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Ami Goulden, Ran Hu and Bryn King receive a 2021 Disability Manuscript Award, honourable mention


PhD candidates Ami Goulden and Ran Hu, together with Assistant Professor Bryn King, were awarded 2021 Disability Manuscript Award, honourable mention, from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), for their forthcoming publication titled “Life Satisfaction for Youths With Disabilities: The Mediating Role of Resilience.”

CSWE’s Disability Manuscript Award recognizes scholarship that contributes to knowledge about disability; full participation of persons with disabilities; social, political, and economic issues related to disability and persons with disabilities; and social work education curriculum materials focused on disability and persons with disabilities. Award winner(s) are recognized during the Annual Program Meeting. This year’s meeting takes place November 4-7.

About the award winners

Ami Goulden is a registered social worker and doctoral candidate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Her research focuses on disability, reproductive justice and health, and collaborative research and education. Ami embraces critical qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches in her research agenda to promote inclusion and accessibility in social work practice and education. Her dissertation, titled Well-Placed but Unprepared: Sex-Positive Social Work with Young Disabled People, is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).



Ran Hu embraces and applies a wide range of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods in analyzing survey data and social media data, and she specializes in latent class/profile modelling, generalized linear models, and critical discourse analysis. Hu’s research interests include structural and interpersonal violence, policies on sex work and human trafficking, victim (mis)representation issues in the anti-trafficking campaigns, simulation-based learning, and cross-cultural social work practice. Her previous professional experience includes program evaluation and development, direct practice in community-based organizations serving migrant women involved in the commercial sex industry and/or affected by human trafficking, and practice with groups affected by HIV/AIDS in China and the United States. Ran received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Nanjing University, China; her MA in International Crime & Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY); and her MSW from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


Bryn King is an assistant professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and and an affiliated researcher at the Children’s Data Network and the California Child Welfare Indicators Project. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Youth Wellness Lab, a youth-driven collaborative research hub housed at the University of Toronto. Dr. King’s research examines the epidemiology, service involvement, and outcomes of families who come to the attention of the child protective system in North America, with a focus on disparities in involvement and the experiences and trajectories of youths.