Faculty & Lecturers


Cindy Blackstock

  • Indigenous theory
  • Indigenous rights advocacy
  • Identification & remediation of structural inequalities affecting First Nations children, youth & families.
  • Culturally based & evidence informed solutions for Indigenous children, youth & families.


Alicia Boatswain-Kyte

Assistant Professor

(Starting July 1st, 2019)

  • Anti-racism
  • Community-based child welfare
  • Practice with marginalized individuals
  • Social work education
  • Program evaluation


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Sharon Bond

Associate Professor



  • Couple and Family Therapy Outcome Research
  • Couple and Family Therapy Process Research 
  • Attachment Styles and Couple Conflict
  • Psychological Distress in Couples Seeking Assisted Reproductive Technology 
  • Families With Maternal Perinatal Depression


Shari Brotman

Associate Professor
  • Gerontological Social Work Theory, Policy and Practice (Access To Care; Care Giving; Gender, Race, Class, Sexual Orientation and Disability Issues in Aging)
  • Anti-Oppression Social Work Theory and Practice


Delphine Collin-Vézina

Associate Professor

Nicolas Steinmetz and Gilles Julien Chair in Social Pediatrics

CRCF Director


  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Child Protection Services and Out-of-Home Care
  • Social Pediatrics
  • Social Return on Investment Models


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Myriam Denov

James McGill Professor

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) 

Trudeau Fellow

  • War and political violence
  • Children in armed conflict
  • Children born of war
  • Post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding
  • War-induced migration and resettlement
  • Gender-based violence
  • International social work
  • Participatory research methods
  • Arts-based research methods


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Sydney Duder

Associate Professor


  • Program evaluation, including cost-benefit analysis, to find ways of preventing social problems, and of increasing social justice by diverting resources to the disadvantaged.
  • Research procedures: design strategies, quantitative methods and use of SPSS -- the “why” of research as well as the “how”!



Wanda Gabriel

Assistant Professor


  • Community-based research on sexual abuse and other forms of abuse within families, communities and in the context of institutional racism and colonialism

  • Indigenous healing and reconciliation processes
  • Indigenous organizational policy and protocol development
  • Cultural safety practices and process


Jill Hanley

Associate Professor


  • Social Policy: Immigration/Refugee Policy; Labour Rights; Health; Social Housing
  • Community Organizing: Cross-Cultural; Feminist; Neighbourhood; Anti-Poverty; Immigration; Labour
  • Community Development: Housing; Community Economic Development


Nicole Ives

Associate Professor
  • Refugee/Immigrant Resettlement Practice and Policy
  • Issues Facing Asylum Seeking Populations
  • Comparative Migration Policy
  • Indigenous Social Welfare
  • Social Work Education with Indigenous Peoples
  • Connections Between Culture And Pedagogy


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Sarilee Kahn

Associate Professor


  • Refugees and Asylees; Cross-Cultural Trauma and Recovery
  • Secondary Trauma in Humanitarian Aid Workers
  • International Social Work Practice and Program Development
  • Use Of Creative Arts and Media To Promote Social Justice
  • Qualitative Methods


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Julia Krane

Associate Professor
  • Critical Approaches to Child Welfare and Child Protection
  • Feminist Practice Responses to Intimate Partner Violence
  • Qualitative Research Methods


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Lucyna Lach

Associate Professor

(On Sabbatical September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019)

  • Children with Chronic Health Conditions and Disabilities and Their Families
  • Mixed-Method Research
  • Caregiver Health
  • Health-Related Quality of Life
  • Parenting


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Heather B. MacIntosh

Associate Professor


  • Couple therapy interventions for childhood trauma survivors
  • Couple therapy adaptations for complex trauma
  • Mentalizing, affect regulation and attachment processes in relationships or childhood trauma survivors
  • Diverse approaches to the treatment of childhood trauma including the use of creativity in healing.
  • GLBTQ issues and same sex marriage.


Michael J. MacKenzie


 Canada Research Chair in Child Well-Being (Tier 1)


  • Transactional Processes in Child Development
  • Child Well-Being
  • Child Welfare Policy & Practice
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Cumulative Risk, & Trauma
  • Foster Care Placement Trajectories & Models of Group Care
  • Etiology and Outcomes of Child Maltreatment


Zack Marshall

Assistant Professor


  • Critical research ethics and community-based research

  • Engagement scholarship

  • Health in queer and trans communities 

  • Harm reduction

  • Knowledge synthesis, scoping reviews, and systematic review methodologies


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Katherine Maurer

Assistant Professor
  • Adolescent mental and behavioral health during the transition to adulthood
  • The physiological impact of exposure to extreme stressors, such as violence and poverty, on the development of self-regulation capacities


Pam Orzeck

Assistant Professor

  • Caregivers
  • Caregiver bereavement
  • Social gerontology
  • Community and homecare practice
  • End of life care
  • Social policy
  • Social isolation
  • Field education



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Marjorie Rabiau

Assistant Professor


  • Evidence-based practices in systemic and cognitive behavioral family therapy


Vandna Sinha

Associate Professor

William Dawson Scholar


  • Communal efforts to support families and children
  • Social policy
  • Service disparities
  • Indigenous child welfare
  • Mixed methods research
  • Participatory/community engaged research


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Tamara Sussman

Associate Professor


  • Social work practice with older adults
  • Family caregiving
  • End of life, palliative care and bereavement
  • Gerontological services including home care,  community programs and long-term care
  • Social work pedagogy

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Jim Torczyner



  • Inequality and Peace Building
  • Community Development and Social Action
  • Research on The Demographic Characteristics of Ethnic Groups In Canada
  • Designing Alternative Organizations
  • Human Rights, Law And Social Action
  • Welfare Advocacy and The Homeless


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Nico Trocmé



Philip Fisher Chair in Social Work



  • Child Welfare
  • Program Evaluation