Sonia Meerai, MSW,
Current Position and Professional Functions
Sonia Meerai is a research associate at THETA Collaborative, and a Limited Term Appointed Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University. She teaches Violence in Families, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis, and Social Work and the Law in the BSW Program at Laurier. She also teaches Social Work Research Part II (Qualitative) in the BSW Program at Ryerson University. She is currently conducting qualitative interviews and observations for the THRIVE Study.
Education and Training
Sonia holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, minor in Sociology from Ryerson University and Master's Degree in Social Work from York University. Prior to joining THETA, she worked on over 20 qualitative studies on topics such as caregivers caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and related dementia, last stages of life, mental health practices and racialized communities, social work practice, health and social care system processes, and women and gender community based research studies on income security and employment, post-shelter experiences in Southwestern Ontario, and ending gender-based violence on post-secondary campuses in Ontario. She continues to immerse herself in critically sound qualitative and mixed methods studies within Ontario.
Research Interests and Expertise
Sonia’s research interests are in the area health equity and access, social determinants of health, women and gender issues and in particular, the design and processes of qualitative research methodologies. Sonia currently holds qualitative research workshops for (Master of Social Work) MSW and (Master of Early Childhood Studies) MAECS students at Ryerson University on the coding, transcribing and data analysis process for their research papers.
Papers in Refereed Journals
Meerai, S., Abdillahi, I., & Poole, J. (2016). When the suffering is compounded: Stories of anti-Black sanism. Intersectionalities, 5(3), 18-35.
Chapters in Books
Abdillahi, I., Meerai, S. Poole, J. (2017) When the suffering is compounded: Towards anti- Black sanism. In S. Wehbi & H. Parada (Eds.), Reimagining anti-oppression: Reflections on practice. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press.
Chiu, M., Grek, A., Meerai, S., Nelles, L.J., Sadavoy, J., & Wesson, V. (2016). Understanding
the lived experience of individuals, caregivers and families touched by frailty, chronic
illness and dementia in Ontario. The Law Commission of Ontario.