Learning Network Team
Learning Director, Adjunct Associate Professor
Biography: Dr. Linda Baker is a Psychologist, Adjunct Professor, and the Learning Director of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University. She is proud to lead the Learning Network and the Knowledge Hub. The Learning Network translates knowledge on the continuum of gender-based violence and the Knowledge Hub facilitates a trauma- and violence-informed community of practice with Canadian researchers and practitioners conducting innovative intervention research. She has over 25 years of experience in the mental health and justice systems, working with and learning from children, youth and families dealing with experiences of violence and trauma. Her direct service experience inspires and informs her research and commitment to knowledge translation through resource development and publications, knowledge exchange activities, and workshop presentations. Prior to her current roles, Dr. Baker was the Director of the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System (London Family Court Clinic). She participates regularly on faculty teams delivering Domestic Violence Institutes throughout the United States for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Futures Without Violence.
Biography: Dianne engages in research and knowledge mobilization at the Learning Network. Her role involves the production and dissemination of special reports, newsletters, learning briefs, infographics, and related materials. She is always interested in a collaboration or discussion about intersectional policy and social changes that will end violence against women and children. Dianne's work has been with not-for-profit community agencies such as Kingston Interval House, London and District Distress Centre, and Elder Abuse London Middlesex. She is also a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Political Science at Western University. Her dissertation explores “The Political Problems of Cultural Appropriation.”
Biography: As Research Coordinator for the Learning Nework and the Knowledge Hub projects, Sara contributes to and coordinates content for publications, social media platforms and the website. Additionally, Sara provides support for webinars, meetings, conferences and other project-related activities.
Biography: Dr. Robert Nonomura applies his background in critical sociology and social ethics to knowledge mobilization initiatives with the Learning Network and the Family Violence & Family Law project. His work examines the social-structural factors impacting family and gender-based violence, with a particular focus on developing knowledge translation resources that address intersections of racism, colonialism, heteropatriarchy, and social class. Robert’s research also seeks to advance theory and methods for conducting trauma- and violence-informed research. His recent publications in this area include the grey report, “Toward a Trauma- and Violence-Informed Research Ethics Module: Critical Considerations and Recommendations,” and a co-authored chapter in the forthcoming Handbook of Social Inclusion, “Social Inclusion Through Trauma- and Violence-Informed Research: A Focus on Survivors of Violence.”
Biography: Jassamine supports research and knowledge mobilization activities at the Learning Network. This includes production and dissemination of various resources on gender-based violence such as reports, newsletters, and learning briefs. Jassamine also supports knowledge mobilization events including annual Knowledge Exchanges and other special events that address issues related to gender-based violence, child maltreatment, and sexual violence.