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: Patient and Family Centered Performance Measures Focused on Actionable Processes of Care for Persistent or Chronic Critical Illness
Researcher: Dr. Louise Rose
Description: Participants (social workers) needed who care for patients in an adult ICU to provide feedback for a two round Delphi online survey on aspects of care and service delivery considered important for PATIENTS with LONG ICU STAY (over 7 days) and their FAMILIES. Your feedback in this consensus building survey will assist us to develop a set of tools such as a checklist, and a questionnaire to measure the experience of ICU care by patients or their family members.
End Date: May 2019

To learn more about this study or to participate, please contact Shelley Gershman at shelley.gershman@utoronto.ca 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 duha1720@mylaurier.ca 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 cvansickle@ocswssw.org.