• Dr. Tuula Heinonen
  • Professor Emerita

    521 Tier Building
    173 Dafoe Rd
    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
    (Currently in Victoria, BC)




Dr. Heinonen’s research focuses on international social aspects of aging, health and social work. She specializes in the following areas:

From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Heinonen was co-PI of a multi-million-dollar Tier 1 CIDA-funded project, Building Human Capacity for Social Work with Rural Women (with M. Cheung), which provided training, resources and research toward gender equality and rights of women in rural China.

Dr. Heinonen is a Docent (Adjunct Professor) at the Tampere University, Finland.

Most recent research includes the following areas:

Mawadisidiwag: The visiting approach for a pilot study of economic well-being of Indigenous older adult residing within the First Nation community of Sandy Bay Ojibway Nation, Manitoba.
Marlyn, Bennet, Hai Luo (CI), Tuula Heinonen & Mohammed Khan – 2020-21
Faculty of Social Work Research Fund, University of Manitoba. Sum awarded: $3,000

Building an international group for collaborative research on Indigenous active aging.
Hai Luo (PI) & Tuula Heinonen – 2019-21
Faculty of Social Work Research Fund, University of Manitoba. Sum awarded: $3,000

Older women’s perceptions and practice of active aging in northern Finland.
Hai Luo (CI) & Tuula Heinonen – 2016-17
Start-up Funds, University of Manitoba. Sum awarded: $15,000

Reflexivity in cross-cultural studies.
Hai Luo (CI) & Tuula Heinonen – 2016-17

Exploring healthy aging: Implementation across northern cultures
Tuula Heinonen & Hai Luo (CI) – 2016
University International Program and Project Seed Fund (UIPPSF), University of Manitoba. Sum awarded: $9,180

Innovation for arts-based inquiry in the community.
Tuula Heinonen & Deana Halonen – 2016
Summer Session Innovation Fund, University of Manitoba.
Sum Awarded: $2,500

Developing and Disseminating a New Masters Social Work Curriculum on Women and Families in China at China Women’s University
Tuula Heinonen, Meng Liu & Anna Metteri – 2013
International Association of Schools of Social Work. Sum awarded: $4,500


Selected publications:

Bonnycastle, M., & Heinonen, T. (2019). Using arts to engage community: Nepal and Canadian experiences. In E. Huss, & E. Bos (Eds.) Art in social work practice. London: Routledge.

Burton, A.D., Halonen, D.F. & Heinonen, T.I. (2022). Social work practice and assessment: A w/holistic approach. Whitby, ON: Northrose.

Halonen, D., & H. Krahn.  (2019). Expressive arts for social work and social change. New York: Oxford.

Heinonen, T. (2019). Visual arts: Drawing, painting and collage. In T. Heinonen, D. Halonen & E. Krahn. Expressive arts for social work and social change (pp. 17-33). New York: Oxford University Press.

Heinonen, T., Halonen, D., & Krahn, E. (2019). A social work orientation for transformation using expressive arts. In T. Heinonen, D. Halonen, & E. Krahn, E. Expressive arts for social work and social change (pp. 6-16). New York: Oxford University Press.

Lavoie, T., & Heinonen, T. (2019). Photography and video methods. In T. Heinonen, D. Halonen & E. Krahn.  Expressive arts for social work and social change (pp. 34-51). New York: Oxford University Press.

Roche, S., & Heinonen, T. (2019). Movement and dance. In T. Heinonen, D. Halonen & E. Krahn. Expressive arts for social work and social change. (pp. 52-75).New York: Oxford University Press.

Bonnycastle, M., & Heinonen, T. (2018). Bringing the arts into social work education in two country contexts. Social Dialogue, 19, May, 63-65.

Heinonen, T. (2018). Bridging distance: Tuula Heinonen on mentoring in the virtual classroom. TeachingLIFE  [Inteview, University of Manitoba], Fall, 6.

Heinonen, T. (2018). Reciprocity fostered through creativity. In M. Törrönen, C. Munn-Giddings & L. Tarkiainen. Reciprocal relationships and well-being (Chapter 8). London: Routledge.

Roger, K., Bone, T., Heinonen, T., Schwartz, K., & Tharkrar, S. (2018). Exploring identity: What we do as qualitative researchers. The Qualitative Report, available on line at: https://tqr.nova.edu/2018/03/05/weekly-report-march-5-2018/

Heinonen, T. (2017). Social work artfully: Beyond borders and boundaries. Book Review.  Social Work Education, (36)2, 225-227.

King, R.U., Heinonen, T., Uwabor, M., & Adeleye-Olusae, A. (2017). The psychosocial well-being of African refugees in Winnipeg: Critical stressors and coping strategies. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 15(04), 345-365.

Blum, E., Braiden, R., & Heinonen, T. (2016). Service delivery considerations in dealing with honour-based violence. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 48(3), 129-148.

Grymonpre, R., Ateah, C., Dean, H., Heinonen, T., Holmqvist, L., MacDonald, A., Ready, E., & Wener, P. (2016). Sustainable implementation of interprofessional education using an adoption model framework. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 46(4), 76-93.

Cheung, M., & Heinonen, T. (2015). A positive peace initiative with rural women in China. In M. Flaherty, T. Matyok, J. Senehi, S. Byrne & H. Tuso (Eds.). Gender and peacebuilding: All hands required. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Shooshtari, S., Harvey, C.D.H., Ferguson, L., Heinonen, T., & Khan, S. (2014). Effects of remittance behavior on the lives of recent immigrants to Canada from the Philippines: A population-based longitudinal study. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 35(1), 95-101.

Cheung, M., Luo, H., & Heinonen, T. (2014). Meeting point of indigenization: Analysis of the results of the project of cooperation in social work training between China and Canada from the perspective of Chinese traditional culture and social work theory. In K-T. Tsang, M. Yan, J. Guo, and R. Sin (Eds.). Multiple snapshots of the development of social work in China: Perspectives of Chinese Canadian Scholars (pp. 156-172). Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press (in Chinese).

Drolet, J., & Heinonen, T. (Eds). (2012). Gender concepts and controversies. In T. Heinonen & J. Drolet, International social development: Social work experiences and perspectives (pp.75-97). Halifax, NS: Fernwood Publishing.

Heinonen, T. & Drolet, J. (2012, Eds.). International social development and social work. Halifax, NS: Fernwood Publishing. PR

Ferguson, E., Heinonen, T., Shooshtari, S., & Harvey, C.H. (2012). Impact of sending remittances on the lives of Filipino and Iranian immigrants to Winnipeg: “Sending money home makes us feel better.” In Baffoe, M., Cheung, M., Asimeng-Boahene, L., & Ogbuagu, B. (Eds.). Strangers in new homelands: The social deconstruction and reconstruction of “home” among immigrants in the diaspora (pp. 91-101). Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Scholars’ Press.

Cheung, M., & Heinonen, T. (2011). More than Half the Sky, CSWE (US) prize winning video for social work teaching, produced by G. Beitel, located at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrUWrNd8HuY

Heinonen, T. & Spearman, L. (2010, 3rd Ed.) Social work practice: Problem solving and beyond. Toronto: Nelson.

Teaching and supervision

She continues to teach courses at both the University of Manitoba and Tampere University in Finland and is involved in writing projects for journals and books.


Dr. Heinonen has given 80 scholarly presentations in over 30 years.