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Leanage Allison S.F., PhD Student

Allison S.F. Leanage

PhD Student

Graduate Students
Department of Sociology

Area(s) of Interest:


Dissertation Title: The Impact of Education, Family, and Community on the Mental Health Among Children in Canada Across Generations
Supervisory Committee: Drs. Marisa Young (Chair), Vic Satzewich, and Paul Glavin

Research Interests

Sociology of Mental Health; Youth; Quantitative Methods; Social Psychology; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Selected Research Scholarships/Grants/Fellowships

2017 (Summer), ASA/ICPSR Clifford Clogg Scholarship Recognition of outstanding potential to be a successful social science research professional

2016-2017, Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) 


  • Ph.D. Sociology. In Progress – McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
  • M.A. Sociology – McMaster University, Hamilton, ON (2014)
  • B.A. (Hons) Social Psychology – McMaster University, Hamilton, ON (2013)


Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Statistics for Sociology, (Sociology, 3FF3), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Fall 2017. 

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sociological Theory, (Sociology, 2S06), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2016-2017. 

Teaching Assistant, Research Techniques and Data Analysis, (Sociology 3H06), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2015-2016. 

Teaching Assistant, Research Techniques and Data Analysis, (Sociology 3H06), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2014-2015.

Invited Talks and Lectures

Guest Lecturer. (2014, November). Applications in Research. Research Techniques and Data Analysis, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

Other Invited Talks

Guest Speaker, Teaching Assistant Training Day, Department of Sociology, McMaster University (September 2017)

Panelist, McMaster Social Psychology Career, and Alumni Event, McMaster University, 2017

Panelist, McMaster Sociology Society Career Panel Event, McMaster University, 2015


Peer Reviewed Publications 

Fox, J., & A. Leanage (2016). ‘R and the Journal of Statistical Software,’ Journal of Statistical Software, 73 (1): 1-13. 

Selected Conference/Poster Presentations

Leanage, A. (2017). Education Aspirations of Diverse Racial/Ethnic Immigrant Children and its Impact on their Mental Well-Being. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Allard, E., Levinson, B., Das, S., & A. Leanage. (2017). The MCYU in the City Facilitator Training Program: An Examination of Skill Development Through Community Engaged Education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Student Partner Symposium, MacPherson Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. 

Leanage, A. (2016, June). The Impact of Immigrant Youth's Sense of Community Belonging on Mental Health. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Leanage, A. (2016, April). Immigrant Children Educational Aspirations and their Mental Health. Annual Jane Synge Memorial  Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Leanage, A., M. Young, & K. Georgiades. (2015, June). Educational Aspirations Of Immigrant Children And Their Impact On Social And Mental Well-Being. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Leanage, A. (2015, June). Work-Related Stress and Coping Strategies Among Social Workers: A Qualitative Description. Paper presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Qualitative Analysis Conference, London, Ontario, Canada.

Selected Research Work/Assistantships

Research Associate, (2016-2017) "McMaster Child and Youth (MCYU) in the City Facilitator Training Study," Dr. Erin Allard and Beth Levinson, MacPherson Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario. 

Research Assistant. (2015-2016) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant. “R in the Pages of the Journal of Statistical Software.” Principal Investigator: Dr. John Fox, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. 

Research Trainee. (2013-). Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Ontario Mental Health Foundation and in partnership with the Hamilton-Wentworth and Catholic District School Boards. "Hamilton Youth Study." Principal Investigators: Dr. Kathy Georgiades and Dr. Michael Boyle. (Co-Investigators: Dr. Peter Szatmari, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, and Dr. Louis Schmidt), Offord Centre for Child Studies, Hamilton, Ontario.  

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Sociological Association
American Sociological Association
Canadian Population Association 
Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario Member (AERO)