Dr. Dennis Kimberley
Nunatsiavut BSW Program Director
School of Social Work
St. John's College
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
Canada A1C 5S7
Dr. Dennis Kimberley received a B.A. in psychology from Carleton University (1965), an M.S.W from McGill (1968) and a Ph.D from the University of Toronto (1978). His professional background includes addictions, mental health and children's protection, currently associated with a scholarly interest in the links between addictions and mental health (concurrent disorders), and child exploitation and abuse. He was a Director with the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario and was on a WHO Committee on Substance Abuse. Dr. Kimberley edited a book, has written chapters for texts and has published journal articles as well as completing over 100 academic and professional presentations nationally and internationally. Among his areas of expertise are sex abuse and sexual exploitation including sibling incest, eroticized children, internet and sexual addiction including to child porn, and sex offender assessment and treatment; concurrent disorder assessment and treatment issues, with a special interest in associations related to compromised parental capacity. Dr. Kimberley has a special interest in addictions, mental health and child maltreatment risks as they interact in aboriginal communities. He has been a consultant and trainer nationally and internationally; he has been an expert witness before judicial inquires and before Provincial and Supreme courts in Newfoundland.
In an academic role Dr. Kimberley was the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work (1978-1985) has taught at various post secondary institutions since 1965, and has been a professor at Memorial University since 1985. He put his national and international experience regarding educational policy, accreditation and curriculum design to use in preparing the MUN School for re-accreditation of the BSW and accreditation of the MSW. He put his North American experience in promoting doctoral studies in social work to use in proposing (with others) a "decentralized" model of doctoral social work education for working professionals. He has taught in areas of advanced practice, policy and administration, research and evaluation and in the fields of addictions and child abuse; with another faculty member he introduced an applied critical thinking paradigm as an organizing principle for the teaching-learning model in the graduate program; he has taught critical thinking and the history and philosophy of social work at the graduate level. Dr. Kimberley has a special interest in conceptualizing and teaching assessment and intervention from an integrated conceptualization for promoting personal and social change. He has been graduate project supervisor for numerous MSW and Ph.D. students.
Among his contributions for the academic community have included terms on the Senate at MUN, the Board of Governors of the Canadian Council on Social Development and the International Association of Schools of Social Work, Committees of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Health & Welfare Grants, the Learned Societies, and various editorial boards. His funded research and social work project activities have included international, national and local projects, typically as a member of a team, with cumulative successes of over $1,000,000.
Dr. Kimberley’s favourite book is: The Little Engine that Could.
Dr. Kimberley's CV is available for a complete list of publications.