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Faculty of Community Services

Elizabeth McCay

Title:

RN, PhD

Telephone:

416-979-5000, ext. 556331

Email Address:

bmccay@ryerson.ca

Specialization:

  • Health in vulnerable individuals, families and communities
  • Vulnerable youth and mental health challenges
  • Development and evaluation of strengths-based interventions to promote healthy self-concepts, resilience and adaptive capacity in vulnerable populations

Biography:

I am a professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University. I have held a number of research roles in the school, including the inaugural research chair in urban health; associate director, Scholarly, Research and Creative Activities, as well as being the first at Ryerson to receive a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award. I am also co-director, with Heather Beanlands, of the Centre for Health in at Risk Populations (CHIRP) in the Faculty of Community Services. CHIRP’s  aim is to identify and address clinical research questions related to promoting health in vulnerable individuals, families and communities. Over the course of my career at Ryerson, I have developed a multi-faceted program of research built upon strategic and collaborative partnerships across many organizations at the local, provincial and national levels. 

Overall, my program of research focuses on health in vulnerable individuals, families and communities. My research focuses on vulnerable youth with mental health challenges, as well as on implementing and evaluating evidence-based mental health interventions to promote resilience and adaptive capacity in vulnerable populations. The impact of this research is to support vulnerable individuals to:

  • Acquire skills for sustained recovery and optimal health outcomes
  • Engage with healthcare providers to address healthcare needs
  • Transition from specialized services to community-based care.

To support this focus, I have held and currently hold a number of research grants as a principal investigator from national funding agencies, such as CIHR and SSHRC, with a specific focus on implementing and evaluating evidence-based mental health interventions to promote resilience and adaptive capacity in young vulnerable populations.  My teaching interests align with my program of research and include conceptualizations of health and illness across a broad range of vulnerable populations and settings. In addition, I have provided research mentorship for a significant number of undergraduate and graduate students within the context of my program of research. 

Research Interests:

Research grants:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: Connection Grant. Co-PI, Poverty Reduction Strategies for Urban Youth in Canada.
  • National League for Nursing, Nursing Education Research Grant. Nancy Langston Award. Co-PI, Developing Capacity for Patient-centered care in Nursing Students: Implementing and Evaluating an Evidence Based Intervention to Decrease Stress and Support Emotional Well-being.
  • Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Co-I, Testing the Feasibility of an Intervention to Support Recently Homeless Youth.
  • CIHR & Ryerson University – PHSI, P.I., Sustaining Recovery: Supporting the Transition from Specialized Services to Community-based Primary Care for At-Risk Youth Who Have Experienced Early Psychosis
  • CIHR & Ryerson University – PHSI, PI, Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Street-Involved Youth: The Effectiveness of a Theory-based Multicomponent Resilience and Motivational Intervention

Research projects:

  • CIHR, MHCC - PHSI PI, Enhancement of Transitional Housing Programs for Street-involved Youth through the Application of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to Strengthen Resilience
  • CIHR - Meeting, Planning and Dissemination PI, Resilience and Strengths-based Intervention to Promote Engagement, Positive Development and Reduce Risk in Street-involved Youth
  • CIHR - Meeting, Planning and Dissemination PI, Sustaining Recovery: Supporting the Transition from Specialized Services to Primary Care for At-Risk Youth Who Have Experienced a First Episode of Psychosis
  • CIHR - PHSI PI, Enhancement of Transitional Housing Programmes for Street Youth through Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Wellesley Institute, PI, Mental Health Needs of Transitional Street Youth
  • CIHR - PI, A Group Intervention to Promote Healthy Self-Concepts and to Mitigate Self-Stigmatization and Engulfment in First Episode of Schizophrenia 

Current Courses:

  • NSE 32: Nursing Practice 111: Community Nursing
  • MN8910:  Individuals and Families Experience with Health and Illness: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Graduate thesis supervision: master's and doctoral
  • Graduate research practicum supervision

Selected Publications:

Chapters:

  • McCay, E., & Aiello, A. (2013). The need for early mental health intervention to strengthen resilience in street-involved youth. In S. Gaetz, B. O’Grady, K. Buccieri, J. Karabanow, & A. Marsolais (Eds.), Youth homelessness in Canada: Implications for policy and practice (pp. 229-242). Toronto, ON: Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press.
  • Boydell, K., Stasiulis, E., Gladstone, B., Volpe, T., Addington, J., Goering, P., Krupa, T., &
    McCay, E., (2012). Recognition of psychosis in the pathway to mental health care. In K. Boydell, & B. Ferguson (Eds.), Hearing voices: Qualitative Inquiry in early psychosis (pp. 9-24). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
  • Roe, D., McCay, E., & Keene, M. (2011). The relationship between the person with a serious mental illness and his or her disorder. In A. Rudnick, & D. Roe (Eds.), Serious mental illness: person-centered approaches (pp. 67-76). Caldecotte, UK: Radcliff Publishing.

Journal articles:

  • McCay, E., & Boyd, M. (2014). Caring for abused persons. In W. Austin, & M. Boyd (Eds.), Psychiatric & mental health nursing for Canadian practice – third edition. Washington, D.C.: Lippincott Publishing.
  • McCay, E., Carter, C., Quesnel, S., Howes, C., & Aiello, A. (accepted - 2016). Measuring treatment integrity of a 12-week DBT intervention with homeless youth. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.
  • McCay, E., Frankford, R., Dzendoletas, D., Beanlands, H., Gucciardi, E., Sidani, S., & Blidner, R. (under revision-2016). Evaluation of a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy intervention to reduce psychological distress and promote well-being: A pilot study in a primary health care setting. Sage Open.
  • McCay, E., Carter, C., Aiello, C., Quesnel, S., Beanlands, H., Hughes, J., Karabanow, J., Langley, J., MacLaurin, B., Sidani, S., Hwang, S., & Cooper, L. (under review – 2016) Training Frontline Community Agency Staff in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice.
  • McCay, E., Carter, C., Aiello, A., Quesnel, S., Langley, J., Hwang, S., Beanlands, H., Cooper, L., Howes, C., Johansson, B., MacLaurin, B., Hughes, J., & Karabanow, J. (2015). Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a catalyst for change in street-involved youth: A mixed method study. Children & Youth Services Review, 58, 187-199
  • Lynk, M., McCay, E., Carter, C., Aiello, A., & Donald, F. (2015). Engaging street-involved youth in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: A secondary analysis. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 24(2), 116-122.
  • McCay, E., Cleverley, K., & Danaher, A. (2015). Collaborative partnerships: Bridging the knowledge practice gap in client-centred care in a mental health setting. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 10(1), 51-60.
  • Shu-Ping, C., Krupa, T., Lysaght, R., McCay, E., & Piat, M. (2014 – June 30). Development of a recovery education program for inpatient mental health providers. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 37(4), 329-332.
  • Schwind, J., McCay, E., Lapum, J., Frederciks, S., Beanlands, H., Romaniuk, D., LeGrow, K., & Edwards, S. (2014). The experience of developing a faculty research cluster using the process of narrative reflective process. Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience, and Collaboration, 20(3), 164-170.
  • Day, D. M., Hart, T. A., Wanklyn, S. G., McCay, E., Macpherson, A., & Burnier, N. (2013). Potential mediators between child abuse and both violence and victimization in juvenile offenders. Psychological Services, 10(1), 1-11.
  • Chen, S., Krupa, T., Lysaght, R., McCay, E., & Piat, M. (2013). The development of recovery competencies for in-patient mental health providers working with people with serious mental illness. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 40, 96-116.
  • Romano, D., McCay, E., & Boydell, K. (2012). The use of material objects in understanding the process of recovery from a first episode of schizophrenia. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 4(1), 70-82.
  • McCay, E., Quesnel, S., Langley, J., Beanlands, H., Cooper, L., Blidner, R., Aiello, A., Howes, C., & Bach, K. (2011). A relationship-based intervention to improve social connectedness in street-involved youth: a pilot study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 24(4), 208-215.
  • McCay, E. (2011). Experience of emotional stress and resilience in street-involved youth: The need for early mental health intervention. Healthcare Quarterly –peer reviewed for special issue, 14(2), 65-71.
  • McCay, E., Langley, J., Beanlands, H., Cooper, L., Mudachi, N., Harris, A., Blidner, R., Bach, K., Dart, C., & Miner, S. (2010). Mental health challenges and strengths of street-involved youth: The need for a multi-determined approach. The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 42(3), 30-49.
  • Romano, D., McCay, E., Goering, P., Zipursky, R., & Boydell, K. (2010). Reshaping an enduring sense of self: The process of recovery from a first episode of schizophrenia. Early Intervention, 4(3), 243-250.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Research Chair in Urban Health, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University, 2010-2015
  • The Master of Nursing Program Preceptor Award of Excellence, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University, 2013
  • New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University, 2003-2008

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  • DCC-583-B, Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex