Janice Parsons

Janice Parsons

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work

St. John's College,
Room: J-4005
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Phone: (709) 864-8150
Email:  jparsons@mun.ca

Janice E. Parsons is an Assistant Professor at Memorial University, teaching primarily in the areas of critical thinking and theory, ethics, work with groups and communities, inter-professional education and leadership and social work supervision. She is also a Faculty Associate with the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education, MUN and acts as a Teaching Supervisor with the Graduate Programme in Teaching, MUN.

She holds a Graduate Diploma in Social Administration and an M.S.W. (Area of Concentration: Individual, Family and Group Treatment) from Wilfrid Laurier University, a B.S.W. (Honours) from University of Windsor, and a B.A. (Sociology) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her academic work follows social work practice, primarily in the fields of child welfare and developmental (dis)Abilities, including both direct practice and administration.

Professor Parsons’ areas of research and scholarly interest include: marginalization, oppression, poverty, social class, gender, identity, social inclusion, lone mothers, welfare, social work education, social work supervision and research ethics. Her work employs anti-oppression, feminist, and postmodern perspectives and qualitative research designs.

Currently funded research is a SSHRC Community University Research Alliance (CURA), entitled “Lone Mothers: Building Social Inclusion”. She is the lead investigator for the St. John’s site of this national longitudinal study. (More information can be found through the link under "Related Content")

Professor Parsons, a Registered Social Worker, holds membership in the NL Association of Social Workers; Canadian Association of Social Work Educators; Canadian Association for the Study of Women in Education; and is former Chair, Interdisciplinary Committee for Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR), at Memorial. Also, she volunteers with Eastern Health at Saint Luke’s Homes.

Recent Publications:

  • Parsons, J. E. (2008). Life chances, choices and identity: Single mothers in post-secondary education. Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, 32(2), 136-46.
  • Swan, T., Hutchings, K., Wideman, G.., Meaney, P., & Parsons, J. (2008, November). Barriers to citizenship: Lone mothers of children with (dis) Abilities share their experiences. OASW Newsmagazine: The Journal of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, 34(4). http://newsmagazine.oasw.org/magazine.cfm?magazineid=4
  • Parsons, J. & Haines, D. (2006, July). Lone mothers: Collaboration toward social inclusion. Connecting Voices, Newsletter of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers, 10(2), 6.


School of Social Work

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000