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Carolyn Mak


Carolyn Mak has been a practicing social worker for 18 years. She has worked primarily in children’s mental health, family service and school settings counselling children, youth and their parents, as well as adults. She has managerial experience as Director, Knowledge Mobilization and Program Development at Kids Help Phone.

Currently, Carolyn is an elementary school social worker in central Toronto, leading classroom-level discussions that help to build social-emotional learning skills, and providing consultation and support to individual students and their families.

Carolyn has taught at the MSW level at Smith College School for Social Work, the BSW level at Ryerson University, and the diploma level at Humber College. She has served as a thesis advisor to MSW students at Smith College, and since 2017, has facilitated an online seminar there for doctoral students who are completing their comprehensive examinations.

Carolyn’s varied work experiences have fueled her research interests which include the reunification experiences of Chinese immigrant youth with their parents, peer dynamics including social aggression in young girls, and the experiences of racialized social work educators.

Carolyn received her MSW from the University of Toronto, and her PhD from Smith College.