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Toula Kourgiantakis


Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Simulation Coordinator
Ph.D., École de service social, Université Laval

Phone Number: 
(416) 978-4176
Office Location: 

Room 340

Research Interests: 
  • mental health and addictions
  • family-centred practices
  • social work education
  • simulation-based learning
  • competency development
  • social work practice

Toula Kourgiantakis has been an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream since 2016, and she is also the Coordinator of the Simulation Program.

Dr. Kourgiantakis’ program of research focuses on promoting the social work profession in the field of mental health and addictions through family and equity-focused interventions and social work education.

Areas of research include (1) facilitators and barriers to family-focused practices, (2) accessibility, equity, and culturally adapted mental health services for emerging adults and families, and (3) simulation-based learning and social work education in mental health and addictions. Her research is informed by more than 25 years of social work practice across different sectors including child welfare, schools, and hospitals.  She continues to work with families in private practice and also provides supervision and consultation to professionals and agencies.

In 2015, Dr. Kourgiantakis developed Practice Fridays which is an innovative simulation-based learning method that prepares students for clinical practice. She has been the recipient of several awards such as the University of Toronto Teaching Fellowship (2018), the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Teaching Award (2018), and the 2019 University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award which recognizes exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation.

Dr. Kourgiantakis also has a passionate commitment to service in the profession. She is a member of the Council on Practice Methods and Specializations for the Council on Social Work Education, and an Executive Council Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.