Welcome to FASD Research Project! 

This research project is lead by Dr. Michelle Stewart at the University of Regina. Working with her team of students, Dr. Stewart has a multi-level research project that focuses on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  Her research projects include three key areas:

  • FASD and Justice (Canada): This multi-year, multi-stage project has included a comprehensive Environmental Scan that focused on FASD and Justice Programs as well as diagnostic capacity across Canada (youth and adults). In November 2015 the E-Scan was released (click here to download). Interviews and surveys are currently being completed and a preliminary Addendum to the E-scan was completed in March 2016 (click here to access). Spring/Summer 2016 will involve a cross-Canada investigation of resourcing and practices from the experience of caregivers and those living with FASD.
  • Living with FASD: This multi-province partnership includes collaborations in BC and Saskatchewan that focus on the lived experiences of people with FASD and includes group interviews, community-based arts and participatory action research. Click here for preliminary analysis of interviews.
  • Complex Needs in the Justice System: This project involves an analysis of programs and practices that attempt to address the range of complex needs that can present in the justice system. The first stage of this project involved a formative investigation of the Mental Health Disposition Court in Regina, SK. This Court meets twice a month and focuses on finding alternatives to jail for those that are facing jail time but are likely better served by staying in the community. This court includes those living with FASD. The report will be formally released on April 13, 2016.

In the coming months, this page will be redeveloped to reflect the three key research projects that Dr. Stewart is working on.

Initially this page was created in Fall 2013, to distribute already-available information between different communities, organizations and networks in response to request for information when Dr. Stewart interviewed police and community organizations. The goal was to provide resources to frontline workers and a broader audience as part of Dr. Stewart’s SSHRC-sponsored research that ran from 2012-2015. Since 2015, Dr. Stewart has expanded her research to now include complex needs in the justice system alongside a research project that focuses directly on the lived experiences of those that have FASD as part of a participatory action research approach to investigating FASD. In the coming months you will be able to find more information about these other two projects, preliminary findings and further resources.

Until then, the website contains information on workshops and events and resources pertinent to professionals who work with individuals that have FASD. There is also a section about FASD in the news, as well as podcasts and research findings.

For more information about this research project please check out these links:

This web page is a product of Dr. Michelle Stewart’s research team from the University of Regina. This research has been made possible by the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, University of Regina and Canada FASD Research Network. For questions and/or comments regarding the research project or about upcoming events please feel free to contact us. Dr. Stewart is at the Strategic Lead for Justice Interventions with Canada FASD Research Network, the Director of the Community Research Unit, she is also an research affiliate to the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre and Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit.

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