I received a PhD from Smith College School for Social Work in 2001.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a visiting assistant professor for the School of Social Science, Hampshire College and an adjunct faculty, research advisor and clinical instructor Smith College School for Social Work.
I teach in our MSW and PhD programs as well as in the W2B program, a program where university level courses are taught in correctional institutions.
I am dedicated to experiential learning, teaching and arts based approaches to knowledge development. I have been working in the area of death, dying and bereavement since 1991.
In addition to my academic experience, I have practiced as a clinical social worker since 1991 in community mental health and in inpatient and outpatient psychiatry with children, adolescents and their families.
The main focus of my research has been in the area of death, dying and bereavement. My research conceptualizes grief as an evolving process and examines this process as it influences the on-going process of identity construction.
My research also involves exploring community based approaches to hospice and palliative care, specifically looking at volunteer recruitment, rural issues and diversity. Other research studies include studying the effectiveness of single session therapy in the walk-in counselling model, as well as looking at mentoring in Indigenous communities.
I am willing to supervise graduate students interested in death, dying and bereavement, single-session walk-in counselling or child, adolescent mental health.
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