Dr. Rosemary Vito

Dr. Rosemary Vito

Assistant Professor

Office: LH210
Phone: 4380
Email: rvito4@uwo.ca

Rosemary has over 20 years of clinical and supervisory practice experience in children’s mental health and developmental services, having worked at CMHA (WWD) as both a clinical supervisor and mental health worker. She also has experience in program and service development, external advisory committees and board membership, diversity and community development initiatives.


  • University of Guelph - BASc (Child Studies)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University  - MSW (IFG)
  • St. FX University - Diploma in Adult Education
  • Wilfrid Laurier University - PhD.


Rosemary’s primary teaching interests include social work supervision and leadership, mental health, and field instruction. Her research interests center on social work leadership skills and development, human service organizations culture and change management, and innovative adaptive responses to government funding and policy shifts.

Selected Publications

Vito, R. (2015). Leadership support of supervision in social work practice: Challenges and enablers to achieving success. Canadian Social Work Review, 32(1&2), 145-160.

Adamowich, T., Kumsa, M.K., Rego, C., Stoddart, J., Vito, R. (2014). Playing hide-and-seek: Searching for the use of self in reflective social work practice. Reflective Practice, 15(2), 131-143.

Vito, R. (2017). The impact of service system transformation on human service agencies: Competing ministry directives and strategic innovative leadership adaptations. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance. DOI:10.1080/23303131.2017.1329175

Vito, R. (2016). Leadership practice, organizational culture and new managerialism: Strengths, challenges, variations and contradictions in three children’s service agencies. Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 1843. Retrieved from http://scholars.wlu.ca/etd/1843


Vito, R. (2017). Adaptive leadership and innovation. The key to human service organizations thriving during service system transformation. Network for Social Work Management 28th Annual Conference, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work, New York, New York, June 16.

Vito, R. (2017). The impact of service system transformation on human service agencies: Contradictory ministry expectations and leadership adaptations. Faculty Research Presentation, King’s University College, London, Ontario, March 3.

Vito, R. (2017). Reflections on research methods: Strengths and challenges of multiple case study, multi-method design. Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, Ontario, Feb. 9 & 16.

Vito, R. (2016). Effective leadership and adaptation: The key to human service organizations surviving in a market culture. Social Work Professional Development Workshop Series, King’s University College, London, Ontario, Oct. 14.

Vito, R. (2016). Leadership in challenging times. CAS Link PARTner Conference: Implementing EIP in a Perfect Storm, Toronto, Ontario, April 22.

Vito, R. (2016). Leadership practice and adaptation to a complex environment. Canadian Association for Social Work Education Conference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, June 3.

Vito, R., & Schmidt-Hanbidge, A. (2016). Social work leadership and supervisory education at the intersection of cultural and linguistic diversity. Canadian Association for Social Work Education ConferenceUniversity of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, June 3.        

Vito, R. (2015). Participatory leadership: Leading through quicksand. 3MT Thesis Competition, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, March 19.

Vito, R. (2015). Leadership practice and organizational culture in children’s services: Exploring these influences during system transformation. Research Forum, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Feb. 23.

Vito, R. (2014). Leadership practice and development in a changing environment. Children’s Mental Health Ontario Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Nov. 24.

Vito, R., & Adamowich, T. (2013). Playing hide and seek: Searching for the use of self in reflective social work practice. Research Forum, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Jan. 28.

Vito, R. (2013). Participatory leadership models: A counterforce to new public management in human service organizations. Network for Social Work Management, Research to Practice Institute, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, May 15.