Dora Tam is an Assistant Professor with the School of Social Work in King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and a Research Associate with the Centre for Social Work Education and Research in the Department of Government at Sun Yat-sen University in China. Dora’s program of research involves violence against women issues, cross-cultural practice and social work education, specifically professional suitability for social work practice. She has strong experience in multi-site collaborative projects. Dora was the Principal Investigator and worked together with seven other Canadian and Chinese researchers have recently completed an international research project titled “Collaborative Health Initiatives to Prevent and Intervene in Violence Against Women in China,” which was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research between 2007 - 2009. This project used a participatory approach and aimed at identifying and developing health initiatives to prevent and intervene in violence against women in China.
Moreover, Dora has a sound record in conducting both quantitative and qualitative research, publishing actively in international journals, and presenting at international and national conferences. She was involved in a study on Chinese Youth in the Criminal Justice System in Canada funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and three studies on professional suitability in social work practice in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan in 2003 and 2007 respectively.
Dora is a registered social worker in Ontario and has practiced in the field of family services, probation, and health care settings in Canada and Hong Kong. As a social work educator, Dora strongly believes that social work programs should prepare graduates to become evidence-based practitioners. To achieve such commitment, Dora has actively involved in a number of research projects, which provide training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in terms of planning, implementation, analysis, and dissemination.
Apart from research, Dora has served a number of community organizations or working groups as a way to keep the pulse of clients’ needs and the changing social context.