Social Work

Social Work provides students with backgrounds in social work, social policy, social development, opportunities for advanced scholarship, and professional growth in the context of research-intensive programs. Students are prepared for university teaching and research (theoretical and applied), including program evaluation. The program can also provide critical components for professional practice in research, policy analysis, and human service management.


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Faculty Members in Social Work

Name Research Interests
Baines, Donna Social work; Age-Friendly Cities; decent work and good care for older people in residential and home care; impact of neoliberalism on Indigenous social work education; impact of neoliberalism on non-Indigenous social work education
Bratiotis, Christiana Social work; interventions in the context of hoarding; organizational processes involved in hoarding task forces; service utilization
Caragata, Lea Social oppression and marginalization; Counselling, welfare and community services; Social policy; welfare systems; Poverty; labour markets; lone mothers; social policy; youth provisioning
Charles, Grant Psychosocial oncology, intellectual disabilities, family interventions and at risk youth
Ibrahim, Mohamed mental health; addiction among new immigrants and refugees; global mental health
Kia, Hannah LGBTQ2S+ health; LGBTQ2S+ aging; social work and other professional practice with sexual and gender minorities; effective social work practice with trans and gender diverse people; poverty, sexual and mental health issues among diverse LGBTQ2S+ populations
Lee, Barbara
Montgomery, H. Monty
O'Connor, Deborah family support to frail or mentally impaired seniors; formal support services, Dementia, the interface between living with dementia, family care, and the use of formal support services
Stainton, Timothy Developmental Disability, Disability, Social Policy, History of Developmental Disability, Philosophy of Welfare
Wilson, Tina Social work; social work and environment; history and philosophy of social work; critical social theories; generational standpoints; Social justice; social work rhetoric
Yan, Miu Chung Issues related to settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees, labour market experience of new generation youth from racial minority immigrant families, and community building roles and functions of neighbourhood-level place-based multiservice organizations

Student & Alumni Stories in Social Work

UBC graduate student Daniel Ji

Daniel Ji

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)
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Nancy Lin

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)

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