Tanya Sharpe joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty in July 2018 after serving as an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work for 11 years. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Boston College located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Sharpe is a community-based researcher who is passionately committed to the development of culturally responsive approaches and sustainable opportunities allowing Black communities to thrive in the face of homicide violence. Her research examines sociocultural factors that influence the coping strategies of Black family members and friends of homicide victims.
Tara Black joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in October 2013 as an Assistant Professor on a contractually limited-term appointment (CLTA). Prior to this, she worked for the FIFSW as a Sessional Lecturer for three years. Dr. Black has over ten years of experience in various capacities including positions at youth treatment centres, front-line child protection, co-manager for the 2008 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2008), and most recently managing the OCANDS (Ontario Child Abuse and Neglect Data Systems) project at the University of Toronto.
Lin Fang joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 2008. She is currently an Associate Professor, holds the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Children’s Mental Health and is the Director of the PhD Program. Lin has over 10 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State. Prior to joining FIFSW, she was a research scientist and an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University. Lin’s program of research has focused on advancing the theoretical and empirical knowledge of positive child and youth development through etiology and intervention research as well as community-based research and services. She has published and presented widely in the areas of adolescent substance use, information and communication technologies (ICTs), and mental health and cross-cultural experiences among immigrant youth.
Ashley Quinn is an Assistant Professor with FIFSW and recipient of the Joseph Armand Bombardier SSHRC scholarship for doctoral research on the factors contributing to cultural identity and the development of community-based outcome measures for Indigenous families involved in the child welfare system. Dr. Quinn’s research interests focus on Indigenous research methods and ethics protocols including further exploration of culturally engaged caregiving in the child welfare system, Indigenous Alternative Dispute Resolution programs for Indigenous families who have had their children apprehended by the child welfare system, the application of Indigenous historical, contextual and contemporary factors in criminal, family and child welfare law matters, and wholistic approaches and Indigenous perspectives in social work education.
Dr. Lance T. McCready is the lead researcher for the Making Spaces Lab and an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Director (Interim) of the Transitional Year Programme at University of Toronto. His research explores education, health and the well-being of Black men, boys and queer youth in urban communities and schools. He is the author of Making Space for Diverse Masculinities published by Peter Lang and is Principal Investigator of the Black Student University Access Network and Restorative Justice African, Caribbean, Black Family Group Conferencing Project. He is the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Research Scholar Award from the Ontario Education Research Symposium.
Shelley L. Craig joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 2009 as an Assistant Professor. She served as an Associate Dean, Academic from 2016-2019. She is currently a full Professor and holds a Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth. Dr. Craig’s program of research focuses on cultivating resilience in marginalized populations through innovative, community-based interventions. Her primary specializations are: (1) understanding the needs of sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY), particularly the role of information and communication technologies on their mental health and well-being (2) developing tailored interventions to address the mental health disparities of SGMY (3) exploring the skills and interventions used by health social workers to impact the social determinants of health (3) developing competent social work practitioners through effective social work education.
Barbara Fallon is a full Professor and holds a Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare. She was the Associate Dean of Research from 2015-2019 and the PhD Director from 2013-2015. Her research focuses on the collection and sharing of reliable, valid national and provincial data to provide an evidence-based understanding of the trajectories of children and families in the child welfare system. She is currently the Scientific Director of The First Nations/Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (FN/CIS) 2019 and the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (OIS) 2018.