Christine Walsh


Calgary Campus

PhD (Social Work)

University of Toronto


McMaster University

MSc and BSc in Human Kinetic

University of Guelph

Contact information


MacKimmie Tower : MT416

Research Activities

Research areas

  • Trauma and Violence
  • Gerontology
  • Human Service Organizations and Systems


Walsh is a founding member of the Downtown Community Initiative, a partnership between the Faculties of Social Work and Nursing and the Salvation Army Centre of Hope; a core member of the research team for the Child Development Centre; and an executive member of the Child and Maternal Health Institute.

She has been awarded two teaching grants (2006 Spring Summer Innovation grant and 2007 Students’ Union Grant for Teaching Innovation) to develop courses reflecting her research interests. She also teaches an online course, “Violence and victimology across the lifespan.”

Research Projects:

  • Sieppert, J. (Co-I). & Walsh, C. (Co-I). Downtown Community Initiative (DCI). (VP External Office, University of Calgary; 2005-2005).
  • Walsh, C. (Co-I). Health Impacts of Violence across the Lifespan: A Multidisciplinary Approach. (CIHR New Emerging Team Grant; 2002-2007).
  • Walsh, C. (PI). Sharing Secrets: Exploring Pathways to Adolescent Maltreatment Disclosures University of Calgary, Start up Grant. (University of Calgary Start-up Grant; 2005-2006).
  • Walsh, C. (PI). Telling: Examining Cross-Cultural Patterns in Maltreatment Disclosures. (University of Calgary, SSHRC Development Grant; 2005-2005).
  • Walsh, C. (Co-I). Enhancing Self-Understanding and Social Integration for Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities. (SSHRC; 2005-2008).


Dr. Christine Walsh is a professor in the Faculty of Social Work and holds an adjunct assistant professorship at McMaster University.

Before coming to the Faculty in 2004, Walsh was employed as a clinical social worker at McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, where she conducted parenting assessments and maltreatment evaluations as part of a multidisciplinary team. She also worked at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University as a research associate, investigating the epidemiology of child maltreatment, women’s mental health and Aboriginal health.

Walsh’s research interests involve contributing to the understanding of violence across the lifespan, and populations affected by social exclusion, poverty and homelessness. Current research projects include:

  • Telling: Examining Cross-Cultural Patterns in Adolescent Maltreatment Disclosures, Social Science and Humanities Research Council.
  • Centre Street Urban Design and Social Strategy Project- Phase II & III, City of Calgary and Torode Realty
  • Elder Abuse: Developing an Approach to Measure Prevalence and Determinants, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
  • Optimal Shelter Design for Homeless Women: Site, Situation, and Service, Social Science and Humanities Research Council.