Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
School of Social Work
Cross-appointment Discipline of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Office: St. John's College, J-2019
Phone: 709-864-2562 or 709-864-7349
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Dr. Heather J. Hair has a BA in Psychology from Concordia University, a Masters in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph, a Masters in Community Psychology and a PhD in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Dr. Hair's career working with individuals, couples, and families began in Quebec as a child and youth care worker in open and secure live-in treatment facilities for adolescents. Subsequently, she worked as a family therapist at an Ontario inner city children's mental health centre where she co-created and coordinated the Brief Therapy Services and developed and supervised the Brief Therapy Community Externship. Since 1995, Dr. Hair has been providing practice supervision, program consultation, and skills-training workshops to providers of mental health and social services, and community groups. Her practice, teaching, and research are shaped by her belief in and critical reflection on the social construction of knowledge and meaning. Dr. Hair's academic and professional interests include direct practice with children, youth, and families; supervision; program and policy development; and the qualities of helping conversations that encourage hope, growth and change. Her research and practice interests have met around a particular question: How can services for the mental health and relational needs of vulnerable children, adolescents, and adults become more responsive, effective and equitable?