Speaker. Consultant. Researcher. Evaluator.
Expertise in youth resilience and community development, with a core interest in children and youth with complex needs
Linda Liebenberg, PhD., is a leading researcher and evaluator in the field of youth resilience and community development, with a core interest in children and youth with complex needs. Her work explores the promotion of positive youth development and mental health, using formal and informal processes of resilience. She achieves this through evaluation of service provision together with research of youth experiences and community development. As a key component of this work, Linda reflects critically on the best ways in which to conduct research and evaluations with children and their communities (including multiple service providers). These approaches include participatory image-based methods; sophisticated longitudinal quantitative designs; and the design of measurement instruments used with children and youth.
Linda has developed consulting and collaborative relationships with many international community-based organizations, including Right to Play, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, and the Resilience Research Centre. She has presented on all five continents on culturally and contextually meaningful approaches to promoting positive psychosocial outcomes of children and youth as well as the ways in which this can be researched and evaluated. Her publications include the co-edited volumes Researching Resilience and Resilience in Action (with Michael Ungar, PhD) and Youth Resilience and Culture – Commonalities and Complexities (with Linda Theron, PhD).
Linda consults on various research and evaluation initiatives, advising on research design and knowledge translation. She also runs workshops on data analysis and writing. As adjunct professor at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University, Linda has supervised several graduate students. She has also taught numerous courses on research and data analysis, both in Canada and internationally.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Linda lived in Cape Town for many years, before relocating to Halifax, Canada in 2003.