Ball, Jessica

Ball, Jessica


Dr. Ball is the author or co-author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters and three books. She has presented at over 200 conferences, symposia, policy roundtables, and workshops in Canada and internationally. She has received awards for teaching, research communication, and research in service of communities.

Dr. Ball spent 12 years, from 1984 to 1996, in Southeast Asia, working as a professor for a consortium of US universities delivering undergraduate education in Malaysia and for Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She also worked with community service agencies and government ministries on research and programs involving mental health, youth health behaviours, and all levels of education from post-graduate to preschool.

Jessica Ball's webpage http://www.cyc.uvic.ca/people/bios/jball.php

Recent publications

  • Ball, J. & Pence, A. (2006). Supporting Indigenous children's development: Community-university partnerships. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Ball, J. (2008). Policies and practice reforms to promote positive transitions to fatherhood among Aboriginal young men. Horizons, 10 (1). 52–56
  • Ball, J. (2008). First Nations English dialects in Canada: Implications for speech-language pathology practice. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. 22:8, 570-588.
  • Ball, J. & Janyst, P. (2008). Enacting research ethics in partnerships with Indigenous communities in Canada: “Do it in a good way.” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 3 (2), 33-51.
  • Ball, J. (March, 2009). Aboriginal young children’s language development: Promising practices and needs. Canadian Issues, Winter, 37-44.
  • Ball, J. (2009). Fathering in the shadows: Indigenous fathers and Canada’s colonial legacies. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Themed Issue: Fathering across diversity and adversity: International perspectives and policy interventions, 624, 29-48.
  • Ball, J. (in press for summer 2009). Supporting young Indigenous children’s language development in Canada: A review of research on needs and promising practices. Canadian Modern Language Review.
  • Ball, J. (in press for fall 2009). Indigenous fathers reconstituting circles of care. American Journal of Community Psychology: Special Issue on Men, Masculinity, Wellness, Health and Social Justice – Community-based Approaches.


Research Interests

  • Cultural ecologies of child development
  • Indigenous children and families
  • Early childhood care and development
  • Father involvement
  • Community-based research partnerships
  • Early Childhood Development Intercultural Partnerships (www.ecdip.org)


  • 2009 Craigdarroch Award for Research Communication from the University of Victoria
  • 2009 Academic of the Year Award from the Confederation of Faculty Associations of British Columbia

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