Dr. McShane completed BSc with a research specialization in psychology at the University of Toronto in 2001 and went on to pursue her MA and PhD in clinical psychology at Concordia University, in Montreal. Upon graduation in 2007, she completed two brief postdoctoral fellowships: (1) CIHR Strategic Training Program in the Transdisciplinary Approach to the Health of Marginalized Populations at Centre for Research on Inner City Health, at St. Michael’s Hospital in the Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research Program and (2) A SSHRC-funded postdoc using a realist lens to examine parenting programs in Aboriginal communities. She joined the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University in 2009 and has developed an evolving program of inquiry focused on evaluation, community-collaboration, and clinical service enhancement. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Credentialed Evaluator. She is most passionate about interdisciplinary collaborations and community-engaged approaches to research and evaluation. She has developed long-standing partnerships with Renascent and Progress Place, where they have undertaken a number of evaluation projects aimed at better understanding recovery and wellbeing, and identifying ways to enhance services.
Dr. McShane is currently pursuing a project examining an Addictions Treatment Court in Brampton, as well as developing partnerships to support work in social innovation and the use of design thinking. Her teaching interests include addictions, community psychology, qualitative research methods, and program evaluation. She is passionate about incorporating service learning in her courses as it provides students with real-world skills and communities with resources and support to enhance their services. She would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with community organizations, researchers, and students who share interests in addictions, systems change, and social innovation. You can also find her on twitter @AcademicRealist In her time away from work, you are likely to find her outside hiking or playing basketball with her husband and three young children.