Paula David MSW, Ph.D

Paula David MSW, Ph.D

Paula David MSW, Ph.D teaches full-time at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, lecturing in gerontology and clinical practice courses in the MSW Program.  Both her area of research and her front line work focuses on issues related to aging Holocaust survivors, their families and health care providers.  Prior to entering the academic world, Dr. David served as Senior Social Worker at Baycrest Centre for over 20 years, and worked extensively in both community and residential programs.  As the Holocaust Resource Coordinator she developed clinical and educational programs working for Survivors and studied the impact of early life trauma on aging. Working extensively with Holocaust survivors and their families, she developed programs and models of care in group work, individual counselling and program development. With a background in adult education and community organization, she has developed teaching modules for professional staff working with survivors of genocide and clinical issues of post-traumatic stress disorder, travelling extensively to share this knowledge with both professional and family caregivers. Dr. David divides her time between working with older adults to create supportive, safe caring communities and teaching young adults to take on the challenge of helping make it happen.