King's Profile - Tracy Smith-Carrier
Dr. Tracy Smith-Carrier, Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
What courses do you currently teach?
- SOC WORK 1021B Introduction to Social Welfare
- SOC WORK 9600 Practicum Integration Seminar
- SOC WORK 9611 Graduate Practice - Research Seminar
- SOC WORK 4481B Advocating for Social Change
- SOC WORK 9603 Social Policy and Practice
Areas of Research
- Social rights for marginalized groups in the post-welfare state
- Trends in social assistance participation
- Health care and aging
- Integrated home-based primary care
- Social policy and advocacy
Are you working on any current research projects?
Currently I am conducting a number of research projects, in a variety of different areas but generally focused on how social welfare programs and services can be expanded to support marginalized populations. Expanding on work I completed for my doctoral dissertation, I am working on a program of research on social assistance trends in Ontario, and am planning an investigation into whether there are any intergenerational linkages in social assistance receipt. Collaborating with other colleagues in the welfare field, I am writing a book chapter on immigrants on social assistance in Canada, and will present the findings of this work at a national conference later in the fall.
I am also engaged in a large program of research using mixed methods to examine the delivery and spread of integrated home-based primary care services (team delivered house calls) for frail, housebound older adults. This work is being conducted with a number of health care professionals in Toronto, and is funded by BRIDGES (financed through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care) and a Mount Sinai Hospital AFP Grant. Other projects include research on the various types of teams in health and social care, specifically focused on the dynamics of interprofessional teams, and work with colleagues from the University of Toronto to examine mindfulness-based interventions in school settings.
How does your program make a difference?
One of the many things I appreciate most about Social Work is how diverse the field is, bringing together professionals working in a range of different fields and settings. Whether one's focus is at the individual, family or community levels, there is room in Social Work for different interests and ways of working with people.
What do you enjoy about working at King’s?
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with both my students and colleagues at King's, and feel privileged to be here, doing the things I love best, teaching and research. Working at King's is really the best of all worlds. It is uniquely situated as part of the broader Western community but is a smaller campus allowing for instructors and students to get to know each other, contributing, I believe, to a better learning environment. I am grateful to be part of a remarkable faculty who bring extraordinary expertise and passion to the field of Social Work. I am thankful for their warm welcome, and look forward to future collaborative efforts.
What are your interests outside of King’s?
Outside of King's, I enjoy baking with my three daughters, running, swimming and going to the gym. I also enjoy volunteering at a local community kitchen, spending time with my book club and hanging out with friends and family in London and Toronto. I also sit on the Ontario Social Assistance Roundtable, board of directors at the Thames Valley Family Health Team and have recently been nominated as co-vice president of the Ontario Gerontology Association.
Any other thoughts on what makes your program unique?
Social Work is one of the few disciplines that not only promotes knowledge acquisition, but is also a professional program, equipping learners with practice skills to work in the field. Students have the invaluable opportunity to engage in practicum experiences that prepare them for work in their chosen profession. I think working with people is one of the most exciting things a person can do!