Katherine Katherine Occhiuto
|Degrees:||MSW, Focuses: Direct Intervention, and Social Administration and Policy (Carleton University) BA, Political Science and Communications Studies (York University)|
|Office:||629 Dunton Tower|
MSW, Focuses: Direct Intervention, and Social Administration and Policy (Carleton University)
BA, Political Science and Communications Studies (York University)
After having the opportunity to work in a variety of community, mental health, and policy settings, I was motivated to step back, reflect, and build on my experiences. And here I am.
While pursuing my PhD, I work as a mental health counsellor and support a variety of different research projects including as Lab Manager and the Leader Research Assistant for the Sim Social Work Research Lab, https://carleton.ca/socialwork/simlab/
I was first drawn to Carleton’s School of Social Work for my Masters. I chose Carleton for three reasons. 1) The ability to specialize in both direct practise and social policy, 2) the school’s deep history and commitment to approaching social work through a social justice lens, and 3) location; Canada’s Capital Region is home to the federal government and many non-profit and NGO organizations.
My MSW experience was both rewarding and challenging, which drew me back to school.
I am interested in the effects of the increasing reliance on community charities to provide basic needs.
My research asks: How do low-income mothers navigate complex networks of supports to meet their basic needs? And, what effects do these experiences have on them, and the interdependent communities to which they belong?
Poverty and the working poor; community practice; youth; clinical social work from a social justice perspective; women and mental health; Canadian social policy; research and evaluation in social work
Dr. Sarah Todd (Thesis Supervisor, Social Work)
Dr. Jennifer Robson (Political Management)
Dr. Susan Phillips (Public Policy and Administration)
Dr. Therese Jennissen (Social Work)