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Katherine Occhiuto

PhD Student

Degrees:MSW (Carleton), BA (York)
Office:629 Dunton Tower

Katherine Occhiuto


Office: 629 Dunton Tower


MSW, Focuses: Direct Intervention, and Social Administration and Policy (Carleton University)

BA, Political Science and Communications Studies (York University)

About Me:

I began my PhD in the School of Social Work in 2016. I bring to my studies experiences in community practice, community engaged research, youth work, mental health counseling from a social justice perspective, violence against women and social policy analysis.

Why Carleton:

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 practice and social policy, 2) the school’s structural approach, which critically examines social structures that result in the social and economic dislocation of disenfranchised groups, 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 the school.

My Research:

My proposed study seeks to understand the experiences of women who need charitable assistance within our neoliberal, individualistic state. I want to understand how they live their lives at the margin and what this experience means to them. My research asks: what are the impacts of Canada’s reliance on charitable systems for women unable to meet their basic needs?

Research Interests:

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