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.

Research study: Impact of COVID-19 on social workers who work in health care
End of Date:  May 31, 2021
Researchers: Dr. Susan Cadell of University of Waterloo
Description: You are invited to participate in a research study about the impact of COVID-19 on social workers who work in health care.  The pandemic has had a world-wide impact on all health care professionals and little is known about the impact on social workers. Your participation contributes to helping us understand the impacts.

Participation in the study consists of a survey that takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. At the end, you will be asked if you would like to enter a draw for a prize. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE# 42819).

Survey link:

Research Study: Palliative Care Social Workers/Social Services Workers and Family Caregivers
Researcher: Francesca Scala, PhD, Concordia University
Description: This study is looking for palliative care social workers and social services workers to take part in a one-time virtual interview focused on their understanding of the needs and experiences of family caregivers of people at end-of-life. All participants will receive a $20 e-gift card as a thank you for their participation. For more information, please see the research study poster  or contact the researcher at:
End Date: June 31, 2021

Current research opportunities

Research study: Explore social workers’ experiences providing mental health services in Canada.
End of Date:  June 30th, 2021
Researchers: Principal Investigator Dr. Catrina Brown (Social Work, Dalhousie) and Co-Investigators: Dr. Donna Baines (Social Work, University of British Columbia), Dr. David Delay (Social Work, University of Manitoba), Dr. Eunjung Lee (Social Work, University of Toronto), Dr. Marjorie Johnstone (Social Work, Dalhousie University) and Dr. Clive Baldwin (Social Work, St. Thomas University).
Description: The key objective of this research is to explore social work mental health practices in Canada through an online survey and interviews among mental health social work practitioners. This research is funded through the Social Sciences Research Council and is based at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Survey link:

Research study: Health and Well-being in Social Workers and Social Service Workers: Addressing Adversity and Resilience
Researchers: Dr. Ramona Alaggia & Dr. Esme Fuller-Thomson, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Description: We are interested in finding out about social workers/social service workers’ histories of adversities and resiliencies, and health and well-being. The results will be used to inform policies and practices to support the important work you do. Please consider completing this survey from the University of Toronto led by Ramona Alaggia and Esme Fuller-Thomson. Enter the raffle for a set of headphones/airpods.
Survey link:

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