Judith Bernhard has addressed the needs of immigrant and refugee children and families through her work with young children, their families and teachers since completing her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Dr. Bernhard teaches child development at Ryerson Polytechnic University and has a particular interest in infants and toddlers in various contexts. Her focus is on pluralistic models that honour the role of culture in determining optimal caregiving practices. Marlinda Freire is a psychiatrist with a background in paediatrics who arrived in Canada in 1974 from her native Chile. Her primary areas of expertise are immigrants and refugees, second language acquisition, and effects of poverty on mental health. Dr. Freire is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She is also a staff psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children and provides Psychiatric Services at the Toronto School District Board. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw is a native of Argentina and currently teaches on a part-time basis and is involved in several research projects at Ryerson Polytechnic University. She is also completing her doctoral studies at OISE/UT. Her areas of interest include social relations of knowledge and their dynamics in regard to educational issues confronting the Latin-American community in Canada.
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