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Faculty Profiles

Ferzana Chase

Ferzana Chaze

Professor, Social Service Worker program

Office: B334, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, Trafalgar Campus
Phone: (905) 845-9430 Ext. 5708


Ferzana Chaze is Professor at the School of Community Studies where she teaches courses related to diversity, immigration and research. Ferzana has completed her PhD in Social Work from York University. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and from the University of Mumbai. Ferzana has over 20 years of experience in the field of social work research, education and practice. She started her career as a social worker working with street children in Mumbai. She taught at the College of Social Work, University of Mumbai for several years before immigrating to Canada in 2004.

Before coming to Sheridan, Ferzana was involved in teaching, research and Knowledge Translation at Ryerson University. Ferzana also worked as the Academic Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Courses in Community Services at the Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University. Ferzana served on the Board of India Rainbow Community Services of Peel from 2010-2015 and has been awarded the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to the organization. She currently serves as an external reviewer for many Canadian and international academic publications. Research Interests: Immigrant Settlement and Integration, Diversity and Social Inclusion, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Social Work Practice, and, Knowledge Mobilization. Ferzana’s scholarship focuses on issues related to immigrants and their settlement and integration experiences. Her doctoral dissertation examined the social organization of South Asian immigrant women’s mothering work during their settlement in Canada.

Recent publications:

George, P., & Chaze, F. (2015). Challenging state’s authority and reclaiming citizenship: A case on action against eviction and deportation of pavement dwellers in Mumbai, India.

In Nilan Yu (Eds.) Subversive Social Action: Extra-legal and Illegal Action for Social Justice.

George, U. & Chaze, F. (2015). Punjabi/Sikhs in Canada: Dimensions of Integration. In S. Rajan, V. Varghese & A. Nanada (Eds.). Migrations, Mobility and Multiple Affiliation: Punjabis in a Transnational World. Cambridge University Press.

Chaze, F., Thomson, M.S., George, U., & Guruge, S. (2015). Role of cultural beliefs, religion and spirituality in mental health service utilization among immigrants in Canada: A scoping review. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 10.7870/cjcmh-2015-015.

George, U.; Thomson, M.S.; Chaze, F.; Guruge, S. (2015). Immigrant Mental Health, A Public Health Issue: Looking Back and Moving Forward. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 13624-13648.

George, U., & Chaze, F. (2015). Learning from success: Indo-Canadians and the facilitators of economic integration. Hagira - Israel Journal of Migration, 4, 130-150.

Guruge, S., George, U., Thomson, M.S. & Chaze, F. (2015). Social support, social conflict, and immigrant women’s mental health in a Canadian context: A scoping review. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Article first published online.DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12216.

Thomson, M.S., Chaze, F., George, U., & Guruge, S. (2015). Improving immigrant populations’ access to mental health services in Canada: A review of barriers and recommendations.  Journal of Immigrant Minority Health. Online First. (DOI) 10.1007/s10903-015-0175-3.

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