• Room 02.015 - Sociology and Social Work

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: Social work Professional decision making Palliative and end of life care Psychological impact of living with life-limiting illness Dementia, Cancer and Parkinson's Disease Bereavement (experiences, needs assessment, interventions and policy) Psychological interventions for bereavement Student social work experiences of placement (inc. failing placement) Social work supervision and reflective practice Stress, resilience and burnout in social workers/student social workers


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Research Interests

End of life care 

Psychological impact of life limiting illness

Palliative Care 

Professional decision-making

Adult bereavement


Parkinson's disease


Failing students / student supervision

Reflective practice

Social work 

Stress, resilience and burnout in social workers/student social workers



I am currently responsible for convening an undergraduate module entitled 'Social Work in Adult Services' for final year Bachelor of Social Work Students. This is delivered to approximately 110 students prior to their final social work practice learning opportunity/placement. The module covers different programmes of care (e.g. adults with physical health condition or disability, learning disability, dementia, older people, sensory disability and palliative care) and explores social work assessments (e.g. NISAT, bereavement needs assessment, carer's needs assessment). Module content also examines tackling health inequalities, poverty, adult safeguarding, relationship based social work and stress, burnout and resilience. 

I am currently developing a new Specialist Practice Dissertation module for health and social care professionals studying at post-graduate level. This module will commence in September 2019 and will be available to students registered on a range of programmes at Queen's (e.g. CBT, Systemic Psychotherapy, Dual Diagnosis, Child Care, Mental Health, Strategy and Leadership) and from other academic institutions.


Shortly after joining Queen's University Belfast in 2010, I took responsibility for coordinating final year BSW student placements. This involved representing QUB at various regional committees surrounding the placement allocations process (e.g. Practice Learning and Degree Delivery, Collaborative Partnership at Queen's, and the Practice Learning Coordinator's meetings) and working in close collaboration with the NI Degree in Social Work Partnership and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.  In 2014, I was appointed as Director of Practice Learning, meaning I took responsibility for coordinating all social work placements. This entailed additional responsibilities, such as providing annual reports/updates at the Annual Review of Practice Learning, working in close collaboration with the Practice Learning Coordinators across the voluntary and statutory sectors, contributing to annual standardisation workshops for practice teachers, Chairing the Programme Assessment Panel and establishing new internal systems for students experiencing difficulties with progression. 

In 2018 I was appointed as the Academic Selector for BSW degree admissions, which involves representing QUB at regional meetings with the NI Degree Partnership, the NISCC, Trust partners, voluntary sector representatives, and the admissions staff within QUB and UU. I take lead responsibility for coordinating information evenings and offer holder events for prospective BSW degree students, oversee the shortlisting process and coordinate the social work staff involved in the admission interviews. 


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Awareness, Acceptance and Action

Abell, N. & Roulston, A., 05 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Development of Bereavement Support Guidelines for Palliative Care Social Workers in Ireland

    Roulston, A., Mulville, A., McGinley, E., Murphy, I. & Finnucane, N., 31 May 2018.

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    Psychological therapies for major depressive disorder and prolonged grief in bereaved adults

    A., R., M.J., C., M., D., B., C., J., M., O., K. & M., D., 20 Dec 2018, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2018, 12, p. CD013237

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    Neil Abell

    Audrey Roulston (Host)
    01 Oct 201816 Oct 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation (External organisation)

    Audrey Roulston (Reviewer)
    01 Jan 201801 Jan 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    16th Kaleidescope conference: International Palliative Care

    Audrey Roulston (Invited speaker), Irene Murphy (Member of programme committee), Niamh Finnucane (Chair), Estelle McGinley (Speaker), Aileen Mulville (Speaker)
    30 May 201831 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    'Compassion - A Universal Value?'

    Carolyn Blair (Organiser), Anne Campbell (Invited speaker), Audrey Roulston (Contributor), Lorna Montgomery (Invited speaker), Gavin Davidson (Contributor)
    04 May 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Chronic Illness and Palliative Care (Event)

    Audrey Roulston (Member)
    Apr 2016Dec 2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network