• Dr. Tracey Bone
  • Tracey Bone
    Associate professor

    Room 418B Tier Building
    173 Dafoe Rd
    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

    Fax: 204-474-7594




Dr. Bone’s work focuses on human rights and social justice. She specializes in the following areas:

Dr. Bone is currently the principal investigator of a mixed-methods community-based research study titled Exploring the complex mental health and program access needs of Deaf and hard of hearing Manitobans which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council  (SSHRC). The community partner on this study is Manitoba Possible.

She is also the Primary Investigator in a Major Grant through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Titled “Beyond the Books: Developing an interactive, case-based website”, the project hopes to extend social work pedagogy and assess student learning through an interactive website. Website release Fall 2023.

Finally, Dr. Bone is the Co-Investigator in a Center for Healthcare Innovations (CHI) funded project titled Engaging women with intellectual disabilities and criminal justice involvement: A participatory action research project with PI Dr. Kathy Levine and Community partner Elizabeth Fry Society.

Recent studies include:

  • An exploration of the sibling experience of eating disorders
  • An in-class study exploring the impact of human avatar software in enhancing student learning
  • Gambling in disability communities, its role, frequency and impact
  • The accessibility of gambling self-assessment tools in various disability communities in Manitoba

Teaching and supervision

Dr. Bone’s teaching interest include social work practice, feminist perspectives, criminal justice, mental health in general, interpersonal communication and research methodologies.

She will be teaching the following courses during the 2023-2024 academic year:

Undergraduate courses:

  • SWRK 4200-4300 – Criminal Justice: Field Focus of Social work Practice
  • SWRK 4210 – Feminist Perspectives in Social Work Practice and Social Welfare Policy

Graduate course:

  • SWRK 7002 – Foundation in Social Work Practice and the profession

Dr. Bone continues to serve as a Mentor in the 2-year Teaching and Learning Certificate (TLC) program at the University of Manitoba. She is also actively involved in supporting and supervising students interested in gaining or enhancing their research skills through the role of Research Assistant.


Selected publications:

Journal articles
Bone, T. A. (Spring 2022). Deaf does not mean ‘dumb’: Deaf and hard of hearing federally sentenced persons face stigma. Actualites JUSTICE Report 37(1), 7-12. Ottawa: Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA). Available online at http://www.justicereport.ca/

Bone, T. A. (Winter 2020). Deaf offenders: understanding and meeting the needs of this unique population of parolees. Actualites JUSTICE Report 35(4), 20-23. Ottawa: Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA). Available online at http://www.justicereport.ca/

Bone, T. A., Wilkinson, E. Ferndale, D., & Adams, R. (2020). Indigenous and Deaf people and the implications of ongoing practices of colonization: A comparison of Australia and Canada. Humanity & Society, 1-27. https://doi-org.uml.idm.oclc.org/10.1177/01605976211001575

Bone, T. A. (2020). Deaf mental health: Enhancing literacy through a hearing and Deaf community collaboration. Revista UFG, 20(67079), 1-22. 

Bone, T. A. (2019). No one is listening: members of the Deaf community share their depression narratives. Social Work in Mental Health, 17(1), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/15332985.2018.1498045  (Epub. Aug. 6, 2018).

Bone, T. A. & Roberts, M. (2019). An investigation into the routes to inpatient care at the Pantang Hospital Ghana via the criminal justice system.  Ghana Medical Journal, 53(2), 100-108. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/gmj.v53i2.4

Bone, T. A. (2018). Art and mental health recovery: Evaluating the impact of a community based participatory arts program through artist voices. Community Mental Health Journal, 54(8), 1180-1188.

Rogers, K., Bone, T., Schwartz, K., Slater, J., Thakrar, S., & Heinonen, T. (2018). Exploring identity: What we do as qualitative researchers. The Qualitative Report, 23(3), 532-546. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss3/3

Book chapter
Bone, T. A. (2019).  Deaf mental health: Enhancing linguistically and culturally appropriate practice. In A. Al-Krenawi and M. Zangeneh (Eds.) Culture, Diversity and Mental Health; Enhancing Clinical Practice. (pp. 61-82). Series Title: Advances in Mental Health and Addiction. Springer International Publishing.

Report article
Bone, T. A. (Winter 2020). Deaf offenders: understanding and meeting the needs of this unique population of parolees. Actualites JUSTICE Report 35(4), 20-23. Ottawa: Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA).

Conference Proceedings
Bone, T. (2019). International Trauma Summit, Executive Summary. World Federation for Mental health. 


Selected presentations:

Bone, T. A. (2022 September 30). Deaf offenders: Fingerspelling isn’t the only way to communicate. Paper presented at the 5th World Congress on Probation and Parole. Ottawa, Ontario.

Bone, T. A., Daniels, I., & Millard, J. (2022 June 30). The Journey of Women’s mental health within the World Federation for Mental Health and Relevance Today. Paper presented at the World Federation for Mental Health hybrid Congress 2022. London, England. Virtual presentation. Winner of one of two Best Congress Paper awards.

Bone, T. (2022 June 17). Deaf offenders: The role of Social Work. Workshop (45 minute) presented at the National Organization of Forensic Social Work 2022 Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Bone, T. (March 29, 2023). Anti-bullying in Deaf Seniors. Joint Deaf Center Manitoba and Manitoba Deaf Seniors Club. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Bone, T. A. (Producer). (2021 February 17). COVID-19: Does Social Work need to pivot to a new normal? [Video] in Women as Caregivers & Essential Service Workers: Challenges and Support Webinar, Women’s Mental Health Section, World Federation for Mental Health. Webinar. 

Bone, T. A. (2019). Modern Day Slavery: Exploring the mental health and human rights of women and girls in Canada. United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW 63) NGO Parallel event. Co-Sponsors Mental Health Association in Taiwan and World Federation for Mental Health. New York, New York.  March 21, 2019.

Milliken, E. & Bone, T. (2018 July 4). Creating Current Canadian Content for Feminist Perspectives courses. Paper presented at the SWSD Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Bone, T. (2016, October 16). Deaf mental health; Exploring Deaf depression narratives through case study research. Paper presented at the World Federation for Mental Health Conference 2016, Cairns, Australia.

Bone, T. & Heinonen, T. (2017, May). Metaphors: Using creative expression to explore the qualitative researcher identity. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Social Work Educators Conference 2017, Toronto, Ontario. May 27-June 2, 2017

Bone, T., El-Gabalawy, R., Holm, S. (2016, June). Participatory arts programs in Canada: Current status and future direction.  Paper presented at the PSR/RPS Canada and the Northwestern Ontario Psychosocial Rehabilitation Education Committee 2016 National Conference, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

National (Peer reviewed):
Bone, T. A. (2019 November 9). Enhancing the rights of Deaf offenders through visual staff training content. Paper presented at the Canadian Criminal Justice Association 100th Anniversary Congress. Quebec City, Quebec.

Bone, T. A. (2018). Deaf inmates: A video project to enhance staff cultural competence. Canadian Association of Social Work Educators Conference, 2018. Regina, Saskatchewan.

Bone, T. (2017 May). Art as the conduit to personal growth, engagement and identity. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Social Work Educators Conference 2017, Toronto, Ontario. May 27-June 2, 2017.

Bone, T. A. (2019 November 17). The mental health impact of human trafficking. Traffic Jam: Raising Awareness and Funds for Klinic’s Human Trafficking Hotline event. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Bone, T. (2019 March 8). Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council event ‘Women in Research’.  Poster presentation of current research projects. Hotel Fort Garry, Winnipeg.

Bone, T. A. (2018 October 18). Revisiting feminism. Women of Winnipeg luncheon. Manitoba Club, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Bone, T. A. (2017 April 21). Empowering youth: Strategies for Change. Resource Assistance for Youth, New Directions. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Bone, T. A., El-Gabalawy, R., & Holm, S.  (2017 January 25). A mixed method investigation of the impact of involvement in a participatory arts program in Canada: Effect of involvement in Artbeat Studio Inc. Paper presented at the Artbeat Studios Inc. Fundraiser: the story and the stats: mental health recovery through participatory arts. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Bone, T. A. (2016 January). Mental health: Learn about PTSD and Depression.  Paper presented to the Calvary Temple Deaf Fellowship, Calvary Temple, Winnipeg, MB.

Bone, T. (2015 April 17). Fostering positive mental health in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community: Strategies and Discussion. Manitoba School for the Deaf Networking Day.

Bone, T. A. (2015 September 25). Pathways to Pantang: A forensic mental health case study with inpatients at the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital, Ghana, West Africa. Paper presented at the International Research Forum, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba.

Bone. T. A.  (2014 September 27). Depression in Deaf community: what Deaf people say? Paper presented at the ‘What is Mental Health?’ workshop. Deaf Center Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sponsored by the Winnipeg Foundation.

Bone. T. (February 16, 2011). CSC 101: The who, what, where, when & why. Correctional Service of Canada. Building bridges: The community response to offenders with mental disorders Conference. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Bone. T., Bart, N., & Bart, L. (Nov. 7, 2009).  I’ve been pony tailing it ever since: Healing the identity rupture of mental illness through art. Paper presented at the 30th annual Canadian Art Therapy Association Conference. The Canadian Mosaic; Art therapy approaches from East to West. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Creative works


Bone, T. A. (2019 September 26). Eating Disorder research and more. crazy-talk podcast. Host Lee Thomas. Aired December 2019. Available at https://leethomas.ca/crazy-talk

Bone, T. A. (2019 May 2). Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Pre-recorded Interview re: Posthumous Induction of Dr. Brock Chisholm into Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. YouTube Link https://www.youtube.com/embed/dvmtLWHnfTM?rel=0

Bone, T. A.  (2019 February 28).  Eating disorders and the Sibling Experience. Co-Interviewee Elaine Stevenson. 680 CJOB Radio Talk Show Hosts Richard Cloutier and Julie Buckingham.

Bone, T. A. (2018, June 13). The F-word: Revisiting Feminism. TEDX Winnipeg Speaker. RBC Convention Center, Winnipeg.  Manitoba. https://tedxwinnipeg.ca/speaker/tracey-bone/

Bone, T. A.  (2017). Meeting the needs of Deaf offenders in a correctional setting: Staff training content for the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). The creation of internal online resources for CSC staff engaging with Deaf offenders. Updated text, and two distinct training videos created. The first; a role-play without, followed by role-play with an ASL-English Interpreter; the second an interview with a Deaf University of Manitoba Linguistics Professor.