Eastern Michigan University logo

Kennedy Saldanha

Associate Professor

n/a 349 Marshall




Ph.D University of Toronto
MSW(Adv) University of Toronto
MSW University of Mumbai           
B.EdUniversity of Toronto

Professional Summary

Dr Saldanha’s main research and practice interests focus on homelessness, marginalized youth, behavioral health, culturally relevant practice, and the development of qualitative research methods where power and ownership rest with participants themselves. His pedagogical style employs participative and collaborative instructional methods.  He has an extensive history of international practice with youth in diverse settings.

Representative Courses Taught

SWRK 200: Human Diversity and Social Justice
SWRK 409: Social Work with Groups
SWRK 451: Practice with People of Color
SWRK 488/489: Field Experience I & II
SWRK 591: Interprofessional Perspectives in Human Development
SWRK 630: Action Research
SWRK 670: Social Work Services in Schools
SWRK 695/696: Advanced Field Practice I & II

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Saldanha, K., & McGowan, K. (2015). On discussions of Westerns, Cowboys and Indians: But ought there to be included a Native American perspective too? International Review of Qualitative Research, 8: 363–378. DOI: 10.1525/irqr.2015.8.3.363.

Saldanha, K. (2015). Promoting and developing direct scribing to capture the narratives of homeless youth in special education. Journal of Qualitative Social Work, 14:794-819. DOI: 10.1177/1473325015570690.

Saldanha, K. (2015). Interventions for runaway and homeless youth: Stepping back and critically summarizing the social responses. Indian Journal of Social Work, 76 (3):379-406.

Saldanha, K. & Klopfer, L. (2014). “On seeing monkeys, cows and beggars: Between ethnography and tourism.” Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, 14: 324-332. DOI: 10.1177/1532708614530303.

Saldanha, K. & Parenteau, D. (2013). “Well, if you can’t smile you should go home!”: Experiences and reflective insights on providing night outreach to young sex trade workers. Children & Youth Services Review, 35: 1276-1283. DOI: 10.1016/j/childyouth.2013.04.015.


Additional Information

Scholarly and Practice Interests:

Homelessness, at-risk youth, children’s mental health, health and social disparities, critical race theory, culturally competent practice, qualitative research methods, and social work practice in schools.

Contact Us: School of Social Work | 317 Everett L. Marshall Building | Ypsilanti, MI 48197 | Tel.: 734.487.0393 | Fax: 734.487.6832

Explore the College's Schools: Health Sciences | Health Promotion & Human Performance | Nursing | Social Work