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Leah Douglas

Dr. Leah Douglas, BA, BSW, MSW, PhD, RCSW

Associate Professor, MSW Committee Chair

Abbotsford campus, B165m

Phone: 604-504-7441 extension 4292

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Leah has been a faculty member with the School of Social Work and Human Services since 2009. Prior to this she taught sessionally at UFV and McGill University in Montreal. She has worked as a social worker for many years in health-related areas, with a special focus on drug & alcohol issues, stigma, homelessness, women's issues, HIV, and research. Leah completed her PhD at McGill in 2003, titled "Determining Community Attitudes and Concerns with respect to the Establishment of Safer Injection Facilities in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside." Some of Leah's accomplishments can be found under her maiden name, Malowaniec.


Memberships, Awards, Grants, and Accreditations

  • 2010 - Women’s Health Research Network Seed Grant 
  • 2009 - UNAIDS Contract: Development of Options for Proposed Scope and Methodologies for Research on the Impact of the Criminal Laws in the Context of HIV (Team) 
  • 2006 - Fraser Health Mental Health & Addiction Prevention Grant (Team) 
  • 2006 - BC Mental Health & Addictions Research Network Scholarship 

Member (in good standing) of the British Columbia Association of Social Workers(BCASW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Designated RSW with the Board of Registration for Social Workers (BRSW) 

Community and Committee Work

  • Associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice (2009 – present)  
  • Research Advisor for UFV Aid to Small University Applications (2009 – present)  
  • Professional Studies Learning Exchange Committee (2009 – present)
  • Reviewer for McGraw Hill: Interpersonal Communication: The  Whole Story (2009)
  • Special Guest Editor, Perspectives Journal (2007)
  • Chair, Addiction Committee, BC Association of Social Workers (2006-2007) 


Douglas, L. (2009). Opportunities and Barriers to Working with Drug Users in a Hospital Setting. Social Work In-service session, Surrey Memorial Hospital: Surrey BC. 

Douglas, L. & Secord, S. (2006). Stages of change, Ambivalence, and Youth: Opportunities for Relationships in Health Care Settings. Psychiatry In-service session, Surrey Memorial Hospital: Surrey BC. 

Secord, S. & Douglas, L. (2006). Harm reduction in an acute care hospital: One-size-does-not fit-all. Poster presented at the International Harm Reduction Conference: Vancouver, BC. 

Malowaniec, L. (2004/05). Domestic Violence: the Nursing Role. Eight session series presented to St. Paul’s Hospital Maternity and student RNs: Vancouver, BC. 

Malowaniec, L. (2003). Mentoring and the Canadian Health Network: Opportunities for Change. Presented at the Canadian Health Network @ Health Canada Information and Content Specialist Forum: Ottawa, ON. 


Douglas, L. (2007). Deconstructing the Anti-Drug Strategy. Perspectives, 29(4), 4-5. 

Douglas, L. (2007). “Re: National Anti-Drug Strategy”. Media release available at and Media/News Archive.asp?ItemID=39934 

Douglas, L. (2007). “Federal Government has Ethical Obligation to Provide a Permanent Exemption for Safe Injection Site”, say Social Workers. Media release available at and Media/News Archive.asp?ItemID=39730 

Douglas, L. (2007). Support, Respect and Compassion: Sex workers need access to safe, non-judgmental services. Perspectives, 29(1), 8-11. 

Douglas, L. (2007). Housing First: Harm reduction housing offers hope and promise for the ‘hard to house’. Perspectives, 29(1), 14-15. 

Douglas, L. (2007). Editorial: Well accepted or hotly contentious, harm reduction stimulates debate. Perspectives, 29(1), 7. 

Petty, M & Douglas, L. (2007). Elderly, Alcoholic and Alone: Can I protect my client from her harmful behaviours? Perspectives, 29(1), 20. 

Wolinksy, T & Douglas, L. (2007). When Abstinence Isn’t an Option: Harm reduction is rooted in reality for substance using pregnant women. Perspectives, 29(1), 12-13. 

Malowaniec, L. (2004). Determining Community Attitudes and Concerns with respect to the Establishment of Safer Injection Facilities in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Doctoral Dissertation, McGill University, Montréal, QC. 

Malowaniec, L. & Rowe, W. (2003). Safer injection sites: implications for social workers. Chapter in Responding to the oppression of addiction: Canadian social work responses. Haworth Press. 

Malowaniec, L. & Rowe, W. (2003). Safer Injection Rooms: Community And Social Implications for Canadians. Canadian Social Work. 

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