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Faculty of Community Services

Henry Parada

Title:

BSW, MSW, PhD

Telephone:

416-979-5000, ext. 6223

Email Address:

hparada@ryerson.ca

Biography:

Henry Parada’s experience includes working in the Caribbean and Central America on issues of child protection, human rights, and youth participation. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Ryerson University, and is also a regular guest lecturer at universities in the Dominican Republic.

His research interests include: analysis of institutional practices, social work epistemology and institutional ethnography methodology. He has published in the area of child protection and governance of workers and clients, institutional ethnography, the construction of subject locations, and community social work and education in Latin American.

His projects have received funds from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Global Affairs Canada (formerly the Canadian International Development Agency), Latin American and Caribbean Exchange Grant (LACREG), UNICEF-Santo Domingo, Italy International Cooperation, Ryerson International Initiative Funds and Network of European Foundations.

Research Interests:

Henry Parada’s program of research – focused on child protection, family violence, and children’s rights – has been directly shaped by his theoretical training in sociology, his on-the-ground social work experiences, and his personal ties to the Caribbean region and Latin American culture. In particular, his combined research expertise includes the areas of social development, children’s and women’s social welfare and violence prevention.

Informed by his career as a social worker in Toronto during the 1990s when the Ontario government implemented significant child welfare reforms, his doctoral thesis was an institutional ethnography of the Ontario child welfare system. Useful for understanding the ways that people function within and across institutions, his utilization of institutional ethnography yielded valuable insights about how these policy reforms limited both the professional autonomy of social workers and their ability to respond to their client needs.

The substance of his research program since the completion of his doctorate has focused on using similar methodologies for understanding the limitations of the child and family protection systems in the Dominican Republic and working collaboratively with various levels of government, and community based and international non-profit organizations to increase the country’s capacity (through policy, social work practice and personal empowerment) to protect the rights of women and children. Specifically, his main area of concern is developing the capacity of Dominican civil society to deal with the problem of trafficking children for the purposes of sexual and labour exploitation.

He is currently involved in a large scale SSHRC funded Partnership Grant aimed at increasing knowledge of factors which support or hinder the protection of children and youth rights in the Caribbean, Central America, as well as the diaspora populations in Canada, which are disproportionately represented in the Canadian child protection system.

Research interests:

  • Analysis of institutional practices

  • Social work epistemology

  • Institutional ethnography methodology

Research projects:

  • Project: Exploring the Role of Cultural Brokers as Intermediaries Between Immigrant and Refugee Families and Child Welfare Workers. 
  • Year: 2018 - 2021. 
  • Role: Co-Applicant. 
  • Funding received: $ 172, 018. 
  • Funded by: SSHRC, Insight Grant. 

 

  • Project: Journey Home: Refugee Settlement and Integration Project. 
  • Year: 2016 - 2020.
  • Role: Principal investigator. 
  • Funding received: $152, 749.
  • Funded by: SSHRC, Insight Grant. 
 
  • Project: Study on the Experiences of Institutionalized Children and Youth in the Dominican Republic. 
  • Year: 2016 - 2018. 
  • Role: Principal investigator. 
  • Funding received: $31, 018. 
  • Funded by: UNICEF.

 

  • Project: Rights for children and youth partnership: Strengthening collaboration in the Americas
  • Year: 2015.
  • Role: Principal investigator.
  • Funding received: $4,216,583.
  • Funded by: SSHRC, Partnership Grant.

 

  • Project: Central America and Caribbean child protection pilot project.
  • Year: 2013.
  • Role: Principal investigator.
  • Funding received: $47,500.
  • Funded by: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

 

  • Project: Integration trajectories of immigrant families.
  • Year: 2013.
  • Role: Co-investigator.
  • Funding received: $153,636.
  • Funded by: SSHRC, Partnership Development Grant.

 

  • Project: Children and youth human rights empowerment project.
  • Year: 2012.
  • Role: Principal investigator.
  • Funding received: $2,155,049.
  • Funded by: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Partners for Development Grant.

 

  • Project: Centres for the integral attention of children (CIANIs) and local community organizations for child protection (LCOCP) in Dominican Republic.
  • Year: 2012.
  • Role: Principal investigator.
  • Funding received: $267,500.
  • Funded by: Network of European Foundations: Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund.

 

  • Project: Unsettling the classroom: Social work education in the context of new managerialism, 2011.
  • Role: Co-investigator.
  • Funding received: $136,482.
  • Funded by: SSHRC Standard Research Grant.

 

  • Project: Migrant and immigrant Francophone linguistic minorities in Canada: Exploring systemic barriers and mobilizing social capital and cultural assets related to family health literacy.
  • Year: 2011.
  • Role: Co-principal investigator.
  • Funding received: $4,000.
  • Funded by: Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC).

 

  • Project: Children and youth community participation: Building capacity against violence in Brazil.
  • Year: 2011.
  • Role: Co-investigator.
  • Funding received: $24,300.
  • Funded by: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada – Students for Development Program.

 

  • Project: Development of communities responses to violence against women in Nicaragua.
  • Year: 2010.
  • Role: Co-investigator.
  • Funding received: US $10,000.
  • Funded by: United Nations Development Funds for Women (UNIFEM).

 

  • Project: Children and women trafficking within the Central American forced migrations: Nicaragua experience.
  • Year: 2010.
  • Role: Co-investigator.
  • Funding received: $15,000.
  • Funded by: International Development Research Centre-Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grant (IDRC-LACREG).

 

  • Project: Children and women trafficking within the Central American forced migrations: Nicaragua experience.
  • Year: 2010.
  • Role: Co-investigator.
  • Funding received: $15,000.
  • Funded by: McMaster University Arts Research Board (Seed funding).

Current Courses:

Teaching responsibilities (Canada):

  • SWP 050: Advanced Social Work Practice Seminar
  • SWP 051: Social Work Field Practicum
  • SWP 021: Social Work Theories of Practice
  • SWP 013: Foundations of Social Work
  • International Social Work (School of Social Work)
  • CINT 912: International Learning Experience: Cuba Community Development
  • Graduate Research Seminar

Teaching responsibilities (International):   

  • Thesis Development, Pontifical Catholic Universidad Madre and Maestra, Dominican Republic
  • Research Methods, Pontifical Catholic Universidad Madre and Maestra, Dominican Republic
  • Epistemologies of Social Work, Pontifical Catholic Universidad Madre and Maestra, Dominican Republic and Universidad La Plata, Argentina
  • Critical Research Methodologies, National University of Managua, Esteli Campus, Nicaragua
  • Foundations of Social Work, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Theories of Social Work, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Introduction to Forensic Social Work, Pontifical Catholic Universidad Madre and Maestra, Dominican Republic

Selected Publications:

Peer-reviewed publications:

Articles:

  • Moffatt, K., Panitch, M., Parada, H., Todd, S., Barnoff, L., & Aslett, J. (2016).  “Essential cogs in the innovation machine”: The discourse of innovation in Ontario education reform. The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 38, 4, 317-340.
  • Todd, S., Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K., Panitch, M., Parada, H., & Strumm, B. (2016). A social work re-reading of students as consumers. Social Work Education, 1-15.
  • Todd, S., Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K., Panitch, M., Parada, H., Mucina, M., & Williams, D. (2015). Performativity Culture in Universities: Social Work Fabrications. British Journal of Social Work, 45, 2, 527-548.
  • Barrett-Herman, A., Littlechild, B., Parada, H., Leung, P., Wairire, G. (2014). Social Work Education: Process, Findings and Implications of the IASSW 2010 Census Project. International Social Work.

  • Wehbi, S., Parada.H., George, P., Lessa, I. (2014). Going home(?): Social Work Across and About Borders. International Social Work.

  • Carranza, M., Lopez, L., Parada, H., Jiménez, I. (2013). Granada, a City Under Siege: Dynamics of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children as a Human Rights Issue In Nicaragua. Journal of Global citizenship and Equity Education Vol. 3 No 1.

  • Parada, H., Saracostti, M., Reininger, T. (2012) Guest Editors, Social Work in Latin America. International Social Work. 53(3).

Books:

  • Parada, H., & Wehbi. S. (Eds). (2017). Reimagining Anti-Oppression Social Work: Reflecting on Research. Canadian Scholar Press.
  • Wehbi, S., & Parada, H. (Eds.) (2017). Reimagining Anti-Oppresion Social Work: Reflection on Practice. Canadian Scholar Press.
  • Parada, H., Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K. and Homan, M. (2011). Promoting Community Change: Making it Happen in the Real World (First Canadian Edition). Toronto: Nelson Education.
  • Parada, H. (2011). Etnografía Institucional del Sistema de Protección de la Republica Dominicana. Santo Domingo. Unicef Press.

Book chapters:

  • Ibarra, A., & Parada, H. (2016). Canada. In M. Valdez (Eds). Comparative Intervention with adolescents in Different Countries. Madrid: Dykson.
  • Ibarra, A., & Parada, H. (2016). Canadá. In M. Valdez (Eds). La Intervención Comparativa con Menores en Desprotección y en Conflicto con la Ley en Diferente País. Madrid: Dykson.
  • Saracostti, M., Reininger, T., Parada, H. (2012).  Social Work in Latin America in Karen Lyons, Terry Hokenstad, Manohar Pawar, Nathalie Huegler (Eds.).  Handbook of International Social Work. Sage Publications.
  • Parada, H. (2012) The Mestizo Refuses to Confess:  Masculinity from the Standpoint of a Latin American in Ken Moffatt (ed.) Troubled Masculinities: Redefining men in Toronto University of Toronto Press.
  • Carranza, M., Parada, H. (2010) Child Sexual Comercial Exploitation in Nicaragua: a Critical Globalization Perspective in McCabe, K., Manian, S. (Ed.) Sex Trafficking: a Global Perspective. Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, Inc. Plymouth, UK.

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