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PhD Student, Social Work, University of British Columbia

I am a Registered Social Worker and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Social Work in 2005. I have worked within statutory child protection systems in Scotland, England and BC covering screening, assessment, legal proceedings, children in care and permanency. I have also managed various teams, developing a specialism with perinatal child protection and early intervention with high-risk pregnancies. I completed post-graduate training in child development, counseling skills and evidential interviewing of children and in 2013 completed a MSc in Attachment Studies at the University of Roehampton.
In 2015 I moved to Vancouver, Canada and completed a MSW at the University of British Columbia before embarking on a PhD program in 2017. I have been involved with research on children's outdoor play and independent mobility and on the use of simulation in social work education. My own studies focus on the conceptualization and measurement of supervisory neglect as a child protection classification and the impact of this both on social work practice and on wider society. I also have interests in jurisdictional comparison, intervention thresholds, perinatal social work and social work pedagogy.


  • 2017–present
    PhD Student, University of British Columbia


  • 2017 
    University of British Columbia, Master Social Work
  • 2013 
    University of Roehampton, MSc Attachment Studies
  • 2005 
    University of Edinburgh, BSc Social Work

Professional Memberships

  • BC College of Social Workers