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: Riding the Second Wave: Stories of Innovation from Healthcare Social Work
Researchers: Dr. Barbara Muskat, PhD, RSW; Dr. Shelley Craig, PhD, RSW; Dr. Deepy Sur, PhD, RSW; Dr. Toula Kourgiantakis, PhD, RSW, CCFT
Description: This study is looking for survey participation from registered social workers employed in a hospital or healthcare setting during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This survey will highlight the inspirational stories and innovative practices that social workers have created throughout the pandemic to respond to the needs of their communities. Stories of innovation from the front line are crucial to demonstrating the pivotal contributions of social workers in hospitals and healthcare settings. The survey will also explore if and how your roles have changed, training needs, resources available for your work, and recommendations for practice. Participants have the opportunity to receive one of three $100 Amazon gift cards through a raffle draw and the possibility to have your “Story of Innovation” featured in the Ontario Association of Social Workers E-bulletin.

Survey link: https://utorontofsw.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eeZfRtNHU4D8VbT

If you have further questions, please contact the Research Assistant: Alexa Kirkland MSW, RSW alexa.kirkland@mail.utoronto.ca


Research Study: Social Worker and Teacher Responses to Student Expressions of Trauma in Canadian Schools
Researcher: Christine Mayor, PhD Candidate, supervised by Dr. Shoshana Pollack, Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
Description: This study is looking for current or previous Ontario K-12 school social workers to take part in a one-time virtual interview focused on the assessment, responses and support provided to students who have experienced trauma, and the role that race and other forms of identity may play in these responses. All participants will receive your choice of a $20 Chapters or coffee gift card to thank you for your participation. For more information, please see the research study poster or contact the researcher at: mayo6830@mylaurier.ca.
End Date: December 31, 2020


Research Study: Impacts of shared parenting on women and young children: The importance of differentiating families experiencing domestic violence
Researcher: Beth Archer-Kuhn, PhD, MSW, University of Calgary; Michael Saini, PhD, MSW, University of Toronto; and Judith Hughes, PhD, MSW, University of Manitoba
Description: This project proposes to explore the impacts of shared parenting on mothers, and mothers’ understandings and experiences of the impact of shared parenting on their young children; children ages four and younger. Learn more: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ServiceProviderCOVID2020


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.