Nomination Date: 19/09/2018
Associate professor Dave Blackburn, B.Soc.Sc (criminology), M.S.W., Ph.D., holds a doctorate in social sciences with a specialization in sociology of health from the University of Luxembourg jointly coordinated with the School of Social Service of Université Laval. He continues his professional activities at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). His research focuses on mental health and psychosocial intervention with military personnel, veterans, emergency responders and their families.
In November 2017, he founded the Veterans and Families Mental Health Research and Intervention Team. Dave Blackburn was an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Health Services; he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006, Germany from 2007 to 2011 and Cyprus in 2012.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Blackburn has received many recognition awards such as the Gaston-Miron Award for Excellency in French in 2018, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2016, the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, the University of Ottawa Alumni Association Award of Excellence “Young Alumni Award” in 2012, the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman Special Recognition Award in 2010 as well as being a finalist for the Quebec Citizenship Award in 2005.