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Karen Schwartz

Professor, (on leave July 1 2023 – June 30, 2024)

Degrees:PhD (Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3552
Office:511B Tory Building
Website:Associate Vice-President (Research and International) and International Liaison Officer

Administrative Leave July 1 2023 – June 30, 2024

Courses Taught:

  • Research and Evaluation in Social Work
  • Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • Direct Intervention
  • Spirituality and Social Work
  • Honours Integrative Seminar
  • Practice Skills in Social Work
  • Social Work Practice: Individuals, Families and Groups
  • Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
  • Coercion or Treatment: Analysis of Community Treatment Orders and the Amendments to the Mental Health Code

Research Interests/ Current Research Projects:

  • Community-Engaged Scholarship and Community-Engaged Research
  • Mental Health issues from the perspective of the psychiatric survivor and mental health needs of multi-cultural groups
  • International social work practices
  • Structural approaches to social work practice
  • Use of technology in social work education and practice


van de Sande, A., & Schwartz, K. (2017). Research for Social Justice: A Community-Based Participatory Approach, Second Edition, Fernwood Press: Halifax, Nova Scotia. 302 pages

Schwartz, K., Barlow, C., & Kreitzer, L., MacDonald, L. (2014) Sherpa in Your Backpack: A Guide to International Exchanges. De Sitter Publications, Whitby, Ontario. 185 pages

van de Sande, A., & Schwartz, K. (2011). Research for Social Justice: A Community Based Perspective, Fernwood Press: Halifax, Nova Scotia. 190 pages 

Most Recent Articles

Lahaie, C., Wiebe, M., Schwartz, K., (2017). “Looking at Field through A Structural Lens”, Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 14(3),

Douglas, S., Kuzmarov, B., Sucharov, M., Schwartz, K. Todd, S., (2017). “Teaching Subjectivity: Interdisciplinary Insights”, Canadian Journal for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, 7(2), DOI:

Furlotte, C.1 & Schwartz, K. (2017). “Mental Health Experiences of Older Adults Living with HIV: Uncertainty, Stigma and Approaches to Resilience”, Canadian Journal on Aging, 17(2),   doi:10.1017/S0714980817000022.

Schwartz, K., Weaver, L., Pei, N. & Miller, A. (2016) Community-Campus Partnerships, Collective Impact & Poverty Reduction, Community Development, published online DOI: 10.1080/155575330.215.1128955

Pei, N., Feltman, J., Ford, I. & Schwartz, K. (2015). “Best Practices for Implementing a Living Wage Policy in Canada: Using community-campus partnerships to further the community’s goal”, The Engaged Scholar Journal, 1(118).

Giwa, S. & James, C.E., Anucha, U., & Schwartz, K. (2014) “Community Policing—A Shared Responsibility: A Voice-Centered Relational Method Analysis of a Police/Youth-of-Colour Dialogue”, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 12(3), 218-245. (One of three most downloaded articles that were published and downloaded in 2014 in Routledge Social Sciences journal.)

Video Links

Listen to Prof. Schwartz discuss how she manages the research projects students take on with community partners.


Board member-Community Based Research Canada

Academic co-chair CFICE Steering Committee

International Association of Schools of Social Work

Editor- Canadian Social Worker

Canadian Association of Social Workers

Ontario Association of Social Workers Mental Health Advisory Committee

Canadian Association of  Social Work Education

Finance and Human Relations Committee, South-East Ottawa Community Health Center

Positions Held

Interim Associate Vice President (Research & International)

Associate Dean Research & International, Faculty of Public Affairs

MSW Field Coordinator

Supervisor of the Undergraduate Program

Member of the Senate