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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 7, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Rosemary Vito

Contract Academic Staff

Contact Information

Office Location: Part-Time Office
Office Hours: by appointment
Academic Background

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ont., Sept. 2011-Present

Diploma in Adult Education, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, 2004-2005

MSW, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ont., 1990

B.A.Sc., Child Studies, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ont., 1987


Rosemary is teaching Social Policy in the MSW program, and she has been a Teaching Assistant for Organizational Practice and Advanced Social Policy. She has also taught Mental Health and Addictions, and Supervision and Leadership courses, in the BSW and MSW School of Social Work, Renison University College, University of Waterloo. Rosemary believes in a collaborative teaching approach and values student feedback. She continuously pursues professional development opportunities in teaching, including ‘Foundations in University Teaching’ from Wilfrid Laurier’s Educational Development Office, and various teaching workshops from the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo.

Rosemary has over 20 years of clinical, supervisory and program development experience in community mental health and developmental services, including: clinical assessment and treatment with children, youth and families; best practice service development in children’s mental health; planning and consultation with external advisory committees; and clinical supervision and leadership with a children’s mental health service team. Her social work career has included a wide range of experiences, from primary prevention school based programs to complex treatment services, both in rural and urban settings; coordinating referral, access, quality assurance, and regional outcome measures; facilitating staff development and performance; collaborating with external agency partners in hospitals, child welfare, school boards and youth justice; and supporting diversity and community development initiatives. She has extensive training in clinical practice, supervision and leadership and is a past board member of Onward Willow, Better Beginnings Better Futures.

Additional Information

Rosemary has recently been awarded the Shankar Yelaga Scholarship and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (2013, 2014). Her dissertation research is a qualitative, multiple case study on leadership practice and organizational culture in children’s mental health and child welfare organizations in Ontario. She will be presenting her dissertation research findings at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) Provincial Conference in Toronto, Fall 2014, and has previously presented her comprehensive research paper at the Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) Research to Practice Institute in New Jersey, Spring 2013. Rosemary has co-published an article from a joint research project with other doctoral students:

Adamowich, T., Kumsa, M.K., Rego, C., Stoddart, J., Vito, R. (listed alphabetically). Playing hide and seek: Searching for the use of self in reflective social work practice. (2014). Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 15(2), 131-143.

She is currently working on publication of an article entitled ‘Leadership Support of Supervision in Social Work Practice.’