Nicole Ives is Associate Professor and BSW Program Director at McGill University, School of Social Work, in Montreal. A qualitative researcher with a focus on refugee and immigrant issues and issues of acculturation, Dr. Ives explores the lived experience of policies.
Her research has included examining outcomes for refugees who have been sponsored by religious congregations, the effects of U.S. immigration policy on Liberian refugee families, and Bosnian refugee resettlement in the United States and Denmark. Her current qualitative research projects include understanding collaboration between refugee resettlement/ethnic organizations and mainstream, government-funded agencies; exploring cultural perceptions to health-care services for individuals with HIV and how they shape health outcomes; exploring Inuit conceptualizations of parent/family involvement in secondary school in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik; examining experiences of newcomer women in Canada across the homelessness spectrum; and assessing the needs of children who have been involved in armed conflict in a resettlement context.
She earned her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.
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This study reveals the challenges and successes of collaboration between refugee resettlement services and Head Start, and demonstrates that increasing the Early Head Start and Head Start enrollment of young children in refugee families is possible through intersectoral collaboration. The report focuses on study sites in Phoenix, AZ and Syracuse, NY.