Projects

We have worked in different capacities on a variety of research projects - as principal investigators, project coordinators, consultants, or advisory team members. We have provided research, consulting, or project management services for community-based, academic, and governmental organizations. The following are a few select projects in each of these areas.

Most recent work

  • Working with a national cancer organization to conduct a series of consultations with healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers, and volunteers across Canada: Data was collected on the top priorities in psychosocial and supportive care, and a final report was created that included:
    • a patient education tool to promote optimal information sharing and communication among patients and healthcare teams
    • a comprehensive 'vision' document regarding person-centred care
  • Researching and creating a Learning Kit for volunteers in cancer care: The kit is an evidence-based educational tool that is informed by recent research in psychosocial and person-centred care.
  • Developing a social diversity training tool to assist organizations in implementing equity policies in healthcare settings.
  • Editing a series of academic papers and a scholarly book.
  • Editing a series of healthcare education tools, program implementation guides, practice guidelines, and reports.
 

     

Community-based projects

   
  • Working with a coalition of legal clinics and community-based organizations, to research and write a series of fact sheets on poverty among racialized groups in Ontario.
  • Working with a cancer support organization to carry out a community-based study, and producing an accessible booklet based on the data, for patients, caregivers, and healthcare organizations.
  • Conducting a participatory "creative dissemination" project resulting from research on the health and well-being of formerly homeless older adults.
  • Coordinating a participatory action research project on aging in place to create fact sheets and a "map" of aging in place for use by service providers and community members.
  • Consulting on a community-based research project on the health and well-being of Spanish-speaking seniors in Toronto.
 

     

Academic projects

   
  • A research project with social workers, which used interviews and focus groups to understand their training and experience in working with clients from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds.
  • A literature review and analysis leading to the design of a new graduate course on race and human geography.
  • A study on cancer education materials for patients to assess the materials' relevance and quality for racial minority and immigrant women, and to make recommendations for more inclusive and integrated information.
  • An ethnographic study of institutional relations involved in the delivery of English as a Second Language programs for adult immigrants and refugees.
 

     

Governmental projects

   
  • Conducting an analysis of second language training programs for older adults across Canada resulting in recommendations for best practices and program enhancements.
  • Working with a national anti-racism organization to produce a report for the United Nations: The 100-page report addressed Canada's record of compliance with ICERD, the UN's International Covenant on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
  • Coordinating a multi-methods research project on housing evictions in the GTA from a policy and lifecourse perspective.
   

     

Grants

   

We have lead or participated in successful grant applications from various funding bodies, including:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Heritage Canada
  • National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC)
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Trillium Health
  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)
  • Citzenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
  • National Homelessness Initiative (NHI)