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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-centered 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’ research is informed by over 25 years of social work practice.  Her research interests include mental health and addictions, family-centred services, social work practice and education, competency development, and simulation-based learning. Dr. Kourgiantakis works with faculty members and field instructors to use simulation in the classroom and field to prepare MSW students for practice.  In 2015, Dr. Kourgiantakis launched an innovative educational enhancement titled Practice Fridays, which is a simulation-based learning activity that enhances MSW students’ interviewing and assessment skills.

Dr. Kourgiantakis has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the University of Toronto Teaching Fellowship (2018); the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Teaching Award (2017-18); the Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research in Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) research training fellowship (2018); and the Ontario SPOR Support Unit through (OSSU) INSPIRE-PHC fellowship (2018).  In 2019, she was the recipient of the 2019 University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award – which recognizes exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation.