Her primary areas of teaching focus on children and families post
separation and divorce, ethics and the law, and research methods. Dr. Birnbaum has extensive clinical practice and research experience in working with children and families of separation and divorce. She has presented and published both nationally and internationally on parenting assessments, child legal representation, children’s participation in family disputes, and on the intersection between law and social work. Dr. Birnbaum is a Member of The Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. She is the recipient of the Crowe Soberman Award of Excellence in Family Dispute Resolution, Hugh Mellon Distinguished Research Award, the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts-Ontario Excellence in Family Justice. She was the President of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) from 2005-2009; the President of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators (CCSWR) from 2012-2014; the President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts-Ontario (AFCC-O) from 2014-2015; and, a former board member of the Canadian Research Institute for Law & The Family, in Calgary, Alberta, from 2017-2018.