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    Research Interests

    End of life care decision-making

    Palliative Care 

    Adult bereavement

    Failing students / student supervision




    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. 


    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
    End of life care decision making
    Psychological impact of living with life-limiting illness
    Bereavement (experiences, needs assessment, interventions and policy)
    Student social work experiences of placement (inc. failing placement)

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    Frequent Journals

    • British Journal of Social Work

      ISSNs: 0045-3102, 1468-263X

      Oxford University Press/UNESCO

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.96 SJR 1.243 SNIP 1.462


    • Palliative Medicine

      ISSNs: 0269-2163

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-030X

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.03 SJR 2.029 SNIP 2.011


    • European Journal of Palliative Care

      ISSNs: 1352-2779

      Hayward Medical Communications

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.26 SJR 0.148 SNIP 0.182


    • International Journal of Palliative Nursing

      ISSNs: 1357-6321

      MA Healthcare Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.75 SJR 0.411 SNIP 0.627


    • Social Work Education

      ISSNs: 0261-5479

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1470-1227


      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.641 SNIP 0.776


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    Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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