University of Calgary

Regine King

  • Associate Professor
  • Coordinator - MSW Leadrshp in HS Spec

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Profile

Dr. Régine U. King is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba. Dr. King has a Bachelor of Education (Social Sciences of Education) from the National University of Rwanda, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling Psychology and Community Development and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Toronto. Dr. King also has post-doctoral training in social aetiology of mental illness (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), University of Toronto. Dr. King’s research interests focus on psychosocial processes involving survivors of organized and structural violence, including approaches to cross-cultural mental health, and forgiveness and reconciliation among survivors of organized violence (mainly refugees and those who resettle in post-conflict settings). Dr. King’s transnational research interests are rooted in her extensive practice experience in community-based mental health organizations in Canada and Rwanda. As a community-based researcher, Dr. King has used narrative inquiry, oral history, and interpretive research methods. She is very concerned about social inequities, social justice, human rights, and means to prevent violence.   

Research and Scholarly Activity

Dr. King’s research and scholarly activities have focused on psychosocial healing processes in post-genocide Rwanda, social work education in Rwanda, and cross-cultural refugee mental health in Canada. Her doctoral SSHRC-funded project became a baseline for ongoing longitudinal critical ethnographic research documenting processes of individual healing and social transformation in post-genocide Rwanda. Dr. King recently obtained a SSHRC-Insight Development Grant to continue the documentation process of these stories through visual oral history methods, in partnership with two Rwandan universities. Dr. King has collaborated with national and international social researchers to advance indigenous knowledge in social work education. They recently completed a SSHRC Partnership Development Project that synthesized local and international social work theory and practice in Rwanda. Dr. King has conducted research among refugees and immigrants in Toronto and Winnipeg with the aim to promote cross-cultural mental interventions and reconciliation in the social mosaic of Canada. In collaboration with a colleague from Community Health Medicine, University of Manitoba, Dr. King is currently leading a participatory action research on structural factors that influence HIV infection and prevention among female sex workers in Kenya. Dr.  King’s research contributions have generated interest in Canada as our country seeks ways to implement the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She was invited recently to join a federal cross-cultural roundtable on issues of public safety. Her other scholarly work includes reviews of manuscripts for social work and interdisciplinary journals. She is currently a member of the editorial team of the Journal of Indigenous Social Development.

Current Research

  • King, R.; Hakizimana, E., Bishyanuka, J., & Kamuzinzi (2017-2019). The true healing is healing together. Lessons about healing and reconciliation processes in post-genocide Rwanda, funded by SSHRC Insight Development Grant —$59,001
  • King, R. & Lorway, R. (2017-2019). Examining structural factors and approaches that influence sexual risk-taking practices among female sex workers in Nairobi, funded by the University of Manitoba Collaborative Research Program—$ 24,975
  • King, R.; Hakizimana, E., Bishyanuka, J., & Kamuzinzi True healing is healing together: Lessons about reconciliation processes in post-genocide Rwanda (2016-2017), pilot study  funded by the Hawthorne Charitable Foundation—$15,000 

Education

  • Post-Doctoral Certificate in Social Aetiology of Mental Illness, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto (2012);
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work, Factor-Inwentash, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto (2011);
  • Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling Psychology and Community Development, Ontario Institute of Sciences of Education (OISE), University of Toronto (2003);
  • Bachelors’ of Education (B.Ed.) in Psycho-Pedagogy, Social Sciences of Education, National University of Rwanda (1996)

Professional and Community Associations

  • International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), 2016-present
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights, member, 2016-present
  • Life Wounds Healing Association (LIWOHA), 2015-present 
  • International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), member, 2013-present
  • Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE), member, 2012-present 

Awards

Principal Investigator awards

  • The true healing is healing together. Lessons about healing and reconciliation processes in post-genocide Rwanda (2017-2019), funded by SSHRC IDG— $59,001
  • Examining structural factors and approaches that influence sexual risk-taking practices among female sex workers in Nairobi (Jan 2017-Feb 2019), funded by the University of Manitoba Collaborative Research Program—$ 24975
  • True healing is healing together: Lessons about reconciliation processes in post-genocide Rwanda (2016-2017), pilot study funded by the Hawthorne Charitable Foundation—$15,000
  • Documenting women’s rights in Rwanda: A pilot study (2014-2016), funded by the Centre for Human Rights and Research, University of Manitoba—$8,400
  • The impact of the healing of life wounds program in Rwanda communities: A follow up study 3.5 years later (2014-2016), funded by the Endowment Fund, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba—$2,200; and The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (Div.48)—US$1,000
  • Examining the factors that influence the mental health of African refugees after their resettlement in Winnipeg (2012-2014), funded by University Research Grants Program (URGP)—$10,000 ($7,500 from the University of Manitoba + $2,500 from the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba)   
  • Rebuilding peaceful societies: Evaluating the impact of post-conflict interventions on reducing violence against women (2012-2013), funded by International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) co-sponsored by SSHRC and IDRC at the University of Manitoba—$5,000
  • Identifying the mental health needs of Rwandan refugees in Toronto (2011-2012), funded by Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI)/CIHR post-doctoral fellowship—expense-based
  • Exploratory educational and research visit to Rwanda and Kenya, funded by University of Manitoba International Program & Project Seed Fund (2016-2017)—$9,400
  • Culture within culture: Living and learning with immigrant and refugee families in Winnipeg, funded by the University of Manitoba Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (2015-2016)—$10,000 (declined)
  • The true healing is healing together: Reconciliation and social cohesion in Rwanda, funded by Aegis Trust Rwanda programme on research, policy and higher education (writing award for 2015-2016)—£2,500
  • Twentieth commemoration of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, on Kwibuka 20: Remember, Unite and Renew held at University of Manitoba (2014), funded by the Centre for Human Rights and Research, University of Manitoba—$520; Sociology and Social Work Faculties, —$1,300
  • Eleventh international association of genocide scholars’ conference on genocide; indigenous peoples; space; time; movement; human rights; commemoration; reparation; reconciliation; survival; settler colonialism held at University of Manitoba (2014), funded by SSHRC Connection—$49,745. PI: Dr. Andrew Woolford.
  • Research travel, funded by Endowment Fund from the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba (2013)—$1,000
  • Travel and conference sponsorship program, funded by the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba (2013)—$2,513
  • Start-up fund from the University of Manitoba (2012-2014)—$9,000 

Co-Principal Investigator awards

  • What does reconciliation mean to new Canadians post Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015-2016), funded by the Centre for Human Rights and Research, University of Manitoba—$3,000. PI: Dr. Cathy Rocke 
  • A community-based mental health intervention for maternal mental in Rwanda, funded by Grande Challenges Canada (2013-2016)—$249,906. PI: Dr. Michaela Hynie
  • Synthesizing local and international social work theory and practice in Rwanda, funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council/Partnership Development Grant (SSHRC/PDG) (2013-2016)—$200,000. PI: Dr. Susan McGrath   
  • Strengthening the development of social work in Rwanda (2008-2011), funded by International Development Research Council (IDRC) — $10,000. PI: Dr. Susan McGrath

 Doctoral and post-doctoral awards

  • Social Aetiology of Mental Illness, funded by CIHR and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health—$42,000
  • Hilary Weston Fellowship, funded by the Government of Ontario (2011)—$7,500                               
  • Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Doctoral Fellows Award (2010)—$3,000
  • Conference Grant from the Lupina Foundation, Comparative Program on Health and Society CPHS) of the Munk Centre (2009)—$341
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Award (2008-2010)—$40,000
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2008-2009)—$10,000 (declined)
  • Lupina Foundation, Comparative Program on Health and Society (CPHS) of the Munk Center (2008-2009)—$3,000
  • Applied Social Issues Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (2008-2009)—$2,341
  • Travel Grant from University of Toronto (2008-2009)—$3,000
  • Scholarship for a summer course from the Zoryan Institute (2008)—$500
  • Royal Bank Graduate Fellowship (2007-2008)—$10,000

Publications from 2008-Present

Journal Articles

King, R.U., Bokore, N., & Dudziak, S. (under final review). The significance of indigenous knowledge in social work responses to collective recovery: A Rwandan case study. Journal of Indigenous Social Development. 

King, R. U. & McKenzie, K. (under review). Suffering, silence, community brokenness and mental health in post-genocide Rwanda. Journal of Transcultural Psychiatry.

King, R., Heinonen, T., Uwabor, M., & Adeleye-Olusae, A. (2016). The psychosocial well-being of African refugees in Winnipeg: Critical stressors and coping strategies. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 4 (1), 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2016.1186770

King, R.U., Hynie, M., Mukashema, I., Habineza, J.-P., Kubwimana, G., & Musindarwego, A. (2016). Integrated, complementary or just different? Western and Rwandan approaches to clinical counseling. Critical and Radical Social Work, 4, 2, 231-48. DOI: 10.1332/204986016X14604583499236

King, R. U. (2016). Resettlement following genocide: The perceived experiences of Rwandan refugees in Toronto. Canadian Diversity, a Publication of the Association for Canadian Studies, 13, 1, 59-61.

Heinonen, T. & King, R.U. (2016). Bringing home, home: Place-making and therapeutic landscaping through cultural rituals and practices among African refugees in Winnipeg. Canadian Diversity, a Publication of the Association for Canadian Studies, 13, 1, 22-24.

King, R.U. & Sakamoto, I. (2015). Disengaging from genocide harm-doing and healing together between perpetrators, bystanders, and victims in Rwanda. Peace and Conflict. Journal of Peace Psychology, 21, 3, 378-394.

King, R. U. (2014). Key factors that facilitate intergroup dialogue and psychosocial healing in Rwanda: a qualitative study. Intervention: Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 12, 3, 416-429.  

King, R.U., Dudziak, S., & Kalinganire, C. (2014). North–south social work partnership: Strengthening the development of social work in Rwanda. Transnational Social Review, 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21931674.2014.950110 

McGrath, S., Hynie, M., & King, R. U. (2014). Social services and transnationality. Transnational Social Review. A Social Work Journal, 4:2-3, 117-119.

King, R.U. (2012). Navigating the borderlands of transnational research. Transnational Social Review. A Social Work Journal, 2, 1, 65-79.

King, R. (2011). The healing of psychosocial trauma in the midst of truth commissions. The case of gacaca in post-genocide Rwanda. Genocide Studies and Prevention, 6, 2, 134-151. 

Bogo, M., Paterson, J., Tufold, L., & King, R. (2011). Supporting front-line practitioners’ professional development and job satisfaction in mental health and addiction. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 25, 3, 209-14.

Bogo, M., Paterson, J, Tufold, L., & King, R. (2011). Interprofessional clinical supervision in mental health and addiction: Toward identifying common elements. The Clinical Supervisor, 30, 1, 124-140.

 

Book chapters 

King, R. U. & Maiangwa, B. (book chapter under second review). Perceptions on truth and reconciliation: Lessons from gacaca in post-genocide Rwanda, in A. Craft & P. Regan (Eds). Pathways to Reconciliation. Manitoba: The University of Manitoba Press and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Rocke, C. & King, R.U. (book chapter under revision). What does reconciliation mean to newcomers post-TRC? In A. Craft & P. Regan (Eds). Pathways to Reconciliation. Manitoba: The University of Manitoba Press and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

King, R. U. & Cheung, M. (2017). Working with immigrant women and families. In M. Chung Yan & U. Anucha (Eds.), Working with immigrants and refugees. Issues, theories, and approaches for social work and human service practice (pp., 181-199). Don Mills, Toronto: Oxford University Press.

King, R. (2015). Healing the wounds of genocide rape: The experiences of two women in Rwanda. In M. Flaherty, J. Senehi, H. Tuso, T. Matyok, S. Byrne (Eds.), Gender and Peacebuilding: All Hands required (pp. 35-51). Lexington Books. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739192603/Gender-and-Peacebuilding-All-Hands-Required

King, R. & Sakamoto, I. (2013). Healing psychosocial trauma in societies recovering from massive violence: The case of Rwanda. In N. Wane & E. Neeganagwedgin (Eds.), A handbook of African traditional healing approaches & research practices (pp.145-159). Oakville, ON, Canada: Nsemia Inc. Publishing.

King, R. (2010). Evaluation of a community-based mental health model in post-genocide Rwanda. In L. Nkusi et al., 16 years after the genocide perpetrated against Tutsi (1994-2010): Healing its consequences (pp.81-94). Kigali: CNLG. 

Bindseil, K., .....King, R.et al. (2008). Clinical Supervision Handbook. A guide for Clinical Supervisors for Addiction and Mental Health. CAMH. 

 

Unpublished 

King, U. R. (2011). "A foolish adventure" in a country that went mad: Healing psychosocial suffering in post-genocide Rwanda. Dissertation, University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. 

 

Conference presentations from 2008-Present

King, R.U. Resettlement after genocide: Perceived experiences of Rwandan refugees in Toronto. Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE). Toronto, May 29-June 01, 2017 

King, R.U. (invited keynote presentation). Inclusion of newcomer children and their families in schools and communities. Our Human Rights Journey: Education for Action. Winnipeg, April 20-21, 2017. 

King, R.U. Examining structural factors and approaches that influence sexual risk-taking practices among female sex workers in Nairobi. Annual Review Meeting 2017. University of Nairobi STV/HIV/SRH Collaboration Group. Nairobi, January 23-27, 2017

King, R.U. Perceptions on truth and reconciliation: Lessons from gacaca in post-genocide Rwanda. Pathways to Reconciliation Conference. Winnipeg, June 15-18, 2016.

Rocke, C. & King, R.U. What does reconciliation mean to new Canadians post TRC? Pathways to Reconciliation Conference. Winnipeg, June 15-18, 2016.

King, R. U. et al. Synthesizing local and international social work theory & practice in Rwanda, Community workshop, May 17, 2016.

King, R. U. The true healing is healing together: Healing and building social relations in post-genocide Rwanda. AEGIS workshop, Kigali, March 31-April 01, 2016.

Heinonen, T. & King, R. U. Bringing home, home. Place-making and therapeutic landscape through cultural rituals and practices among African refugees in Winnipeg. Metropolis Conference, Toronto, March 3-5, 2016.

King, R. U. (invited keynote speaker) Working with newcomers to build healthy families and communities. National Child Forum Day 2015, Winnipeg, November 17-19, 2015.

Heinonen, T. & King, R. U. Bringing home, home. Place-making and therapeutic landscape through cultural rituals and practices among African refugees in Winnipeg. Strangers in New Homelands Conference, University of Manitoba, November 4-5, 2015.

King, R. U. (panelist). How do we move forward toward inclusion and reconciliation in Canada? A Space for Us All: A National Summit on Racial Inclusion, Winnipeg, September 17-18, 2015. 

King, R. U. (invited keynote speaker). Outreach Programme on the Rwanda genocide and the United Nations. United Nations: 21st commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide, New York, April 07, 2015.

Heinonen, T.& King, R. U. Bringing home, home: Place-making and therapeutic landscaping through cultural rituals and practices among African refugees in Winnipeg. Strangers in New Homelands Conference, Winnipeg, November 5-6, 2015.  

King, R.U., Heinonen, T., Uwabor, M., & Adeleye-Olusae, A. Critical factors affecting the psychosocial well-being of African refugees in Winnipeg and strategies that help them to cope. 17th National Metropolis Conference, Broadening the Conversation: Policy and Practice in Immigration, Settlement and Diversity, Vancouver, March, 26-28, 2015. 

King, R.U., Heinonen, T., Uwabor, M., & Adeleye-Olusae, A. Critical factors affecting the psychosocial well-being of African refugees in Winnipeg and strategies that help them to cope. Strangers in New Homelands: Deconstructing and reconstructing of "Home" Among Immigrants in the Diaspora, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, October, 23-24, 2014.

King, R.U., If you knew who you were and who I was, you would not have killed me. Meanings and Identities of genocide memorial sites in Rwanda explored. 11th International Association of Genocide Scholars conference on Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and indigenous Peoples. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, July 16-19, 2014.

King, R. (keynote address). The 20th annual commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. 11th International Association of Genocide Scholars conference on Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and indigenous Peoples. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, July 16-19, 2014.

Hahirwa, J., Kalinganire, C., Rutikanga, C., …King, R., Dudziak, S., Synthesizing indigenous and international social work theory and practice in Rwanda. Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. Promoting Social and Economic Equality. Melbourne, July 9-12, 2014. 

King, R., Healing psychosocial suffering in post-genocide Rwanda through the sharing of personal stories. 10th Biennial Conference of IAGS: The aftermath of genocide: Victims and perpetrators, representations and interpretations. Siena (Italy), June 19-22, 2013.

King, R. Perceptions of mental health among Rwandan refugees in Toronto. Social Aetiology of Mental Illness, Webinar organized at CAMH, Toronto, May 21, 2013.

King, R., Ururimi rurica cyangwa rugakiza: The role of sharing personal stories through the healing of life wounds program. Life Wounds Healing Association. Conférence sur la santé mentale communautaire. Hôtel Umubano, Kigali (Rwanda), April 26-26, 2013.

King, R., The impact of organized violence on women: The case of post- genocide Rwanda. 2012 National Restorative Justice Symposium, Winnipeg, November 18-25, 2012.

King, R., Mental health needs Rwandan refugees in Toronto. Third annual SAMI conference: Challenging disparities in mental health and addictions. Toronto, November 16, 2012.

King, R., Mental health needs among refugee survivors of organized violence: The Case of Rwandan refugees in Toronto. Strangers in New Homelands, 2012 Conference. Winnipeg, November 1-2, 2012.

McGrath, S., King, R, Dudziak, S. Strengthening the development of social work in Rwanda. Canadian Association of Social Work Conference: Social work education at the crossroads: No Boundaries? No borders? Wilfrid Laurier University, May 28-31, 2012

King, R., Gaining voice through the process of sharing personal stories in post-genocide Rwanda. The Society for Social Work and Research, 16th annual conference, Washington, D.C., January 11-15, 2012.

King, R., The Ovewhelming. Researching mental health in post-genocide Rwanda. The 28th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Contemporary issues in qualitative research, Brantford, May 12-14, 2011. 

King, R., McGrath, S, & Dudziak, S. Results of needs assessment for a center for social work education and practice at the National University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda, December 7-9, 2010.

King, R., Healing psychosocial trauma in post-genocide Rwanda. A model to emulate. Preliminary dissertation findings, Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), PortLand, Oregon, October 14-18, 2010.

King, R., Healing psychosocial trauma in post-genocide Rwanda. 8th Biennial Convention Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, New Orleans, LA June 24-27, 2010. 

King, R. The before, during and post-genocide Rwanda: Lessons learned, The Holocaust and Genocide Education Forum, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, May 06, 2010.

King, R. Healing psychosocial trauma in post-conflict situations: The Case of Post-Genocide Rwanda, The International Symposium: Fight Against Trauma, Kigali (Rwanda), April 4-6, 2010.

 

Other public speaking engagements from 2010-present

Passages Historica Canada (moderator): Refugee experiences in Manitoba: Stories of hope and survival, at Canadian Museum for Human Rights Winnipeg, October 26, 2016.

Mayor's National Summit (panelist): Racial inclusion, at Canadian Museum for Human Rights Winnipeg, October 17-18, 2015. 

UN Department of Public Information in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations (keynote speaker): Outreach Program on the Rwandan genocide and the United Nations, Genocide and Human Rights: The experience of a survivor of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, New York, April 07, 2015.

Canadian Human Rights Museum, Genocide and Human Rights (keynote speaker): The experience of a survivor of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 09, 2015.

University of Manitoba (panelist): Visionary Conversations Series. A Culture of Conflict – What have we learned about war? Winnipeg, November 26, 2014.

University of Winnipeg (panelist): War, Women and the Human Spirit, at Winnipeg Art Gallery Auditorium, June 06, 2014.

Canadian Museum Human Rights (participant): Talent Web V3 Video, Winnipeg May 20, 2014. 

University of Manitoba and Canadian Museum Human Rights Remember (keynote speaker): Remember, Unite and Renew, the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, Winnipeg, April 07, 2014.

The Azrieli Foundation (keynote speaker): Write to heal. Finding your voice in the aftermath of genocide, in Honouring Holocaust Remembrance Day and Rwanda Genocide Memorial Day, Toronto, April 8, 2013.

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