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Varda Mann-Feder, D.Ed.

Professor , Applied Human Sciences

Varda Mann-Feder, D.Ed.
Office: L-VE 227-03 
Vanier Extension,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2266

Dr Mann-Feder has been a full time faculty member in Applied Human Sciences since 1992.  She taught as a sessional instructor in Psychology at Concordia between 1984 and 1992, and has worked as a Consulting Psychologist in the child welfare system in Montreal since 1976.  From 2004 until 2007, she served as Chair of Applied Human Sciences, and from 2000 until 2007, she was Editor of the Journal of Child and Youth Care Work.She also served as the founding Graduate Program Director for the Diploma in Youth Work.


D.Ed. Educational Psychology and Counselling, McGill University 1988
M.A. School Psychology, University of Toronto 1976
B.A. Honours Cum Laude (Psychology), Brandeis University 1975

Research interests

Youth in care
Transitions to independent living
Emerging adulthood
Adolescent development

Teaching activities


AHSC 314 - Adolescents Iss./Intervention
AHSC 402
- Fundamentals of Child- and Youth-Care Work
AHSC 451 - Counselling Skills/Concepts
AHSC 520 - Youth Work Ethics


Participation activities

Recent conference presentations

Mann-Feder, V. (2016, August). I get by with a little help from my friends: Careleaving, friendships and the role of agency policy. International Federation of Educative Communities (FICE), Vienna.
Mann-Feder, V. (2015, October). Leaving care research: Who is it helping? Panel on Social Support Among Older Youth Aging Out of Care. Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Miami.
Mann-Feder,V. (2015, August) Participation  in Youth Protection: Panelist.  Youth Participation in Public Policy, Ecole Nationale D’Aministration Publique, Montreal.
Mann-Feder,V., Blanchet-Cohen. N. & Ranahan, P. (2014, May) Responding to our current times: An approach to youth work education. Bi-annual conference of the School of  Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, Victoria , British Columbia.
Mann-Feder, V.  (2013,  October).  Leaving home, leaving care: Contributions to practice models for youth in transition. International Federation of Educative Communities (FICE), Bern, Switzerland.
Mann-Feder, V. (2013,  October) Invited Chair for Dialogue Session on Transitions out of Care. International Federation of Educative Communities,(FICE), Bern, Switzerland.
Mann-Feder, V. & Snow, K. (2013, June). Connecting with youth at the crossroads of adulthood: A networking session. First World Conference of Child and Youth Care, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Mann-Feder, V., Kelly, C. & Mattingly, M. (2012, October) Reflections on resiliency and the evolution of the Child and Youth Care field: An interactive workshop. International Child and Youth Care Conference, Canmore, Alberta.

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