Social Work Research Centre

The Social Work Research Centre (SWRC), housed within the Faculty of Social Work, supports social justice and equity-focused research that addresses issues faced by vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed groups. Our community-engaged research utilizes both Indigenous and Western research approaches with specific attention to social action that will inform changes in policy, practice and education for a sustainable future.

Our researchers explore and address issues such as poverty and income equality; child and youth welfare; newcomers, refugees and immigrants; mental health and addictions; mixed ability issues; and needs of older adults. A cross-cutting theme focuses on social work education, where we apply new knowledge and innovative methods to incorporate into the curriculum.

The SWRC also hosts various events to discuss the current research of its associates. Past events can be viewed here.


Research Focus

The SWRC brings together investigators with common research interests, allowing for meaningful ways to foster interdisciplinary and community collaboration and produce sustainable and relevant research. The centre supports social work scholarship and pedagogy, and provides research training opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Research Principles

  • To facilitate social policy and practice research that promotes social justice and fosters individual, family and community development
  • To support social justice and equity research that focuses on marginalized and oppressed groups
  • To support research that focuses on community-engagement and research-to-action through informing changes in policy and practice 

Who We Are


Director – Dr. Kara Fletcher

The Director of the Social Work Research Centre is responsible for guiding the centre and providing research leadership and strategic planning. She assumes overall responsibility for the centre’s research and administrative activities.

Research Administrator – Hannah Nguyen, MSc

The research coordinator assists SWRC Research Associates during both application and the project management stages. They also provide administrative support to researchers as well as organize knowledge translation events for the SWRC.

SWRC Membership

SWRC exercises two-tiered membership:

Research Centre Associate: A Research Centre Associate is any current faculty member in the FSW who wishes to join the centre as an Associate. The Associate must indicate their interest in joining the Centre by completing the application form, submitting information for annual reporting every spring (a CV/update on all research activities), and participating in the general operations of the Centre (events, meetings, etc.) Membership terms are 5 years in duration and are renewable.

Research Centre Associates will have full access to the supports of the SWRC (include, but are not limited to, grant support, access to SEED funding if available, etc.).

Research Centre Affiliate: A Research Centre Affiliate may be a BSW or MSW student, a former faculty member, or a researcher who is interested in participating in SWRC activities. Benefits to being an affiliate include opportunities to present at SWRC Lunch and Learns, attend any training or events offered by the Centre, and receive relevant information about SWRC activities as well as research opportunities.

Research Centre Affiliates do not have access to internal SWRC funding opportunities or grant writing support.

Become an Associate/Affiliate

The SWRC invites BSW and MSW students, and academic and non-academic partners who wish to actively engage with the Centre and whose research interests align with its principles.  If you are interested in becoming a Research Affiliate, please fill out the Research Affiliate Request Form and submit it together with your current CV to our

If you are a current faculty member and wish to join the centre as an Associate, please fill out the Research Associate Appointment Request Form and submit it to our Research Administrator.


The SWRC aims to provide resources to our Research Associates and students by:

  • Facilitating collaboration and capacity building by providing opportunities for researchers to share their work and explore new research partnerships;
  • Support funded research projects by assisting with financial and data management and recruitment of project staff;
  • Support the dissemination of research findings by providing guidance and assistance with publication submissions and development of dissemination materials; and
  • Engage undergraduate and graduate students in research activities to foster sustainable research intensity

Funding Opportunities

The SWRC has compiled lists of funding opportunities for researchers and students. Please use the quicklinks below or the navigation on the left to search for opportunities. If you know of other funding opportunities that relate to the SWRC's Research Themes (see below) please contact us.

Research Associate Resources

The SWRC is able to assist Research Associates with:

  • Grant applications
    • assist with preparation of grants & contracts including budget development and rationale
  • Human resources
    • assist with hiring research assistants or project coordinators (for projects with funding)
  • Research related financials
    • purchase supplies and process purchase requisitions
    • provide updates on budgets
  • Knowledge translation activities
    • incorporate project updates and findings into SPRC products
    • assist with organization and promotion of KT events includnig poster and online media development

Student Resources

The SWRC provides resources to students to engage undergraduate and graduate students in our research activities.

We are able to assist Students and Research Assistants with:

  • Obtaining research experience
    • provide assistance to accessing current SPRC related job postings
    • provide paid research assistant employment to undergraduate and graduate students
    • promote research related workshops and training such as NVivo, how to write literature reviews, how to conduct interviews, etc.
  • Knowledge translation activities
    • provide opportunities for students and research assistants to learn about current SPRC research projects and initiatives
    • provide opportunities for students and research assistants to share their research contributions

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Research Themes

Mixed Abilities

This interdisciplinary research topic addresses mulitple objectives of the University of Regina's Strategic Research Plan (2015-2020). Topics within these studies address the strategic priorities: Student Success, Research Impact, and Commitment to Our Communities.

Projects within this theme include:

  • CIHR Project Grant (2017 - 2020), Dr. Randy Johner, Pi; Dr. Gabriela Novotna, Co-Pi; $451,000 funded - Access to Recovery using Assistive Technology (for those with learning challenges
    and substance use issues); community partner, Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan, Inc.
  • MITACS Postdoctoral Fellowship award (2018 - 2020), Dr. Kathleen Irwin, PI; Dr. Randy Johner, Co-Pi; $90,000 funding for Postdoctoral fellow: Mia Bell -The VOICE lab; community partner, Astonished!
    Inc. Check out the Voice Lab Podcast hosted by Mia Bell.
  • George Reed Foundation Grant (2017), Dr. Randy Johner, PI; $10,000 funding - Building Bridges with Digital Stories.
Child & Youth Welfare

Interdisciplinary research within this theme focuses on community and supports for children and youth. Topics include outreach activities, child trauma and informed care, violence and bullying and critical literacy with children.

Projects within this theme include:

  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2020-2022), Dr. Kara Fletcher, PI; $74,935 funding for the project, Stories to tell: A pilot podcast project for youth with lived experience of crystal meth use in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2020-2022), Dr. Lise Milne, PI; $54,452 for the project, Supporting workers to build resilience in trauma-impacted children: A Saskatchewan pilot study in a residential program.
  • SSHRC Partnership Grant (2020-2027), Dr. Lise Milne, Co-I (PI: Dr. Dephine Collin-Vézina - McGill University); $2,500,000 for the project, Canadian Consortium on Child & Youth Trauma
    (CCCYT): Developing cohesive intersectoral practices and policies to support trauma-impacted children and youth.
  • SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant (2020-2021), Dr. Lise Milne, PI; $21,466 for the project, Foundation-building for a trauma-informed approach to improving the well-being of adolescents and workers in group care contexts.
  • CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity in Mental Health and Substance Use (2020), Dr. Lise Milne (Co-PI, Dr. Nathalie Reid, Director of the Child Trauma
    Research Center at the UofR); $47,342 funding for the project, Translating knowledge for child welfare organizations across the Canadian Prairies: Managing the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health of children, families, and workers.
  • SHRF Research Connections COVID-19 Rapid Response Program (2020), Dr. Lise Milne (CO-PI, Dr. Nathalie Reid); $10,000 funding for the project, Creating a Digital Connections Hub to support children in care in Saskatchewan during COVID-19 and beyond.
  • SSHRC Connection Grant (2019/2020), Dr. Lise Milne, Co-I (PI: Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina - McGill University); $50,000 funding - A One-Year Series of Outreach Activities on Childhood Complex Trauma.
  • U of R President's Seed Grant and McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families RBC Training Fellowship (2019 - 2021), Dr. Lise Milne, Co-I; Determining the Supports Needed for Group Home Workers to Provide Trauma-Informed Care to Children and Adolescents.
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2019-2021), Dr. Funke Oba, PI; Dr. Amanda Gebhard, Co-I; $70,535 funding - Investigating Schooling Experience of Black Youth in Saskatoon.
  • SSHRC Insight Grant (2017 - 2021), Dr. Lise Milne, Co-I; $155,193 funding - In Search of Promising Approaches: Canadian Child Protection Responses to Intimate Partner Violence.
Indigenous Peoples & Decolonization

Research within this theme focuses on Indigenous populations in Canada. Current topics include aging, the "Sixties Scoop", and reconciliation.

Projects within this theme include:

Ecological Justice Research

Research within this theme focuses on sustainability and ecological justice as it pertains to social research areas.

Projects within this theme include:

  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2019-2021), Dr. Darlene Chalmers, Co-I (PI: Dr. M.J. Barrett - University of Saskatchewan); $63,569 for the project, Deepening connection in pursuit of environmental sustainability: Assessing a promising lever for shifting assuptions of separation.
Older Adults Research

Research within this field includes projects focused on issues face by Canada's aging population. Topics include aging in rural communities and improving the lives of older adults living with dementia.

Projects within this theme include:

Newcomer, Refugees & Immigrants Research

Research within this theme emphasizes issues faced by newcomers to Canada. Research topics include education experiences of racialized students, mental health and integration, and settlement experiences of immigrants and refugees.

Projects within this theme include:

Poverty & Income Inequality

Research within this theme focuses on issues surrounding poverty and income inequality. Topics within this theme include child and family poverty.

Reports within this theme include:

Mental Health & Addictions

The interdisciplinary research conducted by the SPRC Research Associates within this field addresses the universal theme using a broad range of topics.

Projects within this theme include:

Research Associates

Darlene Chalmers

Dr. Darlene Chalmers is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, Saskatoon Campus. She completed her PhD in Social Work at the University of Calgary. Her dissertation explored the process of relationship development between humans and horses contributing to human development and animal welfare. Darlene holds a certificate in Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning/Psychotherapy for Mental Health Professionals, a certificate in pet loss and grief, and has been a Saint John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program handler since 2014.

Her direct practice experience in the areas of disability, child and family services, school social work, and community organizing informs Darlene's teaching and pedagogy. Courses taught include: anti-oppressive social work practice; community work in generalist practice; disability issues; and social work foundation courses including practice methods, critical thinking, and communication skills. Darlene recently developed the undergraduate course Animals, Social Work & Society. Using a One Health framework, this course focuses on a holistic understanding of the human-animal-environment interdependency and the implications for social work practice. The course draws on her research and practice in the area of the human-animal bond/interaction, and specifically animal-assisted interventions. Courses taught at the graduate level include qualitative research and her recently developed course on environmental social work. She has supervised multiple graduate students to the completion of their theses, field and research practica.

Darlene was an instrumental committee member in developing the Veterinary Social Work Initiative; a partnership between the U of S Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and the Faculty of Social Work. She served at the Co-Chair of the Initiative, which resulted in the establishment of a full-time Veterinary Social Worker (VSW) at the WCVM in 2015. The VSW position is invaluable in providing wellness supports to clients of the Veterinary Medical Centre, veterinary students and faculty, and mentoring of social work practicum students.

Her research interests include the human-animal bond/interaction; the inclusion of animal-assisted interventions as an adjunct to therapeutic practice; social work and the environment; and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), specifically transformative learning and the role of animals in the post-secondary classroom.

Darlene has contributed to the literature in the area of animal assisted interventions including research on equine assisted intervention programs, therapy dogs on university campuses, and therapy dog programs in prisons. Together with Dr. Colleen Dell (U of S), she co-developed PAWSitive Support, a prison-based, canine assisted wellness program at Drumheller Institution that began in 2016

Her work in prisons additionally includes her contribution to the development of a therapy dog program at the Prairie Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC) in Saskatoon. She has been involved with the RPC Therapy Dog Program team as a therapy dog handler since 2015. Darlene also collaborated on the development of an Animal Memories Magazine. The aim of the magazine was to learn from inmates and the latest research about the benefits of the human animal bond.'s current research is focused on the role of service dogs in the lives veterans with PTSD. She is a collaborator on a study exploring the "Role of Service Dogs and Veterans with PTSD and Who Problematically use Substances" funded by Health Canada Substance Use and Addiction Program (Dr. Colleen Anne Dell, USask, PI). 


Kosteniuk, B., Dell, C., Cruz, M., Chalmers, D. 2023. "An Experiential Approach to Canine-Assisted Learning in Corrections for Prisoners Who Use Substances". Journal of Forensic Nursing. DOI: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000435. 
Dell, C., Gibson, M., Carey, B., McKenzie, H., Peachy, S., Williamson, L., Chalmers, D. (2022). “How Therapy Dogs are Helping to Reduce Needle Fear at a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic”. Canadian Nurse. Practice Article. French.

Gibson, M., Chalmers, D., & Riyu, S. (2022). "My lifeline is gone": An exploration of the experiences of veterans following the loss of their psychiatric service dog(s). Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 11(3), 54-74.

Gibson, M., Dell, C., Chalmers, D. (2021). Connecting online for peer support: Participant feedback. Fact Sheet 2. University of Saskatchewan.

Williamson, L., Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Cruz, M., & DeGroot, P. (2021). Recognizing the human-animal bond for enhancing zooeyia among PTSD-diagnosed veterans who have a service dog and problematically use substances. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin. Manuscript Accepted.

Williamson, L., Dell, C., Osgood, N., Chalmers, D., Lohnes,C., Carleton, N., & Asmundson, G. (2021). Examining changes in posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and substance use among a sample of Canadian veterans working with service dogs: An exploratory patient-oriented longitudinal study. Journal of Veterans Studies, 7(1), 1-13.

Gibson, M., Williamson, L., Henwood, G., Chalmers, D., & Dell, C. (2021). Perceptions and use of alcohol and medical cannabis among Canadian military veterans living with PTSD. Journal of Veterans Studies.7(1), 59-70.

Chalmers, D., Dell, C., Dixon, J., Rohr, B., Dowling, T., & Hanrahan, C., (2020). Recognizing animals as an important part of helping: A survey exploring knowledge and practice among Canadian social workers. Critical Social Work, 21(1).

Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Stobbe, M., Rohr, B., & Husband, A. (2019). Animal assisted therapy in a Canadian Psychiatric prison. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 8, 14-64.

Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Cole, D. & Dixon, J. (2019). Accessing relational connections in prison: An evaluation of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program at Stony Mountain Institution. Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research (IJR). Advance online access

Chalmers, D. (2019). The importance of including animals in social work practice. Saskatchewan Social Worker, 30(1), 13-14.

Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Gillett, J., Steeves, M., Rohr, B., Fornssler, B., Husband, A., McKenzie, H., Iwajomo, O., Nickel, C. (2018). “Effects of a therapy dog program on the wellbeing of older veterans living a long term care residence. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin 6(2), 83-102.

Dell, C., Petryk, C., Chalmers, D., & Sillers, L. (2018). Integrating therapy dogs into Saskatchewan’s Coordinated Trauma Response. The Humanitarian: Saskatchewan SPCA, p. 3.

Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Gillett, J., Rohr, B., Nickel, C., Campbell, L., et al. (2015). PAWSing student stress: A pilot study of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program on three Canadian campuses". Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy/ Revue canadienne de counseling et de psychothérapie, 49(4), ISSN 1923-6182. Available at:

Chalmers, D. & Dell, C. A. (2015). Applying one health to the study of animal assisted interventions. Ecohealth,  doi: 10.1007/s10393-015-1042-3

Adams, C., Boucher, J., Cartier, G., Chalmers, D., et al. (2015). The helping horse: How equine assisted learning contributes to the wellbeing of First Nations youth in treatment for volatile substance misuse. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 1(1), 52-75.  

Chalmers, D. (2011). Social work and the environment: Understanding people and place. [Review of the book Social work and the environment: Understanding people and place, by M.K. Zapf]. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 31(3), 397-398.

Chalmers, D., & Dell, C. (2011). Equine-assisted therapy as an adjunct to treatment for solvent abuse among First Nations youth: A key consideration for building an empirical knowledge base. Native Studies Review, 20(1), 59-87.

Dell, C. Chalmers, D., Bresette, N., Swain, S., Rankin, D., & Hopkins, C. (2011). A Healing Space: The experiences of First Nations and Inuit youth with equine assisted learning. Child and Youth Care Forum, 40(2), 319-336.

Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Dell, D., Sauve, E., MacKinnon, T. (2008). Horse as healer: An examination of equine-assisted learning in the healing of First Nations youth from solvent abuse. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health 6(1), 81-106.

Watkinson, A. & Chalmers, D. (2008). Disability, professional unsuitability and the profession of social work: A case study. Social Work Education 27(5), 504-518.

Book Chapters:

Chalmers, D., Dell, C., Dixon, J. & Rath, G. (2022). PAWSitive support: A canine assisted learning program to support prisoners in healing from substance use. In R. Csiernik, W. Rowe, G. Novotna (Eds.), Responding to the oppression of addiction: Canadian social work perspectives (4th ed.), pp. xxx-xxx. Canadian Scholars. (In Press).

Hanrahan, C. & Chalmers, D. (2020). Animal-informed social work: A more-than-critical practice. In C. Brown and J. MacDonald (Eds.). Critical clinical social work: Counterstorying for social justice.  Canadian Scholars' Press.

Oliver, B. & Chalmers, D. (2020). Reflexive photography: Using transformative pedagogies to develop critical practitioners. In J. Friberg, C. Visconti, & S. Ginsberg (Eds.), Evidence-based education in the classroom: Examples from clinical disciplines. (In Press). Slack Inc.

Oliver, B., Chalmers, D., & Goitom, M. (2019). Reflexivity in the field: Applying lessons learned from a collaborative scholarship of teaching and learning study exploring the use of reflexive photography in field education. In J. Friberg & K. McKinney (eds) Conducting and Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Beyond the Individual Classroom Level. Indiana University Press.

Select Conference Presentations:

Chalmers, D. & Dell, C. (2020, October). PAWSitive support: The development of a prison-based canine assisted learning (CAL) program. Presented at the 6th International Veterinary Social Work Summit. VirtualConference.

Chalmers, D. (2019, October). Bonding behind bars. Paper presented at 16th Biennial Custody and Caring International Conference. Saskatoon, SK.

Matsuoka, A., Sorenson, J., Ferreira, T., Hanrahan, C., & Chalmers, D.  (2019, June). Engaging in trans-species social justice through rethinking animal-human relations and challenging and transforming anthropocentric action. Presented at the annual CASWE conference, Vancouver, BC. (In absentia).

Chalmers, D. Hanrahan, C., & Gillett, J. (2018, June). Bridging animals, social work & society: A roundtable on reconciliation. Presented at the annual CASWE conference, Regina, Sk. (Chalmers roundtable chair). Hanrahan, C. & Chalmers, D. Gillett, J. (2018 Jun). Bridging animals, social work, & society: A national think tank crafting new narratives. Presented at the annual CASWE conference, Regina, Sk. (Chalmers think tank co-chair).

Chalmers, D. & Dell, C.A. (2017, November). 5 days, 4 prisoners & 3 therapy dogs = PAWSitive Support. Workshop presentation at the International Issues of Substance: Addiction Matters Conference. Calgary, AB.

Chalmers, D., Brown, T., Corbeil, A., Sowden, J. & Walker, P. (2017, October). Animal assisted therapy in a Canadian Psychiatric Prison. Paper presented at 15th Biennial Custody and Caring International Conference. Saskatoon, SK.

Chalmers, D. (2016, May). Advancing social work and the environment: Educating for a new practice agenda. Paper presented at the annual CASWE conference, Calgary, AB.

Dell, C. & Gillett, J. & Chalmers, D. (2016, May) Session title: Animals and society: A focus on the human-animal bond. Canadian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Calgary, AB. (D. Chalmers session discussant)

Chalmers, D. (2015, November 3). Perceived mutuality in horse-human relationships: A place for wellbeing. Veterinary Wellness & Social Work Summit, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

Chalmers, D. & Wasson, E. (2015, November). One Health in practice: Holistic approaches for promoting resilience in veterinary practice among veterinarians, veterinary students, and allied professionals. Veterinary Wellness & Social Work Summit, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

Oliver, B., Chalmers, D., & Goitom, M. (2014, November). Grounded theory and the scholarship of teaching and learning: Methodology that responds to theoretical and practice demands. Paper presented at the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University 5th Annual Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Banff, AB.

Dell, C. & Chalmers, D. (2014, October). Treating drug addiction with animal assisted therapy: Contributions of one health. Paper presented at the 7th International Symposium: Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations: Global Perspectives, Saskatoon, SK.

Chalmers, D. & Dell, C. (2014, October) Animal-assisted programs in addictions and mental health: Transformations in research and practice. Paper presented at the Prairie Child Welfare Consortium 2014 Symposium, Saskatoon, SK.

Chalmers, D., Dell, C., & Dowling, T. (2014, May). Veterinary social work: A Canadian project in the making. Paper presented at the annual CASWE conference, St. Catherines, ON.

Goitom, M., Chalmers, D., & Oliver, B. (2014, May). Developing reflective/reflexive practice in social work field education: Curriculum that addresses and responds to "theoretical" and practice demands. Presented at the second annual Teaching in Focus: Education, Innovation and Transformation conference. York University, Toronto, ON.

Dell, C., Sauve, E., Chalmers, D., & Kirlin, N. (2013, November). Pawsitive support: Applying animal assisted therapy in the treatment of addictions. Presented at the Issues of Substance: From Knowledge to Know-how—Learn. Inspire. Change. National Conference (90 minute Open Forum Presentation). Ottawa, ON

Chalmers, D., Goitom, M., & Oliver, B. (2013, June). Reflexivity in field teaching and learning: Becoming critical practitioners. Paper presented at the annual CASWE conference, Victoria, BC.

Chalmers, D., Adams, C. & Leguillette, R. (2013, March). The human-horse interaction: Perceived mutuality as a core dimension of relationship, fulfillment and well-being. Paper presented at the Living with Animals conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.

Chalmers, D. (2011, June). The person-in-environment perspective (PIE): Envisioning a framework for considering wellbeing and the human, animal and ecosystem link. Paper presented at the annual CASWE conference, Fredericton, NB.

Chalmers, D. & Adams, C. (2010, July). Expanding the person-in-environment perspective: Animals and ecosystems as predictors and moderators of health and disease. Paper presented at the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO). Stockholm, Sweden.

Chalmers, D. & Adams, C. (2010, June). Exploring “family” within the human and animal relationship: A role for social work teaching, research and practice. Paper presented at the Annual CASWE Conference, Montreal, PQ.

Dell, C. & Chalmers, D. (November 2008). Horse as healer: An examination of equine-assisted learning (EAL) in the healing of First Nations youth from solvent abuse. Paper presented at the CPHR and SPHERU conference New Directions in Population Health Research: Linking Theory, Ethics and Practice. Regina, SK.

Watkinson, A.M. & Chalmers, D. (2004, May). Disability, professional unsuitability and the profession of Social Work: A case study. Paper presented at the Annual CASSW/CASWE Conference, Winnipeg, MB.

Select Poster Presentations:

Chalmers, D., Dell, C., Williamson, L., Rodgers, N., Husband, A., & Carey, B. (2019 November). Researchers training a service dog to learn about veterans’ experiences with problematic opioid use: A patient-oriented research approach. International Issues of Substance: Addiction Matters Conference. Ottawa, ON. (In Absentia).

Chalmers, D. & Dell, C. (2019 November). PAWSitive support: The development of a Canadian prison-based canine assisted learning program in response to Canada’s opioid crisis. International Issues of Substance: Addiction Matters Conference. Ottawa, ON. (In Absentia).

Dell, C. & Chalmers, D. (2019 November). Animal-assisted therapy in a Canadian Psychiatric Prison: Addressing problematic substance use and mental health. International Issues of Substance: Addiction Matters Conference. Ottawa, ON. (In Absentia).

Ebbesen, L., Kent-Wilkinson, A., Dell, C., & Chalmers, D., Hales, N. (2019 October). Unleashing animal-assisted intervention in federal corrections in Canada: A community-academic-corrections success story. The 16th Biennial Custody and Caring International Conference on the Nurse’s Role in the Criminal Justice System. Saskatoon, Sk.

Chalmers, D., Dell, C., Lapointe, M., Lohnes, C., & Dell, D. (2018 October). Audeamus service dog program: An evidence-based curriculum supporting the health and wellbeing of veterans. Canadian Institute of Military Veteran Health Research Forum, Regina, SK.

Dell, C., B. Rohr, &  Chalmers, D. (2016, September). Update: Social work practice and human-animal interaction survey: A Canadian prairie provinces study. International One Welfare Conference, Winnipeg, MB.

Dell, C. & Chalmers, D. (2008, June). Horse as healer: An examination of equine assisted learning (EAL) in the healing of First Nations youth from solvent abuse. Poster presented at the World Psychiatric Association Epidemiology & Public Health Section Meeting. Saskatoon, Sk.

Chalmers, D., Rohr, B., Dell, C., & Dowling, T. (2016, April). Social work practice and human-animal interaction survey: A Canadian prairie provinces study. Poster presented at the One Health Symposium. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sk.

Bokitch, A., Chalmers, D., Dell, C., Field, A., & Gillett, J. (2014, March). Treating drug addiction with animal-assisted therapy. Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse Workshop, Ottawa, On.

Kara Fletcher

Kara Fletcher is an Assistant Professor at the Saskatoon Campus and is also the Director of the Faculty’s Social Policy Research Centre. Kara’s research interests centre around couple and family therapy at the intersections of trauma, mental wellness and substance use and misuse. She also has an active research programme in the area of Medical Assistance in Dying, in particular the role of social workers in MAID, and advance requests in MAID.

Current Funded Research Projects

RBC Training fellowship, Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University  

  • COVID-19 and Frontline Healthcare Workers
  • Co-Investigator: Heather MacIntosh, McGill University

Advance Request Project Funded by Dying with Dignity Canada

  • Pilot project on advance requests for Medical Aid in Dying
  • Co-Investigators: Jessica Shaw, University of Calgary, Donna Goodridge, University of Saskatchewan, and Janine Brown University of Regina

Mitacs Globalink Program

  • Currently completing analysis on a study completed in 2019 on the impact of technology on romantic attachments

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Establishment Grant

  • Mental health and substance abuse treatment in a Saskatchewan context: Who accesses and benefits from treatment? Who is missing?
  • Co-Investigators: Colleen Dell, University of Saskatchewan, Heather MacIntosh, McGill University, Lachlan McWilliams, University of Saskatchewan, and Barry Duncan, Better Outcomes Now

Peer Reviewed Publications

MacIntosh, H., Fletcher, K. & Ainsworth, L. (2019) Measuring mentalizing in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples with childhood sexual abuse survivors and their partners, Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy.

Fletcher, K. & MacIntosh, H. (2018). Emotionally Focused Therapy in the context of addictions: A replicative case study. The Family Journal. 26:3, 330-340.

Fletcher, K. & MacIntosh, H. (2018). “It’s about us, you know?” Relapses in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy for addictions. Social Work Practice in the Addictions. 18:4, 364-388.  

MacIntosh, H., Fletcher, K. & Collin-Vézina, D. (2016). “I was like damaged, used goods”: Thematic Analysis of Disclosures of Childhood Sexual abuse to Romantic Partners. Marriage and Family Review. DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2016.1157117

MacIntosh, H., Fletcher, K. & Collin-Vézina, D. (2016). “As time went on, I just forgot about it”: Thematic analysis of spontaneous disclosures of recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 25(1) 56-72.

Fletcher, K., Nutton, J. & Brend, D. (2015). Attachment, a matter of substance: The potential of attachment theory in the treatment of addictions, Clinical Social Work Journal, 43, 109-117.

Fletcher, K. (2014). Couple therapy treatments for substance use disorders: A systematic review. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13(4).

Brend, D., Fletcher, K. & Nutton, J. (2013). With Laura: Attachment and the healing potential of substitute caregivers within cross-cultural child welfare practice. First Peoples Child & Family Review Journal, 7(2), 43-59.

Publications (Other)

Fletcher, K. (2020). “Love in the time of coronavirus: 5 tips for communicating with your partner while stuck at home.” The Conversation Canada.

Fletcher, K. (2017). “I was having an affair with drugs”. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy in the context of substance addictions, Psychologica.

Fletcher, K. (2016). Family-Behavioural Therapy Programs are Promising Interventions For Mothers with Concurrent Substance Abuse and Child Neglect Reports Under Child Protective Services. Research Watch - Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal.

Fletcher, K. (2016). Harsh Parenting and Family Conflict Elevate the Risk of Child Behavioural Problems in the Context of Maternal Substance Abuse Symptoms. Research Watch Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal.

Simpson, M., Fletcher, K. & De La Sablonniere-Griffin, M. (2016). False allegations of abuse and neglect. CWRP Information Sheet. Montreal, QC: McGill University, Centre for Research on Children and Families.

Amanda Gebhard (On Leave)

I am a white settler scholar in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina. I completed my PhD at the University of Toronto in 2015. My dissertation analyzed how taken for granted discourses about Indigenous peoples cited by educators (re)produce colonial subjectivities that lead to schooling exclusions and contact with the justice system.

Issues of social (in)justice and inequality are at the heart of my scholarship. I am interested in producing research that forms a counter-narrative to oppressive and constraining discourses that shape us both individually and socially. I anchor my projects in critical, feminist, anti-racist, and poststructural theories. I have utilized the methodologies of autoethnography and self- study, poststructural discourse analysis, community-based research, and appreciative inquiry.

My research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, and include: language and power, race and racism in education, the school/prison pipeline, whiteness and colonialism in the helping professions, consciousness-raising and critical literacy with young people, and anti-oppressive approaches to addressing violence. More recently, I have begun exploring disenfranchised grief and loss in infertility through feminist autoethnography.

My courses invite students to adopt a critical theoretical orientation to practice in social work and education. Courses taught in the Faculty of Social Work include: Critical and Transformative Social Work Practice; Critical Thinking, Critical Issues; Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice; Communication in Social Work; Research in the Human Services; and Feminist Social Work. I also lecture for the Faculty of Education, and have taught Anti-Racist and Multicultural Curriculum at the Master’s level and Pedagogy of Intersecting Anti-Racist Education at the undergraduate level, both through community-based programs at the Gabriel Dumont Society in Prince Albert. Prior to joining the Faculty of Social Work, I was a sessional lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan.

Recent Publications & Presentations

Gebhard, A., Mclean, S., & St. Denis, V. (Eds.) (2022). White Benevolence: Racism and Colonial Violence in the Helping Professions. Fernwood Press.

White Benevolence Book Launch: Available on Youtube

Gebhard, A., Novotna, G., Carter, H. & Oba, F. (2022). Racism plays a disappearing act: Discourses of denial in one university campaign in higher education. Whiteness in Education.

Gebhard, A. (Un)managing my Heart: A Feminist Autoethnography of Grief and Infertility.

Eighteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana Champaign, Ilinois, May 2022.

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Allen, W.S, Gebhard, A., & Pino, F. (2021). Navigating the Brick Wall: School Settlement Workers Respond to Exacerbated Inequities for Newcomer Students in COVID-19. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity and Practice. Special Edition: Pandemic Social Work: Practice, Education and Activism in the Time of COVID

Gebhard, A. (2020). Power Relations, Knowledge Productions, and Teaching Against Oppression on the Canadian Prairies: A Self-Study, Studying Teacher Education, 16(2), 204-221, DOI: 10.1080/17425964.2020.1742105

Gebhard, A. (2019). Discursive (re)productions of (im)possible students in the Canadian Prairies, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2018.1452714

Gebhard, A. (2018). ‘Let’s make a little drum’: Limitations and contradictory effects of cultural discourses in Indigenous education, Race Ethnicity and Education, DOI:10.1080/13613324.2017.1377172

Gebhard, A. (2017). Reconciliation or racialization? Contemporary discourses about residential schools in the Canadian Prairies, Canadian Journal of Education, 40(1).

Gebhard, A. (2013). Schools, prisons and Aboriginal youth: Making connections. Journal of Educational Controversy, 7(1).

Peer Reviewed Edited Books & Book Chapters

Gebhard, A., Mclean, S., & St. Denis, V. (Eds.) (2022). White Benevolence: Racism and Colonial Violence in the Helping Professions. Fernwood Press.

Gebhard, A., Mclean, S., & St. Denis, V. (2022).  Introduction, in White Benevolence: Racism and Colonial Violence in the Helping Professions. Fernwood Press.

Gebhard, A., Mclean, S., & St. Denis, V. (2022).  Conclusion, in White Benevolence: Racism and Colonial Violence in the Helping Professions. Fernwood Press.

Gebhard, A. (2022).  Policing Indigenous Students: The School/Prison Nexus in the Canadian Prairies, in White Benevolence: Racism and Colonial Violence in the Helping Professions. Fernwood Press.

Other Publications & Reports

Gebhard, A., Allen, W., & Pino, F. (2021). Final Research Report: Settlement Work in Schools During COVID-19. A report prepared for Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies.

Gebhard, A. (2020). Rethinking Pink Day: Ending the bullying catch-all. Our Schools, Our Selves: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Summer/Fall, 23–25

Gebhard, A. (2018). Review of “Schooltalk: Rethinking what we say about—and to—students every day”, by Mica Pollock. Canadian Journal of Education, 41(4), xi–xiv.

Gebhard, A. (2014). Talking about residential schools today: When good intentions fail. Briarpatch. July/August.

Gebhard, A. (2013). Connecting the hidden dots: An essay book review of Erica Meiner’s Right to Be Hostile: Schools, Prisons and the Making of Public Enemies. Journal of Educational Controversy, 7(1)

Gebhard, A., & Hopson, R.L. (2012). Let's talk about teacher race. Our Schools/Our Selves, 12(4), 125—136

Gebhard, A. (2012). Pipeline to prison: How schools shape a future of incarceration for Indigenous youth. Briarpatch. September/October

Conference Proceedings (past 5 years)

Gebhard, A., Allen, W.S., & Pino, F. School Settlement Work during COVID-19: A Community-Based Appreciative Inquiry. Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Edmonton, Alberta, June 2021

Pino, F., Allen, W.S., Gebhard, A. & Watson-Jones, P.G. Racialized Immigrants' Settlement During COVID-19 in the Prairies: Understanding the role of school settlement workers from a transnational feminist perspective. Canadian Association of Social Work Education Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Edmonton, Alberta, June 2021

Gebhard, A., Allen, W.S & Pino, F. Taking a critical turn in Appreciative Inquiry: Lessons learned and Insights Gained in Community-Based Research. Seventeenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana Champaign, Ilinois, May 2021

Gebhard, A., Allen, W., & Pino, F. “The issues we encounter are bigger than ourselves…But we are very determined:” School settlement work during COVID-19. 23rd Metropolis Canada Conference: Migrants, Migration and Mobility: COVID-19 Response and Recover, March 22, 2021

Allen, W., Gebhard, A. & Pino, F. Centering the Voices of Settlement Workers who Support Newcomer Youth in Schools: Critical Insights. Metropolis Canada Summit: The Economic and Social Impact of Covid-19 on Immigration, Integration and Settlement in Canada, November 2020.

Noubarian, A. & Gebhard, A. (October 2019). Critical Advising for Anti-Oppressive Practice. Advising Association of Saskatchewan Conference

Gebhard, A. (April 2019). Troubling Discourses on Race and Gender: A Self-Study. American Educational Research Association Conference, Toronto, ON

Gebhard, A. (May 2018). Anti-oppressive Practice and Slippery Subjectivities: A Self-Study. Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference, Regina, SK

Gebhard, A. (October 2017). Troubling Discourses on School Discipline in the Canadian Prairies: Nation Building and Schooling Exclusions. Canada 150 years…More or less Conference, Saskatoon, SK

Gebhard, A. (June 2017). “People see my school as the school where kids don’t succeed”: Teachers of Indigenous Students Negotiate Racializing Subjectivities. Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference, Toronto, ON

Gebhard, A. (June 2016). “I’m not quite sure that a lot of them are getting it”: Questioning Cultural Theories in Aboriginal Education. Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference, Calgary, AB

Bonnie Jeffery

Research interests
Income security and poverty; health policy; women and health; distance education issues in social work education; social policy issues for women and northern communities; quantitative and qualitative research design in the human services; Aboriginal health.


  • The Experience of Off-Campus Social Work Students: Implications for Delivery Models and Preparation for Practice: Bonnie Jeffery, Angela Leski and Ailsa Watkinson are conducting this project. A survey of off-campus social work students has been completed (n=212) and the preliminary analysis of findings prepared. Based on these findings, we developed questions for the three focus groups that took place in late April 2003 in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Yorkton.
  • First Nations Health Development: Tools for Assessment of Health and Social Service Program Impacts On Community Wellness and Capacity (2002): The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) & the provincial Health Services Utilization and Research Commission (HSURC) provided Dr. Jeffery with a $277,000 three-year study to work with First Nations health organizations to improve community-based health services for First Nations and northern communities.

    Work continues on this project in northern Saskatchewan.  The synthesis report of the literature is almost completed, program logic models are completed and the first phase of data collection with Health Directors in the First Nations communities and representatives from provincial communities in the Athabasca region are close to completion. Bonnie Jeffery is the Principal Investigator on this project that is funded from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institutes of Aboriginal Peoples Health & Population and Public Health), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Northern Medical Services (College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan).
  • Knowledge of Data Discovery and Data Mining as a Population Health Research Methodology, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Bonnie Jeffery is Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Robert Hilderman, Computer Science, University of Regina.
  • Strengthening and Building Sexual Health of Aboriginal Youth and Young Adults, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Bonnie Jeffery is Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Dr. Mary Hampton, University of Regina) on this project that is being conducted in Regina.
  • Role Quality and Health: Influences of Individual, Workplace and Community Social Supports: This research project was recently approved for funding from CIHR (Institutes of Gender and Health & Aboriginal Peoples Health). Bonnie Jeffery is Principal Investigator and team members include: Sylvia Abonyi (SPHERU-U of R); Bonnie Janzen (Community Health & Epidemiology-U of S); Ron Labonte (SPHERU-U of S); Michael Polanyi (SPHERU-U of R); Esther Sanderson (SIFC-Northern Campus); Allison Williams (SPHERU-U of S); Kay Willson (Prairie Womens Health Centre of Excellence); Judith Martin (Sask Labour); Gail Hartsook (Sask Social Services)

    This project will examine the health effects of the experience of different levels of individual, workplace, and community social supports that individuals experience in their social roles. The project will involve the collection of primary data through an in-depth qualitative study of women and men in the northeast region of DSS to examine the conditions under which role quality affects the health of women and men and how this differs by Aboriginal status. This project will focus on some key factors that are amongst the most powerful influences on individual well-being. Each one of these conditions implies different policy directions and the challenge is to assess which options would be the most influential in creating more equitable health outcomes, particularly on the basis of gender and Aboriginal status.
  • Determining Factors Toward Improving HIV/AIDS Support Structures in Northern Saskatchewan Aboriginal Communities: Sylvia Abonyi (SPHERU-U of R) is the Principal Investigator on this CIHR funded project which includes team members: Bonnie Jeffery, James Irvine, Donna Stockdale, Shirley Woods and 4 community representatives from Ile a la Crosse (Max Morin), Deschambault (Jane Ballantyne), Pinehouse (Cecile Caisse) and Canoe Lake (Norm Opekokew).
  • Evaluation of an Internet-Delivered Introductory Social Work Course: Funding was received from the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education (CAUCE) to assist with the evaluation of the first offering of SW 100 on-line ? researchers were Bonnie Jeffery, Mona Acker and Anne Caroll (MSW student). The report was completed in October 2002 and is posted online.
  • Developmental Program Evaluation - Sexual Health Centre (1999-2000): This research project will evaluate the Sexual Health Centre funded principally by the Regina Health District. The Centre is operated by Planned Parenthood Regina with the goals of
    1. enhancing the overall sexual health of young adults,
    2. lowering the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in this population and
    3. reducing the risk of teen pregnancy.

    The study will evaluate the ongoing prevention-intervention program operated through the Centre, where its clientele grew by about 50% from 1995 to 1997. The Centre's services are obviously being used by youth, but other evaluation data will be collected in order to: clarify ways in which the program is or is not meeting its stated objectives; evaluate the potential for such a program to impact the teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rate; assess client satisfaction with services, especially services involving transfer of medical function and special nursing procedures; and increase the understanding of the sexual health needs of young women and men.

    Expected completion date for this research project, funded by the Health Transition Fund of Health Canada, is August 2000.
  • Social Determinants of Self-Rated Health - The Interaction of Gender with Socio-Economic Status and Social Relationships in the Yukon (1998): This study, completed December 1998, addressed the social determinants of health with a specific focus on three factors in the social environment that either individually or collectively have an influence on health status: gender, socio-economic status (SES), and people's social relationships. The purpose of the study was to examine whether people's social relationships mediate the effects of SES on self-rated health and to assess whether these effects differ for women and men. The research questions were examined by formulating a theoretical model and evaluating the hypothesized relationships through the use of structural equation modeling. Analyses were conducted on data from Yukon residents who participated in the Territory's 1993 Health Promotion Survey.
Lise Milne

Research interests
Lise’s research interests include child and adolescent trauma, the neurobiological impacts of trauma, resilience-, trauma-, and violence-informed practices within child welfare organizations, responses to children exposed to intimate partner violence, Canadian child welfare data, and knowledge mobilization for child-serving organizations in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.

Lise Milne is an Associate Professor in the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work (Saskatoon campus) and the Child Trauma Research Centre Research Chair in Intervention and Prevention Approaches Supporting Child and Youth Health and Well-Being (2022-2025). Her current research projects relate to resilience-, trauma-, and violence-informed practices in child-serving organizations, Canadian child welfare data, knowledge mobilization (, the neurobiological impacts of trauma, and practice and policy responses to intimate partner violence. Prior to her appointment, Lise was a Lecturer at the University of Regina in 2017, where for six months she acted as the Field Education Coordinator. She has taught for the past 11 years at graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Regina, McGill University, and Concordia University in Montreal. Her teaching areas include Advanced Practice with Children and Youth, Child Welfare, Quantitative Research Methods, Ethics, Critical Issues/Critical Thought, Youth Justice, and Student Practicum. For 10 years she worked at the McGill University Centre for Research on Children and Families on several university-community partnership projects and was the coordinator for the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal (

Lise has 15 years of experience in child welfare in both Manitoba and Quebec as a child welfare worker, supervisor, and trainer. She is a board member for the Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre and is a member of the RESOLVE Saskatchewan Steering Committee and Saskatchewan Academic Representative for the RESOLVE Regional Council. Lise is a faculty associate with the University of Regina Child Trauma Research Centre, a full faculty member at the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families, and does work for the Canadian Child Welfare Information System within the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Current Research Projects

2022-25 / $119,958

Principal Investigator

SHRF Establishment Grant: Exploring the optimal conditions for implementing a trauma-focused prenatal group program in Saskatchewan: Interrupting the intergenerational cycle of trauma.

2022-28 / $2,390,000

Co-Investigator (Saskatchewan Early Career Mentor)

CIHR Training Grant: Alliance against Violence and Adversity (AVA): Health and Social Services Research Training Platform for System and Population Transformations in Girls’ and Women’s Health.

2020-27 / $2,500,000


SSHRC Partnership Grant: Canadian Consortium on Child and Youth Trauma (CCCYT).

2020-22 / $54,452

Principal Investigator                                     

SSHRC Insight Development Grant: Supporting workers to build resilience in trauma-impacted children: A Saskatchewan pilot study in a residential program.

2020-22 / $21,466

Principal Investigator                                                                                                     

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant:  Foundation-building for a trauma-informed approach to improving the well-being of adolescents and workers in group care contexts.

2022 / $20,000

Principal Investigator

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship: Promoting long-term health and resilience of infants and their caregivers: Applying neuroscience to interventions that optimize pre- and postnatal brain development.

2021-22 / $7,500


SHRF Research Connections Grant: Drawing together neuroscience and Play, Art, and Narrative (PAN): Co-creating a resilience-enhancement toolkit for children in vulnerable contexts.

2020-21 / $47,342

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                                                          

CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity in Mental Health and Substance Use: Translating knowledge for child welfare organizations across the Canadian Prairies: Managing the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health of children, families, and workers.

2020-21 / $10,000

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                                                          

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Research Connections COVID-19 Rapid Response Program: Creating a Digital Connections Hub to support children in care in Saskatchewan during COVID-19 and beyond.

2020-22 / $74,935


SSHRC Insight Development Grant: Stories to tell: A pilot podcast project for youth with lived experience of crystal meth use in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

2017-23 / $155,193


SSHRC Insight Grant: In search of promising approaches: Canadian Child Protection Services responses to cases of intimate partner violence (IPV).

2019-21 / $9,675

Principal Investigator (2 grants)                                                                                                

1-SSHRC/University of Regina President’s Fund Research Seed Grant ($4,975)

2-McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families RBC Training Fellowship ($4,700): Determining the supports needed for group home workers to provide trauma-informed care to children and adolescents.

2019-21 / $5,000

Principal Investigator                                                                                                     

McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families Seed Grant: Implementing and testing the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics in a group care facility.

2018-20 / $8,000

Principal Investigator (Co-)                                                                                                          

University of Regina - Distributed Distance Learning: Evaluating learning for Social Work and Justice Studies practicum seminars.

2019-20 / $50,000


SSHRC Connection Grant: A one-year series of outreach activities on childhood complex trauma: Developing a cohesive intersectoral approach to trauma-informed child and youth services.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Milne, L., Collin-Vézina, D., & Wekerle, C. (2021). Diverse trauma profiles of youth in group care settings: A cluster analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect, 120, 105221.

Akesson, B., Milne, L., Canavera, M., Meyer, E., & Reinke, C. (2021). Changing public perceptions and supporting improved working conditions for the social service workforce: Expert perspectives from a global Delphi study. International Journal of Social Welfare.

Collin-Vézina D. & Milne, L. (2019). Child sexual abuse: An overview. MacMillan, H. (topic ed.). In: Tremblay, R. E., Boivin, M., Peters, R. DeV., (eds.). Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development.

Milne, L. & Collin-Vézina, D. (2018). Évaluation des traumas. In T. Milot, D. Collin-Vézina, & N. Godbout, Le trauma complexe: Comprendre, évaluer et intervenir. Collection D’enfance (R. Tessier, G.M. Tarabulsy, J.-P. Lemelin, Eds.). Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Collin-Vézina, D., DeSablonnière-Griffin, M., Palmer, A., & Milne, L. (2015). A Preliminary mapping of individual, relational, and social factors that impede disclosure of childhood sexual abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 43, 123-134.

Milne, L. & Collin-Vézina, D. (2015). Assessment of children and youth in child protective services out-of-home care: An overview of trauma measures. Psychology of Violence, 5, 122-132.

Milne, L., & Collin-Vézina D. (2014). Sexual abuse disclosure among youth in residential treatment care: A multi-informant comparison. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 23, 398-417.

Collin-Vézina, D. & Milne, L. (2014). Adolescents en centre de réadaptation: Évaluation du trauma. Criminologie, 47, 213-245. *Jury special mention for contribution to services for adolescents.

Trocmé, N., Milne, L., Esposito, T., Laurendeau, C., & Gervais, M.-J. (2014). Supporting evidence- based management in child welfare: A Canadian university-agency collaboration. In A. Shlonsky & R. Benbenishty (Eds.) From Evidence to Outcomes in Child Welfare: An International Reader. Oxford University Press, 171-188.

Milot, T., Collin-Vézina, D. & Milne, L. (2013). Coup d’œil sur les traumatismes complexes.'oeil_sur_le_traumatisme_complexe.aspx

Collin-Vézina D. & Milne, L. (2012). Child sexual abuse: An overview. MacMillan, H. (topic ed.). In: Tremblay, R. E., Boivin, M., Peters, R. DeV., (eds.). Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development; 2012:1-6.

Collin-Vézina, D., Coleman, K., Milne, L., Sell, J., & Daigneault, I. (2011). Trauma experiences, maltreatment-related impairments, and resilience among child welfare youth in residential care. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 9, 577-589.

Milne, L. & Trocmé, N. (2010). Premières leçons tirées de trois initiatives de mobilisation des connaissances.  Association des Centres Jeunesse de Montreal. D. Lafortune, M. Cousineau & C. Tremblay (Eds.). Pratiques innovantes auprés des jeunes en difficulté. Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal.

Trocmé, N., Esposito, T. Laurendeau, C. Thomson, W., & Milne, L. (2009). Knowledge Mobilization in Child Welfare. Criminologie, 42, 33-59.

Nuelle Novik

Research interests
Aging; Rural and Remote Social Work and Health Care; Mental Health; Death and Dying; Palliative Care; Social Work Counselling and Therapy; Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice; Community Engagement and Community-Based Research.


  • Food Bank Utilization by Community-Dwelling Seniors in an Urban Setting – July 2012 (Ongoing) - Novik – Primary Investigator: This SSHRC funded community-based project is based upon collaboration between the researcher, The Regina Food Bank, REACH (Regina Education and Action on Childhood Hunger, and North Central Community Association. This pilot project will interview seniors from the City of Regina in order to determine how they are currently meeting their food security needs, and what formal and informal supports and programs they are currently accessing in order to do so.
  • REACH:  Establishing Outcome Evaluations - 2011/2012 – Novik – Primary Investigator:  Through support from the United Way, REACH provided funds for this project.  The focus of this project included the review and development of outcomes to measure through a collaborative process with REACH staff, partners and stakeholders, as well as the development of an evaluation process that REACH staff and volunteers can perform on an annual basis.
  • Completing the Circle:  End of Life Care with Aboriginal Families – 2011/2012 – Novik – Co-applicant:  The primary investigator for this project was Dr. Mary Hampton from the University of Regina.  Funding for this project was secured from a CIHR KT Supplement Grant.
  • The Cost of Food Security in Regina: A Community-Based Research Project – 2010 – Novik – Primary Investigator: This community based project was jointly funded by the Food Banks of SK and Regina Food Bank. The project itself was a collaborative effort between the     Social Policy Research Unit, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina; the Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina; and Regina Food Bank, Regina, SK.
  • Role of Social Systems in the Health of Seniors Living in Rural Saskatchewan – Pilot Project – 2009-2011 – Novik – Co-Principal Investigator: This project was funded through the CIHR and the CCHSA.  The primary investigator of this project was Dr. Bonnie Jeffery, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina.
  • An Outcome Evaluation of Internet Cognitive Behavior Therapy (I-CBT) Training for Students and Mental Health Service Providers – 2010 (Ongoing) – Novik – Collaborator:  The primary investigator of this project is Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, University of Regina.  Funding for this project came from CIHR and SHRF.
  • Pain and Palliative Care with seniors in Northern Canada – 2007 – Novik – Research Assistant: Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  Nuelle Novik worked with Dr. Michael MacLean on this research project and conducted interviews throughout the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Subjective well being and Northern Canadian social workers – 2006 – Novik – Collaborator: This project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  The Principal Investigator on this project was Dr. John Graham, University of Calgary.


Refereed Journal Articles

Novik, N. (2012). The role of social work in palliative care: A comparison across Canada’s three northern territories. [Special Issue]. Journal of Comparative Social Work, 2012/1, ISSN: 0809-9936. 

Novik, N. (2012). Opinion: Issues facing social work education in the Canadian Arctic. [Special Issue]. Journal of Comparative Social Work, 2012/1, ISSN: 0809-9936.

Graham, J.R., Fukudo, E., Shier, M.L., Kline, T.B.J., Brownlee, K., & Novik, N. (2012).  Demographic, work-related, and life satisfaction predictors of Northern social workers’ satisfaction with work and profession. International Social Work.  January 19, 2012, doi: 10.1177/0020872811429953   


Refereed Chapters in Books

Novik, N. (2012).  The quality of life of elderly Ukrainian immigrant women in Saskatchewan.  In Leipert, B.D, Leach, B. & Thurston, W.  Rural women’s health.  Toronto, ON:  University of Toronto Press. 

Jeffery, B., Bacsu, J., Martz, D., Abonyi, S., & Novik, N. (2011). Rural seniors. In Michalos, A.C. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life research, Springer Publishing.

Novik, N., & MacLean, M.  (2011).  Pain and palliative care with seniors in Canada’s Northern Territories, In Kulig, J.C. & Williams, A. (Ed.).  Health in rural Canada.  Vancouver, BC:  UBC Press.

Novik, N.  (2010).  An exploration of the factors impacting upon elderly Ukrainian immigrant women, In Durst, D. & MacLean, M (Ed.).  Diversity and aging among immigrant seniors in Canada, (pp. 363-386).  Calgary, AB:  Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

MacLean, M., Novik, N., Ram, K, & Schmidt, A. (2010). End-of-life care for immigrant seniors,Diversity and aging among immigrant seniors in Canada, In Durst, D. & MacLean, M.  (Ed.). Diversity and aging among immigrant seniors in Canada, (pp. 169-186).  Calgary, AB:  Detselig Enterprises Ltd. 

Michele Sorensen
Michele Sorensen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina. Social work practice with and for indigenous populations is of prime importance to her and in this regard her research focuses on curriculum and pedagogy of social work, role of the professional associate in practicum experience, and benefits of community opportunities for engaging youth in the game of tennis. She uses new materialist philosophies to access diffractive research methods that focus on aesthetic experiences of embodied practices for generating difference and for augmenting feelings of capacity for reconstructing one's sense of self in ways not aligned with binary thinking or easy polemics.
Gabriela Novotna

Research interests
Substance use and misuse; Concurrent disorders; Gambling; Harm reduction; Implementation science; Knowledge translation; Institutional theory

Dr. Gabriela Novotna is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina and a Researcher with Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit [SPHERU]. Her research focuses on informing clinical, organizational, and policy interventions for the issues related to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, stimulant use,  gambling,  and concurrent disorders. Her research interests include studies on the uptake of research findings into health and social services, including policy and community-university knowledge development and exchange. She is interested in advancing scholarship, and critical analysis of what constitutes “evidence”, in evidence-informed decision making using institutional theory of organizations.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, McMaster University
  • Ph.D. (Social Work), Wilfrid Laurier University
  • H. Humphrey Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University
  • Master of Social Work, Comenius University
  • Bachelor of Andragogy, Comenius University
Fritz Pino

Research interests
Queer and trans philosophies and theories; racialized LGBTQ immigrant communities; intersections of aging, sexuality, and spirituality; transnational feminist epistemologies; decolonial approaches to social work research; migration, diaspora, and international social work practice.

Dr. Pino’s research focuses on the lives and experiences of historically marginalized communities, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ, racialized immigrant, and older adult. She is interested in examining how they navigate the complexities and contradictions of everyday life in the margins as reflected through their bodily performances, affect and emotions, and personal desires. Theoretically, her work is informed by critical intersectionality approaches, particularly from a queer diasporic lens, which pays significant attention to the impact of transnational migration, nation-state of belonging, and normative discourses. Methodologically, she engages in decolonial qualitative research approaches to bring out the cultural nuances that historically marginalized groups embody and use to resist forms of colonialisms and neoliberalisms, structural violence, and normalcy. Her work aims to create culturally-grounded interventions and approaches by centering the cultural knowledge and practices of marginalized groups and communities.

Dr. Pino completed a PhD in Social Justice Education and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto. Born and raised in Cebu, Philippines, she completed a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of San Jose Recoletos, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology (summa cum laude) at Southwestern University. Her PhD dissertation focuses on the lives and intimacies of older Filipino gay men in Canada.

Peer Reviewed Publications:


Diaz, R., Largo, M., Pino, F.L. (Eds.). (2017). Diasporic intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian imaginaries. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

Book Chapters:

Pino, F. (2022). Re-imagining social work resistance through the resistance of the below: Knowledge, bodies, and solidarities. In D. Baines, N. Clark, & B. Bennett (Eds.), Doing anti-oppressive social work: Rethinking theory and practice (4th ed). Fernwood Publishing.

Pino, F. (2022). Queer and trans theory: Understanding "gender passing" among Filipino trans women. In S.S. Shaikh, B.A.M. LeFrançois, & T. Macías (Eds.), Critical social work praxis. (pp 413-423). Halifax & Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.

Pino, F.L. (2021). Torn apart: Racialized feelings and the ethics of doing research with one’s own community. In R.A. Torres, & D. Nyaga (Eds.), Critical research methodologies: Ethics and responsibilities. (pp 33-43). PA Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publisher, Studies in Critical Social Sciences Series.

Pino, F.L. (2019). Emotional contradictions: Queer Filipinos’ religious and spiritual engagements in the diaspora. In N. Wane, R.A. Torres, & D. Nyaga (Eds.), Transversing and translocating spiritualities: Epistemological and pedagogical conversations (pp.149-159). Ontario, Canada: Nsemia Inc. Publishers.

Pino, F.L. (2017). Older Filipino gay men in Canada: Bridging queer theory and gerontology in Filipino-Canadian studies. In R. Diaz, M. Largo, & F. Pino (Eds.), Diasporic intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian imaginaries (163-181). Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

Ocampo, M., & Pino, F.L. (2014). An anti-racist and anti-oppression framework in mental health             practice. In R. Moodley & M. Ocampo (Eds.), Critical psychiatry and mental health: Exploring the work of Suman Fernando in clinical practice (145-155). London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Journal Articles:

Allen, W.S., Gebhard, A., & Pino. F. (2021). Navigating the brick wall: School settlement workers’ responses to exacerbated inequities for newcomer students in COVID-19 Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work, Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice. Special Edition: Pandemic Social Work, Practice, Education and Activism in Time of COVID, 9(1), 55-74.

Coloma, R. S. & Pino, F. L. (2016). “There’s hardly anything left”: Poverty and the economic insecurity of elderly Filipinos in Toronto. Canadian Ethnic Studies 48(2), 71-97. 

Pino, F.L. (2014). Neoliberal happiness: Overseas Filipino workers and Coca-Cola’s Christmas commercial. Transnational Social Review, 4(2-3), 299-302.

Bejan, R., & Pino, F.L. (2014). Intersecting identities, marginalization processes, and multiculturalism: A commentary on the 6th annual ethnic and pluralism studies graduate research conference. McGill Sociological Review, 4, 127-133.

Miguel Sanchez

Research interests
Social policy; child poverty; traumatized populations, family violence, minorities, and international social work education.

In 2003, Miguel Sanchez presented a paper regarding the physical and  psychological effects of political torture on the adaptation process of immigrants at the Sixth Metropolis Conference in Edmonton. He also presented a paper at the 1st International Conference on Family Violence and Women Participation in Santiago, Chile. This conference was organized by the Department of Social Work of the Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana (UTEM), the Free University of Belgium, and Chilean Women's Secretariat. Miguel's presentation was related to social policy and its impact on women experiencing violence. While in Chile, Miguel conducted research on how Chilean schools of social work view international social work

The Faculty of Social Work is interested in developing international linkages with Latin American schools of Social Work. Miguel is part of a team exploring the possibility of academic and student exchange and in collaborating in joint graduate programs with universities in Chile and Mexico.

On February 27-29, 2004 Miguel attended the 1st Trilateral (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) North American Meeting on Peace and Security that took place at the Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico. While in Mexico, Miguel visited the National School of Social Work at the Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.

Andrew Eaton

Research interests
Community-Based Participatory Research; HIV/AIDS & Other STBBIs; Aging & the Lifecourse; Sexuality; Relationships

Andrew D. Eaton is an Assistant Professor at the Saskatoon Campus. He completed his PhD and MSW at the University of Toronto, and his BSW at Toronto Metropolitan University. As principal investigator, Dr. Eaton holds grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN), and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). His research interests centre around the development, testing, and implementation of interventions regarding aging, sexuality, and mental health. He is specifically focused on addressing complexities of living and aging with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Eaton utilizes community-based participatory research. He also has been involved in research with LGBTQ+ youth and pedagogical social work research.


Peer Reviewed Publications:

Eaton, A. D., Hui, J., Muchenje, M., Murzin, K., Chan Carusone, S., Ibáñez-Carrasco, F., Novik, N., McCullagh, J. W., Nicolay, S., & Walmsley, S. L. (in press). Adapting cognitive remediation group therapy as an online or hybrid intervention for people aging with HIV and cognitive concerns: Focus group protocol. International Journal of Qualitative Methods.

Eaton, A. D., Chan Carusone, S., Murzin, K., McCullagh, J. W., & Walmsley, S. L. (in press). Cognitive screening considerations for psychosocial clinical trials in HIV, aging, and cognition. Clinical Trials.

Eaton, A. D., Fang, L., & Pang, N. (2022). The state of doctoral social work education in Canada. Social Work Education: The International Journal.

Alessi, E. J., Cheung, S., Sarna, V., Dentato, M. P., Eaton, A. D., & Craig, S. L. (2022). Experiences of COVID-19 pandemic-related stress among sexual and gender minority emerging adult migrants in the United States. Stress & Health.

Zamorano-Martínez, L. A., Lozano-Verduzco, I., Mendoza-Pérez, J. C., Eaton, A. D., & Craig, S. L. (2022). Between the precariousness of rights and the production of political subjectivity in experiences of trans youth in Mexico. Debate Feminista, 65.

Craig, S. L., Eaton, A. D., McInroy, L. B., Lozano-Verduzco, I., Austin, A., Dentato, M. P., Mendoza Pérez, J. C., & McDermott, D. T. (2022). Building bridges and breaking down silos: A framework for developing interdisciplinary academic – community research collaborations for the benefit of sexual and gender minority youth. Psychology& Sexuality.

Alessi, E. J., Cheung, S. P., Dentato, M. P., Eaton, A. D., & Craig, S. L. (2022). A qualitative exploration of information and communication technology use among LGBTQ+ emerging adult migrants before and after arrival in the United States. Emerging Adulthood.

Austin, A., Dentato, M. P., Holzworth, J., Ast, R., Verdino, A. P., Alessi, E. J., Eaton, A. D., & Craig, S. L. (2022). Artistic expression as a source of resilience for transgender and gender diverse young people. Journal of LGBT Youth.

Lozano-Verduzco, I., Zamorano Martínez, L., Mendoza-Pérez, J. C., Craig, S. L., & Eaton, A. D. (2022). Emotions, agency, and materiality: Embodiment of homophobic discrimination against Mexican LGBTQ+ youth. Journal of Homosexuality.

Eaton, A. D., Craig, S. L., Rourke, S. B., Sota, T., McCullagh, J. W., Fallon, B. A., & Walmsley, S. L. (2021). Cognitive remediation group therapy for people aging with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder: Randomized, controlled trial. Social Work with Groups.

Eaton, A. D., Chan Carusone, S., Ceranto, A., Craig, S. L., Busch, A., & McCullagh, J. W. (2021). Training peers to ease hospital discharge: A community-clinical partnership in complex HIV care. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 15(2), 225-260.

Eaton, A. D. (2021). Community engagement in Canadian health and social science research: Field reports on four studies. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 6(2), 118-134.

Craig, S. L., Eaton, A.D., Leung, V. W. Y., Iacono, G., Pang, N., Dillon, F., Austin, A., Pascoe, R., & Dobinson, C. (2021). Efficacy of affirmative cognitive behavioural group therapy for sexual and gender minority adolescents and young adults in community settings in Ontario, Canada. BMC Psychology, 9.

Craig, S. L., Eaton, A. D., Kirkland, A., Egag, E., Pascoe, R., King, K., & Krishnan, S. (2021). Towards an integrative self: A digital photo elicitation study of resilience among key marginalized populations of sexual and gender minority youth. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 16(1), 1-16.

Liboro, R. M., Ranuschio, B., Bell, S., Yates, T. C., Barnes, L., Fehr, C., Da Silva, G., Despres, J., Ibañez-Carrasco, F., Eaton, A. D., Sedere, A., Puno, T., Shuper, P. A., & Ross, L. E. (2021). Mitigating risks and building resilience to HIV/AIDS: Perspectives of HIV-negative, middle-aged and older men who have sex with men. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 7(2), 129-144.

McInroy, L. B., Beaujolais, B., Craig, S. L., & Eaton, A. D.(2021). The self-identification, LGBTQ+ identity development, and attraction and behavior of asexual youth: Implications for sexual health and internet-based service provision. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Craig, S. L., Eaton, A. D., McInroy, L. B., & Leung, V. W. Y. (2021). Can social media participation enhance LGBTQ+ youth wellbeing? Development of the social media benefits scale. Social Media + Society, 7(1).

Craig, S. L., Gardiner, T., Eaton, A. D., Pang, N., & Kourgiantakis, T. (2021). Practicing Alliance: An experiential model of teaching diversity and inclusion in social work. Social Work Education: The International Journal.

Craig, S. L., McInroy, L. B., Goulden, A., & Eaton,. A. D. (2021). Engaging the senses in qualitative research via multimodal coding: Triangulating transcript, audio, and video data in a study with sexual and gender minority youth. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 20.

Craig, S. L., Eaton, A. D., Pascoe, R., Egag, E., McInroy, L. B., Fang, L., Austin, A., & Dentato, M. P. (2020). QueerVIEW: Protocol for a technology-mediated qualitative photo elicitation study with sexual and gender minority youth in Ontario, Canada. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(11).

Craig, S. L., McInroy, L. B., & Eaton, A. D. (2020). Describing a clinical group coding method for identifying competencies in an allied health single session. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 2020(13), 1133-1142.

Craig, S. L., Iacono, G., Austin, A., Eaton, A. D., Pang, N., Leung, V. W. Y., & Frey, C. J. (2020). The role of facilitator training in intervention delivery: Preparing clinicians to deliver AFFIRMative group cognitive behavioral therapy to sexual and gender minority youth. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 33(1), 56-77.

McInroy, L. B., Beaujolais, B., Leung, V. W. Y., Craig, S. L., Eaton, A. D., & Austin, A. (2020). Comparing asexual and non-asexual sexual minority adolescents and young adults: Stressors, suicidality and mental and behavioural health risk outcomes. Psychology & Sexuality.

Craig, S. L., McInroy, L. B., Goulden, A., Eaton, A. D., Kourgiantakis, T., Bogo, M., Adamson, K., Iacono, G., Gagliardi, L., Krasovec, T., & Small, M. (2020). The health social work competency rating scale: Development of a tool for education and practice. Social Work Education: The International Journal.

Craig, S. L., Austin, A., Levenson, J., Leung, V. W. Y., Eaton, A. D., & D’Souza, S. (2020). Frequencies and patterns of adverse childhood events in LGBTQ+ youth. Child Abuse & Neglect, 107.

Craig, S. L., Eaton, A. D., Belitzky, M., Kates, L. E., Dimitropoulos, G., & Tobin, J. (2020). Empowering the team: A social work model of interprofessional collaboration in hospitals. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice,19.

Wagaman, M. A., Watts, K. J., Lamneck, V., D’Souza, S. A., McInroy, L. B., Eaton, A. D., & Craig, S. L. (2020). Managing stressors online and offline: LGBTQ+ youth in the Southern United States. Children and Youth Services Review, 110.

Eaton, A. D., Walmsley, S. L., Craig, S. L., Rourke, S. B., Sota, T., McCullagh, J. W., & Fallon, B. A. (2019). Protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial evaluating feasibility and acceptability of cognitive remediation group therapy compared with mutual aid group therapy for people ageing with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) in Toronto, Canada. BMJ Open, 9.

Craig, S. L., Eaton, A. D., McInroy, L. B., D’Souza, S. A., Krishnan, S., Wells, G. A., Twum-Siaw, L., & Leung, V. W. Y. (2019). Navigating negativity: A grounded theory and integrative mixed methods investigation of how sexual and gender minority youth cope with negative comments online. Psychology and Sexuality, 11(3), 161-179.

Eaton, A. D., Katz, E., McKee, E., & Russell, D. (2019). Connecting MSW students to community-based practicum: Feasibility and acceptability of panel presentations. Journal of Social Work Education, 56(3), 548-559.

Eaton, A. D. (2019). Filmed simulation to train peer researchers in community-based participatory research. Social Work Research, 43(3), 195-199.

McInroy, L. B., McCloskey, R. J., Craig, S. L., & Eaton, A. D. (2019). LGBTQ+ youths’ community engagement and resource seeking online versus offline. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 37(4), 315-333.

Eaton, A. D., Chan Carusone, S., Craig, S. L., Telegdi, E., McCullagh, J. W., McClure, D., Wilson, W., Zuniga, L., Berney, K., Ginocchio, G. F., Wells, G. A., Montess, M., Busch, A., Boyce, N., Strike, C., & Stewart, A. (2019). The ART of conversation: Feasibility and acceptability of a pilot peer intervention to help complex HIV-positive people transition from hospital to community. BMJ Open, 9(3).

Craig, S. L., McInroy, L. B., Eaton, A. D., Iacono, G., Leung, V. W. Y., Austin, A., & Dobinson, C. (2019). An affirmative coping skills intervention to improve the mental and sexual health of sexual and gender minority youth (Project Youth AFFIRM): Protocol for an implementation study. JMIR Research Protocols, 8(6), e13462.

Liboro, R. M., Rourke, S. B., Ibáñez-Carrasco, F., Eaton, A. D., Pugh, D., Medina, C., Rae, A., Shuper, P. A., & Ross, L. E. (2019). Strategies employed by community-based service providers to address HIV-associated neurocognitive challenges: A qualitative study. Journal of the International Association of Providers in AIDS Care, 18.

Eaton, A. D., Tsang, A. K. T., Craig, S. L., & Ginocchio, G. F. (2018). Peer researchers in post-professional healthcare: A glimpse at motivations and partial objectivity as opportunities for action researchers. Action Research, 17(4), 591-609.

Eaton, A. D., Ibáñez-Carrasco, F., Craig, S. L., Chan Carusone, S., Montess, M. Wells, G. A., & Ginocchio, G. F. (2018). A blended learning curriculum for training peer researchers to conduct community-based participatory research. Action Learning: Research and Practice, 15(2), 139-150.

Liboro, R. M., Ibáñez-Carrasco, F., Rourke, S. B., Eaton, A. D., Medina, C., Pugh, D., Rae, A., Ross, L. E., & Shuper, P. A. (2018). Barriers to addressing HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND): Community-based service provider perspectives. Journal of HIV & Social Services, 17(3), 209-223.

Eaton, A. D., Cattaneo, J. S., Watchorn, J. M., Bilbao-Joseph, C., Bowler, S., Hazelton, M., Myslik, J., Ross, A., & Chambers, L. (2017). From serodiscordant to magnetic: The feasibility and acceptability of a pilot psychoeducational group intervention designed to improve relationship quality. Social Work with Groups, 41(4), 323-335.

Craig, S. L., McInroy, L. B., D’Souza, S., Austin, A., McCready, L. T., Eaton, A. D., Shade, L. R., & Wagaman, M. A. (2017). Project #queery: The influence of information and communication technologies on the resilience and coping of sexual and gender minority youth in the United States and Canada. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(9):e189.

Eaton, A. D., Craig, S. L., & Wallace, R. (2017). The intersecting cognitive and aging needs of HIV-positive older adults: Implications for social work practice. Social Work in Health Care, 56(8), 733-747.

Festus Moasun

Peer reviewed Publications:

Mfoafo-M’Carthy, M., Moasun, F., Novotna, G., & Christensen, D. (2021). The typologies of mental health, addiction, and problem gambling systems integration in Ontario. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.

Cait, C., Gokani, R., Ewan, A. R., Moasun, F., Razbani-Tehrani, A., Scarborough, J., Smith, S. & Woodstock, J. (2021). Epistemology and arts-based pedagogy: Pictures from a doctoral classroom. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 41 (2), 103–116.  

Moasun, F. Y. & Mfoafo-M’Carthy, M. (2020). The power of the tongue: Inherent labeling of persons with disabilities in proverbs of the Akan people of Ghana. Qualitative Social Work.

Moasun, F. (2018). When ethical requirements become a bane on qualitative inquiry in third world countries: Reflecting on studying ‘sensitive’ topics as a Ghanaian student in Canada. Qualitative Inquiry in Social Work, 1(1), pp 26-28.

Sottie, C. A., Mfoafo-M’Carthy, M., & Moasun, F. (2018). Graduate social work students’ perceptions and attitude toward mental illness: Implications for practice in developing countries, Social Work in Mental Health.

Moasun, F. Y. & Sottie, A. C. (2014). Growing up with disabilities in Ghana: Experiences and perspectives. Ghana Social Science Journal, 11 (1) pp. 53-77.


Kloss, A. M. (Host). (2021, Mar. 19). International Research Ethics: Dancing on a moving carpet. Center for Research on Practices. Available at:

Takhmina Shokirova

Research interests
Takhmina’s research interests are connected to the topics of migration and forced displacement, child welfare, violence against women, gender equity and international social work. Her current research projects are primarily focused on the experiences of international students in Canada, and the transformation of gender relations in the context of labour migration from Tajikistan to Russia. Takhmina situates her research in transnational feminism, intersectionality, anti-oppressive, and post-structural theoretical approaches.

Takhmina is based in Saskatoon Campus. Before joining the University of Regina in July 2021, Takhmina worked as a part-time contract faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University, teaching courses about transnational social work, international development, international human rights, children’s rights, globalization, and qualitative research methods and analysis.

Takhmina completed her PhD at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2021. For her PhD dissertation, she explored how gender relations change among Tajik migrant workers in Russia. Takhmina is a qualitative researcher and engages with narrative, ethnographic, and PAR research traditions.  

Takhmina was born and raised in Tajikistan. Before her academic life, she was involved in program development and delivery. She worked for a number of international NGOs in various professional capacities, primarily in the areas of juvenile justice, children’s rights, youth, women’s rights, and human rights.

In both her academic and professional practice, Takhmina adopts the principles of collegiality, collaboration, and participation  stemming from her personal values of social justice, respect for people, equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Shokirova, T., Brunner, L., Karki, K., Coustere, C., Valizadeh, N. (2022). Confronting and Reimagining the Orientation of International Graduate Students: A Collaborative Autoethnography Approach. Journal of Teaching and Learning. Vol. 16, No. 2. pp.5–27

Shokirova, T. (2022). Familial Tensions: Morphing Gender Relations of Power Among Tajik Migrant Workers in Russia. Affilia.

Suarez, E. B., Logie, C., Arocha, J. F., Sanchez, H., & Shokirova, T. (2021). Contesting everyday violence: Resilience pathways of gay and transgender youth in Peru. Global Public Health16(5), 706–728.

Conference Proceedings and other Knowledge Mobilization Events (past 2 years)

Shokirova, T. How do you dance? A video story prepared for the Under the Tent multimedia storytelling project that explores how individuals experience a sense of belonging or not belonging under the tent of Canadian multiculturalism. CERC in Migration and Integration. Toronto Metropolitan University.

Shokirova, T. A Pioneer Scarf. Online museum exhibition: “The Soviet Central Asia in 100 Objects”, University of Oxford. Story is available at:

Brunner, L., Shokirova, T., Karki, K., Valizadeh, N., Coustere, C. (May, 2022). University Orientation or Newcomer Integration? A Collaborative Autoethnography of International Student Settlement in Canada. Annual Conference of the Canadian Sociological Association.

Coustere, C., Brunner, L., Shokirova, T., Karki, K., Valizadeh, N. (May, 2022). International Graduate Students as a Source of Labour in Canada. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of High Education.

Brunner, L., Shokirova, T., Valizadeh, N., Coustere, C., Karki, K. (November 2021). Reimagining the Orientation of International Students in Canadian Universities. Pathway to Prosperity National Conference: Post-COVID Strategies to Address Enduring Challenges in the Settlement and Integration of Newcomers in Canada.


  • PhD in Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
  • MA in Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • MA in International Law and Human Rights, University for Peace, Costa Rica
  • BA in International Relations, Russian Tajik Slavonic University, Tajikistan

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