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Colleen Loomis is Associate Professor in the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research focuses on social problems and how linking community, schools, government, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) can address them.

Dr. Loomis’s research focuses on quality education, gender equality, and health and wellbeing, which have been identified by the United Nations as Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5, and 3, respectively (UN2030 Agenda). She has local, national, and international experience understanding the impact of programs and services on outcomes for children, family, community, and organizations, including cost savings to government and other funders. She is leading one of the most ambitious research projects on the long-term impacts of early childhood development programming ever initiated in Canada funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This research project is adding non-existent Canadian data on the long-term impacts from an early childhood intervention on participants and government cost savings. She also collaborates with government and non-government organizations in the United States, Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, Laos, France, and Switzerland.

Dr. Loomis holds a Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County (2001). She was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University Medical Center and Veterans Affairs (2001-2003), and scholar in residence in the International and Comparative Education program at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (while on sabbatical in 2008). She continues to contribute to the Geneva Summer Schools program in International Education Policy and Governance at the University of Geneva and is on the advisory committee for Master of Advanced Studies in International Education and Research.

  • Associate Professor, School of International Policy Governance

  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  • BSIA 342

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