Graham, John

John Graham

John R Graham PhD, RSW


School of Social Work
Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Contact Info

UBC Okanagan
1147 Research Road ARTS 304
Kelowna  BC  V1V 1V7

Tel:  250-807-8738

Social Work web:  visit website

  • Professor, School of Social Work, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan
  • Fellow, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

Hear John talk about the Kelowna Homelessness Research Collaborative on the ICER YouTube channel here: Institute for Community Engaged Research – Matchmaking Project

  • Homelessness
  • International development
  • Social policy
  • Diversity and social work
  • Spirituality and social work
  • Multicultural social work
  • Employee wellbeing/subjective wellbeing (happiness)

Beyond agency: how does knowledge mobilization advance social innovation in communities?
Applicant: Sohn, Jacqueline
Co-applicants: Gaetz, Stephen; Graham, John
Date: 2021 – 2024
Funded by: SSHRC – Insight Development Grant$57,971

Food Odyssey: An exploratory study of the implementation of sustainable and resilient local food systems
PI: Eric Li
Co-Is: Amir Ardestanijaafar, Jennifer Davis, John Graham, Kathy Rush, Zheng Liu
Date: 2021 – 2024
Funded by: SSHRC – Individual Partnership Development Grant $179,800

Human Service Organizations and Social Purpose Driven For-Profit Activities
PI: Shier, M. L.
Co-Is: Graham, J. R., & Theriault, L. J.
Date: 2021–2024
Funded by: SSHRC Insight Grant $190,949

Establishing and Mitigating Youth Housing Stability in Response to COVID-19: Engaging with the BC Interior
PI: John R. Graham
Date:  2020
Funded by: Making the Shift (co-led by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada)

Homelessness: Identifying technology and service delivery solutions to reduce homelessness in vulnerable populations
PI: John R. Graham
CoIs: Shirley Chau, Gordon Lovegrove, Sana Shahram, Eric Li, Paul van Donkelaar, Trevor Corneil, Kyleen Myrah, Alina Turner, Kerry Rempel
Date:  2020 – 2023
Funded by: UBCO Eminence Research Cluster Fund

Organisational changes to address homelessness: Lessons learned from 3 mid-sized Canadian Cities
PI: John R. Graham
Co-Is: Katherine Maurer, Mary Ellen Donna, Yale D. Belanger
Date:  2020 – 2022
Funded by: SSHRC

Kelowna Homelessness Research Collaborative
PI: John R. Graham
Co-Is: Carey Doberstein, Eric Li, Gordon Lovegrove, Jon Corbett, Kyleen Myrah, Michael J. Evans, Michael L. Shier, Paul van Donkelaar, Shirley Chau, Kerry Rempel, Silvina Mema, Trevor Corneil
Partners:  BC Housing, City of Kelowna, Interior Health, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Kelowna Women’s Shelter, Okanagan College, The Bridge Youth and Family Services, UBC
Collaborators:  Alina Turner, Stephen A. Gaetz
Date:  2019 – 2022
Funded by: SSHRC

Selected Recent Publications

Shier, M.L., Graham, J.R., & Koegh, J.M. (2019).  Social work and the emerging opioid epidemic: a literature review.  British Journal of Social Work, 49, 1759-1777.

Sansfaçon, A.P., Fulton, A.E., Brown, M., Graham, J.R. & Ethier, S. (2018). Multi-site bilingual team-based grounded theory research: A retrospective methodological review. Qualitative Report  23(11).

Abdulahad, R., Brownlee, K.,  Graham, J.R.,  & Montelpare, W.J. (2018). Measuring social capital: An adaptation and translation into Arabic of the Onyx and Bullen social capital scale for Iraqi-Canadians. Australian Social Work, 71 (4), 462-477.

Shier, M.L., Graham, J.R., & Nicholas, D., (2018). Interpersonal interactions, workplace violence, and occupational health outcomes among social workers. Journal of Social Work 18 (5), 525-547.

Shier, M.L., Nicholas, D.B., Graham, J.R., & Young, A., (2018) Preventing workplace violence in human services workplaces: Organizational dynamics to support positive interpersonal interactions among colleagues. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance 42 (1), 4-18.