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Who We Are


Acting Director - Dr. Gabriela Novotna

Director – Dr. Kara Fletcher (on maternity leave)

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.


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.)

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. 



Research Adminstrator – 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.





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.



Read about our Research Associates and their current research!