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7 PhD dissertations examining critical issues

With unique skillsets and research interests, FIFSW’s 2019-2020 PhD graduates are well prepared to push the boundaries of social work knowledge, research, teaching and policy and become leaders in the field. Their expertise focuses on areas such as child welfare, health and wellness, HIV prevention, information and communication technology, LGBTQ+ populations, mindfulness interventions, positive youth development, refugees and displaced youth populations, gerontological social work, and violence and trauma.

Below is a list of the students who presented their PhD dissertations in 2019-2020. Congratulations to all on this momentous achievement!

Jonathan Alschech
Predictors of Violence, Traumatic Stress and Burnout in Sex Work

Deng-Min Chuang
The Impact of Co-occurring Psychosocial Health Conditions and Attitudinal Familism on Condomless Anal Sex among Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (gbMSM) in Taiwan

Giovanni Iacono
Proposing an Integrated Mindfulness and Affirmative Intervention for LGBTQ+ Youth: The LGBTQ+ Youth Affirmative Mindfulness Project

Leslie McCallum
Understanding the Experiences of Individuals in Midlife Living with Anorexia Nervosa: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study

Shira Moalem
Using Photo-Elicitation Methods to Explore Spirituality among Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Moses Okumu
The Role of Digital Sexual Communication in the Sexual Health of Forcibly Displaced Adolescents Living in Informal Urban Settlements of Kampala, Uganda

Deborah Sinclair
A Living History (1973-1993): How the Experiences of Early Activists Shaped the Violence Against Women (VAW) Movement in Ontario: A Case Study


Click here to learn more about our PhD candidates and recent graduates, including their past education; practice; funding, grants and awards; peer-reviewed journal publications; book publications; presentations and more.


This year our PhD students received:

11 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowships

8 Ontario Graduate Student (OGS) Scholarships

1 Ontario HIV Treatment Network

1 Connaught International Scholarship

1 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Research Grant

About our Graduates

70% are employed in higher education

94% are satisfied with the work that they do

91% are employed full time

99% state that their work is dependent on research skills