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Deborah Rutman


Adjunct Associate Professor
Deborah Rutman, PhD (University of Toronto)
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  Deborah Rutman


Deborah is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria, and has been the Senior Research Associate for the Research Initiatives for Social Change unit (UVic School of Social Work) since 1991. Deborah has taught Research Methods courses at a post-graduate level for students in human services at UVic, and has undertaken course writing for post secondary professional education and training programs.

Current/recent research projects under Deborah’s direction have focussed on:

  • Effective, appropriate substance use treatment for women living with FASD
  • Supporting young people's transitions from foster care
  • Experiences and support needs of young adults and adults living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Sexual exploitation of youth in BC

Deb also works as a consultant, primarily undertaking research and program evaluation; several of these evaluations are of programs for people with FASD and their families.

Selected Publications:
(accepted for publication). Parenting with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In Pauline Morrissette (Ed.) Parenting and Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Montreal: Éditions Sainte-Justine.

Evaluation Report – Sex Workers Addressing Treatment (SWAT) Pilot Program. Report Submitted to the Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Women. (2008)

with Callahan, M. & Swift, K. (2007). Risk assessment and mothers who use substances: Contradictions in child welfare practice and policy. In N. Poole & L. Greaves (Eds.) Highs & Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use (pp. 269-282). Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

with Hubberstey, C., & Feduniw, A., (2007). When Youth Age Out of Care: Where to From There? (Research Monograph) Victoria: University of Victoria.

with La Berge, C. & Wheway, D. (2005). Parenting with FASD: Challenges, Strategies and Supports. (Monograph and DVD) Victoria: University of Victoria.

with Hubberstey, C., Barlow, A., & Brown, E. (2005). Participatory Action Research with Youth From Care, in: Action Research as Resistance: Critical, Indigenous and Anti-oppressive Approaches. Brown, L. and Strega, S. (Eds.) Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

with Field, B., Jackson, S., Lunquist, A. & Callahan, M. (2005) Unbecoming mothers: Perspectives of substance-using women. In D. Gustafson, (Ed.) Unbecoming Mothers: Women Living Apart from Their Children. pp. 227-249. New York: The Haworth Press, Inc.

with Callahan, M., Strega, S. & Dominelli, L. (2005). Looking promising: contradictions and challenges for young mothers in care. In D. Gustafson, (Ed.) Unbecoming Mothers: Women Living Apart from Their Children. pp. 185-209. New York: The Haworth Press, Inc.

with Strega, S., Callahan, M. & Dominelli, L. (2002).  “Undeserving” mothers? Practitioners’ experiences working with young mothers in/from care. Child and Family Social Work 7 (3), pp.149-160.

with Callahan, M., Lundquist, A., Jackson, S. & Field, B. (2000).  Substance Use and Pregnancy: Conceiving Women in the Policy Making Process. Ottawa: Status of Women Canada.

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