Honours BA Child & Youth Studies – Brock University
MSW – University of Toronto
Supervisor: Prof. Ramona Alaggia
Carolyn O’Connor, MSW, RSW, is a third-year doctoral student at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. She also works as a clinical mental health therapist in private practice. She is currently involved in a multi-site research evaluation of a gender-based and dating violence prevention program as supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada. In addition, Carolyn is on a research team examining the impact of collective sexual violence disclosures inspired by the #MeToo movement in order to understand how these disclosures impact sexual violence survivors’ decisions to disclose their experiences. Her research interests include complex childhood trauma, particularly exposure to intimate partner violence, as well as violence against women and sexual violence prevention.
Begun, S., Barman-Adhikari, A., O’Connor, C., & Rice, E. (2020). Social support and pregnancy attitudes among youth experiencing homelessness. Children and Youth Services Review.
King, B., Fallon, B., Goulden, A., O’Connor, C., & Filippelli, J. (2019). What constitutes risk for young mothers? An examination of child protection investigations involving adolescent and transition-age mothers. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.
King, B., Fallon, B., Black, T., Filippelli, J., & O’Connor, C. (2018). Troubled teens and challenged caregivers: Characteristics associated with the decision to provide child welfare services to adolescents in Ontario, Canada. Children and Youth Services Review, 87, 205-215.
King, B., Fallon, B. A., Boyd, R. K., Black, T., Antwi-Boasiako, K., & O’Connor, C. (2017). Factors associated with racial differences in child welfare investigative decision-making in Ontario, Canada. Child Abuse & Neglect, 73, 89-105.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations:
Nixon, K., Alaggia, R., & O’Connor, C. (2019). Child protection responses to cases of intimate partner violence: Preliminary findings from interviews with supervisors and managers. Paper presented at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre (MMFC) Conference. Fredericton, NB.
King, B., Fallon, B., & O’Connor, C. (2019). What constitutes risk among young mothers? Examining the determination that very young children are at risk for future maltreatment during a child protection investigation. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). San Francisco, CA.
King, B., Fallon, B., Black, T., Filippelli, J., & O’Connor, C. (2018). Troubled teens and challenged caregivers: Characteristics associated with the decision to provide child welfare services to adolescents in Ontario, Canada. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Washington, DC.
Fallon, B., Black, T., Filippelli, J., & O’Connor, C. (2018). Discharge Rates by Ethno-Racial Categories – Peel CAS. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Washington, DC.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship – 2020-2021 ($15,000)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship – 2019-2020 ($15,000)
Begun, S. (PI), Fallon, B., Gaetz, S., Kidd, S., King, B., Nichols, N., Schwan, K., Thulien, N., French, D., Noble, A., & O’Connor, C. (Collaborator). (2019). An examination of homeless youths’ longitudinal aftercare experiences. Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant ($92,979)
Royal Bank of Canada Graduate Fellowship in Applied Social Work Research ($10,000)
Carpenters and Allied Workers Local 27 Scholarship ($1,924.96)
Phi Alpha Honour Society for Social Work, Chi Delta Chapter at the University of Toronto
University of Toronto Fellowship Award ($1,000)