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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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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2012 2019


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), Joseph Duffy (Recipient), Lorna Montgomery (Recipient), Gerard Gormley (Recipient) & Ian Walsh (Recipient), 20 Jun 2017

Prize: Other distinction

university teaching
social work
role play

Activities 2014 2019

Department of Health (External organisation)

Lorna Montgomery (Participant)
11 Mar 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

Practice Learning Annual Review

Lorna Montgomery (Invited speaker)
04 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Northern Ireland Social Care Council (External organisation)

Lorna Montgomery (Reviewer)
01 Mar 201901 Nov 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

6th Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference

Lorna Montgomery (Speaker), Mandi MacDonald (Speaker), Helen Dunn (Advisor), Stanley Houston (Contributor)
06 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Action on Elder Abuse Annual Safeguarding Conference

Lorna Montgomery (Invited speaker)
28 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation