Michael Saini, University of Toronto

Associate Professor Social Work Toronto, Ontario michael.saini@utoronto.ca Office: (416) 946-5027

Bio/Research

Dr. Michael Sainiís interests have focused on research, policy and practice with children and families involved with child welfare, family law and alternative dispute programs. He is currently involved in research to explore high conflict divorce and separation, parenting competency after divorce...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Michael Sainiís interests have focused on research, policy and practice with children and families involved with child welfare, family law and alternative dispute programs. He is currently involved in research to explore high conflict divorce and separation, parenting competency after divorce, the intersection of child welfare and custody disputes, and child protection mediation as an alternative to legal disputes within the child welfare context. He has published in the areas of evidence-based custody evaluations, factors of interparental high conflict, the treatment of anger and aggression, judicial decisions of joint custody, and parenting competency post divorce and separation.

For the past 12 years, Dr. Saini has been completing custody and access assessments for the Office of the Children's Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. Dr. Saini was previously the manager of the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare located at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. He also has experience as a program analyst for the Supervised Access Program, Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, as a child protection worker in Northern Ontario for the Children's Aid Society, District of Nipissing and Parry Sound, as a youth worker for Dilico Ojibway Child and Family Services and as a youth support worker for J.J. Kelso, a secure custody facility for young offenders in Thunder Bay.

Dr. Saini, is also interested in evidence-based practice (EBP), research methods, systematic review, meta-analysis, qualitative synthesis and critical appraisal of qualitative research. He is the previous systematic review specialist for the Canadian Partner of the Campbell Collaboration in the Research Institute for Evidence-Based Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Dr. Saini is also active in program evaluation of community-based programs for children and youth and he has been involved in program evaluations for a collaborative day treatment, violence prevention program, a community support team and a youth gang strategy initiative in the Durham region.

Dr. Saini teaches Welfare of Children, Research for Children and Families, Contemporary Issues for Children and Families and Evidence-Based Practice. He provides workshops to practitioners and researchers in conducting systematic reviews and rapid evidence assessments, evaluating systematic reviews, meta-analysis and meta-synthesis, using qualitative software, program evaluation and implementing evidence-based practices.


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