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Amina Hussain


Amina Hussain is a doctoral student and research coordinator at the Factor – Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Psychology and Mental Health Studies.

Amina is a current recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS – Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Her research interests include: mental health, social work leadership, leadership competencies within interdisciplinary care, social work practice, recovery oriented care, anti-oppressive practice, anti-colonial work, mixed-methods, and community based participatory action research. Amina is also passionate about contributing towards social work education and pedagogy.

Amina has played a leadership role in co-founding a province wide initiative on supporting social service needs of underserved ethno-racial communities across Ontario. She is listed as a lead collaborator for a community-based action research project with Muslim community members, social service agencies, academic researchers, and faith-based service providers.

She has worked at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, East Metro Youth Services, Baycrest Hospital, and the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly.


Hussain, A., Ashcroft, R. (2020). Social work leadership competencies in health and mental healthcare: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2020- 038790

Hussain, A., Dar, M. (2020) A conceptual analysis of epistemologies within eating disorders research. Affilia (Submitted)

Edwards, T.Hussain, A., Sato, C., King, J., Sani, M., & King, B (2020). Racial disproportionality and disparities for black families involved with the child welfare system: A scoping review protocol. Social Science Protocols. (In Review)

Kourgiantakis, T., Hussain, A., Ashcroft, R., Logan, J., McNeil, S., & Williams, C. C. (2020). Recovery-oriented social work practice in mental health and addictions: a scoping review protocol. BMJ open10(8).

Hussain, A., McDonald, B., Klinger, C., Mirza. R., McDonald, L. (2020). The role of oral health professionals in supporting elder mistreatment victims: A scoping review of current practice needs. Journal of Gerodontology.

Macdonald, B., Hussain, A., Aliman, C., Fujioka, J., David, K., Mirza, R., Mcdonald, L. (2017). Oral- health professionals as a first point of contact for elder abuse victims: A scoping review. Innovation in Aging1(1), 572–572. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igx004.2012

McDonald, L., Hussain, A., Mirza, R., Relyea, E., Beaulieu, M., Gutman, G., … Macdonald,(2017). Screening and assessment of elder abuse:An evaluation of NICE tools. Innovation in Aging1(1) (suppl 1), 364–364. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igx004.1327

McDonald, L., Hussain, A., Mirza, R., Relyea, E., Beaulieu, M., Gutman, G., Klinger, C., &  MacDonald, B. (2017). Screening and assessment of elder abuse: An evaluation of NICE’s tools. [Abstract]. Program Abstracts from the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress, Innovations in Aging, 1(1) (suppl 1), p. 364.

Kolla, N .J., Matthews, B., Wilson, A., Houle, S., Bagby, M., Links, P., Simpson, A., Hussain, A., and Meyer, J.H.  (2015). Lower monoamine oxidase-A total distribution volume in impulsive and violent male offenders with antisocial personality disorder and high psychopathic traits: An [11C] harmine positron emission tomography study. Neuropsychopharmacology40(11), 2596–2603. doi: 10.1038/npp.2015.106


McDonald, L., Mirza, RM., Klinger, C., Hussain, A., and Macdonald, B. Victims of Elder Abuse Support Tool (VEST). August, 2017. Development of a quick reference Knowledge Translation tool for supporting victims of elder abuse.

Hussain, A and Kish, T. (2017). Domestic human trafficking: A resource manual for service providers in the GTA. Manual developed for East Metro Youth Services. Toronto, Canada.

McDonald, L., Mirza, R., Klinger, C., Hussain, A., and MacDonald, B. (2017). Elder abuse victims support systems: A synthesis of the literature. Public Health Agency of Canada.

McDonald, L., Hussain, A., Macdonald, B., Mirza, R. and Klinger, C. (2016). Elder abuse victim supports. Technical Report: Public Health Agency of Canada.

Hussain, A., Harris-Taylor, C., Wang, J., Ke, C., Ibrahim, Sidhu, B…  Sivabalasundaram, V. (2016). Diabetes resource manual. Manual developed for the Interprofessional Diabetes Education and Advocacy Group, Women’s College Hospital. Toronto, Canada. (Wrote 80%)  Link:

Hussain, A. and Harris-Taylor, C. (2016). “Financial Assistance for Individuals Living With Diabetes”. Organizational Document for the Centre for Integrated Diabetes Care, Women’s College Hospital. Canadian Diabetes Association.



2020-2024 SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (35,000$ for four years)
2020 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)- awarded and declined ($15,000).
2019 Marion C. Soloway Scholarship Ppef
2019-2020 RBC Fellowship with Dr. Toula Kourgiantakis ($10,000)
2018-2019 University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Funding ($17,000)
2017 University of Toronto Fellowship
2017 Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($10,000)
2015-2017 University of Toronto Grant UTAPS ($7,865)
2010 University of Toronto Academic Excellence Scholarship
2010 Niroshi Kananthanan Scholarship