Alice-Simone Balter

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
Email: 
abalter@uoguelph.ca

Research Interests: Sexuality, sexuality education in early childhood, social justice education, pre- and post-service education, curriculum development, social emotional competencies (emotion regulation, mindfulness), mental health, emotion socialization, critical disability studies.

I have two main areas of research in which the common thread to my work is supporting and increasing educators' capacities to promote child and youth health and well-being.

  1. I am engaged in sexuality research, specifically sexuality education in early childhood as a means of body knowledge, sexual abuse prevention, and as social justice education. I am interested in increasing educators' abilities to address sexuality in early childhood.
  2. I am interested in the "contemplative turn in education" (Ergas, 2018) which focuses on educators' first-person subjectivities. My doctoral research examined Kindergarten educator's social emotional competencies - specifically emotion regulation, dispositional mindfulness, and contingent responding to children's negative emotions - which are critical abilities that contribute to educators' mental health and well-being and impact how educators socialize children's emotional development.
  • PhD, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, Developmental Psychology & Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. 2016-2020
  • MA, Family Studies (now Sociology Department). University of British Columbia. 2003-2005

Davies, A.W.J., Balter, A., & van Rhijn, T. (in press). Sexuality education and early childhood educators in Ontario, Canada: A Foucauldian exploration of constraints and possibilities. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood.

Underwood, K., van Rhijn, T., Balter, A., Feltham, L., Douglas, P., Parekh, G., & Lawrence, B. (2021). Pandemic effects: Ableism, exclusion, and procedural bias. Journal of Childhood Studies, 46(3), 16-29. https://doi.org/10.18357/jcs463202119970

Balter, A., van Rhijn, T., Gores, D., Davies, A.W.J., & Akers, T. (2021). Supporting the development of sexuality in early childhood: the rationales and barriers to sexuality education in early learning settings. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. Advanced Online Publication. https://doi.org10.3138/cjhs.2021-0034.

Davies, A.W.J., Balter, A., van Rhijn, T., Spracklin, J., Maich, K., & Soud, R. (2021). Sexuality education for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder in Canada. Intervention in School and Clinic. Advanced Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/10534512211051068

Balter, A., Gores, D., van Rhijn, T., Katz, J., Kassies, I., Gleason, & Joseph, J. (2021). An outcome evaluation of a sexuality education professional development opportunity for early learning professionals. eceLINK, 5(1), 18-32.

Balter, A., van Rhijn, T., & Davies, A.W.J. (2018). Equipping early childhood educators to support the development of sexuality in childhood: Identification of pre- and post-service training needs. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 27(1), 33-42. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.2017-0036

Balter, A., van Rhijn, T, Davies, A. (2016). Sexual and gender development in early learning settings: An exploration of Ontario Early Childhood Educator’s (ECEs) perspectives. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 25(1), 30-40. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.251-A3


I maintain a collection on the University of Guelph's institutional repository to promote open access to my work:

Alice-Simone Balter's collection on The Atrium

I am currently working on the Inclusive Early Childhood Service System project.

An investigation of expert perspectives on developmentally appropriate sexuality education in the early years (University of Guelph-Humber Research Grant Fund; PI; Co-PI Tricia van Rhijn, University of Guelph-Humber; 2020-2021)

A community-engaged outcome evaluation of Toronto Public Health’s Raising Sexually Healthy Children for Child Care Providers program (University of Guelph-Humber Research Grant Fund; PI; Co-PI Tricia van Rhijn, University of Guelph-Humber; 2016-2018)

A qualitative exploration of best practices to support teachers' mental health capacity (University of Guelph-Humber Research Grant Fund; PI; Co-PI Susan Rodger, 2015-2016)

An exploration of early childhood educator's (ECEs) attitudes, knowledge, and comfort-level addressing the development of sexuality in childhood (University of Guelph-Humber Research Grant Fund; PI; Co-PI Tricia van Rhijn, University of Guelph-Humber, 2014-2015)