Colonel Russell Mann Award

The Vanier Institute of the Family seeks to understand the diversity of families and the complexity of family life. Each year, the Institute acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution to our understanding through their work, their research, their service or support to families in Canada. Annual awards are voted on annually to honour individuals or organizations that have made a contribution whether a study or a story, leadership or action, ideas or innovation.

The Colonel Russell Mann Military and Veteran Family Health Research Award is presented annually by the Institute to recognize and highlight high-quality Canadian research that increases our understanding of military and Veteran family health.


Dr. Valerie Wood

Dr. Valerie Wood, Queen’s University, as the lead author of Reunited, but He’s Not Meeting My Needs: Spouses’ Attachment Anxiety and Conflict Post-Deployment – a study on spousal reactions to military deployment separations and reunions.


Dr. Deborah Norris

Dr. Deborah Norris, Mount Saint Vincent University, as the lead author of an environmental scan of programs and services that focus on resilience and resiliency for military families in Canada, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.


Dr. Alyson L. Mahar

Dr. Alyson L. Mahar, Queen’s University, for her research A Comparison of Mental Health Services Use in Older Dependants and Spouses of Service Personnel in the Canadian Armed Forces to Age and Sex Matched Civilian Comparison Cohort with Cramm, H., PhD; Whitehead, M., MStat; Groome, P., PhD; Kurdyak, P., MD, PhD; Aiken, A.B., PhD.


Dr. Heidi Cramm

Dr. Heidi Cramm, Queen’s University, and her team, Dr. Garth Smith, Dr. Dawa Samdup, Ms. Ashley Williams and Ms. Lucia Ruhland, for their work Navigating Healthcare Systems for Military-connected Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Study of Military Families Experiencing Mandatory Relocation.


Dr. Alla Skomorovsky, DND

Dr. Alla Skomorovsky, DND, for her presentation Work–Family Conflict and Well-being among Single Parents in CAF: The Role of Coping.

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