Pushpanjali Dashora

Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept
345 Human Ecology Building
8905 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2N1



Job/Research Area: Human development in the context of poverty and homelessness.


2008-2009: Graduate Research Fellowship, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University 

2008-2009: Edith M. Slabaugh Scholarship (Graduate Research) Florence Levy Miller and I. George Miller Memorial Scholarship, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

2008-2009: Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS), The Graduate School, The Ohio State University 

2009: Jacobs Foundation International Travel Award, The Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, Colorado, April, 2009

2008: Travel Award, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University


Research Interests

 Dr. Dashora's research interests include: homelessness; poverty; child and adolescent development; participatory action research; and qualitative analysis. Primarily, her research focus is on marginalized populations such as homeless adolescents and families.  

Dr. Dashora's research aims to empower marginalized adolescents and families and to intervene at individual and policy levels of the ecological system. In addition, Dr. Dashora is interested in examining socio-emotional behaviors (such as attachment, self-efficacy, and coping), mental health and well-being among homeless youth and families.

Research funding:

2015-16Support for the Advancement of Scholarship (SAS) research grant - Impact of a transitional supportive housing on homeless youth: a pilot study - $4961

2012-13Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness - Empowering homeless individuals in Fort McMurray - $10,000


Graduate students currently supervised and their research topics/areas

  • Natasha Weber, M.Sc. (ongoing), Topic: Parent child mother goose program (Co-supervisor is Dr. Berna Skrypnek)
  • Aynsley Pidgeon-Graham, M.Sc. (completed in 2014), Topic: LGBT Inclusive End of Life Services within Edmonton Inventory
  • Traci Toszack, M.Sc. (completed in 2013), Topic: Mental health and wellness needs assessment within Energy Services


HECOL 313 - Family Dynamics

An introduction to family dynamics from the perspective of family theory. Changes in family dynamics across the life course will be examined using theoretical concepts, research, and practical application of concepts. Prerequisite: successful completion of *60.

HECOL 412 - Family Challenges

An in-depth exploration of several family challenges (e.g. addiction, homelessness, and childhood and adult abuse). An introduction to specific prevention and intervention approaches related to family challenges. Prerequisite: HECOL 313.

HECOL 610 - Review of Issues and Trends in Family Ecology and Practice

Content and philosophy of the study of the family from a human ecological perspective.

HECOL 612 - Family Challenges

An in-depth exploration of several family challenges (e.g., addiction and homelessness). An introduction to specific intervention approaches related to family challenges. Not to be taken if credit received for HECOL 412.

Browse more courses taught by Pushpanjali Dashora


Social determinants of health and stories of homelessness in Fort McMurray, Canada

Author(s): Richter, S., Dashora, P. & Jarvis, K.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: International Journal of Case Studies
Volume: 4
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 12-20
External Link: http://www.casestudiesjournal.com/Volume%204%20Issue%203%20Paper%203.pdf

Youth-led Development of a framework for youth engagement: Working with high risk marginalized youth through participatory action research

Author(s): Iwasaki Y., Springett J., Dashora P., & McLaughlin A. M.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Child & Youth Services
Volume: 35
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 316-342.

“Understand my side, my situation, and my story:” Insights into the service needs among substance-abusing homeless mothers

Author(s): Dashora, P., Slesnick, N., & Erdem, G.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Journal of Community Psychology
Volume: 40
Issue: 8
Page Numbers: 938-950
External Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jcop.21499/abstract

Better to bend than to break: Coping strategies utilized by substance abusing homeless youth

Author(s): Dashora, P., Erdem, G., & Slesnick, N.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Journal of Health Psychology,
Volume: 16
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 158-168
External Link: http://hpq.sagepub.com/content/16/1/158.full.pdf+html

Runaway teens

Author(s): Slesnick, N., Patton, R., Dashora, P.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Encyclopedia of Adolescence
Volume: 3
Page Numbers: 276-282

How to open and sustain a drop-in center for homeless youth

Author(s): Slesnick, N., Glassman, M., Garren R., Toviessi, P., Bantchevska, D., & Dashora, P.
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Children and Youth Services Review
Volume: 30
Page Numbers: 727-734
External Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2440711/pdf/nihms52832.pdf

Predictors of homelessness among street living youth

Author(s): Slesnick, N., Bartle-Haring, S., Dashora, P., Kang, M. & Aukward, E.
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Journal of Youth & Adolescence,
Volume: 37
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 465-474
External Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2699020/pdf/nihms93511.pdf

Problem behaviors of homeless youth: A social capital perspective

Author(s): Bantchevska, D., Bartle-Haring, S., Dashora, P., Glebova, T. & Slesnick, N.
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Journal of Human Ecology
Volume: 23
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 285-293
External Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2533425/pdf/nihms52848.pdf

A review of services and interventions for runaway and homeless youth: Moving forward.

Author(s): Slesnick, N., Dashora, P., Letcher, A., Erdem, G., & Serovich, J.
Publication: Children and Youth Services Review,
Volume: 31
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 732-742
External Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2699020/pdf/nihms93511.pdf