The Health and Education Group (HERG) was launched by Dr. Bill Morrison in the Winter of 2002 and continues to be one of four active research centres and groups within the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. Over the past sixteen years, HERG has been active in formulating and carrying out applied research initiatives, securing research grants and funding sources for research, and forming research partnerships within Canada and beyond, all with the intent of contributing to policy and practice innovations that positively impact the well-being of children, youth and families.
In 2006, the establishment of a strategic partnership between UNB and Université de Moncton was undertaken to expand the bilingual capacity and reach of HERG. Since 2006, HERG has established international collaborative policy and practice alliances with applied research groups in Australia, the United Kingdom and Holland.
The primary goals of HERG are to:
• Link university research expertise with local, provincial and federal health and education authorities
• Carry out applied health and education research initiatives that contribute to informed practice and policy development
• Provide consultation to community, provincial and federal authorities on better practices to address priority needs and service delivery issues
• Provide opportunities for graduate students to participate in research internships and a wide range of applied professional development experiences
• Assist practitioners, policy makers and researchers in exploring innovative approaches for sharing and promoting evidence-based practices
• Provide forums for meaningful dialogue among practitioners, policy makers and researchers that contribute to the development and implementation of applied research and evaluation activities
• Collaborate with other provincial and national applied research and knowledge exchange centres in the identification and promotion of better practices in health and education
HERG is led by two executive directors, Dr. Bill Morrison and Dr. Patricia Peterson of UNB’s Faculty of Education. Since 2002, we have provided oversight to approximately 25 graduate students from the M.Ed. clusters in Educational Psychology (Exceptionalities and Counselling) who have had the opportunity to collaborate and gain direct experience in applied research and evaluation activities being undertaken by the Health and Education Research Group.
As part of the Health and Education Research Group’s ongoing development and capacity building, the HERG Logic Model delineates the key goals of the research group and links them with corresponding inputs, strategic actions, outputs and outcomes envisioned for the research group. The Logic Model provides a valuable planning resource for reviewing and refining HERG’s research directions and activities.
Bill is a clinical psychologist with advanced graduate degrees in both educational foundations and psychology. In addition to his 25 years of clinical practice, Dr. Morrison has had extensive experience in the development and implementation of health and education services for children and adults in several Canadian provinces. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of New Brunswick’s ISD framework, and was an initial author of the Province of New Brunswick’s provincial wellness strategy.
Patricia holds a doctoral degree in Education from Boston University. A tenured faculty member at the University of New Brunswick, she is also Co-Executive Director of the university’s Health and Education Research Group. She is currently the President of the Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick, and has co-authored the Positive Mental Health Toolkit, a series of online eBooks used by schools across Canada for promoting positive teaching and learning environments.