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Sydney Duder, Associate Professor

Sydney Duder

Bio

Dr. Duder draws her knowledge from a wide range of experiences such as WWII munitions plants and the Federal Treasury Board. She obtained her MSW at McGill in 1970 and her PhD in 1987.

Her area of expertise is primarily on research methods and cost-benefit analysis. She has previously been the Coordinator of the MSW and the PhD programs.  Dr. Duder also represents the School of Social Work on the newly constituted Research Ethics Board III.

Résumé

After living in Tokyo, then Ottawa, as the wife of a Canadian diplomat, Sydney Duder's career in social work began as treasurer on the board of the Montreal YWCA. This inspired her to enroll in the School of Social Work at McGill, where she earned an M.S.W. in 1970 and went on to complete her PhD in 1987.

Dr. Duder has now been teaching for 35 years. Her areas of interest are quantitative research methods, with a particular focus on program evaluation and cost-benefit analysis. She has supervised dozens of graduate theses. She has applied her knowledge of research methods in a number of different areas of practice. In collaboration with colleagues, she has published papers on topics such as the overrepresentation of black children in substitute care, permanency planning, mediated reunions in adoption, barriers to adoption for hard-to-place children, and, most recently, the role of psychosocial factors in determining length of hospital stay.

During her career at McGill, Dr. Duder has at various times been coordinator of the MSW program and the interdisciplinary PhD program, and for many years treasurer of the School's Alumni Committee. She is currently Fellowships and Awards coordinator, and represents the School on the newly constituted Research Ethics Board III.



Education

PhD (McGill University) 1987

Dip.Ad.Prac. (McGill University) 1973

MSW (McGill University) 1970

BSc (McGill University) 1942



Employment

1981-present Associate Professor

McGill University, Faculty of Arts, School of Social Work               

1975-1980 Assistant Professor

McGill University, School of Social Work

1972-1975 Lecturer

McGill University, School of Social Work

1997-present Coordinator of Social Work Fellowships and Awards

McGill University, School of Social Work

1998-2005 Coordinator of Social Work Ad Personam PhD program

McGill University, School of Social Work

1984-1987 MSW Research Coordinator

McGill University, School of Social Work

1987/91, 1997/8, 2002/4 MSW Curriculum & Research Coordinator

McGill University, School of Social Work

Research

Areas of interest

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Program Evaluation
  • Cost-benefit analysis

Description of current research

  • Analysis of social service case weights at the MUHC (with Constance Lechman, Director of Adult Social Services).
  • Member of The Clinical Expertise research group at Batshaw Youth & Family Centres.

Publications

Duder S. (2009) . Recovery coaches reduce numbers of substance exposed births. Centre for Excellence for Child Welfare, Research Watch e-newsletter, July, 2009. (Available at: http://www.cwrp.ca/researchwatch/1075).

Duder S. (2009). Training program improved both foster parent skills and child behavior. Centre for Excellence for Child Welfare, Research Watch e-newsletter, August, 2009. (Available at:http://www.cwrp.ca/researchwatch/1039).

Duder S. (2008). Disappointing results from an evaluation of an expert-assisted case management system. Centre for Excellence for Child Welfare, Research Watch e-newsletter, January 10, 2008. (Available at:http://www.cwrp.ca/researchwatch/742).

Duder S. (2008). Evaluation of a foster parent training program found positive effects on children's placement changes. Centre for Excellence for Child Welfare, Research Watch e-newsletter, July 24, 2008. (Available at:http://www.cwrp.ca/researchwatch/760)

Duder S. (2008). Worker attitudes found to have a significant effect on risk assessments and child placement recommendations. Centre for Excellence for Child Welfare, Research Watch e-newsletter, August 21, 2008. (Available at: http://www.cwrp.ca/researchwatch/764)

Duder S. (2008). Improving quality of life for adult foster care alumni with physical or psychiatric disabilities. Centre for Excellence for Child Welfare, Research Watch e-newsletter, November 13, 2008. (Available at: http://www.cwrp.ca/researchwatch/774)

Duder S. (2008). Life skills training for youth in foster care had little effect. Centre for Excellence for Child Welfare, Research Watch e-newsletter, May 21, 2009. (Available at: http://www.cwrp.ca/researchwatch/909)

Duder, S.(2007).  Using sibling data still finds no treatment effect of family group conferencing on child welfare outcomes.  Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare, Research Watch newsletter, April 19, 2007.  http://www.cecw-cepb.ca/researchwatch/711)

Lechman, C, Duder,S., (2006). Psychosocial severity, Length of Stay and the Role of Social Work  Services.  Social Work in Health Care. Vol.43(4), 1-13.

Speirs, C.C., Duder, S., & Sullivan, R. (2005). Mediated reunions in adoption: Findings from an evaluation study. Child Welfare, LXXXIV(6), 843-866.

Keefler, J., Duder, S., & Lechman, C. (2001). Predicting length of stay in an acute care hospital: The role of psychosocial problems. Social Work in Health Care, 33(2), 1-16.

Speirs, C.C., Duder, S., Carin, A., Lacroix, J. & Mayhew, C. (2000).  Permanency planning: Changes In agency structure can make it work better. Canadian Social Work, 2(2), 105-117.

Speirs, C.C., Duder, S., Grove, J., & Sullivan, R.  (2003). Adoptable but still in limbo: The forgotten children in Canada. Child & Youth Care Forum, 32(2), 75-88.

Clarey, D., Speirs, C.C., Duder, S., & Gales, L. (July, 1999) Could the parenting capacity instrument help judges trust social workers? Journal of the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, 43(2), 21-26.

Duder, S.
, & Dayagi, S. (1994).  Race and the delivery of social services:  Black children in substitute care.  International Journal of Comparative Family and Marriage, 1(1), 1-16.

Sanschagrin, M.L., Humber, E.B., Speirs, C.C., & Duder, S. (1993).  A survey of Quebec pediatricians' attitudes toward donor insemination.  Clinical Pediatrics, 32, 226-230.

Cards, Dice and Lifestyles: Gaming a Guaranteed Annual Income"
McGill University (Graduate Faculty Ad Hoc degree), November, 1987

Courses offered

SWRK 633

3 credits
Program Evaluation.

Social Work: The theoretical and practical problems involved in evaluating the impact of social work services and social welfare programs. Topics include goal definition, comparison of experimental and non-experimental designs, data sources, qualitative and quantitative approaches, and outcome measures.

Offered by: Social Work

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • Sydney Duder