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PhD projects

- Adult safeguarding including the investigative processes - Working with diverse cultures - Bereavement - Culturally competent therapeutic interventions


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Personal profile


I am currently Director of Practice Learning for the Bachelor in Social Work program and have overall responsibility for BSW students’ field work practice placements. In this role I work closely with our external partners in the voluntary and statutory sectors, NISCC, and the Northern Ireland Degree in Social Work Partnership (NIDSWP).  I co-ordinate the allocation of practice placements, ensure systems are in place to monitor student progress and to quality assure placements. I am also Chair of the Practice Assessment Panel.


Research Interests

I  practiced as a social worker in adult services for 20 years, first in community and hospital mental health services, and then as a social work trainer with a special interest in mental health and adult safeguarding. I also worked for five years in a Non-Governmental Organisation in Uganda, East Africa, primarily in a therapeutic role in mental health.  I took up post as a lecturer in social work  in Queen’s in 2013.   

My recent research projects have focused on the areas of bereavement, older people, mental health and adult safeguarding. I am also interested in cross-cultural research and, in particular, the development of culturally competent social work interventions.



I am module convener of all the practice placement related modules, and have been module convener of the preparation for practice modules. I currently teach a range of subjects including social work skills, adult safeguarding, loss and bereavement and therapeutic interventions. I also teach on the Master’s levels Mental Health pathway.

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Research Output

Learning through Practice: How Can We Address Loneliness among Older People?

Devine, P., Montgomery, L., Cowden, M. & Murphy, F., 17 Feb 2020, In : Practice: Social Work in Action.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Finalist in The Northern Ireland Annual Social Work Awards 2018

    Lorna Montgomery (Recipient), 01 Jun 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Queen's University Teaching Award - Excellence in Teaching in a Team

    Paul Murphy (Recipient), Gavin Davidson (Recipient), Joe Duffy (Recipient), Lorna Montgomery (Recipient), Gerard Gormley (Recipient) & Ian Walsh (Recipient), 20 Jun 2017

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    ESRC/Health Foundation UK Centre for Evidence Implementation in Adult Social Care (Strategic Priorities Fund) (External organisation)

    Lorna Montgomery (Reviewer)
    29 Jan 202001 Dec 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    DfE GCRF: Working together: supporting the needs of people with disabilities and mental health issues through research.

    Alan Maddock (Organiser), Lorna Montgomery (Organiser), Paul Best (Participant), Berni Kelly (Speaker), Gavin Davidson (Participant), Anne Campbell (Participant), Ciaran Mulholland (Participant), Cherie Armour (Participant)
    06 Jan 202010 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    International Social Work (Journal)

    Lorna Montgomery (Peer reviewer)
    19 Mar 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Advances in Mental Health (Journal)

    Lorna Montgomery (Peer reviewer)
    17 Mar 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Jill Manthorpe

    Lorna Montgomery (Host)
    01 Nov 201901 Nov 2020

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor


    Building Better Futures

    Lorna Montgomery (Participant), Mandi MacDonald (Participant), Stan Houston (Participant)

    Impact: Public Service Impact, Public Policy Impact, Quality of Life Impact