Siu Ming Kwok

Professor, Associate Dean, Undergraduate

Lethbridge Campus

Associate Dean, Undergraduate

Lethbridge Campus

Ph.D. (Social Work)

University of Calgary

Master in Social Work

University of British Columbia

Master in Public Administration

University of Western Ontario

Bachelor in Social Work

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Diploma in Social Work

City University of Hong Kong

Contact information

Location

Lethbridge Social Work : University HallE534

Courses

Not currently teaching any courses.

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Research Activities

Research and Teaching Activity

  • Research Methods
  • International
  • Human Service Organizations and Systems
  • Health, Mental Health and Wellness
  • Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-Cultural, and Racialized Groups

Research Projects

Externally-funded Projects (from 2008)

  • Co- Investigator. Project titled “Promising Practices for Children and Youth: A Model of Canada-China Collaboration” Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant (PDG) (2020-2023).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Black youth in leadership: from participation to mobilization.” Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant – Stage I (2018-2019)
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “Identifying promising practices for Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Canada. Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Fund (2015-2017).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Models of Assessment on Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work.” Funded by the American Foundation for Research and Consumer Education in Social Work Regulation, Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) (2015-2017).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Leveraging Evaluation and Research Network – Learn Ontario.” Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Canada (2014-2017).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Models of Assessment on Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work.” Funded by the American Foundation for Research and Consumer Education in Social Work Regulation, Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) (2015-2017).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Leveraging Evaluation and Research Network – Learn Ontario.” Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Canada (2014-2017).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Constructing a model (individual-family-community) for serving elderly in China and identifying best social work practices.” Funded by National Social Sciences Foundation of People’s Republic of China. (2014-2017).
  • Co-Investigator.  Project titled “Models of Assessment on Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work Education.” Funded by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS) Special Projects Fund. (2014).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Development of Social Security System, Protection of Basic Right.”  Funded by the Overseas Expert Exchange Foundation- Social Management, People’s Republic of China (2013).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Collaborative health initiatives to prevent and intervene in violence against women in China.” This project was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (2007-2009).
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “Chinese youth in the criminal justice system of Canada”, funded by Multicultural Issues in Canada: Research Grants – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (2006-2008).

Internally Funded Projects (from 2008)

  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Social Work Practice from Students’ Perspective: Canada-China Exchange” funded by University International Grants Committee (UIGC) of the University of Calgary (2018-2019)
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Social Work Best Practices for Children and Youth Services in China: A Model of Canada-China Collaboration” funded by The University Research Grants Committee (URGC) of the University of Calgary (2017-2018).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Canada-China Social Innovation, Practice, and Research Hub.” funded by The University International Grants Committee (UIGC) of the University of Calgary (2017-2018). 
  • Principal Investigator, Project titled “A study on policies and service delivery model for people with disabilities in China” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2015-2016).
  • Co- Investigator. Project titled “Development of a case book on best community practices in Canada,” funded by Internal Research Grants, King’s University College (2015-2016).
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “Intervention model for Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Canada” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2014-2015).
  • Co-Investigator. Third year of the project titled “Examining Gatekeeping and Assessment of Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work Education,” funded by Internal Research Grants, King’s University College (2014-2015)
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “An examination of the Income Security Support System for People with Disabilities in China and Canada” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2013-2014).
  • Co-Investigator. Second year of the project titled “Examining Gatekeeping and Assessment of Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work Education,” funded by Internal Research Grants, King’s University College (2013-2014).
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “Identifying promising practices for Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Ontario” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2012-2013).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Examining Gatekeeping and Assessment of Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work Education” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2012-2013).
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “An Identifying of Promising Practices of Social Services to Chinese Youth in Conflict with the law” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2007-2008).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Factors Promoting or Preventing Healthy Youth among Asian Immigrants and Their Local Born Counterparts,” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2007-2008).

Other Research Projects (from 2008)

  • Co-Investigator. A needs assessment project requested by Wing Kei Seniors Home, Calgary, Alberta “Wing Kei Needs Assessment of Seniors in Calgary.” This is a research initiative to support community partner in Calgary. -Canada (RDC) – September 2017 – June 2018
  • Co-Investigator. A secondary data analysis project on Ontario Ministry Community and Social Services social assistance data. Project title:  “Another case of welfare cycling? Exploring social assistance participation in London, Ontario.” The project is approved by Ontario Ministry Community and Social Services (MCSS) and data is accessed through Research Data Centre at Western University-Canada (RDC) – June 2015 – July 2019.Co-Investigator. Predictability of BSW Admission Screening Criteria. Secondary data analysis on BSW admission data at King’s University College (2015).
  • Co-Investigator. A secondary data analysis project on the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) dataset, project titled “Social Behavioral and Emotional Trajectories: Comparison between Racialized Immigrant and Local Born Youth.” Approved by the Research Data Centre at Western University-Canada (RDC) -Access Granting Committee of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to the CISS-Access to the RDC Program in July 2011 – March 2016.

Biography

The level of a society’s civility reflects on how it treats its marginalized and valuable populations. Professor Kwok’s understanding of social work is a profession that should be the social conscience of the society. It should find ways to address structural inequalities, translate theories to practical knowledge in order to solve day-to-day issues in local communities; and build a strong democracy to promote human rights for generations to come.  With such believes, Professor Kwok insists that a social worker should be trained along three dimensions: research, practice, and teaching.  A social worker should be a researcher to investigate a problem, create knowledge, and provide solutions to improve the well-being of mankind. A social worker should be a practitioner to use practice expertise to serve his/her community. A social worker should be an educator with the obligation to train and pass on social work knowledge to next generation of social workers and let them to continue the mission of social work of making the society a better place to live for our further generations.

 


Publications

Authored/Edited Books

  • Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2017). The role of municipalities on redistribution in Ontario, Canada. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3-330-07298-5
  • Tam, D.M.Y., Kwok, S.M., Paz, E., & Green, G. (Eds.). (2016). Building community: theories, skills and examples of best community practices. London, ON: School of Social Work, King’s University College at Western University.
  • Kwok, S.M. (2009). Asian youth in the criminal justice system in Canada. Germany: VDM Verlag. pp.141. ISBN 978-3639146455
  • Wallis, M. & Kwok, S.M. (Eds.). (2008). Daily struggles: The deepening racialization and feminization of poverty in Canada. Toronto, Canada. Canada Scholars’ Press. pp.352. ISBN 978-1551303390

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Tam, D.M.Y. Smith-Carrier, Kerr, D., Kwok, S.M., & Wang, J (in Press). Challenges Encountered by Newcomers with Disabilities in Canada: An Illustration of the Ontario Disability Support Program" Journal of Disability Study.
  • Tam, D.M.Y., Brown, A., Paz, E., Birnbaum, R., Kwok, S. M. (2018). Challenges Faced by Canadian Social Work Field Instructors in Field Supervision.. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 38(4), 398-416. DOI:10.1080/08841233.2018.1502228
  • Tam, D.M.Y., Chow, E., Lou, A., Chan, Y.C., Lee, T.Y., Kwok, S.M. (2018). Examining the Psychometrics of the Professional Suitability Scale for Social Work. British Journal of Social Work, 48(8), 2291-2312. DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcy009
  • Kwok, S.M., Tam, D.M.Y., & Hanes, R. (2018). An Exploratory Study into Social Welfare Policies and Social Service Delivery Models for People with Disabilities in China. Global Social Welfare, 5(3), 155-165.(First published online December 15, 2016) DOI 10.1007/s40609-016-0077-x.
  • Kerr, D., Smith-Carrier, T., Wang, J., Tam, D.M.Y., & Kwok, S.M. (2017). Population Aging and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.6(4) 33-55.
  • Smith-Carrier, T., Kerr, D. Wang, J., Tam, D.M.Y., & Kwok, S.M. (2017). Vestiges of the medical model: A critical exploration of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) in Ontario, Canada, Disability and Society, 10 (32), 1570-1591. DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2017.1359495.
  • Thurston, W., Tam, D.M.Y., Dawson, D., Jackson, M., & Kwok, S.M. (2016). The intersection of gender and other social institutions in constructing interpersonal Violence in Guangzhou China. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(4), 694-714.
  • DOI: 10.1177/0886260514556109.
  • Tam, D.M.Y., Schleicher, K., Wu, W., & Kwok, S.M., Thurston, W., & Dawson, M. (2015). Social work interventions on intimate partner violence against women in China. Journal of Social Work. 16 (2), 228-249.
  • DOI: 10.1177/1468017314568745.
  • Tam, D.M.Y., Twigg, R. C., Boey, K-W., & Kwok, S.M. (2013). Confirmatory Factor Analysis on the Professional Suitability Scale for Social Work Practice, Research on Social Work Practice, 23(4), 467-478. DOI: 10.1177/1049731513480840
  • Tam, D.M.Y., Dawson, M., Jackson, M., Kwok, S.M., & Thurston, W.E. (2013). Comparing Criminal Justice Responses to Violence against Women in Canada and China, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 23 (2), 106-120. DOI:10.1080/02185385.2013.793020
  • Kwok, S. M. & Tam, D. M.Y. (2012). An overview of the bifurcation of youth justice policy in Canada [縱論加拿大青少年司法政策的双重体系]. Youth Exploration [青年探索] (in Chinese), 176(6), 82-88.
  • Tam, D.M.Y., Dawson, M., Jackson, M., Kwok, S.M., & Thurston, W.E. (2012). Community Responses to Domestic Violence in China: Implications to Prevention and Intervention Work. Hong Kong Journal of Social Work. 46 (1 & 2), 43-61 DOI: 10.1142/S021924621200006X
  • Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2011). Bifurcation of youth justice policy in Canada: Is it the end or just another round of youth penal policy debate? Crime and Criminal Justice International.17 (Sept), 89-114.           
  • Kwok, S. M. & Tam, D. M.Y. (2011) Overview of the services for youth in conflict with the law in Canada [纵论加拿大青少年违法行为政策及服务]. Youth Exploration [青年探索] (in Chinese), 168(6), 87-93. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1004-3780.2011.06.019*(人大复印资料《青少年导刊》第2012年二月期全文转载). Reprinted by Teenagers Study (2012, February issue, 50-56), Information Centre for Social Sciences, Renmin University of China.
  • Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2011). Challenges of appraising intangible outcomes with unclear objectives: Performance management issues in local government in Ontario. Public Organization Review,11(3), 297-306.
  • Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2010). Chinese immigrant youth and justice system in Canada. Canadian Social Work Journal, 12(2), 114-122.      
  • Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2010). Re-thinking the role of municipal governments in provincial social assistance programs in Canada. Journal of Policy Practice 9(2), 69-79.
  • Kwok, S.M. (2009). How Asian youth cope with the criminal justice system in Canada: A Grounded Theory Approach. Asian Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 19(2), 21-37.
  • Tam, D.M.Y., Kwok, S.M., Wu, W., Law, A.K.C., & Chan, Y.C. (2009). Support Systems of Abused Women under the Changing Economy in China.  International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3(10), 179-191.
  • Kwok, S.M. (2008). Experiences of Asian Youth in the Criminal Justice System of Canada, Journal of Gang Research, 15(3), 1-17.
  • Kwok, S.M. & Tam, D.M.Y. (2007). Chinese youth in the criminal justice system of Canada. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2(2), 305-313.
  • Tam, D.M.Y., & Kwok, S.M. (2007). Controversy debate on gatekeeping in social work education. The International Journal of Learning, 14(2), 195-203.
  • Tam, D.M.Y., & Kwok, S.M. (2007). The premise of an educational continuum in social work Education. The International Journal of Learning, 14(2), 47-52.
  • Tam, D.M.Y., & Kwok, S.M. (2007). Challenges in undergraduate social work field supervision. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2(1), 345-354.
  • Kwok, S.M. (2006). Pendulum in child welfare social work: The state’s rights vs. parental rights over children, The Indian Journal of Social Work, 67(4), 370-380.
  • Kwok, S.M.  & Tam, D.M.Y. (2006). Methodological challenges in studying Asian gangs in Canada, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work & Development, 16(2), 43-52.
  • Chan, Y.C., Lam, G., & Kwok, S.M. (2005). Evaluation study on a home visiting programme in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work & Development, 15(2), 41-54.
  • Kwok, S.M., & Tam. D.M.Y. (2005). Child abuse in Chinese families: Implications for child protection practice. International Social Work, 48(3), 341-348.
  • Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2004). Delinquency of Asian youth in Canada. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work & Development, 14(2), 5-18.
  • Arthur, N., Anchan, P.J., Este, D., Khanlou, N., Kwok, S.M., & Mawani, F. (2004). Managing faculty-student collaborations in research and publication. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 38(3), 177-192.
  • Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2003). The affirmative action debate and the implications for social work education. Social Policy Journal, 2(1), 57-74.
  • Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2002). Manufacturing failed parenthood: An unintended consequence of child welfare social work under the influence of Positivism. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, 12(2), 60-75.
  • Kwok, S.M. (2000). Exploring the experiences of Chinese in drug treatment programs in Vancouver, Canada. British Journal of Social Work, 30(5), 663-672.

Awards

Faculty of Social Work Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, University of Calgary (2018)

  • Received the Graduate Teaching Excellence Award from Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary in June 2018

Nominated by the Faculty of Social of Work, University of Calgary to attend Senior University Administrators Course (2018)

  • Nominated to attend the Senior University Administrators Course 2018 (June 11-15, 2018) at University of Manitoba, Extended Education in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 

Faculty Publication Award - Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary (2017)

  • Received the Faculty Publication Award (CND$1,000) from Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary in April ,2017.

Nomination for the Award of Outstanding Alumni (2015)

  • Received the nomination for the Award of Outstanding Alumni of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China.

Outstanding Alumni Award (2014)

  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong received on October 26, 2014

Presentation at Senate Committee Hearing (2014)

  • Invited to testify at the Standing Committee of Human Rights of Canadian Senate on the topic of visible minority and the criminal justice system on March 3, 2014

Publication Award (2012)

  • Outstanding Journal Article Award of the Year. Youth Exploration [青年探索] Article: Kwok, S. M. & Tam, D. M.Y. (2012). An overview of the bifurcation of youth justice policy in Canada [縱論加拿大青少年司法政策的双重体系]. Youth Exploration [青年探索] (in Chinese), 176(6), 82-88.

Teaching Excellence Award (2009)

  • Received Award in Excellence in Teaching at the King’s University College at Western University