PhD Students


Joanne Azevedo

Photo of PhD student Joanne Azevedo Academic History: BA (University of Waterloo, 1987), BSW (York University 1993), MSW (York University, 2004)

Research Interests:
Child Welfare, Sanism, Critical Race Feminism, Social Policy and Feminist Political Economy

Dissertation Title: 
Working Title: Service Implications related to Working conditions for Child Welfare Workers in Ontario.

Professional Experience:
Over 2 decades of frontline child welfare work and over 2 decades of frontline union activism

Publications:
Chapman, C., Poole, J., Ballen, R and Azevedo, J (forthcoming) “A Kind of Collective Freezing-out:” How Helping Professionals’ Regulatory Bodies Create “Incompetence” and Increase Distress. In Bonnie Burstowed. Psychiatry Interrogated, Chapter 3. Palgrave.

Azevedo, J. (2004) ""What we can learn from children in care who repeatedly self-harm?” MSW dissertation, York University (Academic Advisor, Dr. Brigitte Kitchen)

Lectures & Presentations:

June 3 2015 – ‘Us and them: The impact of mental health diagnosis for practicing social workers in Ontario.’ Part of panel presentation at Congress of the Humanities; In whose interests? Un/Fitness to practice, ‘mental health’, and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

June 2, 2015 – ‘Us and them: The impact of mental health diagnosis for practicing social workers in Ontario.’ paper presentation for CDS, Congress of the Humanities.

September 25, 2012 – Workplace Bullying in Child Welfare: Implications for anti-racist & anti-oppressive practice. York University School of Social Work symposium.


Marisa Barnhart

photo of Marisa BarnhartAcademic History: MSW (Carleton University), Hons. BA in History (Trent University)

Research Interests:
Competency logics, the disciplinary and colonial contours of competency, critical social work, professional subjectivities, biopolitical governmentality

Professional experience:
10 years clinical experience in child and youth mental health, with a brief sabbatical to work with foster parents. My current work is as a practitioner in a small youth mental health agency, working with young people and their families.

Publications/Conference Presentations:
Reviews
Barnhart, M. (2016). Review [Review of the book Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States, by A. Simpson]. Canadian Review of Social Policy.

Conference Presentations

Barnhart, Marisa, Chizuru Nobe-Ghelani, Julia E. Janes, Maria BernardDisturbing Inclusionary Technologies of Colonial and Racial Governance. Toronto: Canadian Association of Social Work Education, Congress 2017, May 31, 2017.

Barnhart, Marisa. Investments in Competency: The Canadian debates concerning the development of a National Competency Profile. Toronto: York University School of Social Work, Research Symposium 2017, April 21, 2017

Barnhart, Marisa. Visual discourse analysis and kidsmentalhealth.ca. Ottawa: Canadian


Morris Beckford

Academic History: Hons. BA (York University, 2004), B.Ed (York University, 2005), M.Ed (University of Toronto - OISE, 2011), Community Health Leadership Certificate (Rotman School of Management, 2015)

Research Interests:
Race, Ethnicity, Anti-Black racism, community development, community engagement, non profit, non profit leadership, diversity, community economic development

Professional Experience:
Over fifteen years experience in the non-profit sector: Director of Community Health and Wellness at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services in Toronto; Member of the Ontario College of Teachers and worked as an educator for 4 years; Co-founding member of initiatives including Boss Magazine, Branded: Youth Marketing Conference and the West End Black History Month Planning Committee.  Currently a member of School of Social Work’s Global Local Community Engagement Committee and several other committees across the city of Toronto.

Publications/ Contributions:
Beckford, M (forthcoming) “Balancing Act: Community agency leadership in Multiethnic/ Multiracial communities”. In Gary Craig (ed)., Race, Ethnicity and Community Development. Bristol: University of Bristol Policy Press.

Beckford, M (2016) “Raced”. Toronto: Social Work Post (socialworkpost.com)

Beckford, M. (2012) “Boss Man: Damieon Royes”. Toronto: Boss Magazine pp 17 – 18

Beckford, M; Burdon, J; Black, N; Heward, D; Moyer, R;  Mohammed, K; Melro, S; Rugeles, N; Singh, M; Steele Gray, C;  (2012) “Outcome Evaluation Framework and Tooklit”. Toronto: York Institute for Health Research.

Conference Presentations

2016    Creating Inclusive Workspaces Panelist at Diversity Conference. Toronto, Canada

2015    Community Hubs, an Opportunity to Catalyze Neighbourhood Change at 2015 Building Opportunities Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

 2014    Building Community Wealth through Vertical Revitalization at Community is the Answer, Glasgow, Scotland Association of Social Work Education, Congress 2015, June 3, 2015.


Maria Bernard

photo of maria bernardAcademic History: MA in Journalism & Communication (Carleton University), B.Ed English - Junior/Intermediate (University of Western Ontario), Hon. BA in English and Communications - Double Major (York University)

Research Interests:
Inclusion/exclusion of racialized youth, examining how positive inclusionary technologies of power such as participation reinforce racial neoliberal order. Utilizing critical race theories, and Foucauldian racial biopolitics and governmentality framework

Professional experience:

Collective Impact for Toronto Youth (CITY), Toronto ON, Backbone Project Staff (Part Time), 2014 - 2016.

Ryerson University & York University, Toronto ON, Project Coordinator 2014 - Spring 2015. Project Coordinator- Elder Abuse in Immigrant Communities

For Youth Initiative (FYI), Toronto, ON, Director of Programs and Sustainability, 2012 – 2013. Director of Community Engagement and Communications, 2010 – 2012.

Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre (CanTYD), Toronto, ON, Programs & Operations Manager, 2008 – 2010.

Publications:

Bernard, Maria. (Spring 2016). Politics of Youth Inclusion & Affirmative Governmentality: Youth Voice in Policy & Practice. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 75. (Refereed)

Anucha, U., & Bernard, M. (Spring 2017). The Well-Being Of Youth From Immigrant Families. In M. Chung Yan, and U. Anucha. (Eds), Working with Immigrants and Refugees: A Handbook for Social Work and Other Human Services. Toronto: Oxford University Press (Refereed)

Conference Presentations:

Bernard, M. (2016). Exploring Institutional Racism in the Youth Sector & the Included Racialized Other.  National CASWE-ACFTS Conference. Calgary, ON. June 1.

Matsuoka, A., Guruge, S., Bernard, M. & Giacomini, M. (2015). Looking at elder abuse in the face of Canada's changing older population: Respecting strengths and resilience of older people, 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Calgary, AB. October 24.

Bernard, Maria. (2015). Understanding Global Citizenship and Plural Identities: Canadian Tamil Youth's Practices of Belonging in a Time of Crisis in their Homeland. Social Work at the Intersection of Ideas, Languages and Cultures. National CASWE-ACFTS Conference. Ottawa, ON. June 3.

Bernard, Maria. (2015). Spaces of Youth Participation: Practices of Governmentality, Self-Surveillance and Performativity. Critical Social Work Research Symposium. Toronto. ON. May 8.

Bernard, Maria. (2015). Global Citizenship Education: Moving from Epistemological Blindness to Seeing Complex and Layered Identities. Sovereignties & Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession. Critical Ethnic Studies Conference. Toronto, Ontario. On. May 2.

Guruge, S., Matsuoka, A., Bernard, M., Seifi, S. (2015). Focusing on Leadership, Resilience and Capacity Building to Address Elder Abuse in Immigrant Communities: Lessons Learned. Poster Presentation. Faculty Achievement Celebration at Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University. Toronto, ON. April 2.


Michael Brown

Academic History: PhD Candidate (York University), MSW (Wilfrid Laurier University),
BSW (University of Waterloo), Social Services Diploma (Conestoga College), BA in Philosophy and Religion & Culture (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Research Interests:

Social Work; Poverty; Social Change; Community-Based Research; Canadian Social Policy; Corporate Social Responsibility Activities of Leading Companies

Dissertation Title:
Studying Corporate Social Responsibility Activities for Low Income Individuals and Communities at the Canadian Banks

Professional Experience:

Outreach Worker and Affordable Housing Policy in Kitchener-Waterloo, 2004-2011, 2016-present.

Co-Founder and Volunteer for Voice and the Voiceless Productions, Inc. (documentary company), Waterloo, 2002-2006.

Publications/Conference Presentations:
Good Gingrich, L., Swift, K. & Brown, M. (2016). Social work education: The challenge of neoliberalism. In I. Taylor, M. Bogo, M. Lefevre, and B. Teater (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education.

Brown, M. (September, 2012). Critical discourse analysis of bank documents. Paper presented at the PhD Social Work symposium, York University, Ontario.


Fiona Edwards

Academic History: BA in Sociology, MSW (York University)

Research Interests:
Youth mental health, specifically the experiences of Afro-Caribbean youth who are diagnosed with a mental illness and the role stigma plays in influencing help seeking behaviours and attitudes.

Professional Experience:
I am a registered social worker providing psychotherapy/counselling support to youth and their families. I hold an advanced certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, I am a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor providing Mental Health First Aid training and education to adults who interact with youth to better assist in responding to a mental health crisis situation and to recognize signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder. I am also a registered safeTALk trainer whereby I train youth and adults in suicide awareness to better identify and support a person who is having suicidal ideation.


Helen Gateri

Academic History: MSW (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia), BA in Social Work (Ryerson University), Diploma in Community Based Development (Coady International Institute, Antigonish, Nova Scotia), Diploma in Social Work (Kobujo Social Development Institute, Eldoret, Kenya)

Research Interests:
Refugees and immigrants’ settlement issues, health care access and international migration, race, culture, class, equity, gender, discrimination, sexual orientation, diversity and HIV/AIDS.

Dissertation Title:
Exploring Barriers Refugees and Refugee Claimants Experience Accessing Reproductive Health Care in Toronto.

Professional Experience:
Teaching Assistant at York University, Part-Time Instructor at Ryerson University, Intake Social Worker for Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre Toronto, Ontario, Case Counselor for Woodgreen Community Centre, Toronto, Ontario, and Social Development Officer for Amani Housing Program, Nairobi, Kenya


Chizuru Ghelani

Academic History: MSW (Wilfrid Laurier), BA in Global Studies (Wilfrid Laurier), BA in English (Kansai Foreign Language University, Japan)

Research Interests:
Critical social work, non-status migrants, citizenship, border, the politics of human rights, settler colonialism, construction of refugeeness

Dissertation Title:
(Working title) - The politics of citizenship in settler colonial Canada: Social work with non-status migrants in the city of Toronto

Professional Experience:
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Riverdale Immigrant Women's Centre

Conference Presentations:
June 1-4 , 2015, “Towards critical social work with non-status migrants – Theoretical approaches”, Canadian Association for Social Work Education, Ottawa, Ontario

May 24-26, 2013, “Emergence of ‘refugees’ in Japan - Discourse analysis of Indochinese/ Vietnamese arrival between 1975-1981”. The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies, Osaka, Japan

May 28-31, 2012, “The politics of knowledge production in social work - The case of “refugees”. Canadian Association for Social Work Education, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

April 27-28, 2012, “In/Justice in refugee advocacy”. Centre for Refugee Studies Graduate Student Conference, York University, Toronto, Ontario

February 10-12, 2012, “Refugee making and national identity in Japan”. 21st Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University, New York City


Sasan IssariPhoto of Sasan Issari

Academic History: BA in Social Work (University of British Columbia, 2007), MSW (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia) - Thesis: ‘Naming Our Reality: Explori
ng Racism in Employment."

Research Interests: 
Equity, intersectional theory and practice, social policy, social work, critical theory, power/politics, human rights, social justice, post-colonial feminism, occupational training, public education, immigration and social inclusion.

Dissertation Title:
Working Title: The Experiences of Racialized Immigrants in Precarious Employment

Professional Experience:
Teaching Assistant at York University from September 2012 – Present, Lecturer at Dalhousie University, School of Social Work (On-line). Classes Taught:
SLWK 6341.03 Critical Perspectives on Social Work Practice Interventions, SLWK 3083.03 Intro to Research Methods and Statistics, SLWK 3084 07 Understanding Research and Research Methods in Social Work

Publications/Conference Presentations:

Peer Reviewed Publication
Bernard, W. T., Issari, S., Moriah, J., Njiwaji, M., Obgan, P., & Tolliver, A. (2012). Other mothering in the Academy: Using Maternal Advocacy for Institutional Change. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, 3(2). p. 103-120.

Peer Reviewed Presentation
Issari, I. (2016). The Experiences of Racialized Immigrants in Precarious Employment. Canadian Association of Social Work Education, Congress 2016 of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Calgary, University of Calgary, Alberta. May 31st.

Presentation
6th Annual Social Work Research Symposium at York University April 2013 Award of Excellence & Symposium October 2012
• Roundtable Discussion on “Employment and Belonging”. Presented as a co-panel speaker with Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard. Hosted by Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

Association of Black Social Workers October 2011
• Presented Thesis to employees and academics from a range of employee settings in Nova Scotia


Catherine KaptynPhoto of PhD student Cathy Kaptyn

Academic History: MSW (York University), Hons. BA in Social Work (York University), Hons. Addiction Studies Certificate (McMaster University), Certificate Program, TAPE, Introduction to Mental Health (University of Toronto), BA in Social Sciences (University of Western Ontario)

Research Interests:
Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Critical Social Work

Dissertation Title: Addressing the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Substance abuse/Mental Health Issues in the Partner Assault Response Program: A Holistic Approach

Professional Experience:
Teacher’s Assistant, School of Social Work, York University, Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice and Consultant, Clinical Supervisor, York Region Family Services - (Direct Accountability Program and Partner Abuse Response Program), Co-ordinator Partner Abuse Response Program Family Services York Region, Group Psychotherapist, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Child and Family Clinic, Part-time Group Facilitator, Muskoka-Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service, Addiction Counsellor, York Region Addiction Services, Women’s Counsellor, Men’s Counsellor, Transitional Support Worker, Resolve Program, Family Services and Credit Counselling Services, Community Service Order Program, Probation and Parole, Practicums: Mental Health Social Worker, HIV AIDS Clinic, Sunnybrook Health Sciences, Centre and Case Manager at York Support Services Network (YSSN)

Publications and Presentations:
I have conducted annual trainings for the York Regional Police Domestic Violence Course.
I have also trained new PAR facilitators and I wrote the PAR Facilitator Training Manual under the supervision of Family Services York Region (FSYR). Additionally, I edited the Manual for training Partner Contact Counsellors and provided training for York Region CAS workers with respect to the PAR Program and the Caring Dads Program. I led PAR Program presentations before Judges, Crown Attorneys, Victim Witness Office, and defence counsel as well as numerous community agencies. I wrote the curriculum for the Direct Accountability Program Anger Management Program and have conducted trainings throughout Ontario


Jennifer Kujathprofile pic-3

Academic History: BA Honours in Anthropology and History (double major), Carleton University; BSW Honours Post-Degree, York University; MSW, York University

Research Interests:

Subjectification; racialization; performativity of race; history; discourse

Professional Experience:

Community and residential work with LGBTQ2S+ spectrum youth; residential work with homeless/precariously housed youth; community work with youth aging/aged out of CAS care; volunteer management and training; youth programming development and facilitation; case management.

Publications:

Kujath, J., & Poon, M. K. L. (2016). Review of Narrating social work through autoethnography, edited by Stanley L. Witkin. China Journal of Social Work, 9(2), 178-180

Conference Presentations:

Kujath, J. (2017, May). Racialized social workers in Canada: At the intersection of resistance and complicity. Paper presented at Canadian Association of Social Work Education, Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Toronto, ON.

Kujath, J., & Bissoondial, K. (2016, Apr). LGBTQ2S+ youth homelessness and resilience. Presented at Implementing the Accepting Schools Act: The 2nd Annual Ontario Educators Conference. Toronto, ON


Najwa Eidda

Academic History: MSW (McGill University, Nov. 2000), Advanced Diploma in Social Work Supervision (Bethlehem University, Bethlehem, Palestine, June 1996), Hons. BA in Social Work (Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, Palestine, June 1986)

Research Interests:
Community-based Action Research, Community Organization, The Philosophy of Voluntarism, Program Planning and Evaluation in Community Advocacy Organizations, Human Rights and Empowerment, Pedagogy under Siege.

Silwadi-Eidda is greatly interested in the organizing experiences and activism of Palestinian women living under Israeli settler colonialism, and their ability to transfer their everyday struggle against multiple sites of oppression to agency and creative methods of resistance. To examine her research subject, Silwadi-Eidda builds on her first-hand experience working for 20 years with women, their children, families, and community who are facing different types of violence from the institutions, policies and practices of the settler colonialism such as home demolitions, limited access to education, family unification, and lack of freedom to move or speak.

For her doctoral research, Najwa hopes to build more space for these women’s experiences and agencies to be heard and recognized. Through the voices and stories of Palestinian women, she hopes to make a contribution to understanding the intersecting relations of power manifest in their experience of organizing to resist the humiliation and injustice that face them everyday.

Professional Experience:
Community Action Center (CAC), Jerusalem 1999-2013. Non-profit rights-based organization, affiliated with Al-Quds University Founding Director.

Jerusalem Community Advocacy Network (JCAN), Jerusalem 2009-2011 Expansion of CAC model to a network of rights-based centers operating in marginalized areas in East Jerusalem Founder & Organizational Consultant.

Jerusalem Unity, Office of the President, Ramallah 2001-2010 EU funded project in the Jerusalem Unit in the Office of the President of the Palestinian Authority Consultant. Commissioned by the Office of the President to conducted community-based research to evaluate the welfare sector in Jerusalem, as part of a multi-sector review.

Legislative Activity
Testimony before United Nations Secretariat of the International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory on the impact of settlements in East Jerusalem.

Community Service
The Welfare Association, Ramallah-Palestine; volunteered to coordinate strategic plans of welfare organizations in Jerusalem in accordance with the Presidents Office welfare report (2003-2005); Parent-Teacher Association of the Ramallah Friends School, Ramallah-Palestine; president (2003-2005); The Palestinian Authority’s Elections Committee of East Jerusalem; member (2006); Al-Quds Capital of Arab Culture, Jerusalem; member and organizer in the planning committee of the opening and closing ceremonies (2009-2011); Cooperation International South South (CISS), Hebron-Palestine; facilitated training of group of women activists in Hebron on women’s empowerment in theory and practice (2010); The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), Ramallah- Palestine; conducted training for women elected representatives in municipal councils on community mobilization (2006).

Publications/Conference Presentations:
Invited Conference Presentations
• Silwadi, N. (August, 2012). Community Education: the Case of the Community Action Center; Long Life Learning in Palestine Conference at Glasgow University, UK.

• Silwadi, N. (July, 2011). Community Mobilization and Gender Empowerment in East Jerusalem. Napoli, Milano and Roma; Italy.

• Silwadi, N. and Ben White (May, 2010). Capital Murder: Inside Israeli Authorities’ Regime of Discrimination and Control in Occupied East Jerusalem. Amnesty International, London, UK.

Research Studies
• Silwadi, N. and Mayo, P. (2012, November). Pedagogy under siege: long life learning in Palestine. Glasgow University

• Silwadi, N. (2011, March). Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR): A practical experience expanded community engagement in East Jerusalem. Community Action Center.

• Massarwa, L. and Silwadi, N. (2010, April). Community Case “Wisconsin Plan: From Welfare to Work; Palestinian Action, against Privatization and New Slavery, Community Action Center.


Anh Ngo

LinkedIn Profile: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/anh-ngo-6019359
Academic History:   Hon. BA in Psychology (University of Waterloo, 2004),
MSW (University of Toronto, 2006)

Research Interests:
Diaspora, immigration, settlement, subject formation, national identity construction, Cold War epistemology

Dissertation Title:
Ethnography of the Vietnamese community dynamics as related to the Canadian national identity formation.

Professional Experience:
Mental Health Worker at Hong Fook Mental Health Association, Mental Health Clinician (ACTT) at Mount Sinai Hospital, Executive Director for VWAT Family Services

Publications:

Maiter, S. & Ngo, A. (2017). The well-being of children from immigrant families. In M.C. Yan & U. Anucha (Eds.), Working with immigrants and refugees: A handbook for Social Work and Human Services. Toronto: ON, Oxford University Press Canada.

Ngo, A. (2016). A case study of the Vietnamese in Toronto: Contesting the representations of the Vietnamese in Canadian social work literature. Refuge, 32 (2), 20-29. Available online: http://refuge.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/refuge/article/view/40262

Ngo, Anh. (2016). "Journey to Freedom Day Act": The making of the Vietnamese subject in Canada and the erasure of the Vietnam War". Canadian Review of Social Policy, 75.

Conference Presentations:

Nobe-Ghelani, C. & Ngo, A. (2017). "In search for a place of critical action: Reflections on the Syrian refugee crisis." Canadian Association Social Work Education: Interrogating Social Work's Role in "Nation" Building, Ryerson University, ON

Ngo, A. (2016) "The making of the Vietnamese subject: A critical discourse analysis of the Journey to Freedom Day Act (Bill S-219)." Canadian Association Social Work Education Energizing social work communities: Bridging passion, theory, research and practice, The University of Calgary, AB

Ngo, A. (2016) "“Journey to Freedom Day Act”: The making of the Vietnamese subject in Canada and the erasure of the Vietnam War." Social Work’s 9th Annual Research Symposium, York University, Toronto, ON

Ngo, A. (2015) “The Vietnamese Subject in Canadian Social Work Literature.” YCAR Third International Graduate Student Conference: Changing Asia in the Globalizing World: Boundaries, Identity, and Transnationalism, York University, Toronto. May 1-2.


Theophilus OsawePhD student profile pic_Theo Osawe

Academic History: B.Sc. in Political Science & Public Administration (University of Benin, Nigeria), B.A. in Law and Society (York University), M.A. in Public Policy and Administration

Research Interests:
Critical International Social Work (Privatization, Globalization and Knowledge Capitalism in the Global South)

Professional Experience:
I am a Policy/Research Project Coordinator/Program Adviser with the Government of Ontario. Prior to joining the PhD program at York, I worked as a Policy and Project Coordinator with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in dealing with social policy issues. As a Program Adviser with the Office of the Fairness Commissioner, I worked with Ontario's Regulated Professionals to ensure transparent, objective, impartial and fair registration practices for both local and foreign trained professionals.


Hsin-Yun Pengjadenpeng-1

Academic History: MA in Gender Studies (Shih Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan)- Thesis: In the Face of Marriage: Survival Tactics of Taiwan's Nutongzhis (Lesbians), BS in Mental Rehabilitation, renamed Clinic Psychology (Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan)

Research Interests:

LGBTQ, Gender Studies, Employment Services, Immigration, Mental Health Services.

Professional experience:

Columnist in Bongchhi Women’s Newsletter; Case Manager in Taipei City Employment Services Office; Project manager in Taipei Parents Association of Autism, Taipei, Taiwan.

Publications:

Hsin-Yun Peng. 2013. “The Reflection on Sexual Discrimination in Workplace”, edited by Taipei Women’s

Center, Department of Social Welfare in Taipei City Government. Taipei Women (86). (Printed in Chinese)

Hsin-Yun Peng. 2011. “LGBTQ Social Movements in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China: Oral History Chronicle”. Forum in Women’s and Gender Studies 94:76-85. (Printed in Chinese)

Denise Tse Shang Tang, Hsin-Yun Peng. 2010. “The Girl is Looking: Musings on a Young Girl’s Po Subjectivity in Zero Chou Mei-Ling’s Drifting Flowers” in The Research of Taiwan directress 2000-2010. (Printed in Chinese)

Conference and Posters:

Hsin-Yun Peng. (2016, Mar) “Work Conditions and Health of LGBTQ Employees in Taiwan.” Accepted for poster in Rainbow Health Ontario’s 2016 Conference: Because LGTBQ Health Matters. London, ON.

Hsin-Yun Peng. (2013, Sep) “Exploratory Research on Sexual Orientation and Career Planning.” Poster in Conference: 2013 Occupational Health and Counseling Psychology, National Taichung University of Education (NTCU). (Printed in Chinese)

Hsin-Yun Peng, Ying-fan Chiang. (2011, Jul) “How to Pursue My Love and Life? The Friendship and Intimate Relationship of Taiwan’s Lesbians.” Video presentation in Women’s Worlds 2011 Conference, Ottawa.

Hsin-Yun Peng. (2010, Dec) “Reflecting, liberating, and constructing: The Tactics against the Marital Pressure of Taiwan's Lesbians.” Poster in The Next Taiwan Society? 2010 Taiwan Sociological Association, Annual Meeting. (Printed in Chinese)

Hsin-Yun Peng. (2009, Oct) “In the Face of Marriage: Survival Tactics of Taiwan's Nutongzhis.” The 3rd International Conference on Gender Equality Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. (Printed in Chinese)

Hsin-Yun Peng. (2008, May) “Butch Lesbian: Bodily Experience of Breast”. The Transition and Fusion of Sex, Body, and Intimacy Conference” SHU-TE University. (Printed in Chinese)


Donna RichardsPhD student profile pic_Donna Richards

Academic History: MSW in Social Justice & Diversity (University of Toronto), BSW, Honors (Ryerson University), BA (Sociology, University of Toronto)

Research Interests:
Black women, Caribbean women & mental health distress, access to mental health services, immigration, race, gender & the discourse (or not) of mental illness, post- colonial feminist & critical race theories

Professional Experience:
Tutorial Leader at York University, Counsellor (Concurrent disorder/addictions) for City of Toronto, and Clinician in Mental Health Services.


Rahma Siad-Togane

Academic History: HBA in International Studies & Sociology, MEd in Language, Culture & Teaching (York University)

Research Interests:
Immigration and diaspora communities, identity and identity development, Citizenship, Urban poverty and inner-suburban communities, racism/marginalization, community policing

Professional Experience:
Specializes in immigration counselling, youth development, community development, grant-writing, and curriculum development.


PhD student profile pic_AJ WithersAJ Withers

Academic History: MA in Critical Disability Studies (York University)

Research Interests:
Poor people's movements, poverty, disability, LGBT2QIA, gender studies, history of social work

Dissertation Title:
Mapping Ruling Relations Through Poor People's Resistance

Professional Experience:

Front-line anti-poverty organizer and direct action caseworker with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (2000-present)

Writing Instructor, York University Writing Centre (2014-2017)

Co-instructor, Community Resistance to the War on the Poor, World Institute for Social Change (2016)

Selected Publications:

(2016). Constructing difference, controlling deviance: The eugenic model. In G. Balfour, C. Brooks, W. Chan, E. Comack, G. MacDonald, K. Mirchandani, … A. J. Wither (Eds.), Gender, law & justice: A custom textbook from Fernwood (pp. 204–225). Black Point: Fernwood Publishing.

(2016). (Re)constructing and (re)habilitating the disabled body: World War One era disability policy and its enduring ramifications. Canadian Review of Social Policy / Revue Canadienne de Politique Sociale, 0(75), 30–58. (2014). Disability, divisions, definitions and disablism. In B. Burstow, B. LeFrancois & S. Diamond (Eds.), Psychiatry Disrupted: Theorizing Resistance and Crafting the (R)evolution. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.

(2014). Institutions and/as prisons: Mass incarceration, disability & white supremacy. The Peak, 5(53), 36-39.

(2014). Transformative justice and/as harm. Rebuild Printing, Toronto.

(2013). Disabling trans: Political implications and possibilities of constructions of trans as a disability. (Unpublished Masters of Arts MRP). York University, Toronto, Ontario.

Ben-Mosh, L., Nocella, A., & Withers, A. J. (2013). Queer-cripping anarchism. In C. B. Daring, J. Rogue, D. Shannon & A. Volcano (Eds.), Queering anarchism: Essays on gender, power, and desire. Oakland: AK Press. Co-author.

(2012). Disability politics and theory. Black Point: Fernwood.

(2012). Disablism within animal advocacy and environmentalism. In J. K. C. Bentley, J. M. Duncan & A. J. Nocella (Eds.), Earth, Animal, and Disability Liberation: The Rise of the Eco-Ability Movement. New York: Peter Lang.

 Selected Presentations:

(2016). (Re)constructing and (re)habilitating the disabled body: World War One era disability policy and its enduring ramifications. Critical Social Work Research Symposium Interdisciplinary Conversations on Social Transformation and Critical Practices. York University, Toronto.

(2015). Shocking into Compliance: TASERS, police Force, race and pathologization. Presented at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto.

(2014). The racialization of social work history: The erasure of black social work histories and its consequences. Transformative Social Work Education and Knowledge: Critical Practice in the New World Order, York University.

(2014). Disablism, white supremacy and resisting the prison industrial complex. International Conference on Prison Abolition, Ottawa.

(2014). Disableism within animal advocacy and environmentalism (Vol. Minneapolis). Presented at the Disability (and) Sustainability: The 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies.

(2014). Self-determination, colonialism and disability. Study in Action, Concordia University, Montreal.

(2014). Untold histories of social work, part 1: The Erasure of Black social work history and its present implications. National Joint Social Work Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines.


Edward Wongprofile

Academic History: York University - Master of Social Work;University of Toronto - Honours Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, and Historical and Cultural Geography

Research Interests:
Social work and violence, state violence, processes of racialization, psychiatry/social work and colonialism, mutual aid, social work history, Chinese diasporic history, anti-authoritarianism and anarchist thought
Professional Experiences:
Mental health: Canadian Mental Health Association: Transitional Youth Program; Mental Health and Justice; Safe bed Hong Fook Mental Health Association: Public Education; Community Work
Community Organizing:
No One Is Illegal/Education Not Deportation; Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty; Chinese Canadian National Council - Toronto Chapter and National Office; Ontario Public Interest Research Group - Toronto
Peer-Reviewed Publications:
Wong, E.H.S. (2016). “The brains of a nation”: The eugenicist roots of Canada’s mental
health field and the building of a white non-disabled nation. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 75.
Wong, E.H.S. (2012). Not Welcome: A Critical Analysis of Ableism in Canadian Immigration Policy from 1869 to 2011. Critical Disability Discourse, 4.
Wong, E.H.S. (2015). The Misappropriation of Intersectionality: Discomforts and Future
Trajectories. Manuscript in preparation.
Conference Presentations:
“The brains of a nation”: The eugenicist roots of Canada’s mental health field and the
building of a white non-disabled nation. York University 9th Annual Social Work Research Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2016.
“The Foreign Invasion of Canada”: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Representation of
Race, Immigration, and Foreignness in Canadian Mental Hygiene Movement Literature from 1918-1921. York University Social Work Graduate Practice Research Paper Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2013.