Dr. Barbara Muskat is the Director of Social Work at the Hospital for Sick Children. In this position she supports and oversees the staff of the department as well as acts as a champion for the role of social work throughout the institution. Barbara is a member of the executive committee of SickKids’ Centre for Brain and Mental Health. She also is a member of the hospital’s Research Ethics Board.
Barbara is a lead researcher on a number of projects, including examination of the hospital experiences of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families; coping strategies of hospital staff working with dying children; hospital-based group work approaches; and the role of social workers in hospital settings.
Barbara has over 35 years experience in direct clinical work, clinical supervision, community consultation and organizational management. She is well-known for her consultation to the children’s mental health community and her role as a social work educator in the areas of direct clinical practice and group work, with a focus on children with neuro-developmental needs. Barbara is a member of the board of directors of the International Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups. She also maintains a small private practice through ISAND (Integrated Services for Autism and Neuro-developmental Disorders).
Barbara’s areas of expertise include: clinical practice with children and youth; program evaluation, group facilitation and supervision, and curriculum development and delivery.