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Dr. Kimber is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She received her PhD (2015) in Health Research Methodology (Population and Public Health Specialization) from the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University and recently completed CIHR – and Women’s Health Scholar (Ministry of Health and Long-term Care)-funded postdoctoral fellowships at the Offord Centre for Child Studies under the mentorship of Dr. Harriet MacMillan. The objectives of Dr. Kimber’s research program are three-fold: ; (1.) to determine the risk and protective factors, as well as outcomes for child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and mental health concerns among children and adolescents; (2.) to support health and social service providers to safely and confidently identify and respond to suspicions and disclosures of child maltreatment (including exposure to intimate partner violence) when working with children and adolescents with mental health concerns; and (3.) to identify, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-informed secondary and tertiary preventative interventions for child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and mental disordersamong children and adolescents. 

Featured Publications

Kimber, M.,Adham, S., Gill, S., McTavish, J., MacMillan, H. (2018). The Association between Child Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Perpetration of IPV in Adulthood - A Systematic Review. Child Abuse & Neglect76, 273-286. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.11.007.

Kimber, M., McTavish, J., Couturier, J., Boven, A., Gill, S., Dimitropoulos, G., MacMillan, H. (2017). Consequences of childhood emotional abuse, emotional neglect and exposure to intimate partner violence for eating disorders: A systematic critical review.BMC Psychology. doi:10.1186/s40359-017-0202-3.

Kimber, M., MacMillan, H. (2017). Child psychological abuse. Pediatrics in Review, 38 (10), 495-498. doi: 10.1542/pir.2016-0224

McTavish, J., Kimber, M.,Devries, K., Colombini, M., MacGregor, J.C.D., Wathen, C.N., Agarwal, A., & MacMillan, H. (2017). Mandated reporters’ experiences with reporting child maltreatment: A meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. BMJ Open, 7(10):e013942. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013942.


  • Ph.D., McMaster University
  • M.S.W., York University
  • Grad Dip. H.S.P.R, York University
  • B.A. (English, Minor in Women’s Studies), McMaster University
  • B.S.W., McMaster University

Research Areas

The epidemiology, secondary and tertiary prevention of child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and mental disorders among children and adolescents. Contextual influences of exposure to child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and mental disorders among children and adolescents.  

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