Shirley Chau, University of British Columbia

Assistant Professor Social Work Vancouver, British Columbia shirley.chau@ubc.ca Office: (250) 807-8739

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Bio/Research

Shirley teaches undergraduate-level courses in direct social work practice and theories of social work practice and a graduate-level course on health-interprofessional research and evidence-informed practice. Central to her teaching approach is the anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens for clinica...

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Bio/Research

Shirley teaches undergraduate-level courses in direct social work practice and theories of social work practice and a graduate-level course on health-interprofessional research and evidence-informed practice. Central to her teaching approach is the anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens for clinical practice, and social and organizational change. Shirley’s clinical interests and experience are in the areas of work and wellness, crisis intervention, psychological trauma, and individual counseling.

In addition, Shirley is an active researcher on marginalized populations and health, as well as on practice and policy relevant issues related to child welfare. Her interest in conducting research on vulnerable and marginalized populations includes previous research on: housing issues in child welfare; the impact of inquests on child welfare organizations; the health and wellbeing of Chinese Canadian seniors; the settlement experiences of Asian immigrant adolescents; and the health of homeless youth exposed to violence on the streets of Toronto’s inner city. More recently, Shirley is undertaking research on the health of immigrant groups in small western Canadian cities and the economic integration of Chinese immigrants.


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