School of Social Work

The UBC School of Social Work is the oldest social work education program in British Columbia and the third oldest in Canada. Today, we continue our long and distinguished record of professional education, research and scholarship.

Our faculty are engaged locally and globally in research and community building in a diverse range of settings with strong links to government, professional and community organizations.

Building upon a foundation of social justice and an ethic of care, we are a community of learners actively engaged in the development of critical, transformative knowledge for social work practice.


Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Baines, Donna 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, Age-Friendly Cities
Bratiotis, Christiana organizational processes involved in hoarding task forces, service utilization, interventions in the context of hoarding
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
Kruk, Edward Andrew Family and Child Services, Social Determinants of Child and Youth Development, Family, Drug Abuse, child and family policy and practice, family mediation, co-parenting after divorce, Addiction
Marshall, Sheila Life Cycles ( Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, etc.), Parent-Child Relationships, adolescent social identity, parent-adolescent interactions, adolescent well-being
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
Quinn, Ashley Participatory action research, First Nations’ research ethics protocols, Data analysis and program evaluation, First Nations’ health, Traditional Indigenous parenting programs for families mandated by the child welfare system, Family homelessness, Parent-worker engagement in child welfare and impact on outcomes in child welfare, Experiences of First Nation Communities with child welfare in Northern British Columbia
Stainton, Timothy Developmental Disability, Disability, Social Policy, History of Developmental Disability, Philosophy of Welfare
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


UBC graduate student Daniel Ji

Daniel Ji

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)