I have a BA(H) in Sociology from Acadia University, Canada, a BSW and MSW (specialising in Leadership in International Social Work) from the University of Calgary and completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh.
My research interests centre on how to support social workers as well as a strong interest in international social work and tying in the environment/climate change to social work practice and curriculum, also called Green Social Work. Recently I've been looking at the experience of child and family social workers, focusing on the emotions of shame and guilt as well as developing a curriculum to help social workers work with children on the move. I am a member of the Extreme Events research group and my current main project focuses on looking at best practice for community resilience to extreme events in Scotland.
I have practical experience with youth in Canada, Vanuatu, England, St. Lucia and Scotland. I have worked with older populations in Florida and have volunteered with HIV organisations in Canada, Vanuatu, St. Lucia, England and Scotland. I currently volunteer my time with the Centre for Social Work Practice, the Stirling Rowing Club and EndometriosisUK.