Current Ph.D. Students

Jennifer Hedges

Jennifer Hedges is currently in her 3rd year of the social work PhD program. Her thesis topic is exploring social work education for critical transformation of child welfare policy and practice. Jennifer worked for 9 years as a child welfare protection worker in Ontario. She has been in the role of Assistant Professor in the faculty of social work at Booth University College for the past 5 years. Jennifer has taught a variety of courses including: Introduction to social work, Introduction to Social Welfare, Clinical Practice, Practice with Individuals, Human Behavior, Research Methods and Field Seminars. Areas of research interest have included: pedagogy for clinical practice, GIS mapping in child welfare, use of psychotropic medications for children and youth in care, and student experiences of vicarious trauma. Jennifer is a member of the Prairie Child Welfare Consortium, a dedicated group of academic, government, and child welfare agency representatives sharing resources and innovations across the prairies. Jennifer will be presenting her paper: How Social Work Education Can Prepare Social Workers to Make a Difference in Child Welfare this October at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in The Hague. Jennifer is passionate about learning and the transforming potential of education.