ABILITY is what you're capable of doing.
MOTIVATION determines what you do.
ATTITUDE determines how well you do it
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Sarah Serbinski

About Sarah

Sarah Serbinski conducts community-based research and evaluation, provides parenting and life coaching services and facilitates mindfulness practices for individuals, groups, and agencies. Using evidence-informed strategies, a wealth of experience, and a creative personality, she helps move you towards your objectives.

Research & Program Evaluation

Sarah provides research and program evaluation services in community, government, and academic settings. Sarah has published several peer reviewed articles and presented at conferences all over North America. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Toronto and has attended training at the Mindsight Institute.


Sarah provides coaching services to clients across Canada and the United States. She became a certified coach through BlueRio Strategies.

Mindfulness Facilitator

Sarah guides clients throughout secular mindfulness practices. She is a senior instructor in the Foundations of Applied Mindfulness Meditation certificate program at the University of Toronto, and is the co-founder of Mindfulness York Region.


Research and Evaluation

Research & Evaluation

Sarah can provide you with as much or as little support you need for your research project. Working together, we explore what are the most appropriate research questions that need to be addressed at this time. Methods, data collection, data analysis, and the final product are specifically tailored your needs and budget.

Parenting & Life Coach

Parenting & Life Coach

Sarah guides you through coaching strategies and results-driven practices that move you towards your goals for personal development and professional work. Together we may explore how to cultivate emotional intelligence, a deeper self-awareness, or facilitate stronger relationships.

Mindfulness Moments

Mindfulness Practitioner

Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation is cultivating an awareness of the present moment, without judgment, by bringing intentional attention to our feelings, thoughts, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Sarah facilitates one-to-one and group secular mindfulness practices for individuals and small groups.



Serbinski, S. (in-press). Designing research survey. In L. Hitchcock, M. Sage, & N.J. Smyth. Teaching Social Work with Digital Technology. Alexandra, VA: CSWE Press.

Serbinski, S., & MacFadden, R.J. (2018). "Updated - Neuroscience and Social Work." In Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. Ed. Edward J. Mullen. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0133

Serbinski, S, Brown, J., Regan, K., & Goodma, D. (2017). Experiences of the Children of Foster Parents: A Global Perspective. In Foster Care: Global Issues, Challenges, and Perspectives of the 21st Century. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Serbinski, S, Cabrera, S., & Goodma, D. (2017). Why Did It Take So Long to Find Us? Exploring the Strengths and Struggles to Successfully Implement a 'Kinship Search Program' in a Child Welfare Agency. In Foster Care: Global Issues, Challenges, and Perspectives of the 21st Century. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Katz, E., Serbinski, S., & Mishna, F. (2017). Taking the show on the road in holding academic classes in community agencies: Exploratory study findings. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

Serbinski, S. (2017). Object Sharing Interviewing: Exploring the Experiences of Foster Parents' Own Children. SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi:10.4135/9781526411082

Mackie, C., Chaban, M., Serbinski, S., Oldershaw, DL., & MacFadden, R. (2016). Developing a mindful moral compass: Ethics for mindfulness trained practitioners. International Journal of Psychotherapy.

Serbinski, S., & Brown, J. (2016). Creating Connections with Child Welfare Workers: Experiences of Foster Parents' Own Children.The British Journal of Social Work. doi:bcw146. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcw146

Brown, J., Serbinski, S., Gerrits, J., & Anderson, L. (2016). Engagement Tactics with Foster Parents: Experiences of Resource Workers. Social Work and Social Science Review, 18(3). doi: 10.1921/swssr.v18i3.956

Brown, J., Serbinski, S., Anderson, L., & Gerrits, J. (2016). Establishing a good relationship with foster parents after issues with their performance: Experiences of foster parent resource workers. The British Journal of Social Work.

Serbinski, S., & MacFadden, R.J. (2015). "Neuroscience and Social Work." In Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. Ed. Edward J. Mullen. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0133

Serbinski, S. (2015). Growing up with foster siblings: Exploring the impacts of fostering on the children of foster parents. Qualitative Social Work. doi: 10.1177/1473325015599247

Bogo, M.,Shlonsky, A., Lee, B., & Serbinski, S. (2014). Acting like it matters: A scoping review of simulation in child welfare training. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 8,1, 70-93. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2013.818610

Serbinski, S. (2014). Growing up in families that foster: Exploring the (e)motions of young adult sons and daughters of foster parents. (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI No. 3688848)

Fuller-Thomson, E., Serbinski, S., & McCormack, L. (2014). The rewards of caring for grandchildren: Black Canadian grandmothers who are custodial parents, co-parents, and extensive babysitters. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, 1(1), 4-31.

Serbinski, S., & Shlonsky, A. (2014). Is it that we are afraid to ask? A scoping review about sons and daughters of foster parents. Children and Youth Services Review, 36C, 101-114. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.10.023

Serbinski, S. (2012). A new beginning: How to support sons and daughters of foster parents through the framework of interpersonal neurobiology. Journal of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies, 1, 27-33.

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