Weijia Tan is a PhD candidate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include long-term care, funeral home social work, and migration and settlement. Her studies in the Ph.D. program has prepared her intellectually for theory building, critical analysis, and innovative knowledge production. At this stage of her career, she has been increasingly productive in terms of refereed publication and presentation at prestigious conferences.
Weijia also involves in direct practice, practice research, and filed education. She has been actively involved in a few of direct practice initiatives both in Canada (e.g., Play Intervention for Dementia program, leadership development within the Syrian community as well as the Hispanic and the Filipino communities) and in China (e.g., pioneering funeral social work, comprehensive late-life care). She has also been supervising MSW practicum and involved in teaching and lecturing with and beyond the University of Toronto.
In the last few years, Weijia has organized and delivered numerous workshops, training programs, and lectures on social work practice skills and theories, mental health, and senior care to social work students and teachers, and front-line social workers. Weijia’s work synthesizes all three levels of social work – micro (clinical practice), mezzo (community development), and macro (policy development).