Dr Sally Paul

Senior Lecturer

Social Work and Social Policy

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 am the course lead for the BA(hons) in Social Work, teaching on this programme and the Masters in Social Work.  I am actively engaged in a number of inter-disciplinary research projects and knowledge exchange activities with specific interests in: death, dying, loss and bereavement; public health approaches to palliative care (including compassionate communities); children and young people; participatory research methods; and practice development.  I welcome opportunities to work collaboratively.

I am a registered social worker with the Scottish Social Services Council and a member of the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers and Primary Palliative Care Research Group at the University of Edinburgh. I have a PhD in Social Work from the University of Edinburgh and am a member of the Higher Education Academy.

Publications

A theory-based longitudinal investigation examining predictors of self-harm in adolescents with and without bereavement experiences
del Carpio Laura, Rasmussen Susan, Paul Sally
Frontiers in Psychology Vol 11 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01153
'It's knowing the right things to say and do' : challenges and opportunities for trauma‐informed practice in the prison context
Vaswani Nina, Paul Sally
The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice Vol 58, pp. 513-534 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12344
When People Die : Stories from Young People
Gunn Abbie, Bradley Hannah, Taylor Kian, Maloy Amy, Gunn Emily, Kerr Steven, Moore Emma, Hipson Dillon, Paul Sally, Rasmussen Susan, Vaswani Nina, Nabizadeh Golnar, Murray Chris, Jindal-Snape Divya, Vaughan Phillip, Brown Mark, Burns Monica, Horner Rebecca, Mac Garry, Millar Norrie, Quinn Katie, Semple Lynsey, O'Connor Janet
(2019)
https://doi.org/10.20933/100001131
Is death taboo for children? Developing death ambivalence as a theoretical framework to understand children's relationship with death, dying and bereavement
Paul Sally
Children and Society Vol 33, pp. 556-571 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12352
Trauma, Bereavement and Loss : Key Learning and Messages from Research and Practice
Vaswani Nina, Paul Sally, Gillon Fern, Bennett Fiona, Hogg Lisa, Hogg Kirsten, Lawrence Nicki
(2019)
Here and Now : An Evaluation of Barnardo's Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Service in Schools
Gillon Fern, Vaswani Nina, Paul Sally
(2019)

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Teaching

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 marginalised groups, including children and young people and people involved in the criminal justice system. 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. 

I currently supervie the following doctoral students: 

David Duncan - Experiences of Bereavement: Using creative methods with children and young people to share, explore and express (with Dr Anna Robinson)

Keyla Correa-Montenagro - The politics of a Good Death (with Professor Ian Greener)

Sallyanne Mercer - Death and dying in prison: deconstructing disenfranchised dying (with Dr Beth Weaver)

Emma Young - Supporting successful parenting: exploring professional responses to women in and leaving care who are pregnant or parenting (with Dr Chris Jones)

Tia Simanovic - Bereavement and imprisonment: an exploration of the experience of grief and loss prior to and during custody (with Dr Beth Weaver).

Laura del Carpio - Examining the impact of suicide on adolescent survivors (with Susan Rasmussen)

Tia Simanovic - Bereavement and imprisonment: an exploration of the experience of grief and loss prior to and during custody (with Dr Beth Weaver).

Professional activities

Palliative Care and Social Practice (Journal)
Editorial board member
10/2019
External Examiner
External Examiner
9/2019
Interview for Teacher Magazine, Australia (Supporting Students Experiencing Bereavement)
Interviewee
20/8/2019
The Role of Social Work in End of Life Planning
Speaker
5/9/2018
Everyday Compassion: Supportive responses to dying and bereavement by schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces
Speaker
25/4/2018
The role of social work in developing community capacity around end-of-life and bereavement experiences: a case for wider involvement
Speaker
20/4/2018

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Projects

Community engagement and development practices by specialist palliative care services
Cohen, Joachim (Principal Investigator) De Vleminck, Aline (Co-investigator) Lindqvist, Olav (Co-investigator) Paul, Sally (Co-investigator) Sallnow, Libby (Co-investigator) Tishelman, Carol (Co-investigator)
09-Jan-2018
Examining the Impact of Suicide on Adolescent Survivors (Student - Laura del Carpio)
Rasmussen, Susan (Principal Investigator) Paul, Sally (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2020
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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Address

Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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