Regine King

Associate Professor

Calgary Campus

Contact information


MacKimmie Tower : MT329


  • S2021 - SOWK 557.46 - Selected Topics: Contexts for Practice (AntiColonialAntiRacistPraxis)
  •  F2021 - SOWK 555.55 - Selected Topics: Practice with Selected Populations (AfricentricPerspectivesinSW)

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Research and Teaching Activities

Research areas

  • Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-Cultural, and Racialized Groups
  • Health, Mental Health and Wellness
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • International
  • Research Methods

Research and Scholarly Activity

Dr. King’s research and scholarly activities have focused on psychosocial healing processes in post-genocide Rwanda, social work education in Rwanda, and cross-cultural refugee mental health in Canada. Her doctoral SSHRC-funded project became a baseline for ongoing longitudinal critical ethnographic research documenting processes of individual healing and social transformation in post-genocide Rwanda. Dr. King recently obtained a SSHRC-Insight Development Grant to continue the documentation process of these stories through visual oral history methods, in partnership with two Rwandan universities. Dr. King has collaborated with national and international social researchers to advance indigenous knowledge in social work education. They recently completed a SSHRC Partnership Development Project that synthesized local and international social work theory and practice in Rwanda. Dr. King has conducted research among refugees and immigrants in Toronto and Winnipeg with the aim to promote cross-cultural mental interventions and reconciliation in the social mosaic of Canada. In collaboration with a colleague from Community Health Medicine, University of Manitoba, Dr. King is currently leading a participatory action research on structural factors that influence HIV infection and prevention among female sex workers in Kenya. Dr.  King’s research contributions have generated interest in Canada as our country seeks ways to implement the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She was invited recently to join a federal cross-cultural roundtable on issues of public safety. Her other scholarly work includes reviews of manuscripts for social work and interdisciplinary journals. She is currently a member of the editorial team of the Journal of Indigenous Social Development.

Current Research

  • King, R.; Hakizimana, E., Bishyanuka, J., & Kamuzinzi (2017-2019). The true healing is healing together. Lessons about healing and reconciliation processes in post-genocide Rwanda, funded by SSHRC Insight Development Grant —$59,001
  • King, R. & Lorway, R. (2017-2019). Examining structural factors and approaches that influence sexual risk-taking practices among female sex workers in Nairobi, funded by the University of Manitoba Collaborative Research Program—$ 24,975
  • King, R.; Hakizimana, E., Bishyanuka, J., & Kamuzinzi True healing is healing together: Lessons about reconciliation processes in post-genocide Rwanda (2016-2017), pilot study  funded by the Hawthorne Charitable Foundation—$15,000 


Dr. Régine U. King is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba. Dr. King has a Bachelor of Education (Social Sciences of Education) from the National University of Rwanda, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling Psychology and Community Development and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Toronto. Dr. King also has post-doctoral training in social aetiology of mental illness (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), University of Toronto. Dr. King’s research interests focus on psychosocial processes involving survivors of organized and structural violence, including approaches to cross-cultural mental health, and forgiveness and reconciliation among survivors of organized violence (mainly refugees and those who resettle in post-conflict settings). Dr. King’s transnational research interests are rooted in her extensive practice experience in community-based mental health organizations in Canada and Rwanda. As a community-based researcher, Dr. King has used narrative inquiry, oral history, and interpretive research methods. She is very concerned about social inequities, social justice, human rights, and means to prevent violence.