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: Development and evaluation of an instrument to measure discharge planning processes in mental health care
Researcher(s): Sarah Xiao, RN, PhD Candidate and Dr. Ann Tourangeau, RN, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto
Description: We are currently looking for social workers to participate in a Delphi expert panel to determine key indicators for measuring the quality of discharge planning in mental healthcare settings. Expert panel members will be sent two to three online surveys and asked to rate the importance of discharge planning quality indicators. Your participation will help develop a new instrument that can be used to improve discharge planning processes, guidelines, and standards in mental health care.
End Date: December 7th, 2018

To learn more about this study, please contact Sarah Xiao at 647-708-6337 or or click here to learn more.


Research study: Black women’s experiences of intimate partner abuse and with the police
Researcher: Patrina Duhaney, RSW
Description: Participants are needed for a research study that examines Black women’s experiences of domestic violence and with the police. To be eligible to participate in this study, women must be residents of Ontario, self-identify as Black, over the age of 18 years and were involved in a heterosexual relationship at the time they had an encounter with the police. Women must have been married, in a common law or cohabiting relationship at the time they experienced domestic violence and/or were charged with an offence.

To learn more about this study or to participate, please contact Patrina Duhaney at (289) 769-9072 or or click here to learn more.


Research Study: Harm Reduction with People Who Use Psychoactive Substances: Social Worker Perceptions’ of Implementing Harm Reduction as Direct Practice In Rural Ontario Communities
Researcher: Courtney Evans, RSW
Description: Participants needed for research study that seeks to explore social worker perceptions’ in implementing harm reduction as part of their direct clinical practice in rural Ontario. In participating, you will be asked to reflect on your perception of harm reduction in your direct practice with individuals who use psychoactive substances, in order to support the broadening the social work literature related to harm reduction as a direct practice approach. Eligible participants must be a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or eligible for registration.
End Date: January 2019

To learn more about this study or to participate, please contact Courtney Evans at 705-349-2570 or or click here to learn more

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