University of Calgary

David Este

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Professor Emeritus of Social Work
  • Mental Health
  • Multicultural/Diversity Issues
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Social Work & Non-Profit Organizations - Management & Evaluation

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Degrees: PhD in Social Work (Wilfred Laurier University), MSW (U of Toronto), MA in History(U of Waterloo)

Interests :Mental health, non-profit management, multicultural social work practice, qualitative research.

Dr. David (Dave) Este joined the Faculty of Social Work in 1992. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, he was employed as a medical social worker and a researcher.

He has taught at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, including courses in social work practice with immigrants and refugees, management of human service organizations, qualitative research methods and mental health.

Este is involved in a number of national multi-site research projects including the New Canadian Children and Youth Study, The Racism, Violence and Health Study, The Father Involvement Research Alliance and the Experiences of Visible Minority Social Workers in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

Recent publications include:

  • “Cultural competency and social work practice in Canada: A retrospective examination” Canadian Social Work Review (in press).
  • “Black Canadian historical writing 1970-2006: An Assessment Journal of Black Studies” (in press).
  • “Engaging students in social work research education” (with Pam Cameron). Social Work Education (in press).
  • “The professional re-entry of immigrants” (with H. Ngo). Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2006, 7, 1, 27-51.
  • “Multicultural organization development (MCOD): The fundamental transformation of Canadian social work education” (with Cynthia Gallop). The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, 6, 4, 107-115.

Research Projects:

  • Este, D. (Co-I). The New Canadian Children and Youth Study. (Canadian Institutes of Health Research; 2002-2006).
  • Este, D. (Co-I). Racism, Violence and Health Study. (Canadian Institutes of Health Research; 2002-2007).
  • Este, D. (Co-I). Father Involvement Research Alliance. (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - CURA; 2004-2009).
  • Este, D. (PI). Fostering Resiliency in Children and Youth: The Role of Fathers. (Health Canada; 2005-2006).
  • Este, D. (Co-I). Immigrant Women, Family Violence, and Pathways Out of Homelessness. (Prairie Center of Excellence for Research in Immigration and Integration; 2004-2006).
  • Este, D. (Co-I). Immigrant Women, Family, Violence and Pathways Out of Homelessness. (National Homeless Secretarial; 2004-2006).
  • Este, D. (Co-I). Pathways to Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts. (Proposal Development Grant MCRI-SSHRC; 2005).
  • Este, D. (Co-I). First Language Family Violence Prevention Groups. (Alberta Children's Services, Government of Alberta, 2005-2006).
  • Lai, D. (PI). & Este, D. (Co-I). Experience of Visible Minority Social Work Professionals. (SSHRC - Standard Research Grant; 2003-2006).
  • Rogers, G. (Co-I)., & Este, D. (Co-I). Making sense of partnerships in non-profit child and family service organizations. (Woods Homes of Calgary, Joint Initiatives Division Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; 2002-2005)
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