Meet the Team

Co-Investigators

Co-Investigators bring social work research, field education, and training mentorship experience to the partnership.

Collaborators

Collaborators support the partnership through research and training initiatives.

Partners

Partners include Canadian and foreign post-secondary institutions, professional associations, regulatory bodies, government departments and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, who support partnership activities.

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Dr. Julie Drolet, PhD, RSW

Project Director

Dr. Julie Drolet is Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary and Project Director of the TFEL partnership. Her research in the field of international social work focuses on disaster social work, immigrant settlement and integration, social protection, social development, and social work field education. She is a registered social worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). She collaborates with several interdisciplinary teams of scholars on various research project, and employs numerous students as research assistants.

Dr. Emmanuel Chilanga, PhD, MSW, MSc

Project Coordinator

August 2021 – July 2022

As Project Coordinator for TFEL, Emmanuel is responsible for organizing and coordinating the activities and administrative needs for the TFEL partnership project. Emmanuel completed his MSW and PhD in Social Work at McGill University. He will coordinate TFEL activities for one year. TFEL wishes Dr. Olena Babenko all the best during her leave.

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Postdoctoral Scholars

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Dr. Wasif Ali, MS, PhD
Start Date: November 2020
Dr. Wasif Ali’s educational background, academic training, and professional experience have focused on community development and qualitative field studies. He was awarded a research fellowship at Life Cycle Management Lab, School of Engineering – University of British Columbia, as part of his PhD program.

Dr. Ali began his professional career with the Asian Development Bank as a community development expert for the Pakistan region. He led and coordinated community and stakeholder engagement initiatives and established a sustainable development center at the University of Management and Technology (UMT) Pakistan. Before joining TFEL, he served UNICEF as a national consultant in the Asia Pacific Region.

As an assistant professor, he has taught Social Work Theory and Practice, Community Development and Social Sustainability.  His research has been published in international scholarly journals and presented in various conferences/forums.

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Dr. Vibha Kaushik, MSW, RSW, MA, PhD
Start Date: January 2021
Dr. Vibha Kaushik is a mixed-methods researcher. In her PhD. dissertation, she focused on the settlement and integration needs of skilled immigrants, a research project that was partly funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Her areas of research interest include social work with newcomers, newcomer integration, diversity and intersectionality, linguistic challenges of non-native speakers, age-friendly communities, and mixed-methods research. Her research projects have yielded five peer-reviewed publications as first author and twenty-four peer-reviewed presentations at national and international conferences. In addition to research, Dr. Kaushik also has a passion for teaching; she has taught a diversity of research courses and offered field supervision to graduate practicum students in a variety of placements.

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Dr. Evalyna Bogdan, BSc, MSc, PhD
Start Date: September 2021

Eva (Evalyna) Bogdan, Ph.D. is an environmental and disaster sociologist with a background in adult and online education. She is a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Calgary, focusing on creating new innovative training in social work field education to address both the lack of training in disaster contexts as well as the shortage of quality practicums. Dr. Bogdan is particularly interested in creating innovative educational and engagement strategies to strengthen societal disaster resilience. This includes designing with community the We’re Ready! Community Disaster Preparedness workshops (www.wereready.org) after the 2013 Alberta flood. Also, designing the Flood Resilience Challenge serious game (www.frcgame.com) with an engineer to enhance collective decision-making among diverse stakeholders on flood risk management. More information and publications can be found at www.evabogdan.ca.

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Dr. Jacqueline Fields, BSW, RSW, MBA, PhD 
November 2020 – April 2021
Dr. Jacqueline Fields is a Social Work Educator at the Faculty of Social Work (Calgary Division), University of Calgary. Her areas of interest include collaborative leadership in social services and educational leadership in post-secondary institutions. She has been the research coordinator for several large projects, notably, child maltreatment, and a Teaching Scholars Program which yielded two publications and multiple conference presentations.

The TFEL Project would like to thank Dr. Jacqueline Fields for her contributions as a post-doctoral scholar. We wish her well in her new tenure-track faculty position.

Steering Committee

Wasif Ali, Postdoctoral Scholar (UCalgary)

Marion Bogo, Co-Investigator (UofT)

Grant Charles, Co-Investigator (UBC)

Clement Dlamini, Partner (University of Eswatini)

Lena Dominelli , Co-Investigator (IASSW)

Julie Drolet, Project Director (UCalgary)

Lisa Elford, Partner (Habitus Consulting Collective)

Stephane Grenier, Partner (CASWE)

Vibha Kaushik, Postdoctoral Scholar (UCalgary)

Sheri McConnell, Co-Investigator  (MUN)

Sally St. George, Co-Investigator (UCalgary)

Daniel Wulf, Co-Investigator (UCalgary)

Practicum Students

Lula Adam, MSW Practicum Student
Fall 2020

Mohammad (Omid) Idris Alemi, MSW Practicum Student
Spring/Summer 2020

Raman Ball, BSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Joan Bosire, MSW Practicum Student
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020

Hilary Daum, MSW Practicum Student
Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Kaylin Epp, MSW Practicum Student
Fall 2021

Marci Fisk, BSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Marina Hirning, BSW Practicum Student
Spring/Summer 2020

Lara Kahn, MSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Kamal Khatiwada, MSW Practicum Student
Fall/Winter 2021

Tabitha Logan, BSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Cindy Nguyen, MSW Practicum Student
Spring/Summer 2020

Amy Nhkum, MSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Siyu (Krystal) Peng, MSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Ruth Reina, MSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Olivia Reyers, BSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Andrea Rosenberger,  BSW Practicum Student
Spring/Summer 2020

Shivani Samra, BSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Yeonjoo (Jamie) Seo, MSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Lacey Stewart, BSW Practicum Student
Spring/Summer 2020

Heather Shenton, BSW Practicum Student
Spring/Summer 2020

Elladee Windsor, MSW Practicum Student
Winter 2021

Research Assistants

Lula Adam, MSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020

Diana Adamo, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Mohammad Idris Alemi, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Abimbola Ariyo, Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2021

Cara Au, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Lauren Birks, MSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 19/Winter/Spring 20

Joan Bosire, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020/Winter 2021

Melanie Brooks, Student Research Assistant
Fall 2021

Nicole Brown, BSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020/Winter/Spring/Summer 2021

Nikki Cheslock, BSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Emmanuel Chilanga, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Tara Collins, PhD Candidate & Research Assistant
Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Miles Cooke, Student Research Assistant
Summer 2021

Alison Coutinho, Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2021

Milene da Silva, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020

Hilary Daum, MSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Emma De Vynck, MSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020/Winter/Spring 2021

Alana Dick, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Kaylin Epp, Student Research Assistant
Fall 2021

Vanessa Finley-Roy, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Andrea Silva Santisteban Fort, Student Research Assistant
Summer/Fall 2021

Clarissa Foss, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020

Monica Franco, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter/Spring/Summer 2021

Tianyi Gao, Student Research Assistant
Summer 2021

Miranda Gamboa, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Martin Gendron, Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2021

Raquel Harris-Wright, Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2021

Jesse Henton, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Marina Hirning, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Oriana Ho, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Heather Holdsworth, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Jesse Holt, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Lavender Huang, MSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Illana Huckell, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Allison Iriye, MSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020/Winter/Spring/Summer 2021

Louisa Jaslow, BSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Eleni Kelly, Student Research Assistant
Winter 2021

Kamal Khatiwada, Student Research Assistant
Fall 2021

Shannon Klassen, Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2021

Kristina Laban, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Ashley Labossiere , BSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020

Emma Lee, MSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020

Erin Leveque, Student Research Assistant
Fall 2021

Ory Li Pi Shan, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Kerry Lowe, MSW Student Research Assistant
Fall 2020

Jamie Maher, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter/Fall 2021

Godfrey Makoha, Student Research Assistant
Fall 2021

Amy Martin, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter/Fall 2021

Ellen Mi, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter/Spring/Summer 2021

Lauren Migrino, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Nate Mosseau, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Nozipho Moyo, BSW Student Research Assistant
Winter 2020

Yassannah Nurudeen Musah, Student Research Assistant
Fall 2021

Francine Nelson, Habitus Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2021

Cindy Nguyen, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Amanda Nickerson, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Jenna Nieves MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020

Melissa Noble, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Jessica Ossais, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Monika Paktas, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Elisa Poon, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Alicia Revington, BA Website & Social Media Coordinator
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall 2021

Monica Romero, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Andrea Rosenberger-Deleeuw, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Imogene Roulson, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Shivani Samra, BSW Student Research Assistant
Winter 2021

Aly Muhammad Salim, Student Research Assistant
Summer/Fall 2021

Sasha Sharma, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Heather Shenton, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Sebastian Shinwell, MSW Student Research Assistant
Winter 2021

Lacey Stewart, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Dillon K. Traber, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Gabriela Verdicchio, BSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer 2020

Jeff Walsh, P.H.d Candidate
Fall 2020/Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall 2021

Jayden Wickman, BSW Student Research Assistant
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Tamar Wolofsky, MSW Student Research Assistant
Spring/Summer/Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Ying Yang, Global Mitacs Intern, China
Spring/Summer/Fall 2021

Dan Zhang, Student Research Assistant
Summer/Fall 2021

Jingzi Zhou, Global Mitacs Intern, China
Spring/Summer/Fall 2021

Esmaa Zioueche, BSW Student Research Assistant
Winter 2020

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