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Kennedy Saldanha

Associate Professor

n/a 349 Marshall




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

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.

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.

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.



Saldanha, K., & 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., & Dakshayani, M. “A portrait of gambling among street youths in Mumbai.” 29th Annual Ethnographic & 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., & Raymond, M. “Transitionally homeless students in schools: Tracing their invisible trajectories.” 28th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV. February, 2016.

Rall, A., & 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., & 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., & 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., & 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., & 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., & Saldanha, K. “You don’t understand…” Experiences of stigma among caregivers of individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness. CASWE- ACFTS Conference of the Humanities & 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.

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.


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

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