Dr Sally Paul


Social Work

Personal statement

I have been a lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde since December 2014.  Before coming to the university, I worked for 10 years as a professional social worker in the statutory and voluntary sectors, both in Scotland and the USA.  These experiences underpin my current teaching and research and promoting and developing social work practice is a key priority.

I teach on both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social work and am on the School’s Ethics Committee.  I am actively engaged in a number of research projects and knowledge exchange activities with specific interests in: death, dying and bereavement; loss; public health approaches to palliative care (including compassionate communities); children and young people; participatory research methods; and practice development.  Much of my work involves working with a variety of disciplines and I welcome opportunities to work collaboratively. I am a research consultant to the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) and the Centre for Health Policy, both based at the University of Strathclyde, and a member of the Primary Palliative Care Research Group at the University of Edinburgh. I am also a stakeholder group member in the Good Life Good Death Good Grief Alliance and the Scottish Representative for the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers. 


Has expertise in:

    • Death, dying and bereavement
    • Loss
    • Public health approaches to palliative care (including compassionate communities) 
    • Participatory research methods
    • Research with children and young people
    • Practice and service development


Examining the relationship between suicide bereavement and self-harm among adolescents in Scotland
del Carpio Laura Elina, Rasmussen Susan, Paul Sally
17th European Symposium on Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour (2018)
New public health approaches to end-of-life care
Sallnow Libby, Paul Sally
Textbook of Palliative Care (2018) (2018)
Working with communities to develop resilience in end of life and bereavement care : hospices, schools and health promoting palliative care
Paul Sally
Social Work Practice and End-of-Life Care (2018) (2018)
Developing capacity in end-of-life and bereavement care: hospices and schools
Paul Sally, Cree Viviene, Murray Scott
15th World Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care Conference (2017)
Integrating palliative care into the community : the role of hospices and schools
Paul Sally, Cree Viviene E, Murray Scott A
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care (2016)
Working with communities to develop resilience in end of life and bereavement care : Hospices, schools and health promoting palliative care
Paul Sally
Journal of Social Work Practice Vol 30, pp. 187-201 (2016)

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My teaching spans three broad fields: social work, bereavement and loss and research skills. I teach across both of the qualifying social work programmes: the BA(Hons) in Social Work and the Masters of Social Work.  I also contribute teaching on bereavement and loss in other settings, academic and practice, to a variety of disciplines. 

Research interests

My research mainly focuses on bereavement, loss and end-of-life care with a particular emphasis on developing the resilience of communities to better cope with, and support, related experiences.  I have a particular interest in the experiences of children and young people and practice development.  I have experience of action research and am committed to participatory research methods that have impact across practice and policy as well as within academia.

I welcome proposals from Undergraduate, Masters or potential PhD students with related research interests. 

Professional activities

Death, dying and bereavement: a practical approach to education and support in schools
The role of social work in developing community capacity around end-of-life and bereavement experiences: a case for wider involvement
A Bereavement Programme for Schools
Bereavement and Children: What Schools want from their local Hospice
What Schools Want From Their Local Hospice
"What Happens to Dead People's Bodies?"
Invited speaker

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Examining the Impact of Suicide on Adolescent Survivors (Student - Laura del Carpio)
Rasmussen, Susan (Principal Investigator) Paul, Sally (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Services at HMP Polmont YOI: My Life With Others
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Paul, Sally (Co-investigator)
31-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2016

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