Maria Liegghio

School of Social Work

Assistant Professor

Office: Ross Building, S810
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 66324
Emailmlieg@yorku.ca

Maria Liegghio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her main areas of research are social work epistemology in mental health; the stigma of mental illness in child and youth mental health; critical social work education, theory, and practice; and collaborative, community-based and participatory action research. She has extensive experience working as a child and family mental health therapist. Her current work is focused on the experiences psychiatrized children and youth and their caregivers have of crisis responses, policing, and police encounters. She has three projects: 1) a pilot study interviewing parents and mental health professionals about policing and police encounters in child and youth mental health; 2) a retrospective chart review comparing the discourses, needs and service use trajectories of children and youth receiving residential versus intensive, family-based mental health treatment; and 3) an international collaboration with the University of El Salvador exploring what it means to be “Salvadoran” 25 years after the civil war from the perspectives of the war and post-war generations living in El Salvador and also as members of the diaspora living in Canada. In particular, the focus is on the relationship between the war and post-war generations and their respective strengths and needs in regards to the effects of the war/post-war conditions with particular attention paid to: a) personal and collective trauma, b) personal and collective resilience and resistance, and c) decolonizing and liberation approaches to healing.

Degrees

PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
MSW, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
BSW (honours), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada


Research Interests

Children and Youth , Mental Health , Critical Social Work Theory and Practice, Stigma of Mental Illness, Community-based/Participatory action research

Selected Publications

Liegghio, M.; Van Katwyk, T.; Freeman, B.; Caragata, L.; Sdao-Jarvie, K.; Brown, K.C.; & Sandha, A. (2016) . Police encounters among a community sample of children and youth accessing mental health services. Social Work in Mental Health. First published on line March 15, 2016. Doi: 10.1080/15332985.2016.1156043

Liegghio, M. & Jaswal, P. (2015) . Police encounters in child and youth mental health: Can stigma informed crisis intervention training (CIT) for parents help? Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health, Welfare and the Community, 29 (3), 301-319.

Liegghio, M. (2015) . Over 1000 aluminum cans for forty dollars: The provisioning contributions of older children from the perspectives of welfare-reliant lone mothers. Children & Society, 29, 388–398. DOI:10.1111/chso.12086. First published online July 16, 2014.

Liegghio, M. & Caragata, L. (2015) . “Why are you talking to me like I’m stupid?”: The micro-aggressions committed by the social welfare system against lone mothers. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. First published online July 2015.

Liegghio, M. (In press, 2016) . Too young to be Mad: Disabling encounters with "normal" from the perspectives of psychiatrized youth. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice.

Liegghio, M. (2016 under revision) . "Our biggest hurdle": Structural stigma in child and youth mental health from the perspectives of caregivers. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

Current Research Projects

Police and police encounters in child and youth mental health

Summary: 
The focus is on the lived experiences children and youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, and their caregivers, have of police and police encounters.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Jan  Year: 2014
Funders: 
SSHRC Small Grants Program
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

An International Collaboration Exploring the Salvadoran Identity Twenty-five Years After the Civil War

Summary: 
Working in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences (Escuela de Ciencias Sociales) in the Faculty of Sciences and Humanities (Faculitad de Ciencias y Humanitades) at the University of El Salvador, the aim of this project is to develop a larger research partnership to explore cross-nationally what it means to be “Salvadoran” 25 years after the country’s civil war (1980-1992) from the perspectives of the war and postwar generations.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Funders: 
LA&PS Seed Grant for Collaborative Research Initiatives

Mental Health Literacy on the Stigma of Mental Illness for Child and Youth Mental Health Professionals

Summary: 
The focus of this research was to develop a mental health literacy program for frontline child and youth mental health professionals on the stigma of mental illness


Project Type: Funded

Start Date:  Month: Mar  Year: 2012
End Date:  Month: Sep  Year: 2012

Funders: 
Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

Exploring the needs and service use trajectories of children and youth with "complex" mental health issues receiving residential and intensive child and family services

Role: Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Sep  Year: 2015

Stigma of Mental Illness and Child and Youth Mental Health

Summary: 
The purpose of this study was to explore self and family stigma of mental illness from the perspective of youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, their caregivers and siblings.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Funders: 
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Selected Publications

Liegghio, M.; Van Katwyk, T.; Freeman, B.; Caragata, L.; Sdao-Jarvie, K.; Brown, K.C.; & Sandha, A. (2016) . Police encounters among a community sample of children and youth accessing mental health services. Social Work in Mental Health. First published on line March 15, 2016. Doi: 10.1080/15332985.2016.1156043

Liegghio, M. & Jaswal, P. (2015) . Police encounters in child and youth mental health: Can stigma informed crisis intervention training (CIT) for parents help? Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health, Welfare and the Community, 29 (3), 301-319.

Liegghio, M. (2015) . Over 1000 aluminum cans for forty dollars: The provisioning contributions of older children from the perspectives of welfare-reliant lone mothers. Children & Society, 29, 388–398. DOI:10.1111/chso.12086. First published online July 16, 2014.

Liegghio, M. & Caragata, L. (2015) . “Why are you talking to me like I’m stupid?”: The micro-aggressions committed by the social welfare system against lone mothers. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. First published online July 2015.

Liegghio, M. (In press, 2016) . Too young to be Mad: Disabling encounters with "normal" from the perspectives of psychiatrized youth. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice.

Liegghio, M. (2016 under revision) . "Our biggest hurdle": Structural stigma in child and youth mental health from the perspectives of caregivers. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

All Publications

Book Chapters

Liegghio, M. (2013) . Chapter 5: A denial of being: Psychiatrization as epistemic violence. In B. LeFrancois, R. Menzies, & G. Reaume (Ed.s.), Mind matters: A critical Canadian reader. (p.p. 122-129). Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Journal Articles

Liegghio, M. (2016 under revision) . "Our biggest hurdle": Structural stigma in child and youth mental health from the perspectives of caregivers. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

Liegghio, M. (2015) . Over 1000 aluminum cans for forty dollars: The provisioning contributions of older children from the perspectives of welfare-reliant lone mothers. Children & Society, 29, 388–398. DOI:10.1111/chso.12086. First published online July 16, 2014.

Liegghio, M. & Caragata, L. (2015) . “Why are you talking to me like I’m stupid?”: The micro-aggressions committed by the social welfare system against lone mothers. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. First published online July 2015.

Caragata, L. & Liegghio, M. (2013) . Mental health, welfare reliance, and lone motherhood. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health/Revue Canadienne de Santé Mentale Communautaire, 32 (1), 95-107.

Liegghio, M., Nelson, G., & Evans, S. (2010, September) . Participatory action research with children with mental health issues: Contributions of a sociology of childhood perspective. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46 (1-2), 84-99.

Liegghio, M. (In press, 2016) . Too young to be Mad: Disabling encounters with "normal" from the perspectives of psychiatrized youth. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice.

Van Katwyk, T., Liegghio, M. & Laflamme, L. (2014) . Democratic learning: The study circle as a critical approach to social work education. Canadian Social Work Review/Revue Canadienne de Service Social, 31 (2), 227-243.

Liegghio, M. & Jaswal, P. (2015) . Police encounters in child and youth mental health: Can stigma informed crisis intervention training (CIT) for parents help? Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health, Welfare and the Community, 29 (3), 301-319.

Liegghio, M.; Van Katwyk, T.; Freeman, B.; Caragata, L.; Sdao-Jarvie, K.; Brown, K.C.; & Sandha, A. (2016) . Police encounters among a community sample of children and youth accessing mental health services. Social Work in Mental Health. First published on line March 15, 2016. Doi: 10.1080/15332985.2016.1156043

Liegghio, M. (work in progress) . "This is my brother. He's schizophrenic": Family stigma in children's mental health from the perspectives of young siblings.

Liegghio, M. (work in progress) . "Until you have walked a mile in my shoes, don't judge me": Family stigma in children's mental health from the perspectives of caregivers.

Research Reports

Liegghio, M. (December 2013) . ‘No one gets left behind’: Self and family stigma from the perspectives of youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, caregivers, and siblings; Final report of findings. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: A report to the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Liegghio, M.; Van Katwyk, T.; Pereira, N. & Sdao-Jarvie, K. (2012, August) . A mental health literacy program for frontline child and youth mental health professionals: The stigma of mental illness, facilitator’s guide. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: Peel Children’s Centre.


Maria Liegghio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her main areas of research are social work epistemology in mental health; the stigma of mental illness in child and youth mental health; critical social work education, theory, and practice; and collaborative, community-based and participatory action research. She has extensive experience working as a child and family mental health therapist. Her current work is focused on the experiences psychiatrized children and youth and their caregivers have of crisis responses, policing, and police encounters. She has three projects: 1) a pilot study interviewing parents and mental health professionals about policing and police encounters in child and youth mental health; 2) a retrospective chart review comparing the discourses, needs and service use trajectories of children and youth receiving residential versus intensive, family-based mental health treatment; and 3) an international collaboration with the University of El Salvador exploring what it means to be “Salvadoran” 25 years after the civil war from the perspectives of the war and post-war generations living in El Salvador and also as members of the diaspora living in Canada. In particular, the focus is on the relationship between the war and post-war generations and their respective strengths and needs in regards to the effects of the war/post-war conditions with particular attention paid to: a) personal and collective trauma, b) personal and collective resilience and resistance, and c) decolonizing and liberation approaches to healing.

Degrees

PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
MSW, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
BSW (honours), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Research Interests:

Children and Youth , Mental Health , Critical Social Work Theory and Practice, Stigma of Mental Illness, Community-based/Participatory action research

Current Research Projects

Police and police encounters in child and youth mental health

Summary: 
The focus is on the lived experiences children and youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, and their caregivers, have of police and police encounters.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Jan  Year: 2014
Funders: 
SSHRC Small Grants Program
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

An International Collaboration Exploring the Salvadoran Identity Twenty-five Years After the Civil War

Summary: 
Working in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences (Escuela de Ciencias Sociales) in the Faculty of Sciences and Humanities (Faculitad de Ciencias y Humanitades) at the University of El Salvador, the aim of this project is to develop a larger research partnership to explore cross-nationally what it means to be “Salvadoran” 25 years after the country’s civil war (1980-1992) from the perspectives of the war and postwar generations.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Funders: 
LA&PS Seed Grant for Collaborative Research Initiatives

Mental Health Literacy on the Stigma of Mental Illness for Child and Youth Mental Health Professionals

Summary: 
The focus of this research was to develop a mental health literacy program for frontline child and youth mental health professionals on the stigma of mental illness


Project Type: Funded

Start Date:  Month: Mar  Year: 2012
End Date:  Month: Sep  Year: 2012

Funders: 
Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

Exploring the needs and service use trajectories of children and youth with "complex" mental health issues receiving residential and intensive child and family services

Role: Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Sep  Year: 2015

Stigma of Mental Illness and Child and Youth Mental Health

Summary: 
The purpose of this study was to explore self and family stigma of mental illness from the perspective of youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, their caregivers and siblings.


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Funders: 
Mental Health Commission of Canada

All Publications

Book Chapters

Liegghio, M. (2013) . Chapter 5: A denial of being: Psychiatrization as epistemic violence. In B. LeFrancois, R. Menzies, & G. Reaume (Ed.s.), Mind matters: A critical Canadian reader. (p.p. 122-129). Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Journal Articles

Liegghio, M. (2016 under revision) . "Our biggest hurdle": Structural stigma in child and youth mental health from the perspectives of caregivers. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

Liegghio, M. (2015) . Over 1000 aluminum cans for forty dollars: The provisioning contributions of older children from the perspectives of welfare-reliant lone mothers. Children & Society, 29, 388–398. DOI:10.1111/chso.12086. First published online July 16, 2014.

Liegghio, M. & Caragata, L. (2015) . “Why are you talking to me like I’m stupid?”: The micro-aggressions committed by the social welfare system against lone mothers. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. First published online July 2015.

Caragata, L. & Liegghio, M. (2013) . Mental health, welfare reliance, and lone motherhood. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health/Revue Canadienne de Santé Mentale Communautaire, 32 (1), 95-107.

Liegghio, M., Nelson, G., & Evans, S. (2010, September) . Participatory action research with children with mental health issues: Contributions of a sociology of childhood perspective. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46 (1-2), 84-99.

Liegghio, M. (In press, 2016) . Too young to be Mad: Disabling encounters with "normal" from the perspectives of psychiatrized youth. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice.

Van Katwyk, T., Liegghio, M. & Laflamme, L. (2014) . Democratic learning: The study circle as a critical approach to social work education. Canadian Social Work Review/Revue Canadienne de Service Social, 31 (2), 227-243.

Liegghio, M. & Jaswal, P. (2015) . Police encounters in child and youth mental health: Can stigma informed crisis intervention training (CIT) for parents help? Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health, Welfare and the Community, 29 (3), 301-319.

Liegghio, M.; Van Katwyk, T.; Freeman, B.; Caragata, L.; Sdao-Jarvie, K.; Brown, K.C.; & Sandha, A. (2016) . Police encounters among a community sample of children and youth accessing mental health services. Social Work in Mental Health. First published on line March 15, 2016. Doi: 10.1080/15332985.2016.1156043

Liegghio, M. (work in progress) . "This is my brother. He's schizophrenic": Family stigma in children's mental health from the perspectives of young siblings.

Liegghio, M. (work in progress) . "Until you have walked a mile in my shoes, don't judge me": Family stigma in children's mental health from the perspectives of caregivers.

Research Reports

Liegghio, M. (December 2013) . ‘No one gets left behind’: Self and family stigma from the perspectives of youth diagnosed with a mental health issue, caregivers, and siblings; Final report of findings. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: A report to the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Liegghio, M.; Van Katwyk, T.; Pereira, N. & Sdao-Jarvie, K. (2012, August) . A mental health literacy program for frontline child and youth mental health professionals: The stigma of mental illness, facilitator’s guide. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: Peel Children’s Centre.