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Dr. Nancy Sullivan

{Dr. Nancy Sullivan}
Dr. Nancy Sullivan

Associate professor
School of Social Work

Research interests
Dr. Sullivan is interested in examining field education as a complementary component with classroom study in social work education and has an overall interest in the integration of marginalized people into the mainstream society. Her objective is to identify how best to assist high-risk youth, especially those who are at risk of poverty, in accessing helping services that can facilitate their integration into the workforce and then into the adult life.

Experience
From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Sullivan has worked on a major project on Family Group Conferencing (FGC). When a child is deemed at risk in the child welfare system, it is typically professionals who make the decisions regarding the plan of care of the child, particularly whether the child will remain with the family or be placed in foster care or an adoptive home. FGC is a philosophy that is centred on the belief that families have the right, and know best, to participate in planning for their child. Accordingly, this method allows the family, in conjunction with professionals within the child welfare system, to make these decisions. This community-based study was completed in Toronto with two research colleagues, in partnership with local child welfare and child and family service agencies.

Background
Hailing from Toronto, Dr. Sullivan completed her honours BA in Psychology from York University, and a MSW from Carleton University. She completed her PhD in Social Work at the University of Toronto in 1996, where she conducted a qualitative study, based in a child welfare agency, of a group of teens from violent families. The focus was family-like features that arose in the evolution of the group process. She has taught in social work programs at Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and Renison College at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Sullivan began teaching at Memorial in August 2001.