Gina Dimitropoulos

Associate Professor, PhD/MSW Thesis Coordinator

Calgary Campus

PhD (Social Work)

University of Toronto

MSW

McMaster University

BSW

Ryerson University

Contact information

Location

MacKimmie Tower : MT413

Courses

  • S2021 - SOWK 799.89 - Special Topics Seminar (Qual Res Meth Health & MH)

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Research Activities

Research areas

  • Infant, Children and Adolescents
  • Health, Mental Health and Wellness
  • Critical Disability
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Trauma and Violence

Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Studying adolescent and transition-aged youth with mental health issues and complex health needs
  • Development and evaluation of family based treatments for eating disorders 
  • Clinical and community trials for youth with mental health, disabilities and chronic health conditions
  • Identifying barriers and facilitators to investigating and supporting children who have been affected by child sexual abuse material and online sexual exploitation 
  • Building knowledge of social work practice in the context of the health care setting and interdisciplinary teams

Current Research 

Current projects include a clinical trial comparing a navigator service to treatment as usual for young people with complex health needs; clinical trials on family based interventions for adolescents and young adults with eating disorders; and. longitudinal studies on risk and resiliency associated with child maltreatment and exposure to child pornography. 


Biography

Gina Dimitropoulos joined the Faculty of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 2015 and was appointed as Associate Professor in 2019.  She has over 20 years of clinical experience in both tertiary care and community based settings delivering family based treatments, group therapy and individual counselling for adolescents and adults with mental health issues. She teaches graduate level clinical and research courses.  Gina also has extensive research experience in various methodologies including randomized controlled trials, mixed methods, health services research and qualitative research.

Her research is in the area of youth and emerging adults with mental health concerns, chronic health conditions and trauma. She brings expertise in developing and testing interventions in youth and family peer support, patient navigation and care coordination for transitioning adolescents to the continuum of adult services with a focus on youth involved with multiple systems including justice and child protection services. 

Gina is involved in research to identify the longitudinal impact of child maltreatment and child pornography on the psycho-social development of children and adolescents. 

Finally, she is the research lead for the Calgary Eating Disorder Program where she is involved in overseeing national and international studies on family based interventions for adolescents with a range of eating disorders including typical and atypical anorexia nervosa.