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Maddie Brockbank

PhD Candidate & Vanier Scholar, Social Work, McMaster University

Maddie Brockbank (she/her) is a PhD Candidate and Vanier Scholar in the School of Social Work at McMaster University. Maddie has her Bachelor of Social Work (2019) and Master of Social Work (2020) from McMaster. Her research, practice experience, and community organizing initiatives have been in the area of anti-violence work with men, specifically in exploring the links between sexual violence prevention, masculinities, anti-carceral feminisms, and engaging men in primary prevention efforts. Additionally, she has research experience in the areas of homelessness, disability, curriculum development, and creating safety for marginalized students in university pedagogy. Maddie has been recognized for her academic achievements and community leadership, which includes the YWCA Hamilton's Young Woman of Distinction Award (2019), the President's Award for Excellence in Student Leadership (McMaster University, 2019), a Hamilton Hero Award (WAWG Hamilton and Hamilton Ticats, 2019), a Women Who Rock Award (EMPOWER Strategy Group, 2021), and a Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service (McMaster University, 2022).


  • –present
    PhD Student, McMaster University


  • 2020 
    McMaster University, Master of Social Work

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Registered Social Worker