Meet the Learning Network Team
Linda Baker, Learning Director
Dr. Baker is the Director of the Violence Against Women Learning Network at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario. She is past Director of the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System (formerly the London Family Court Clinic). For over 20 years, most of her research and clinical work has involved adolescent/adult offenders and children/adults who have been victims of abuse and involved with the criminal and family court systems. She has co-authored over 20 publications/resources related to children and families, including Walk Proud, Dance Proud: Footprints on a Healing Journey; Helping Children Thrive: Supporting Woman Abuse Survivors as Mothers; Little Eyes, Little Ears: How Violence against a Mother Shapes Children as They Grow; and Helping an Abused Woman: 101 things to Know, Say and Do. She has presented workshops across the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe and Asia to various groups including judges, lawyers, mental health professionals and educators. Since 2000, Dr. Baker has been a frequent faculty member for the US National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' and Futures Without Violence program on “enhancing judicial skills in domestic violence cases”.
Elsa Barreto, Digital Media Specialist
Elsa is the Multi-Media Specialist at the Centre. She supports the Learning Network by providing website development; social media maintenance; webinar support; email communications; graphic design; audio & video editing; online training development & support and other special projects.
Dianne Lalonde, Research Associate
Dianne engages in research and knowledge mobilization at the Learning Network. Her role involves the production and dissemination of special reports, newsletters, learning briefs, infographics, and related materials. She is always interested in a collaboration or discussion about intersectional policy and social changes that will end violence against women and children.
Dianne's work has been with not-for-profit community agencies such as Kingston Interval House, London and District Distress Centre, and Elder Abuse London Middlesex. She is also a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Political Science at Western University. Her dissertation explores “The Political Problems of Cultural Appropriation.”
Sara Mohamed, Research Coordinator
As Research Coordinator for the Learning Nework and the Knowledge Hub projects, Sara contributes to and coordinates content for publications, social media platforms and the website. Additionally, Sara provides support for webinars, meetings, conferences and other project-related activities.
Jassamine Tabibi, Research Associate
Jassamine supports research and knowledge mobilization activities at the Learning Network. This includes production and dissemination of various resources on gender-based violence such as reports, newsletters, and learning briefs. Jassamine also supports knowledge mobilization events including annual Knowledge Exchanges and other special events that address issues related to gender-based violence, child maltreatment, and sexual violence.