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Sarah Tarshis

Postdoctoral Fellow

Degrees:

PhD, Social Work (University of Toronto)
MSW, Social Work (New York University)
BA, Liberal Arts (McGill University)

Instructor:
• SOWK 4001: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (Winter 2021)
• SOWK 4001: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (Winter 2019)

Research interests:

• Intimate partner violence (IPV) and intersectionality
• Simulation-based research
• Access to employment services and economic empowerment interventions
• Social work practice and education
• Trauma-informed practice
• Qualitative and mixed-methodologies

Current projects:

Knowing and Not Knowing: Navigating Uncertainty in Social Work Practice, funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC Insight Grant) – PI: Dr. Sarah Todd

What Does Social Justice Look Like When Sitting with Clients? A Simulation-Based Study on Social Justice and Direct Social Work Practice – PI: Dr. Kenta Asakura

Online assessment of pandemic-triggered traumatic stress: Towards developing assistive AI technologies – PI: Dr. Kenta Asakura

About Me:

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Social Work with the SIM Research Lab working with Dr. Sarah Todd. I am involved in several projects including the SSHRC-funded “Knowing and Not Knowing: Navigating Uncertainty in Social Work Practice” funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (Dr. Sarah Todd), “What Does Social Justice Look Like When Sitting with Clients? A Simulation-Based Study on Social Justice and Direct Social Work Practice” (Dr. Kenta Asakura), and “Online assessment of pandemic-triggered traumatic stress: Towards developing assistive AI technologies” (Dr. Kenta Asakura). I am also collaborating with researchers at Western University to systematically review best practices in emerging IPV interventions.

I received my PhD from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) at the University of Toronto. My dissertation focused on the employment-seeking experiences of survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) with marginalized identities. My current research explores IPV and service responses as well as innovative approaches to social work practice and education from a critical feminist perspective.