Assistant Professor, Academic and Operations Coordinator
- W2021 - SOWK 383 - Social Policy & Social Justice
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- Health, Mental Health and Wellness
- Human Service Organizations and Systems
- Trauma and Violence
Research and Teaching Activity
- Critical thinking and transformative learning in social work education
- Children and youth mental health via a Canada-China collaboration
- Collaborative learning and teaching through digital course site integration
- Social work field education
- Communities of Practice to support social workers in a healthcare context
- Teaching social justice within the context of social work education and practice
- Building social work knowledge in the area of teaching and learning in social work education
Dr. Samson is currently the Principal Investigator on a funded Faculty of Social Work Teaching Development Grant related to an integrated D2L course site: Enhancing Collaborative Learning and Teaching Through Digital Course Integration: A Graduate-Level Pilot Project. She is a Co-Investigator on a SSHRC-Partnership Development Grant led by Dr. Dora Tam: Promising Practices for Children and Youth: A Model of Canada-China Collaboration, which will examine children and youth mental health services on an international scale. Dr. Samson is also a Collaborator on a SSHRC-Partnership grant examining field education: Transforming the Field Education Landscape: Intersections of Research and Practice in Canadian Social Work Field Education.
Professional and Community Associations
Dr. Samson is active in several professional organizations and community associations, including:
- Alberta College of Social Workers 2016-2020
- Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) 2011-2020
- Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) 2018-2020
- Research Affiliate with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, AB 2019-2024
- Social Work Provincial Professional Council with Alberta Health Services, as a faculty member (2019-2020)
Patricia Samson joined the Faculty of Social Work in 2016. She has over 28 years of social work practice experience, both direct and indirect, in the areas of domestic violence, justice support and correctional services, mental health, and community-based healthcare. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses related to social policy, social justice, social welfare, the organizational context of practice, and field education.
Patricia’s research interests are focused on advancing social work education and practice in the areas of teaching and learning, mental health and addictions, and health care. Patricia is involved as a principle investigator on a project examining Communities of Practice for social practitioners. Secondly, she is involved in research to develop pedagogical approaches to support critical thinking and social justice. Finally, Patricia is involved in a research project that will focus on developing a model of integrated service delivery to support people with complex social, mental health, and health care needs within a rural context
Samson, P. L. (2019). Reconsidering critical thinking: findings from a qualitative Delphi study. Social Work Education, 1-18. doi:10.1080/02615479.2019.1689235
Damianakis, T., Barrett, B., Archer-Kuhn, B., Samson, P., Matin, S., & Ahern, C. (2019). Transformative learning in graduate education: Masters of social work students define their experiences of personal and professional learning. Studies in Higher Education.
Damianakis, T., Barrett, B., Archer-Kuhn, B., Samson, P., Matin, S., & Ahern, C. (2019). Teaching for transformation: Masters of social work students identify teaching approaches that made a difference. Journal of Transformative Education. doi:10.1177/1541344619865948
Samson, P., Tanchak, S., Drolet, J., Kreitzer, A., Fulton, A. (2019). The contribution of supervision to wellness in the workplace: Implications for social work field education. Field Educator, 9.1, 1-24. Retrieved from fieldeducator.simmons.edu
Samson, P. L. (2019). Participatory collaboration: Building partnerships in curriculum planning. Papers on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, 3, 127-136. Retrieved from https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/pplt
Archer-Kuhn, B., & Samson, P. (2018). Enhancing supervision in children’s mental health through Bowen's Family of Origin supervisory training. Journal of Social Work Practice, 1-16. doi:10.1080/02650533.2018.1553870
Drolet, J., Samson, P., Tanchak, S., Kreitzer, L., & Hilsen, L. (2017). Self-care and well-being in Social Work Education: Creating new spaces for learning. Journal of Educational Thought, 50(2&3), 200-215. Retrieved from https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/jet/article/view/44322
Samson, P. L. (2016). Critical thinking in Social Work education: A research synthesis. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(2), 147-156. doi:10.1080/10437797.2016.1151270
Samson, P. L. (2015). Fostering student engagement: Using CPS in small group facilitations. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 8, 153-164. Retrieved from https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1069715
Samson, P. L. (2015). Practice wisdom: The art and science of social work. Journal of Social Work Practice, 29(2), 119-131. doi:10.1080/02650533.2014.922058
Tam, D (PI); Kwok, J., Burke, S., Archer-Kuhn, B., Dimitropolous, G., Kwok, S., Samson, P., & Zhoa, X. (2020-2023). Promising Practices for Children and Youth: A Model of Canada-China Collaboration. Social Sciences and Research Humanities Council (SSHRC)-Partnership Development Grant. $199,590.
Samson, P (PI)., McLaughlin, A. M., & Enns, R. (2019-2022). Enhancing Collaborative Learning and Teaching Through Digital Course Integration: A Graduate-Level Pilot Project. Faculty of Social Work Teaching Development Grant, University of Calgary. $7500.
Drolet, J (PI)., Wulf, D, Nicholas, D., McKee, E., Charles, G., Hanley, J., Bogo, M., Reid, M., Clark, N., St. George, S., McConnell, S., Sussman, T., Anucha, U., (Collaborators) Fulton, A., Parent, A., Judge-Stasiak, A., McLaughlin, A., Tran, C., Blaugh, C., Aro, C., Hall, C., Maltias, D., Sullivan, D., Tam, D., Giason, F., Margolin, I., Shortridge, J.,Chaplin, J., Schmid, J., Robertson, J., Garlic,J., Hewson, J., Dunlop, J., Mann-Johnson, J., Fletcher, K., Hilsen, L., Lorenzetti, L., Letkmann, L., Kang,L., Gibson, M., Freymond, N., Ives, N., Trocme, N., Orzek, P., Samson, P., Sanford, R., King, R., Babins-Wagner, R., Caron, R., Sammon, S., Tanchak, S., Hanley, S., MacDonald, S., Pearson, T., Duek, T., Heinonen, T., Katic, U., Ambrose-Miller, W., Lee, W., & Al-Adeimi, Y. Transforming the Field Education Landscape: Intersections of Research and Practice in Canadian Social Work Field Education. Social Sciences and Research Humanities Council (SSHRC)-Partnership Grant. $1,980,640.00.
Samson, P., (PI)Nicholas, D., & Samek, D. Communities of Practice: Supporting Social Workers in a Health Context. University Research Grant Council-Partnership Seed Grant, University of Calgary. $10,000.
McLaughlin, A., Samson, P.L., Fehr, L., & Ayala, J. Teaching Social Justice. Faculty of Social Work Teaching Development Grant, University of Calgary. $10,000.
Samson, P. L. Critical Thinking in Social Work Education: A Delphi Study of Faculty Understanding. Unfunded.