Valerie Michaelson

Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Public Health Sciences and School of Religion, Queen's University, Ontario

I am a CIHR funded post doctoral fellow in the Department of Public Health Sciences and School of Religion at Queen's University.

The goal of my research is to promote the well-being of children by integrating empirical data with critical reflection on religion, culture and spirituality. I study religion and spirituality as positive and protective health assets in child populations, and also use my research platform to challenge adherence to restrictive and harmful religious and social norms that can lead to poor health outcomes in children. One of my current projects looks at the corporal punishment of children through the lenses of public health, Christian theologies and reconciliation.

I obtained my doctorate from the University of Toronto in 2014.


  • –present
    Post Doctoral Fellow, School of Religion and Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen's University, Ontario


  • 2014 
    University of Toronto, DMin