I have current funding for doctoral students and am seeking curious future scholars committed to understanding and addressing inequalities in child and family wellbing. I strongly encourage applications from underrepresented and traditionally excluded scholars, including racialized, Indigenous, and first generation students. I am committed to offering a challenging yet supportive learning environment that is informed by my efforts to build my own teaching and mentoring capacity to support students who are different than me.


PhD students

  • Ines de Pierola de Lucio
  • Terese Jones
  • Katrina Cherney (2020) Dissertation title: Emerging in Debt: Understanding the Impact of Student Debt on the Subjective Financial Wellbeing of Emerging Adults in the United States and Canada
  • Nahid Sultana (2020) Dissertation title: Asset Poverty among Immigrants to Canada: Prevalence, Changes Over Time, and Asset Holding Patterns
  • Mohammad Khan (2018) Dissertation title: Understanding the Disparity in Financial Capability Across Individuals’ Social Locations: A new Dimension of Inequality
  • Soyoon Weon (2017) Dissertation title: The Condition of Asset Poverty and the Impact of an Asset-based Intervention in South Korea

MSW students

  • Meagan Reinish (2015) ISP title: Policy position: Promoting universal early childhood education and care in Canada
  • Leah Freeman (2015) ISP title: Searching for an integrated social work practice
  • Rebecca Freedman (2015) ISP title: Sons as caregivers: An under-researched contender in primary care for aging parents
  • Maria Cresta (2015) ISP title: Impact of economic strain on family relationships
  • Amanda Howes (2015) ISP title: Deinstitutionalization and discussions for social work practice: Revisiting the values, the process and recent challenges, with a focus on British Columbia
  • Katrina Cherney (2014) ISP title: Saving for post-secondary education amongst low-income Canadians: Literature review and empirical analysis
  • Sarah Gutman (2014) ISP title: The nuance of aging with a lifelong intellectual disability: Are needs being met?
  • Anne Blumenthal (2014) Thesis title: An examination of the prevalence and Predictors of asset poverty in Canadian families
  • Christopher Charlton (2013). ISP title: Effects of childhood poverty: Educational and personal attainment
  • Rashida Bhaiji (2013). ISP title: The evolution of social welfare: An analysis of current social welfare in Canada and Alberta
  • Sebastian Mott (2012). ISP title: Modelling patterns of shelter use at the Old Brewery Mission: Describing program populations and applying a typology of homelessness
  • Angela Wilson (2012). ISP title: An exploration of the challenges to development for the Endorois indigenous minority of Kenya
  • Nicholas Salter (2011). ISP title: An analysis of the implications of social media for social work community practice

Honors Theses

  • Dillon Koch (2018). The Social Safety Net and Child Poverty in Oregon
  • Lexi Welch (2017). Foster Care Disparities in Oregon Across Race/Ethnicity and Economic Characteristics