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Greene Saara, Professor | Graduate Chair

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Saara Greene

Professor | Graduate Chair

School of Social Work

Women, ART and the Criminalization of HIV (WATCH HIV)

Area(s) of Interest:


Research and Supervisory Interests

I am interested in the social determinants of health and the impact they have on women; specifically, mothers.  My current research focuses on the impact of housing instability and homelessness on families with children who are affected by HIV.  I am particularly interested in highlighting how the intersecting issues of racism, sexism and poverty result in marginalizing HIV-positive women and their children.


  • Ph.D., Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh, 2004
  • M.SW., School of Social Work, McGill University, 1997
  • B.SW., Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba, 1995
  • B.A., Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba, 1993


Recent Graduate Supervision

Doctorate (PhD) in Progress

Social workers' perspectives: professional identity and media

Using institutional ethnography to understand health care services for mothers living with HIV in Ontario

Masters - Theses


We Don’t Exist Here: The Tensions, Challenges and Erasure of Muslim Women in Social Work Education


Supply, Secrecy and Surveillance: Women’s Experiences of Cannabis Use for Pleasure


Humanity Lost: The Personal Impact of Discrimination Against Muslims in the Popular News Media


Under a Magnifying Glass: The Experiences of Social Service Use for Mothers Living with HIV


Understanding Operation Stress Injuries Support Services from a Veteran’s Perspective

Conversations over Coffee: Reflexivity and Social Work Praxis

Doctorate (PhD)


Because She Cares: Re-membering, Re-finding, and Poetic Retelling Narratives of HIV Caring Work with, for and by African Women Living with HIV


INQUIRY 1SS3: Inquiry in the Social Sciences

SOCWORK 2BB3: Social Work & Social Welfare: Anti-Oppressive Perspectives

SOCWORK 3D06: General Social Work I

SOCWORK 4O03: Community Practice

SOCWORK 4Q03: Facilitating Anti-Oppressive Practice

SOCWORK 4R03: Social Work Practice with Women

SOCWORK 721: Community, Citizenship and Social Justice

SOCWORK 737: Critical Perspectives on Social Work Knowledge

SOCWORK 705: Directed Reading Course

SOCSCI 701: Critical Approaches to Community Based Research