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Margot Jackson, PhD, MA, BScN

Assistant Professor



My program of research focuses on child and youth mental health as well as marginalized populations. I am committed to advancing the knowledge of health and social care practitioners, policy makers and program developers in these areas. My theoretical foundation draws on health equity, the social determinants of health, health promotion and community engagement.  I incorporate the impact of the social determinants of health as well as trauma informed practice within my research and teaching. I have a strong background in qualitative methods, particularly narrative research and participatory action research.    

Some examples of my current and past research projects include:

  • Developing interventions for children and youth at risk for sexual exploitation: A community-based participatory action project.
  • A visual narrative inquiry into the lived experiences of at risk youth and mental health services.
  • Improving Mental Health Outcomes of Children and Youth (IMHOCY)
  • Socially vulnerable populations’ project: Diverse views of library usage.  
  • Inquiring into HIV prevention and care for pregnant and early parenting women experiencing homelessness.  
  • Reaching youth who are homeless: Conceptualizing an alternative inner city outreach model
  • What’s getting in the way of getting better? Family identified barriers within children’s mental health care.  
  • A needs assessment related to poverty and homelessness in a resource-based community, Drayton Valley and Brazeau County Area, Alberta.

Related Publications:

Jackson, M.K. (in press). Confronting the dominant narrative in child and youth mental health: A narrative approach to youth at risk. In M. Diaz & B. Shepard (Eds.), Narrative Perspectives in Childhood and Adolescence. New York, NY. New York City College of Technology/CUNY.  

Eastlick Kushner, K. & Jackson, M.K. (in press). Health and wellness. In P.A. Potter, A.G. Griffin,J.C Ross-Kerr, M.J., Wood, B.J. Astle, & W. Duggleby (Eds.), Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing 6th Ed. Toronto, ON: Elsevier. 

Eastlick Kushner, K. & Jackson, M.K. (in press).Community health nursing practice. In P.A. Potter, A.G. Griffin, J.C Ross-Kerr, M.J., Wood, B.J. Astle, & W. Duggleby (Eds.), Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing 6th Ed. Toronto, ON: Elsevier. 

Clandinin,D.J., Caine, V., & Jackson, M. (November 2016). Narrative research in  education. Oxford University Press.  

Jackson, M.K., Richter, M.S., Kovacs-Burns, K. (2014). Confidentiality and treatment of minor clients: A health professional’s dilemma. SpringerPlus online.

Jackson, M., Richter, M.S., Caine, V. (2013). A visual narrative inquiry into the experiences of youth who are homeless and seek mental health care. Homeward Trust.

Jackson, M., Richter, M.S., Caine, V. (2012). Exploring the methodological and theoretical diversity of participatory visual methods. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 10(4), 690.