The School of Social Work is committed to supporting collaborative, inter-disciplinary research opportunities for faculty and students.


Our school is home to active programs of research focused on some of the most challenging health and social issues facing Canadians.

Associate Professor Rachelle Hole is
Co-Director of The Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship. The Centre is a a partnership between the UBC School of Social Work, community living organizations and supporters seeking to further the inclusion and full citizenship of people with intellectual disabilities and their families locally, nationally and globally. Research is conducted in several key policy areas such as employment, transition planning for youth, non-residential supports and alternatives, home sharing aging, healthcare and assistive technology. The centre also works closely with individuals with developmental disabilities locally and across the province. It is the only university based research centre in Canada with a dedicated focus on intellectual disability policy and practice. Visit the centre 

Dr. Susan J. Wells was awarded infrastructure funding from the Canadian Fund for Innovation to establish a unique research centre focused on services for children and families. The Centre is dedicated to identifying the differential effectiveness of child welfare interventions for diverse Canadian populations and supporting the implementation of these services. Attention to diverse populations is exceedingly important as Canada seeks to redress the many historic wrongs associated with child welfare and other government-funded services.

In recognition of the importance of inter-professional collaboration in this work, the Centre is situated in the Faculty of Health and Social Development and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The Centre contributes to research for evidence-based practice and participates in training the next generation of researchers, clinicians, and policy makers through training graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Visit the Centre

Faculty Research

Curious about faculty research projects? Visit our faculty directory for profiles.

Faculty Profiles


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