Harriet MacMillan Recognized as Distinguished University Professor

April 11, 2018

Dr. Harriet MacMillan, Offord Centre for Child Studies researcher, and member of the McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, has been recognized as a Distinguished University Professor, the highest award that McMaster University can confer on a faculty member.

Dr. MacMillan (centre) with Dr. David Farrar, Provost (left), and Dr. Patrick Deane, President, McMaster University (foreground) during Spring 2018 Convocation.

The title, created in 1996, is conferred only on faculty members who have demonstrated distinction and impact well beyond McMaster University. No more than two per cent of all full-time faculty can hold the title, created in 1996.

Those McMaster University faculty who are awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor must have an outstanding and sustained research record that demonstrates international impact and recognition. He or she should also be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning and a history of service that has had an impact on the community.

“It is a fantastic accomplishment and a fitting recognition of Harriet’s work in understanding the impacts of intimate partner violence and child maltreatment, and of her provincial, national and global leadership in this area,” says Nick Kates, head of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. “As a department, we are very proud of what she has achieved. Congratulations, Harriet!”

Dr. MacMillan became a member of the Order of Canada in 2017. She was recognized for her work as principal investigator of PreVAiL (Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan Research Network), an international network dedicated to studying and combating all forms of family violence. Her work has resulted in reliable measures of prevalence, supported the use of early interventions, and highlighted the lasting effects of abuse. An active clinician, she founded a unique, hospital-based program for children exposed to violence, and works tirelessly to improve the lives of vulnerable Canadians.

Also in 2017, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) created the Harriet MacMillan Research Award for researchers working in child maltreatment and prevention of family violence.
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Dr. MacMillan (middle in procession) during Spring 2018 Convocation.

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