Jill McTavish

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

Jill McTavish is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, supervised by Harriet MacMillan. She received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University in 2013. Jill’s doctoral work focused on food-interested people’s conceptions of healthy eating and how these conceptions relate to prevailing discourses that ask citizens to take personal responsibility for their health. Jill has worked as an information professional in a hospital setting, where she conducted mediated searches (including systematic reviews) for allied health professionals.

Current Activities

Currently Jill is working on VEGA (Violence Evidence Guidance Action) guidance development – a process co-led by Harriet – which addresses strategies to recognize and response to child maltreatment. In this work Jill has the privilege to consult as a Technical Advisor to the World Health Organization in their parallel child maltreatment guideline development work.


McTavish, J. R., Kimber, M., Devries, K., Colombini, M., MacGregor, J. C. D., Wathen, C. N., … MacMillan, H. L. (in press). Mandated reporters’ experiences with reporting child maltreatment: A meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. BMJ Open.

Kimber, M., McTavish, J. R., Couturier, J., Boven, A., Gill, S., Dimitropoulos, G., & MacMillan, H. L. (2017). Consequences of child emotional abuse, emotional neglect and exposure to intimate partner violence for eating disorders: A systematic critical review. BMC Psychology, 5(33), 1–18.

McTavish, J. R., MacGregor, J. C. D., Wathen, C. N., & MacMillan, H. L. (2016). Children’s exposure to intimate partner violence: an overview. International Review of Psychiatry, 28(5), 504–518.

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Research Interests

  • Child maltreatment
  • Review methodology

Education, Memberships & Certifications

  • Ph.D., Western University
  • MLIS, Western University
  • BAH, University of Guelph