Sarah Dow-Fleisner

Assistant Professor

Social Work
Office: ART135

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Development trajectories and resilient functioning of children and families in high-risk contexts; Parent-child and sibling relationships in families experiencing parental mental illness and substance use; Intervention and prevention programs for families and children; Utilization of advanced statistical methodology to examine complex social phenomenon.

Courses & Teaching

SOCW525: Human Development for Clinical Social Work
SOCW553: Research Methods and Evidence in Clinical Social Work Practice
SWK382: Social Work Research Methods II
SWK707: Research for Social Work Practice

Directed Studies:
SOCW541: Directed Studies in Human Development in the context of forced family separation
SOCW541: Directed Studies in Research Methods and Statistical Analysis in Child Welfare Research
PSYO509: Directed Studies in Applied Mixed Methods Research
HMKN 545: Special Topics in Health and Exercise Sciences: Resilience and quality of life among survivors of intimate partner violence related brain injury


Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families:

Research Gate:

Google Scholar:



PhD in Social Work, Boston College
MA in Child Development, Tufts University
BSc (honours) in Child Development, Colby-Sawyer College
BA (honours) in Psychology, Colby-Sawyer College

Research Interests & Projects

Principal Investigator (July 2017 – March 2022Child Protective Services Organizational Environment, Practice, & Outcomes (SSHRC Insight Grant)

  • The purpose of this project is to determine the relationships among organizational environment, approach to practice, and case outcomes in a diverse array of CPS delegated Indigenous agencies in British Columbia.


Selected Publications & Presentations

Dow-Fleisner, S. J., Pandey, S., Baum, C., & Hawkins, S. S. (2021). Heterogeneity in Child Health and Well-Being in the Context of Maternal Depression: A Latent Profile Analysis. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research12(1), 131-154.

Dow-Fleisner, S., & Hawkins, S. S. (2018). Child physical well-being in the context of maternal depression. Social Work Research42(2), 95-105.

Stene, K. L., Dow-Fleisner, S. J., Ermacora, D., Agathen, J., Falconnier, L., Stager, M., & Wells, S. J. (2020). Measuring the quality of care in kinship foster care placements. Children and Youth Services Review116, 105-136.

Struik, L. L., Dow-Fleisner, S., Belliveau, M., Thompson, D., & Janke, R. (2020). Tactics for drawing youth to vaping: Content analysis of electronic cigarette advertisements. Journal of medical Internet research22(8), e18943.

Hawkins, S. S., Dow-Fleisner, S., & Noble, A. (2015). Breastfeeding and the affordable care act. Pediatric Clinics62(5), 1071-1091.

See Google Scholar for Full List of Publications:

Selected Grants & Awards

Principal Investigator (July 2017 – March 2022Child Protective Services Organizational Environment, Practice, & Outcomes (SSHRC Insight Grant)

Principal Investigator (April 2020 – March 2022) Using Linked Data to Examine the Impact of Family Adversity on Academic Wellbeing (Collaborative Research Mobility Award (Collaborative Research Mobility Award)

Co-applicant (January 2019 – January 2022) – Rural Health Equality Research Cluster (UBC Eminence Fund)

Co-Principal Applicant (January 2020 – January 2021) – Youth Vaping Assessment, Prevention and Early intervention (Y-VAPE): A combined policy and intervention approach to curb youth vaping. (CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant)


The impact of COVID19 on youth development:

Kinship foster care placement:

Vaping advertising and youth e-cigarette use:

Tool for measuring racial socialization practices among lesbian, gay, and heterosexual adoptive parents:

E-cigarette advertising and youth vaping:




Apologies, but no results were found.