Academic Qualifications: 
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, PhD
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, MSW
  • Lakehead University, BA/BEd
Date joined Lakehead: 
August, 2014
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Dr. Hovey came to academia after many years of clinical social work practice with violence, trauma, and substance abuse issues in federal and provincial prisons, community agencies, and private practice settings, as well as executive management experience overseeing home care and EAP organizations. She has taught as a sessional and part time instructor in the MSW program at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the BSW and Social Development Studies programs at Renison University College, University of Waterloo. At Lakehead University, she has taught interviewing and communication skills courses, general social work and human development courses, and electives pertaining to trauma, sexual violence, restorative justice, and use of self in practice.

Creative Outputs:

Harm reduction in temporary shelter settings: The research base [YouTube Video]. Harm Reduction and Housing Video Series. National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and Facente Consulting.  

R&I Week - IGNITE - Dr. Hovey, Social Work - Shelter Access for All Women: Creating a Harm Reduction Framework [YouTube Video]. Office of Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Development, Lakehead University. 

Research Grants:

(2020) OAITH (Co-investigator): Alternative housing models to address COVID-19 in the VAW sector: Shelter and service delivery impacts.

(2019) OAITH (Principal Investigator): Creating a harm reduction framework.

(2018) OAITH (Principal Investigator): Current practice to future directions: Harm reduction in VAW shelters.

(2018) CIHR - Planning and Dissemination Grant (Co-Investigator):  Gender equity, health challenges, and practice/policy issues facing male survivors of sexual abuse in Ontario.

(2017) LU SSHRC Aid to Small Universities Grant (Principal Investigator): Shelter Access for all women: Creating a harm reduction framework.

(2016 - 2023) SSHRC Insight Development Grant (Principal Investigator):  Domestic Violence: New policing and community prevention approaches.

(2016) Women's Xchange and SRC Research Development Fund (Principal Investigator): All women are welcome:  Reducing barriers to shelter services with a harm reduction model.

Brief video presentation of results: All women welcome: Reducing barriers with harm reduction

In the News:

November 8, 2022

Teaching Award recipients for 2020 and 2021

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September 28, 2016

Lakehead University receives funding for research...

Lakehead University is receiving more than $500,000 in funding from the Social Sciences and...