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Sevil Deljavan

Sevil DeljavanSevil Deljavan, HBSc, MSc
Research Analyst

Sevil joined Waypoint Research Institute in 2023 as a Research Analyst. While completing her master's degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University in London, Ontario, Sevil's thesis focused on the lived experiences of dementia caregivers within the context of immigration and culture. Following this, Sevil worked as a research assistant at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social work, under the supervision of Dr. Saini. Her research explored the intersection of child protection investigations and high-conflict families involved in custody disputes. 
Currently, Sevil is part of Dr. Canning's Patient-Oriented Research (POR) project at WRI. It is anticipated that this CIHR-funded study will help inform the development and implementation of standardized practices, policies, and procedures for conducting POR across various forensic mental health care settings. Outside of research, she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and caring for her plant babies. 

patient-oriented research, dementia caregivers, child protection.

Research Interests

Mental health; vulnerable populations; social justice. 



Black, T., Saini, M., Fallon, B., Deljavan, S., & Theoduloz, R. (2021). The intersection of child welfare, intimate partner violence and child custody disputes: Secondary data analysis of the Ontario incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 15(4), 473-486. 
Saini, M., Black, T., Godbout, E., & Deljavan, S. (2019). Feeling the pressure to take sides: A survey of child protection workers’ experiences about responding to allegations of child maltreatment within the context of child custody disputes. Children and Youth Services Review, 96, 127-133. 
Black, T., Saini, M., Fallon, F., Deljavan, S., Theoduloz, R., et al. (2016). The intersection of child custody disputes and child protection investigations: Secondary data analysis of the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2008). International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 4(1), 143-157. 
Deljavan, S., Black, T., Saini, M., & Fallon, B. (2016). Child Custody/Access Disputes in Child Maltreatment-Related Investigations in Ontario in 2013. CWRP Information Sheet #175E. Toronto, ON: Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal. 


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