creates a space for understanding how diverse peoples and various processes shape the lives we lead… and it is applicable to the project participants we met and ‘played and improvised with’ the Summer of 2016. Indeed an Improv Circle creates a space to create and share (give and hear) our collective stories whereby others (no matter what role, ability, culture, background or perspective) may experience, learn and grow from such exposure. The book is an interesting and liberating treatise on human narratives that make up our very individual and collective lives ( this comment offered by project participant – Rick Kotowich )

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