Wanda Seidlikoski Yurach - PhD Candidate

Ms Wanda Seidlikoski Yurach is from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  She has been married to her husband for 31 years and is the mother four children and has one grandchild.  She completed a BA Advanced from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987, a BSW from the University of Regina in 1994 and an MSW from the University of Regina in 2001. She worked under the supervision of Dr. Bonnie Jeffery on her graduate thesis: Women in multiple roles: Characteristics of work and family that affect level of perceived time-control. Wanda’s academic experience and work experience has allowed her to develop research skills with both quantitative and qualitative data. 

Wanda is a registered social worker and has been employed in a number of positions in her career including: a sessional lecturer with the University of Regina, Faculty of Social Work, Assistant Supervisor with the Ministry of Social Services and Residential Support, and Training Consultant with the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. Wanda has worked as a community based Mental Health Therapist in northern First Nations communities since 2006 and most recently was contracted by Prince Albert Grand Council to assist in the development of community based Mental Wellness Teams (MWTs) in six First Nations communities.  The MWTs are one of the only community based teams developed within Canada.  Wanda was invited to present on her work with the teams at numerous conferences including Whitehorse, Yukon in 2016.

Wanda is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Health Sciences program in the Department of Medicine.  Her areas of research are secondary trauma and Indigenous mental health.  Wanda was successful in receiving funding from the PhD Student Research Stipend, University of Saskatchewan from the Office of the Vice Dean of Research.  Since beginning her studies she has excelled in her academic achievements and was successful in being elected as a Board Director with the Graduate Students' Association this year.  She also volunteered in assisting with the Life and Health Sciences Research Expo in May of this year.

We are excited to have Wanda Seidlikoski Yurach within our working group.