School of Academic and Liberal Studies welcomes new associate dean


Theresa Knott, PhD, begins her new role as associate dean, Academic and Liberal Studies, NOTL Campus, at the end of November.

A message from Fiona Allan, dean of Academic and Liberal Studies:

Please join me in welcoming Theresa Knott, PhD, to her new role as associate dean, Academic and Liberal Studies, NOTL Campus. Theresa begins her role with us on November 28.

Theresa earned her PhD in Social Work from the University of Toronto and held faculty appointments at York University and California State University. Prior to joining Niagara College, she acted as chief academic officer at Trocaire College. She publishes in the field of child welfare epidemiology, evidence based interventions for child maltreatment, and racial disproportionality in child abuse and neglect.

Theresa has held federal and privately funded research grants. Most recently, she was a co principal investigator on a $1.2-million Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to test the efficacy of a parenting intervention delivered through social media to mitigate child maltreatment among families in Los Angeles.

As a social worker, Theresa worked extensively in the field of community mental health and addictions treatment.  In her leadership roles, Theresa developed many community – academic partnerships bringing together private sector, government and industry constituents to create opportunities for students.

Theresa has two adult children and resides in Oakville.

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