Dr. Morgan Braganza

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Phone: 905-648-2139 Ext:4406

Email: mbraganza@redeemer.ca

Office: 219B

Department: Applied Social Sciences


Ph.D. (2020), Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University.
Dissertation Topic: Improving Encounters with People who hold Contentious Differences: An Exploration
M.S.W. (2009), Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University.
Thesis: Exploring Collaboration between Organizations Assisting Persons Experiencing Poverty
B.A. (2007), Psychology and Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University.
Thesis: Adolescents’ Attitudes toward Personal Experiences with Volunteering, Others Volunteering and Mandatory Volunteering


  • Social Work Practice with Communities (APS-236)
  • Social Research Methods (APS-321)
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals (APS-329)
  • Introduction to Social Work Practice (APS-215)
  • Selected Theories of Social Work Practice (APS-435)


  • Before joining Redeemer, Dr. Braganza was an adjunct faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University teaching courses in the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, and at Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) teaching courses in the Christian Studies and Global Citizenship and Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy programs. Prior to that, she taught in an adjunct capacity at Georgian College.
  • Dr. Braganza continues to work with urban and rural agencies to conduct research and program evaluation projects covering a variety of mental health and social issues. Her research interests are diverse as she has had the opportunity to be involved in a number of federally funded, provincially funded, and locally funded research and evaluation projects working with varied populations across Canada. Her research and evaluation projects have covered topics including inter-organizational collaboration; poverty; domestic violence; violence against women; and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She has also conducted numerous program evaluations which have investigated the effectiveness of, and sought improvements for services related to: domestic violence; newcomers to Canada; healthy behaviour and relationships for teenage girls; mobile crisis response; and students who are the first in their families to attend postsecondary education. The main focus of her doctoral research is on improving encounters with those who hold contentious or difficult differences (e.g. religion) in social work. This research has broader applicability for improving encounters with diverse “others” more broadly.

Research Interests

  • Encountering diverse groups/persons, particularly Christians in academia
  • Inter-organizational collaboration
  • Program evaluation
  • Research ethics

Recent Publications

  • Braganza, M. E. (2020). Improving encounters with people who hold contentious differences: An exploration. [Doctoral dissertation, Wilfrid Laurier University]. https://scholars.wlu.ca/etd/2305
  • Darewych, O. H., Braganza, M. E., Newton, N. J., Kozman, H. K., Argyle, H. (Accepted). Examining character strengths of developmental services workers in Canada: A mixed-methods pilot study. Journal of Social Service Research.
  • Braganza, M. E., Sheehan, T. D., & Young, D. (2019). Evaluating a rural mobile crisis service for children and youth. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 38(3), 79-96.https://doi.org/10.7870/cjcmh-2019-011
  • Braganza, M. E. (2018). Introducing a hospitality framework to encounter diverse others in professional social work. Social Work and Christianity, 45(2), 33-56.
  • Akesson, B., Braganza, M. E., & Root, J. (2018). Is theory development essential for the social work dissertation? Social Work Education, 37(2), 209-222. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2017.1391196
  • Braganza, M. E., Akesson, B., & Rothwell, D. (2017). An empirical appraisal of Canadian doctoral dissertations using grounded theory: Implications for social work research and teaching. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 37(5), 528-548. https://doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2017.1386259
  • Braganza, M. E. (2017). [Review of the book America’s blessings: How religion benefits everyone, including atheists, by R. Stark]. Social Work and Christianity, 44(3), 153-155.
  • Braganza, M. E. (2016). It’s a relationship: A qualitative exploration of the qualities, characteristics and processes that can fracture inter-organizational collaborative relationships. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 35(1), 15-28. https://doi.org/10.7870/cjcmh-2015-022.