Dr. Barry Trute served as ARC Professor of Family Centred Care at the University of Calgary, holding joint appointments in Social Work, Nursing and Paediatrics. His prior appointments included: Professor and Fisher Chair of Family Research in the School of Social Work at McGill University, Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, Visiting Professor of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University and Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has been involved in the child disability, child health, family violence, family therapy and community mental health fields as a researcher, clinical practitioner and teacher.
Dr. Trute is a certified member and approved supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He was a co-founder and Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. He was the founding Director of the Child and Family Services Research Group at the University of Manitoba, and the founding Director of the McGill Couple and Family Clinic at McGill University, and Associate Director of the Psychological Service Centre of the University of Manitoba. Dr. Trute was a founding member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research (ACCFCR), and a member of several internal review committees of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Dr. Trute has received 25 research grants as Principal Investigator from numerous provincial and federal sources including the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), National Welfare Grants of Canada (NWG), and the National Health Research and Development Program (NHRDP). Dr. Trute's scholarly record includes 5 books and approximately 60 journal articles and book chapters. He has been the primary presenter in approximately 100 conference sessions and professional workshops.
Dr. Trute has been a leader in Canada in the development and advocacy of a family-centred model in health and social services. He has offered training modules on family centered practice, inter-generational family therapy, and children's services. He has served as a training and research consultant to provincial governments across Canada and for the Government of New Zealand.