Research Centres, Groups, and Offices

Our Research Centres

Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children

The Centre is committed to the development and application of knowledge for the prevention of violence against women and children through promoting innovation, collaboration and equality.

We facilitate the collaboration of individuals, groups and institutions representing the diversity of the community to pursue research questions and training opportunities to understand and prevent violence and abuse.  We serve local, national and international communities by producing useful information and tools to assist in the daily work to prevent and stop violence towards women and children and vulnerable adults.

Centre for School Mental Health

Western has established the Centre for School Mental Health to address the need for improved services and outcomes for children at-risk for or presenting with mental health challenges.

Within school settings, there is both the opportunity and obligation to promote mental health for all children. The vision of effective School Mental Health (SMH) is one where a multidisciplinary group of professionals can offer services ranging from prevention to intervention, effectively removing barriers to learning and promoting mental wellbeing. Unfortunately, the reality of SMH has not yet caught up to the promise. Evidence-based practices are not implemented routinely, a comprehensive approach is lacking in most jurisdictions, and data-informed decision-making is virtually non-existent. The Centre for School Mental Health at Western University addresses those gaps between research, practice and policy. The centre seeks to promote an expanded concept of SMH through innovative research partnerships, high quality training opportunities, and a commitment to knowledge mobilization.

Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Curriculum as a Social Practice

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Curriculum as a Social Practice is a network of stakeholders interested in supporting collaborative scholarship that enables new and expansive ways of thinking about curriculum in schools, in our communities and in higher education settings.

The Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education

Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education, located in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, is a research association composed of faculty members, research associates, and graduate students who share an interest in inclusive education research. The goal of the Centre is to encourage collaborative investigations of theories and practices in an effort to enhance the educational opportunities of all students with exceptionalities. The Centre is committed to sharing research findings and resources with academics, educators, and families.


Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (CRTLHE) promotes an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning in post-secondary education. Under the leadership of Dr. Debra Dawson, the Centre consists of staff and faculty members from a variety of disciplinary perspectives who engage in research designed to advance the understanding and, ultimately, the practice of teaching and learning in higher education. The research focus on teaching and learning is broadly defined including both curricular and co-curricular endeavours. This expansive lens allows a comprehensive understanding of teaching and learning within the post-secondary context. The Centre is a collaborative partnership with the Faculty of Education.

Our Research Groups and Offices

The Global Centre for Educational Partnership (GCEP)

COMING SOON - Learn More about Professor Jun Li - Acting Director for the GCEP

Indigenous Education Office


Centre for Educational Leadership

One of the Centre’s key objectives is to support aspiring, new and experienced educational leaders by acknowledging their current work environment and providing meaningful professional learning opportunities. The Centre is also involved in research and evaluation projects designed to provide additional insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by educational leaders in their daily work.

DELF/DALF Centre at Western

PLEASE NOTE: DELF/DALF Centre at Western is not currently operating

DELF / DALF officially certify the ability of students to use French language in real-life situations. Certifications are based on the six proficiency levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages.

The diploma is awarded to you for life by the French Government and is recognized all over the world. Besides having your level of competency in the language confirmed, the diploma is a very useful while applying for a job. Many places in Canada are beginning to require specific language levels based on the Common European Framework of Reference. Parks Canada in PEI for example, require their bilingual summer employees to have the B2 level. During the last Olympics, bilingual volunteers were also required to have the B2 level in French in order to participate. French Departments at Universities such as Western, recognize the levels in their course programs.

Internationalization Group

The UWO Faculty of Education is committed to internationalization of all of our programs through our teaching and research. This includes a wide range of international education courses across our programs, incorporating international service learning placements in our B.Ed. program, and a new Comparative and International Education specialization in our M.Ed. program. We aim to foster collaboration and international partnerships, and promote the profile of the Faculty internationally.

Researching International and Contemporary Education (RICE)

The central aim of our research group is to deepen our collaborative capacities to develop and engage new conceptualizations and innovative approaches to researching international and contemporary forms of education in a globalizing world.

We have received seed funding to create and maintain a small number of activities to support this aim. These activities include: periodic book discussions on new and relevant texts in the field, maintaining this website and other modes of connection and dissemination, running a one-day symposium in Spring 2011 and pursuing additional funding to further develop and expand the activities of our group.

Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic

Situated in the heart of the community, Western' s Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic has one goal: Setting children and families up for success. We do this by supporting practice and research in real world settings with clients from the community and from Merrymount.

Graduate students in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at Western University, under the supervision of licensed Child Psychologists, provide high-quality and affordable psychological consultation, assessment, and treatment services to children and youth from three to 18 years of age.