Tamara Sussman, Associate Professor
Dr. Sussman completed a Ph.D. in Social Work, from the University of Toronto in 2006 and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo in 2007. Drawing on over ten years of experience working with adults and families managing health related issues in both hospital and community settings, Dr. Sussman’s program of research focuses on how health services and systems impact older adults and their family members. Her research projects include spousal carers’ experiences with home care; older adults’ and family members’ experiences with the transition into long-term care; barriers and facilitators to the delivery of effective interventions for depressed older adults and their care partners; and most recently the experiences of more marginalized populations of older adults such as older homeless adults and older adults identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Dr. Sussman aims to conduct research that can be used to improve health policies, processes and practices by working closely with community partners in the development, interpretation and dissemination of her research findings. Dr. Sussman has also provided mentorship to health practitioners interested in producing research to inform their practice with older adults and families.
In addition to her clinical and research interests, Dr. Sussman aims to infuse her role as an instructor with energy and enthusiasm. She hopes that her strong commitment to student learning and her passion for issues related to aging will inspire students to learn about and work with older adults and their families. In 2011, Dr. Sussman was was awarded the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching in recognition of her teaching excellence.
Ph.D. (Social Work) University of Toronto 2006
M.S.W. McGill University 1995
B.S.W. McGill University 1994
B.A. (Political Science) McGill University 1993
2007 Associate Professor
McGill University, Faculty of Arts, School of Social Work
2006-2007 Post Doctoral Fellow
Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), Research Institute for Aging, University of Waterloo
1999-2006 Course Instructor
University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
1996-present Group Facilitator
1996-1999 Social Worker
Senior People's Resources in North Toronto
1996-1997 Social Worker
Jewish General Hospital, Oncology
1994-1996 Social Worker
Montreal Neurological Hospital
Areas of interest
- Older adults with chronic health conditions and their families
- Dementia care
- Long-term care policies and programs
2014-2018 Séguin, A-M. (PI) , Apparicio, P., Brotman, S., Dallaire, B., Marier P., Negron Poblete, P., Sussman, T., Wallach, I., Van Pevenage, I., Bouchard, C., Dupuis, M-J., Parisien, M., Regenstreif, A. L’inclusion sociale des personnes âgées. Enjeux de reconnaissance et de redistribution. Équipe de recherche en partenariat VIES (Vieillissements, exclusions sociales et solidarités) (FRSQ- Soutien aux équipes de recherche) $480, 454
2014-2018 Marier, P., (PI) Brotman, S., Carbonneau, H., Hebblethwaite S., Laforest, S., Leibing, A., Sawchuck, K., Sussman, T., Séguin, A-M., Therriault, P-Y.s Aubin, G., Bourgeois-Guérin, V., Raymond, É., Wallach, I., Durivage, P., Gilbert, N., Israel, S., Orzeck, P., Parisien, M., Regenstreif, A., Couture, M., Van Pevenage, I., Barylak, L., Charette, J., Cox, N., Dulka, I., Dupont, S., Freitas, Z., Montpetit, C., Starnino, C., Touchette, C., Zacchia, L., Nour, K. Regards sur la vieillesse et le vieillissement: De l'expérience singulière aux enjeux collectifs, (FQRSC- Soutien aux infrastructures de recherche des Instituts et des Centres affiliés universitaires du secteur social) $866, 957
2012-2015 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada- Insight Grant
Homelessness in late life: Growing old on the streets, in shelters and long-term care
Grenier, A (P.I.)., Lavoie, J.P., Sussman, T., & Rothwell, D.
2012-2013 Canadian Institutes of Health Research- Planning Grant
Developing a program of research to identify and address the health and social service needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults who reside in long-term care homes
Sussman, T. (P.I.). Brotman, S., Chamberland, L., Daley, A., Dumas, J., MacDonnell, J., & MacIntosh, H.
2010-2011 Centre de recherche et d’expertise en gérontologie sociale- CREGÉS
Identifying the health care needs of gay, lesbian and bisexual older adults who reside in long-term care homes
Sussman, T. (P.I.) Brotman, S., Chamberland, L., Daley, A., MacDonell, J.
2010-2011 CIHR- Meetings, Planning & Dissemination Grant: Gender, Sex & Health
Development of a program of research on prevention of abuse and neglect among older immigrant women
Guruge, S. (Co-P.I.) & Atsuko, M. (Co- P.I.), Agrawal, S., Beaulieu, M., Este, D., Gal, S., Gomes, F., Hanley, J., Harbison, J., Koehn, S., Lithwick, M., Manuel, L., Meier, H., Mullings, D., Olazabal, J., Ploeg, J., Roger, K., Spencer, C., Straka, S.,Sussman, T., Tyyska, V., Walsh, C.
2010-2011 CIHR- Meetings, Planning & Dissemination Grant
Patients perspectives in planning/evaluation of collaborative care of depression in Canada
McCusker, J. (P.I.). Fleury, M., Jayabarathan, A., Law, S., Sussman, T., & Yaffe, M.
2009-2010 SSHRC- International Opportunities Fund
Contemporary issues in critical gerontology: An international initiative
Grenier, A. (P.I.), Bernard, M., Charpentier, M., Scharf, T., Phillipson, C., Brotman, S., Sussman, T., Katz, S., McMullin, J., Torres, S., Biggs, S., Calasanti, T., Dumas, A., Viroit-Durandal, J.P.
2009 - 2012 Fonds québécois de la recherche sociale et culturelle (Établissement des nouveaux chercheurs, FQRSC)
Transitioning from community care to a long-term care home in Quebec : The experiences of older adults, family members and service providers
Sussman, T. (P.I.)
2009 - 2010 Centre de recherche et d’expertise en gérontologie sociale- CREGÉS
The unique features of ethno-culturally sensitive day centre services for older adults
Sussman, T. (P.I.), Cytrynbaum, F., Nahmiash, D., Suess, D., Tennenbaum, T.
2009-2013 FRSQ- Programme de subvention a la recherché en santé mentale
Self care management of late life depression for older adults with co-morbid chronic conditions
McCusker, J. (P.I.), Cole, M., Sewitch, M., Yaffe, M., Strumpf, E., Lavoie, K., & Sussman, T.
2009-2013 FQRSC- Infrastructure Grant
Vieillissements, exclusions sociales et solidarités
Charpentier, M. (P.I)., Brotman, S., Charles, A., Dallaire, B., Grenier, A., Guberman, N., Leibing, A., Quéniart, A., Sussman, T., Thomas, D., Carpentier, N, Lavoie, J.P., Nour, K., Olazabal, J.I., Barylak, L., Beauregard, L., Brown, B., Cohen, M., Cytrynbaum, F., Durivage, P., Hockenstein, E., Gilbert, N., Israel, S., Moscovitz, N., Parisien, M., Regenstreif, A., Saginur, V., Silverman, M., & Sévigny, A.
2009-2011 Centre de recherche et d’expertise en gérontologie sociale- CREGÉS
The impact of caregiving on the expression of intimacy and sexuality among spousal partner caregivers
Brotman, S. (P.I.), Orzek, P., Silverman, M., Barylak, L., Sussman, T., & Zizzi, P .
2008 – 2009 CIHR- Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant
Implementation of chronic care management for late-life depression in primary care
McCusker, J. (P.I.), Arnaert, A., Ciampi, A., Cole, M., Feightner, J., Latimer,E., Parry, D., Sewitch, M., Sussman, T., Thind, A., Van Bussel, E., Yaffe, M.
2006-2008 Alzheimer Society of Canada Training Grant
Transitioning to long-term care home: The experiences of older adults, family members, service providers and policy makers
Tamara Sussman, Sherry Dupuis
Sussman, T., & Dupuis, S.L. (In Press). Supporting residents moving into long-term care: Multiple layers shape residents’ experiences. Journal of Gerontological Social Work (30 pgs).
Sussman, T., Yaffe, M., McCusker, J., Burns, V., Sewitch, M., Strumpf, E., (In Press). A mixed- methods exploration of family members’/friends’ roles in a self-management intervention for depressive symptoms. Journal of Chronic Illness (27 pgs).DOI: 10.1177/1742395313500359
Keefler, J., Bond, S., & Sussman, T. (2013). L’évaluation psychosociale (translation : Psychosocial assessment). Chapter 12 (p.p. 267-290). In E. Harper and H. Dorvil (Eds.) Le travail social: théories, méthodologies et pratiques (translation: Social Work: Theories, Methodologies and Practices). Les presses de l’Université du Québec à Montreal, Québec.
Brotman, S., Ferrer, I., Sussman, T., Ryan, B., Richard, B. (In Press). Access and equity in the design and delivery of health and social care to LGBTQ seniors: A Canadian Perspective. In N. Orel & C. Fruhauf (eds.) Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults and their families: Current research and clinical applications. American Psychological Association
Sussman, T., Bailey, S., Byford Richardson, K. & Granner, F. (2014).How field instructors judge student readiness for entry-level practice. Journal of Social Work Education 5(1), 84-100.
Sahin, D., Yaffe, M., Sussman, T., & McCusker, J. (In Press). A mixed studies literature review of family physician’s participation in research. Family Medicine Journal (38 pgs).
Drummond, J., Brotman, S., Silverman, M., Sussman, T., Orzeck, P., Barylak, L., & Wallach, I. (2013). The impact of caregiving: Older women’s experiences with sexuality and intimacy. Affilia 28(4), 414-427.
McCusker, J., Yaffe, M., Sussman, T., Kates, N., Mulvale, G., Jayabarathan, A.J., Law, S., & Haggerty, J (2013). Developing an evaluation framework for consumer-centered collaborative care of depression using input from stakeholders Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 58(3), 160-168.
McCusker, J., Yaffe, M., Cole, M., Sussman, T., Strumpf, E., & Sewitch, M., (2013). A pilot study of a telephone supported self-care intervention for depression among older adults with a co-morbid chronic physical illness in primary care. Mental Health in Family Medicine 9(4), 257-273.
Burns, V., Grenier, A., Lavoie, J.P., Rothwell, D., & Sussman, T., (2013). Les personnes âgées itinérantes. Invisibles et exclues. Une analyse the trois stratégies pour contrer l’itinérantes. (translation: Older homeless people. Invisible and excluded. An analysis of three strategies to address homelessness). Frontière 25(1), 31-56.
Sussman, T., & Dupuis, S. (2012).Supporting a relative’s move into a long-term care home: The role of starting point in shaping family members’ transition experiences. Canadian Journal on Aging, 31(4), 395-410.
Sussman, T., Yaffe, M., McCusker, J., Parry, D., Sewitch, M., VanBussel, L., Ferrer, I. (2011). Improving the management of late-life depression in primary care: Barriers and facilitators. Depression, research & treatment, Vol. 2011, 7 pgs.
Sussman, T. (2009). The influence of service factors on spousal caregivers' perceptions of community services, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52(4), 406-422
Sussman, T., Regehr, C.(2009). The influence of community based services on the burden of spouses caring for their partners with dementia, Health and Social Work, 34 (1), 29-40
Sussman, T., Bogo, M., Globerman, J. (2007). Field instructor perceptions in group supervision: Establishing trust through managing group dynamics, Clinical Supervisor, 26(1/2), 61-80
Sussman, T. (In Press). By P. Baranek, R. Deber & P. Williams (2004). Almost Home: reforming home and community care in Ontario. Journal of Canadian Labour Studies.
Sussman, T. (2006). Negotiating Community Care: The experiences of spouses caring for their partners with dementia at home.
Sussman, T., Stoddart, K., & Gorman, E. (2004). Reconciling the congruent and contrasting roles of social work teacher, student and practitioner: An experiential account of three doctoral students. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 24 (1/2), 161-179.
Bogo, M., Globerman, J., & Sussman, T. (2004). Field instructor competence in group supervision: Students' views. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 24(1/2), 199-216.
Bogo, M., Globerman, J., & Sussman, T. (2004). The field instructor as group worker: Managing trust and competition in group supervision. Journal of Social Work Education, 40(1), 13-26.
Regehr, C., & Sussman, T. (2004). Intersections between grief and trauma: Towards an empirically based model of treating traumatic grief. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 4(3), 289-309.
Sussman, T. (2001). The case of Ontario's long-term community care market: Who's choice is it anyway. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 48, 79-92.
Social Work: Introduces principles and practice of social work with individuals and their support systems. Frameworks include ecosystems, stress, coping, and resilience. Emphasis placed on conducting social functioning assessments for a variety of presenting issues and practice contexts. Specialized knowledge and skills in mental health, illness and crisis intervention are also pursued.
Offered by: Social Work
- Corequisite: SWRK 350
- Restriction: Limited to "Qualifying Year" MSW students only
- Fall 2014
- Marion Van Horn
Social Work: Historical overview of social care to respond to contemporary issues in health and community services. Topics include: meaning of care; history of care in home and community; need, risk, dependence/independence; and organisation of care in Quebec and beyond.
Offered by: Social Work
- Fall 2014
- Susan Mintzberg, Victoria F Burns
Social Work: Advanced graduate seminar which focuses on a critical examination of historical and contemporary theories and practice models in gerontological social work.
Offered by: Social Work
- Specific content will vary from year to year to allow for in-depth exploration of current topics in aging.
- Winter 2015
- Ilyan Ferrer