Research Opportunities

From time to time, the College posts links to research projects which may be of interest to members. Members may wish to consider these opportunities as part of their Continuing Competence Program (CCP).

In order to be included on this page, research must:

  • Be directly related to social work and/or social service work practice and/or regulation.
  • Contribute to ethical and professional practice.
  • Relate directly or indirectly to the mandate of the College.
  • Build upon the knowledge base of the social work and/or social service work professions.
  • Have received ethics board approval.
  • Be conducted under the auspices of an employer, an accredited university or other organization satisfactory to the Registrar.

Disclaimer: The College provides these links only as a convenience. The College does not sponsor or endorse, and is not affiliated or associated with any of the research related to these links. See the College’s Terms and Conditions for more information. The Registrar may, in the Registrar’s sole discretion, deny a request to post a research link.


Current Research Opportunities

Research study: Understanding Social Work Leadership in Canada

Researcher: Dr. Tara La Rose

Description: We are currently seeking nominations of social work leaders whose career experiences should be documented and preserved as part of Canada’s social work history. Through our research project, Understanding Social Work Leadership in Canada, we will collect and curate the oral histories of 50 contemporary social workers who have had a notable impact on social work practice, social policy development and/or social justice in Canada. Our goal is to reflect a contemporary history of social work and develop a deeper understanding of social work leadership.

For more information, visit www.socialworkleaders.ca

End date: The deadline for Round 1 nominations is December 31, 2022.


Research study: Understanding transitions of care across the care journey for older adults with complex health and social needs: A qualitative multiple-case study

Researchers: Dr. Sara Guilcher and Dr. Kerry Kuluski

Description: Researchers at the University of Toronto are seeking to improve experiences with care transitions (e.g., from hospital to rehab, rehab to home, etc.) for individuals who have experienced a hip fracture as well as their unpaid care providers (e.g., friends and family) in Ontario, Canada.

If you are a health care provider who works with individuals with hip fracture, then we would love to hear from you! Concept mapping sessions will be conducted virtually. These group sessions take 1-1.5 hours. Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

To learn more or to participate in this study, please contact the research team at transitions.study@utoronto.ca.

End date: December 1, 2022


Research study: The professional distress of healthcare social workers in Quebec and Ontario: Professional representation and lived experience.

Principal Researcher: Lilian Negura, PhD, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Social Work

Description: This study seeks to better understand the role played by social and health policies and work organisation on the professional distress of clinical social workers in Ontario and Québec. The results of this study will allow recommendations to improve social work practice and policies in the healthcare sector. We are looking to conduct interviews with social workers and managers working in healthcare settings. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom and should last between one and two hours. If you are interested in participating, please contact the research assistant, Françoise Drouin-Soucy, at francoise.drouin-soucy@uqo.ca. You may also contact us via this website: https://yannickmasse11.wixsite.com/detressets/accueil-english.

End date: December 9, 2022


Research study: Social Workers’ Experiences in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice within Northern Ontario Healthcare Settings.

Researcher: Jennifer Bailey H.B.S.W., RSW

Description: The purpose of this study is to construct an understanding of the experiences in interprofessional collaborative practice in both educational and professional settings and support social workers to develop and maintain competency for interprofessional collaborative practice. The purpose and goals of this work seeks to contribute to the practice of social work and is being conducted under supervision of Laurentian University as part of my requirements to obtain a MSW. It has received approval from the Research Ethics Board at Laurentian University. For more information: https://www.ocswssw.org/wp-content/uploads/Recruitment-Poster.Bailey.pdf.


If you have a question regarding one or more of the above research opportunities, please contact the appropriate researcher(s). If you are a researcher and would like to post your project on this webpage, please contact the College’s Director of Professional Practice, Christina Van Sickle, RSW, at cvansickle@ocswssw.org.