Dr. Tracey Bone, MSW, Ph.D., RSW is a passionate educator, researcher, mentor and advocate. An Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, she is creative and dedicated to providing an optimal experience for both her students and research participants. A Registered Social Worker (RSW), Tracey is committed to enhancing and expanding her own skills and knowledge such that she can engage in a more informed way with others. She has taught, and conducted research locally, as well as internationally. An invited member of a four-year sponsored project, she developed curriculum for a social work course in community mental health, and taught that course in two universities: one in Stavropol, Russia and the second in Omsk, Siberia.

In 2013, Tracey completed her Doctoral studies in Social Work. Her research explored how a sample of Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) first-language speakers who had also been diagnosed with depression, managed their symptoms in a mental health system designed around spoken communication. After completing her Ph.D., Tracey was invited to conduct a forensic mental health study in Ghana, West Africa. She was able to incorporate the knowledge she had acquired during her previous 28-year employ with the federal government in adult corrections to conduct that study. She has presented her research at local, national and international conferences. With a continued interest in mental health, mental health resilience, and advocacy, Dr. Bone was recently elected to the World Federation for Mental Health as a Board Member and the Vice–President Constituency Development. She will use that platform to continue to expand awareness of mental health challenges in Canada and around the world.

Tracey is an active member of the Canadian Human Rights Museum, and uses her membership to expand her understanding of human rights violations and successes. She is particularly interested in expanding the dialogue and enhancing the voices of women, and those in minority communities. She is currently working with community colleagues to expand mental health resources for members of the Deaf community. She is using her research to expand her understanding of the power of creative expression in mental health recovery while also exploring the issue of gambling in minority communities, and the impact of eating disorders. Tracey is focusing on expanding her international collaborations, recognizing that her understanding of the human rights of Canadians is best informed through an understanding of the experiences of those internationally.

An Idea Worth Spreading

It's been happening for a long time, and the conversations about
abuses of power and sexual harassment have shifted. But there is room for
more: more conversations, more movement, and most importantly, more space
to accept, without feeling threatened, how feminism can move the world.

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