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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Vivian Stamatopoulos

Associate Teaching Professor

Criminology and Justice

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 306
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5883
905.721.3372 (fax)


Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos holds a Master of Arts (Sociology) and Doctor of Philosophy from York University (Sociology). Her research interests focus on child and youth-based caregiving (young carers), unpaid family caregiving and long-term care (LTC). She is also a leading advocate for LTC residents in Ontario and has provided over 200 expert interviews on the topic of long-term care over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • MA, Sociology York University
  • PhD, Sociology York University

Courses taught

  • Research Methods (SSCI2900)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (SSCI2920)
  • Restorative Justice (CRMN3040)
  • Youth Cultures (SSCI2050)


  • Recent publications

    Stamatopoulos, v. (2018). The young carer penalty: exploring the costs of caregiving among a sample of Canadian youth. Child & youth services. doi.10.1080/0145935x.2018.1491303

    Stamatopoulos, V. (Forthcoming). Supporting or separate domains? Parentification and young carers in Canada. In L.M Hooper (Ed.), Parentification: racial, ethnic, cultural, and contextual influences on culturally tailored assessment and treatment (pp. XX–XX). New York, NY: Springer-Science.

    Mandell, N., & Stamatopoulos, V. (2017). Caregiving and Support for Older Adults. In A. Gaszo and K. Kobayashi (Eds.), Continuity and Innovation: Canadian Families in the New Millennium (pp. 199-215). Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd.

    Chadi, N. & Stamatopoulos, v. (2017). Caring for young carers in Canada. Canadian medical association journal, 189(28), e925-e926.

    Kavanaugh, M., Kalipeni, J. & Stamatopoulos, v. (2016). Application of the UN charter on rights of the child: United States policy and international context. Child Abuse Research: A South African journal – CARSA, 1(1), 68-81.

    Kavanaugh, M., & Stamatopoulos, V., Cohen, D., & Zhang, L. (2015). Unacknowledged caregivers: a scoping review of research on young/youth caregivers in the U.S. adolescent research review, 1(1), 29-49.

    Stamatopoulos, V. (2015). Supporting young carers: A qualitative review of young carer services in Canada. International journal of youth and adolescence, 21(2), 178-194.

    Stamatopoulos, V. (2015). One million and counting: the hidden army of young carers in Canada. Journal of youth studies, 18(6), 809-822.

  • Media appearances

    Ontario LTC sector: Not prepared, not equipped

    CBC News | April 28, 2021

    Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos talks with Carole MacNeil, host of "The Rundown" on CBC News Network, after a report from the province's auditor general finds deficiencies in the system.

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    Has Ontario Failed Long-Term Care?

    The Agenda | March 3, 2021

    Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos talks with Steve Pakin of The Agenda about the Ontario government's promises to put an iron ring around seniors in the province. 

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