Dr. Michael Ungar

Current Position
Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Maritime School of Social Work, Dalhousie University
Associate Professor, Maritime School of Social Work, Dalhousie University


Professional Skills
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist; Registered Social Worker

Professional Roles
Dr. Ungar is both a Social Worker and a Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working directly with children, youth, and adults in mental health and correctional settings. Now an Associate Professor at the Maritime School of Social Work at Dalhousie University, he continues to supervise and consult extensively with front-line staff and professional therapists in Canada, the United States, and overseas in countries such as Russia, Hong Kong, and Colombia. He has conducted many workshops internationally on resilience-related themes relevant to the treatment and study of at-risk youth and has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles on resilience and work with children and their families. He is also the author of three books. His first, Playing at Being Bad (Pottersfield Press), was published in 2002. A second publication for family therapists, Nurturing Hidden Resilience in Troubled Youth (University of Toronto Press) has just been released. His third, Pathways to Resilience (Sage Publications, California) is an edited volume with 55 international contributors due for release June 2005 when he and his staff will host a major international conference on global perspectives on youth and resilience. Dr. Ungar holds numerous research grants from national funding bodies and is a collaborator on several international research projects as well. He is most known in the academic community for an ongoing project he leads titled “Methodological and contextual challenges researching childhood resilience: An international collaboration” that includes researchers from 14 communities on five continents.

Areas of Interest
Dr. Ungar is an internationally recognized expert on how resilience is realized by children and youth when faced with adversity, as well as how different cultures define success in life and work.

Language Skills
English, oral French

Specific Research Related to RURAL Centre
Rural youth have been a component of most of Dr. Ungar’s research and they are frequently part of both his clinical practice and included as case studies in his publications

Contact Information
Phone: (902) 494-3445
Fax: (902) 494-6709
Email: michael.ungar@dal.ca
Website: www.resilienceproject.org
Mailing Address:
6414 Coburg Rd.
Halifax, NS B3H 2A7

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