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Research Grants

In 2020-2021 (April 2020 to March 2021), FIFSW faculty secured a total of 48 new grants worth a combined total of $4.9 million. In addition, faculty received an amount of $250k as a supplement for trainee/ramp up costs due to the COVID pandemic. Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of successful grants.

New grants starting in the 2020-2021 grant year

 Investigator  Role   in   Grant   Title  Sponsor  Grant   Duration
Rachelle Ashcroft PI Recommendations for Patient-Centred Telemedicine: Learning from Patients’ Experiences with Synchronous Virtual Care Queen’s University, MOHLTC subgrant 2020-2021
PI Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 by Generating a Policy-Oriented Action Plan to Strengthen Mental Health Services in Primary Health Care Splane Awards, FIFSW 2020-2021
Stephanie Begun PI The Real TO: Engaging Youth as Researchers and Change Agents in a Tumultuous Time Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2021-2023
Rupaleem Bhuyan PI Bordering practices in child welfare: Assessing risk for child abuse and maltreatment within non-citizen immigrant families Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2024
Tara Black PI COVID19 and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Creating an immediate response IPV checklist for child welfare workers during a pandemic Splane Awards, FIFSW 2021
Marion Bogo CoPI Transforming the Field Education Landscape University of Calgary – SSHRC subgrant 2020-2021

David J. Brennan


PI Examining Gay and Bisexual Men’s acceptability of, and experiences with, HIV Treatment as Prevention Strategies The Ontario HIV Treatment Network 2021-2023
PI Toronto Investigaytors 2020 The Ontario HIV Treatment Network 2020-2021
PI KTE for Assessing alternative CBS blood donor deferral screening policies for men who have sex with men Canadian Blood Services 2020-2021
PI Examining online HIV/STI testing in Ontario for Gay, Bisexual and other Men Who have Sex with Men (GBMSM) Splane Awards, FIFSW 2020-2021
David Burnes PI What Does Engagement Look Like with Victims of Elder Abuse in Community Support Services? Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2024
Lin Fang “My Script, My Voice”: East Asian Youth Action Research on Mental Health & Anti-Asian Racism in the COVID-19 Era and Implications for Social Policy Splane Awards, FIFSW 2020-2021
Esme Fuller-Thomson
PI The Well-Being of Older Refugees in Canada: A Mixed-Method Study Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2023
PI Developmental cluster participant database maintenance Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
PI Frailty & the Incidence and Course of COVID-19 among 500,000 Older Adults in the UK BIOBANK CIHR 2020-2022
PI Is the Use of Metformin among COVID-19 Patients with Diabetes Associated with Better Outcomes?: An Analysis of Older Adults in the UK Biobank and an International Workshop University of Toronto – University College London Joint Call for Collaborative Projects 2021-2022

Bryn King

PI Digital Storytelling Partnership for Youth Impacted by Dual Pandemics Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2021-2023
PI Documenting the Policy and Practice Contexts for Racial Disparities in the Ontario Child Welfare System Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
PI The Youth Wellness Lab Laidlaw Foundation 2020-2021
Eunjung Lee

PI Fostering Socially Just and Culturally Competent Practice (SJCCP) in Social Work Education: Simulation-Based Learning (SBL) using Digital Technologies to Create an Innovative E-learning Space Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2024
PI Mapping Out Competencies in Social Justice and Cultural Diversity in Canadian Social Work Education Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
Carmen Logie PI Kuwawezesha Vijana (Empowering Youth): An HIV Self-Testing and mHealth Intervention with Refugee Adolescents and Youth ViiV Healthcare (Canada) 2020-2022
PI An innovative approach to resource scarcity: Using participatory mapping to advance planetary health among very young adolescents in Kenya Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2021-2024
PI Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Ecosocial Approaches to Improve Mental Health Outcomes Among Urban Refugee and Displaced Adolescents and Youth in Uganda CIHR – Grants 2021-2023
PI Exploring Pathways to Sexual and Reproductive Health in a Cohort Study with Northern and Indigenous Youth in the Northwest Territories, Canada CIHR 2020-2025
PI Kukaa Salama (Staying Stafe): A Pre-Post Trial of a WhatsApp Social Group for Increasing COVID-19 Prevention Practices with Urban Refugee and Displaced Youth in Kampala, Uganda International Development Research 2020-2021
PI COVID-19 – Alien Time Capsules as a Remote Participatory Arts-Based Approach to Build Resilience and Disaster Preparedness in the COVID-19 Pandemic among Adolescents in South Africa Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
Faye Mishna PI Developing an Online Sexual Harassment and Abuse Guideline and Workshop for Under-18s during the COVID-19 Pandemic in London and Toronto University of Toronto – University College London Joint Call for Collaborative Projects 2021-2022
Peter Newman

PI An international multi-site, randomized controlled trial of a brief eHealth intervention to increase COVID-19 knowledge and protective behaviours, and reduce pandemic stress among diverse LGBT+ people International Development Research 2020-2021
PI MFARR-Asia Computer-Assisted Survey Interview and Participatory Video Production Lab Canada Foundation for Innovation – IOF 2020-2025
Amanda Noble PI Responding to Youth Homelessness Among Racialized Youth in the Midst of a Pandemic Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
PI Responding to Youth Homelessness in the Midst of a Pandemic: Shifting to Collaborative, Prevention-based Services in a Large Urban Setting NCE: Making the Shift (MtS) Network 2020-2021
Ashley Quinn PI The Cultural Landscape of the Inuit Diaspora: An Exploration of Inuit Culture Outside of Inuit Nunangat Connaught Fund Community Partnership Research Program Indigenous Stream 2021-2023
PI Becoming Ourselves: Foster parents’ engagement in Indigenous children’s and youth cultural identity Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2022
Izumi Sakamoto PI Canadian Race Relations from the Vantage Point of Chinese Canadians: A Virtual Intergenerational Storytelling Project Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
Tanya L. Sharpe CoPI Survivors of Homicide Victims and Mental Health Project Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario 2021-2023
PI Invisible wounds: Exploring the experiences of African, Caribbean and Black survivors of homicide victims Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2023
Ka Tat Tsang PI Exploring the Social Service Needs of Muslims in Ontario: A Community Based Partnership Approach Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2021-2025
Dexter Voisin CoPI Continuous Traumatic Violence and the HIV Continuum of Care Outcomes Among BMSM Medical College Wisconsin, NIMH subagreement 2019-2022
CoPI Understanding the COVID-19, Racism, and Violence Syndemic and its Effects on COVID-19 Testing Disparities (Supplement for: Continuous Traumatic Violence and HIV Care Continuum Outcomes for Black MSM; R21MH122010-01S1) Medical College Wisconsin, NIMH subagreement 2020-2021
Jia Xue

PI An increased risk of family violence during COVID-19 quarantine: strengthening social media-based collaborations CIHR 2020-2021
PI Mining Big Data: How Sexual Assault Nonprofit Organizations in Canada Use Twitter to Achieve Organizational Outcomes Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2022
Daniyal Zuberi PI Do microloans alter women’s empowerment in the immigrant household and community? Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2022

All current grants

Investigator Role in Grant Title Sponsor Grant Duration
Ramona Alaggia PI Ripple Effects: Examining the Impact of the #MeToo Movement on Sexual Violence Disclosures in Canada Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2019-2022
CoI Preventing Gender-Based Violence: Youth Healthy Relationship Program Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, PHAC subgrant 2018-2022
CoI In Search of Promising Practices University of Manitoba, SSHRC subgrant 2016-2021
Rachelle Ashcroft

PI Recommendations for Patient-Centred Telemedicine: Learning from Patients’ Experiences with Synchronous Virtual Care Queen’s University, MOHLTC subgrant 2020-2021
PI Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 by Generating a Policy-Oriented Action Plan to Strengthen Mental Health Services in Primary Health Care Splane Awards, FIFSW 2020-2021
Stephanie Begun PI The Real TO: Engaging Youth as Researchers and Change Agents in a Tumultuous Time Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2021-2023
PI An Examination of Homeless Youths’ Longitudinal Aftercare Experiences Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2019-2023
Rupaleem Bhuyan PI Bordering practices in child welfare: Assessing risk for child abuse and maltreatment within non-citizen immigrant families Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2024
Tara Black PI COVID-19 and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Creating an immediate response IPV checklist for child welfare workers during a pandemic Splane Awards, FIFSW 2020-2021
Marion Bogo CoPI Transforming the Field Education Landscape University of Calgary – SSHRC subgrant 2020-2021
David J. Brennan PI Examining Gay and Bisexual Men’s acceptability of, and experiences with, HIV Treatment as Prevention Strategies The Ontario HIV Treatment Network 2021-2023
PI Toronto Investigaytors 2020 The Ontario HIV Treatment Network 2020-2021
PI KTE for Assessing alternative CBS blood donor deferral screening policies for men who have sex with men Canadian Blood Services 2020-2021
PI Examining online HIV/STI testing in Ontario for Gay, Bisexual and other Men Who have Sex with Men (GBMSM) Splane Awards, FIFSW 2020-2021
PI Streamlining HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men in Toronto:  Exploring Task-Shifting Opportunities Connaught Fund 2019-2021
PI Shifting Paradigms: Developing the Next Generation of HIV/STI Prevention Tools for Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men — HIV Endgame Leader Awards – Chair Award The Ontario HIV Treatment Network 2019-2022
David Burnes PI What Does Engagement Look Like with Victims of Elder Abuse in Community Support Services? Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2024

Shelley L. Craig
PI Student Leader in HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND) and Psychosocial Interventions The Ontario HIV Treatment Network 2019-2021
PI Project AFFIRM: Delivering Affirmative Coping Skills Programs to Prevent HIV and Hepatitis C Public Health Agency of Canada 2017-2022
PI Queery’ing Resilience: Leveraging information & communication technologies to negotiate gender and sexual minority youth identity and wellbeing within diverse global contexts Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2017-2025
PI Canada Research Chair of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth CRC – SSHRC 2016-2021
Barbara Fallon PI Canadian/First Nations Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect/FNIS Assembly of First Nations 2018-2022
PI Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare CRC – SSHRC 2016-2021
CoI Rights for Children and Youth Partnership: Strengthening Collaboration in the Americas Ryerson University, SSHRC subgrant 2016-2021
Lin Fang PI “My Script, My Voice”: East Asian Youth Action Research on Mental Health & Anti-Asian Racism in the COVID-19 Era and Implications for Social Policy Splane Awards, FIFSW 2020-2021

Esme Fuller-Thomson


PI The Well-Being of Older Refugees in Canada: A Mixed-Method Study Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2023
PI Developmental cluster participant database maintenance Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
PI Frailty & the Incidence and Course of COVID-19 among 500,000 Older Adults in the UK BIOBANK CIHR 2020-2022
PI Is the Use of Metformin among COVID-19 Patients with Diabetes Associated with Better Outcomes?: An Analysis of Older Adults in the UK Biobank and an International Workshop University of Toronto – University College London Joint Call for Collaborative Projects 2021-2022
David Hulchanski PI Neighbourhood Inequality, Diversity, and Change: Trends, Processes, Consequences, and Policy Options for Canada’s Large Metropolitan Areas Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2012-2021
Bryn King



PI Digital Storytelling Partnership for Youth Impacted by Dual Pandemics Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2021-2023
PI Documenting the Policy and Practice Contexts for Racial Disparities in the Ontario Child Welfare System Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
PI The Youth Wellness Lab Laidlaw Foundation 2020-2021
PI Developmental Disruptions: Adolescent Involvement in the Ontario Child Welfare System Research and Innovation (ON Ministry) 2018-2023
PI Promoting Attachment and Mitigating the Risk of Infant Maltreatment among Young Expectant Mothers Involved in the Child Welfare System Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2018-2021
Eunjung Lee

PI Fostering Socially Just and Culturally Competent Practice (SJCCP) in Social Work Education: Simulation-Based Learning (SBL) using Digital Technologies to Create an Innovative E-learning Space Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2024
PI Mapping Out Competencies in Social Justice and Cultural Diversity in Canadian Social Work Education Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
Carmen Logie PI Kuwawezesha Vijana (Empowering Youth): An HIV Self-Testing and mHealth Intervention with Refugee Adolescents and Youth ViiV Healthcare (Canada) 2020-2022
PI An innovative approach to resource scarcity: Using participatory mapping to advance planetary health among very young adolescents in Kenya Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2021-2024
PI Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Ecosocial Approaches to Improve Mental Health Outcomes Among Urban Refugee and Displaced Adolescents and Youth in Uganda CIHR – Grants 2021-2023
PI Exploring Pathways to Sexual and Reproductive Health in a Cohort Study with Northern and Indigenous Youth in the Northwest Territories, Canada CIHR 2020-2025
PI Kukaa Salama (Staying Stafe): A Pre-Post Trial of a WhatsApp Social Group for Increasing COVID-19 Prevention Practices with Urban Refugee and Displaced Youth in Kampala, Uganda International Development Research 2020-2021
PI COVID-19 – Alien Time Capsules as a Remote Participatory Arts-Based Approach to Build Resilience and Disaster Preparedness in the COVID-19 Pandemic among Adolescents in South Africa Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
PI CTN top up funding for TEACHH University of British Columbia, CIHR subgrant 2019-2022
PI Arts-based Sexual Consent Education with Adolescents Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2019-2021
PI Tushirikiane (Supporting Each Other): Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Novel HIV Self-Testing Delivery Approaches with Urban Displaced and Refugee Adolescent Girls in Uganda CIHR – Grants 2018-2021
PI Canada Research Chair in Global Health Equity and Social Justice with Marginalized Populations CRC – SSHRC 2018-2023
PI Advancing Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV Prevention Among Young Women Research and Innovation (ON Ministry) 2016-2021
Lynn McDonald PI linkAGEs: Aging in Intergenerational Societies – 2020 Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) Connections Grant 2020-2021
Faye Mishna PI Developing an Online Sexual Harassment and Abuse Guideline and Workshop for Under-18s during the COVID-19 Pandemic in London and Toronto University of Toronto – University College London Joint Call for Collaborative Projects 2021-2022
PI Consensual and non-consensual sexting in adolescence: Challenging conventional wisdom Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2019-2022
Peter Newman

PI An international multi-site, randomized controlled trial of a brief eHealth intervention to increase COVID-19 knowledge and protective behaviours, and reduce pandemic stress among diverse LGBT+ people International Development Research 2020-2021
PI MFARR-Asia Computer-Assisted Survey Interview and Participatory Video Production Lab Canada Foundation for Innovation – IOF 2020-2025
PI MFARR-Asia Computer-Assisted Survey Interview and Participatory Video Production Lab Canada Foundation for Innovation & Ontario Research Fund: Research Infrastructure 2019-2022
PI Mobilizing for a Research Revolution to Ensure LGBTIQ Inclusion in Asia: A High-impact, Transformative International Partnership (MFARR-Asia) Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2018-2026
PI “Soft like Silk, Pliable like Bamboo”: Practicing Resilience-in-Context— A multi-method study of resilience with sexual and gender minority youth in Thailand Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2017-2021
PI The ‘Phi-Nong’ Project: Development and Pilot Testing of a Culturally Adapted, High-impact HIV Preventive Intervention with Young Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender Women in Chonburi Province, Thailand CIHR – Grants 2017-2021
Amanda Noble

PI Responding to Youth Homelessness Among Racialized Youth in the Midst of a Pandemic Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
PI Responding to Youth Homelessness in the Midst of a Pandemic: Shifting to Collaborative, Prevention-based Services in a Large Urban Setting NCE: Making the Shift (MtS) Network 2020-2021
Ashley Quinn

PI The Cultural Landscape of the Inuit Diaspora: An Exploration of Inuit Culture Outside of Inuit Nunangat Connaught Fund Community Partnership Research Program Indigenous Stream 2021-2023
PI Becoming Ourselves: Foster parents’ engagement in Indigenous children’s and youth cultural identity Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2022
Cheryl Regehr PI Improving Social Work Decision Making in Situations of Risk and Uncertainty Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2018-2021
Michael Saini

Col Impacts of Shared Parenting on Women and Young Children: The Importance of Differentiating Families Experiencing Domestic Violence University of Calgary-SSHRC subgrant 2019-2021
Izumi Sakamoto PI Canadian Race Relations from the Vantage Point of Chinese Canadians: A Virtual Intergenerational Storytelling Project Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2021
PI Arts Organizing as Antidote to State-Based Racial Violence: Imagining Japanese Canadian Genealogies and Relationships Through the Powell Street Festival Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2019-2021
Tanya L. Sharpe CoPI Survivors of Homicide Victims and Mental Health Project Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario 2021-2023
PI Invisible wounds: Exploring the experiences of African, Caribbean and Black survivors of homicide victims Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2023
PI Center for Research and Innovation for Black Survivors of Homicide Victims (CRIB) The Provost’s Office and the Division of University Advancement 2020-2021
Micheal Shier PI Creating conditions for social innovation: Organizational factors that support cross- and intra-sector partnerships Research and Innovation (ON Ministry) 2017-2022
Ka Tat Tsang PI Exploring the Social Service Needs of Muslims in Ontario: A Community Based Partnership Approach Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2021-2025

Dexter Voisin

CoPI Continuous Traumatic Violence and the HIV Continuum of Care Outcomes Among BMSM Medical College Wisconsin, NIMH subagreement 2019-2022
CoPI Understanding the COVID-19, Racism, and Violence Syndemic and its Effects on COVID-19 Testing Disparities (Supplement for: Continuous Traumatic Violence and HIV Care Continuum Outcomes for Black MSM; R21MH122010-01S1) Medical College Wisconsin, NIMH subagreement 2020-2021
Jia Xue


PI An increased risk of family violence during COVID-19 quarantine: strengthening social media-based collaborations CIHR 2020-2021
PI Mining Big Data: How Sexual Assault Nonprofit Organizations in Canada Use Twitter to Achieve Organizational Outcomes Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2022
PI Information Communication Technologies and Attitudes towards Sexual Assault: An Internet-based Survey of U.S. and Canadian College Students Connaught Fund 2019-2021
Daniyal Zuberi PI Do microloans alter women’s empowerment in the immigrant household and community? Social Sciences & Humanities (SSHRC) 2020-2022