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Behnam Behnia

Associate Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2665
Email:behnam_behnia@carleton.ca
Office:607 Dunton Tower

Research Interests/ Current Research Projects:

  • Resettlement & Integration of Immigrants and Refugees
  • Treatment Adherence and Concordance
  • Trust and Trust-Building
  • Social Support Networks
  • Befriending/Formal Volunteering

Courses Thought:

  • Theories in Social Science and Social Work
  • Practice and Policy in Immigration
  • Social Work and Aging
  • Social Work Practice in Communities and Organizations
  • ‘Race’, Culture, and Social Work

Selected Publications:

2012 Volunteering with Newcomers: The Perspectives of Canadian- and Foreign-born Volunteers. Canadian Journal of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research. 3(2):6-23
2008 Trust Development: A Discussion of Three Approaches and a Proposed Alternative. British Journal of Social Work, 38(7):1425-1441.
2007 An Exploratory Study of Befriending Programs with Refugees: The Perspective of Volunteer Organizations. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee studies, 5(3):1-19.
2004 Trust Building from the Perspective of Survivors of War and Torture. Social Service Review, 78(1):26-40.
2004 Refugees’ Convoy of Social Support: Community Peer Groups and Mental Health Services. International Journal of Mental Health, 32(4):6-19.
2002 Friends and Caring Professionals as Important Support Resources of Survivors of War and Torture. International Journal of Mental Health, 30(4):3-18.

Selected Technical Reports:

2011. “Seniors Staying Connected: An Exploratory Study of Befriending Program with
Immigrant Seniors. Submitted to the New Horizons for Seniors. (51 pages)
2010 “Key Ingredients for Resilience-Oriented Preparedness, Response and Recovery
Activities to Support High-Risk Populations: Summary of Recommendations for
Key-Informant Interviews”. O’Sullivan, T.; Behnia, B.; Corneil W.; Lemyre, L.;
Yaya, S.; Fahim, C. & Ghazzawi, A. Submitted to The Public Health Agency of
Canada and The Centre for Security Science. (18 pages)
2010 Formal Volunteering with Newcomers: The Perspectives of Volunteers.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Ontario Region. (45 pages)
2005 The Panel Study on Homeless: Secondary Data Analysis of Responses of Study Participants Whose Country of Origin is not Canada. National Secretariat on Homelessness (53 pages) (Klodawsky, F; Aubury, T.; Behnia, B.; Nicholson, C.; Young, M.)
2003 Volunteering with Refugees: An exploratory study of the Befriending Program. Canadian Mental health Association, Ottawa. (27 pages)
2000 Recruiting and Retaining Latin American- and Somali-Canadian Volunteers: Suggestions for Mainstream Organizations. Gloucester Centre for Community Resources (30 pages) (With Betty Bergin)
1999 Survivors of War and Torture: Support Networks and Help-Seeking Experiences. The Canadian Mental health Association, Ottawa (56 pages)

Selection of Conference Presentations:

2015 Mitigating the Challenges of Social Isolation: Befriending with Elderly Immigrants. Association for Non Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), University of Ottawa.
2014 From Adherence to Concordance to Communicative Action. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brock University.
2013 Ageing in a Foreign Land & Kindness of Strangers: An inquiry into the Stability of Befriending with Socially Isolated Elderly Immigrants. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria.
2012 Befriending with Socially Isolated Immigrant Seniors: Contributions,
Challenges & Interpretations of a Helping Relationship. Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, Banff.
2010 Cross-cultural communication with Older Adults. Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montreal.
2009 First Generation Immigrants & the Challenge of Volunteering with Mainstream Organizations. Association for Non Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Ottawa.
2009 Client-Professional Concordance: The Role of Communication. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ottawa.
2008 Formal Volunteering with Older Adults and the Challenge of Volunteer Retention. Canadian Association on Gerontology, London, Ontario.
2008 A symbolic Interactionist Approach to Volunteer Retention. Association for Non Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Vancouver.
2007 Intersubjectivity and Treatment Adherence in Older Adults: An Application of Habermas’ theory of Communicative Action. Canadian Association on Gerontology, Calgary. (with Faranak Aminzadeh).
2007 Trust development in Older Clients and Professional Relationship: A Conceptual Discussion. Canadian Association on Gerontology, Calgary.
2005 Demographic Characteristics, Housing History, Health Status, and Service Utilization of Foreign Born and Canadian Born Homeless Individuals in Ottawa. Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, Ottawa.
2005 A Framework to Build Trusting Relationships with Seniors who are Survivors of Past Traumatic Experiences. Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, Ottawa (with Faranak Aminzadeh).
2005 Comparing Foreign Born and Canadian Born Homeless Individuals. Metropolis Conference on Homelessness in Canada. London.

Selection of Funded Research:

2009-13 Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear and Explosives Research and Technology Initiative, $ 1,998,000.
“Enhancing Resilience Among High Risk Populations to Maximize Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery.” Co-investigator.
2010-11 The New Horizons for Seniors Program, $24,000
“Seniors Staying Connected: An exploratory study of seniors, diversity and volunteerism.”
Principal Investigator
2009-10 Citizenship and Immigration Canada, $50,632.00
“Formal Volunteering with Newcomers: The Perspectives of Volunteers”
Principle Investigator
2004-06 SSHRC, $100,000.00.
“Identifying Facilitators and Obstacles to Overcoming Homelessness”. Co-Investigator.
2004 National Secretariat on Homelessness. $25,382.00.
“The Panel Study on Homelessness: Secondary Data Analysis of Responses of Study Participants whose Country of Origin is not Canada.” Co-Investigator.
1999 Department of Canadian Heritage, $15,000. “Recruiting and Retaining Latin American- and Somali-Canadian Volunteers: Suggestions for Mainstream Organizations. Co-Investigator.
1999 Trillium Foundation, $8,000. “Survivors of War and Torture: Support Networks and Help-Seeking Experiences.” Principal Investigator

Selection of Invited Presentations & Workshops:

2010 “Immigrant Seniors’ Quality of Life: Policy and Practice Implications,” Presented at “Policy Solution for a Post-Recovery Canada”. Conference organized by Carleton University.
2009 “Cross-Cultural Communication in Service Delivery.” Workshop presented in Psychosocial-Spiritual Issues and Multiculturalism in Health Care. Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital’s Professional development Program, Ottawa
2009 “Trust-Building with Survivors of War and Torture.” Presented at Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa
2008 “Volunteering with Canadian- and Foreign-Born Older Adults.” Presented to volunteer coordinators. LHIN’s Immigrant Seniors Engagement Program, Ottawa.
2005 “The role of Trust in Enhancing the Process of Self-Disclosure among Refugee Population.” Presented to counselors of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, Ottawa.