Kennedy Saldanha

A photo of Kennedy Saldanha

Associate Professor

Social Work

349 Marshall



  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • MSW(Adv), University of Toronto
  • MSW, University of Mumbai           
  • B.Ed., University of Toronto


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.


  • Saldanha, K. (2017). It should not be a pit stop: Perspectives of homeless youth on labeling and Placement in Special Education. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities. (Online First) doi:10.1080/19315864.2016.1276989
  • Saldanha, K., D’Souza, B., and Madangopal, D. (2017). “It's only a game of chance:” A portrait of gambling among street children in Mumbai. Journal of Adolescent Research. (Online first) doi: 10.1177/0743558416684949
  • Saldanha, K. (2017). Using “Direct Scribing” to capture the educational narratives of homeless young people. SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi: 10.4135/9781526400208
  • Saldanha, K., and Nybell, L. (2016). Capturing/captured by stories of marginalized young people: Direct scribing and dialogic narrative analysis. Qualitative Social Work. doi: 10.1177/1473325016656750
  • Saldanha, K. (2016). Using “Direct Scribing” to Capture the Educational Narratives of Homeless Young People. Sage Research Methods Cases.
  • Saldanha, K., and 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 Research8: 363–378.
  • Saldanha, K. (2015). Promoting and developing direct scribing to capture the narratives of homeless youth in special education. Journal of Qualitative Social Work14: 794–819.
  • 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., and Klopfer, L. (2014). “On seeing monkeys, cows and beggars: Between ethnography and tourism.” Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies14: 324–332.
  • Saldanha, K., and 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.


  • Saldanha, K., and Raymond, M. “Perspectives on the inside workings of a juvenile detention facility.” 12th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. May 2017.
  • Saldanha, K., D’Souza, B., and Dakshayani, M. “A portrait of gambling among street youths in Mumbai.” 29th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV. January 2017.
  • Saldanha, K. “Effects of school closure/consolidation on local students enrolled in a mentorship program.” 11th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. May, 2016.
  • Saldanha, K., and Raymond, M. “Transitionally homeless students in schools: Tracing their invisible trajectories.” 28th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV. February, 2016.
  • Rall, A., and Saldanha, K. “Children do have rights: Using the UN’s CRC framework to explore the rights of children to water and a stable home.” Panel, Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL. May, 2015.
  • Saldanha, K., and Nybell, L. “Direct scribing the narratives of street youth: How contexts and processes in which youth speak shape their voices.” Nineteenth Annual Conference, SSWR, New Orleans, LA. January, 2015.
  • Saldanha, K., and Nybell, L. “Toward participation/inclusion on their own terms: Direct scribing the narratives of marginalized youth.” CSWE 60th Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL. October, 2014.
  • Rall, A., Richards-Schuster, K., Saldanha, K., and Finn, J.L. “Thinking through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.” Panel, CSWE 60th Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL.  October, 2014.
  • Saldanha, K. “Tales of negotiating relationships & protocols conducting research with high school students.”10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. May 2014.
  • Saldanha, K., and Raymond, M. A preliminary investigation into temporary homelessness in two schools. Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. Oakland, MI. February, 2014.
  • M’foafo-McCarthy, M., and Saldanha, K. “You don’t understand…” Experiences of stigma among caregivers of individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness. CASWE- ACFTS Conference of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria, BC.  June, 2013.
  • Saldanha, K. “In Special Education but not ‘stupid’: Meanings given to Special Education placement by homeless youth. 2nd Annual Social Work Day, Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. May, 2012.


  • 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 and 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 and II


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
  • Social work practice in schools


  • Everett Marshall Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (2016)
  • AS-L Special Recognition Award for Service and Scholarship with Native Americans (2016)