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Heather J. Hair, PhD, RMFT, RSW


Associate Professor
School of Social Work
Coughlan College, CL3008
Memorial University of Newfoundland


Phone: 709-864-2562


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 is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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 program consultation, practice supervision, and skills training workshops to providers of mental health and social services. 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 growth and change. Her current research and community activities are guided by the question: How can services for the mental health and relational needs of vulnerable children, adolescents, and adults become more responsive and effective?

Recent Publications – Peer Reviewed Papers:

Hair, H. J., Shortall, R., Olford, J. (2012). Where's help when we need it? Developing responsive and effective brief counseling services for children, adolescents, and their families. Social Work in Mental Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2012.716389

Hair, H. J. (2012). The purpose and duration of supervision, and the training and discipline of supervisors: What social workers say they need to provide effective services. The British Journal of Social Work. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs071

Hair, H. J., & Fine, M. (2011). Social constructionism and supervision: Experiences of AAMFT supervisors and supervised therapists. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00255.x

Hair, H., J., & O'Donoghue, K. (2009). Culturally relevant, socially just, social work supervision: Becoming visible through a social constructionist lens. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 18(1/2), 70-88.

Hair, H. J. (2006). Equipping social workers to advocate for children's mental health care reform: An example of proposed legislative change for Ontario. Canadian Social Work, 8(1), 113-127.

Hair, H. J. (2005). Creating safety and stability for high-risk adolescents: A proposal for short-term secure residential treatment within a comprehensive system of care. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 18(3), 37-47.

Hair, H. J. (2005). Outcomes for children and adolescents after residential treatment: A review of the research from 1993-2003. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14, 551-575.

Hair, H. J. (2005). Clinical supervision and brief therapies: Exploring best fit. In L. Beddoe, J. Worrall, & F. Howard (Eds.), Supervision conference 2004 – Weaving together the strands of supervision (pp. 67-73). Auckland, New Zealand: Faculty of Education, University of Auckland.