Sally Paul

Dr

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

20062020

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Personal Statement

I have been a lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde since December 2014.  Before coming to the university, I worked for 10 years as a professional social worker in the statutory and voluntary sectors, both in Scotland and the USA.  These experiences underpin my current teaching and research and promoting and developing social work practice is a key priority.

I am the course lead for the BA(hons) in Social Work, teaching on this programme and the Masters in Social Work.  I am actively engaged in a number of inter-disciplinary research projects and knowledge exchange activities with specific interests in: death, dying, loss and bereavement; public health approaches to palliative care (including compassionate communities); children and young people; participatory research methods; and practice development.  I welcome opportunities to work collaboratively.

I am a registered social worker with the Scottish Social Services Council and a member of the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers and Primary Palliative Care Research Group at the University of Edinburgh. I have a PhD in Social Work from the University of Edinburgh and am a member of the Higher Education Academy.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Death, dying, loss and bereavement
  • Public health approaches to palliative care (including compassionate communities) 
  • Participatory research methods
  • Research with children and young people
  • Practice and service development

Teaching Interests

My teaching spans three broad fields: social work, bereavement and loss and research skills. I teach across both of the qualifying social work programmes: the BA(Hons) in Social Work and the Masters of Social Work.  I also contribute teaching on bereavement and loss in other settings, academic and practice, to a variety of disciplines. 

Research Interests

My research mainly focuses on bereavement, loss and end-of-life care with a particular emphasis on developing the resilience of communities to better cope with, and support, related experiences.  I have a particular interest in the experiences of marginalised groups, including children and young people and people involved in the criminal justice system. I have experience of action research and am committed to participatory research methods that have impact across practice and policy as well as within academia.

I welcome proposals from Undergraduate, Masters or potential PhD students with related research interests. 

I currently supervie the following doctoral students: 

David Duncan - Experiences of Bereavement: Using creative methods with children and young people to share, explore and express (with Dr Anna Robinson)

Keyla Correa-Montenagro - The politics of a Good Death (with Professor Ian Greener)

Sallyanne Mercer - Death and dying in prison: deconstructing disenfranchised dying (with Dr Beth Weaver)

Emma Young - Supporting successful parenting: exploring professional responses to women in and leaving care who are pregnant or parenting (with Dr Chris Jones)

Tia Simanovic - Bereavement and imprisonment: an exploration of the experience of grief and loss prior to and during custody (with Dr Beth Weaver).

Laura del Carpio - Examining the impact of suicide on adolescent survivors (with Dr Susan Rasmussen)

Tia Simanovic - Bereavement and imprisonment: an exploration of the experience of grief and loss prior to and during custody (with Dr Beth Weaver).

External positions

Research Consultant, Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice

May 2016Jul 2020

Committee Member: Research and Evaluation, Association of Public Health and Palliative Care: UK

Nov 2015 → …

Scottish Representative, Association of Palliative Care Social Workers

Oct 20152018

Stakeholder Group Member, Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief

Mar 20152019

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