Current Ph.D. Students

Felicia O. Owadara

Felicia O. Owadara, is an international student, currently undergoing a doctoral degree programme at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba. Her academic background was previously in Guidance and Counselling. She graduated from Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria and earned a state scholarship for academic excellence during her third years as an undergraduate student. She has been inspired by life experiences, and desire to make a difference not only within her immediate environment but beyond; this had prompted her to take a two years master degree programme in Health Social Work (MSW) at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria between years 2009 - 2011. Also, in 2015, through her voluntary work, she was able to secure a scholarship to study a master degree programme in Social Work Research (MRes) at the University of York, United Kingdom.

Her work experience both paid and unpaid works within the Hospital setting, Prisons, Educational system (either as a research assistant or administrator) and in the community, have both influenced and inspired her career choice. In fact, her early work experiences after graduating from the University had focused on building relationships between the company and existing or potential clients. Such experience had a profound effect on her subsequent roles, mostly while working with non-profit organisations when advocating for the marginalised individuals. As a matter of fact, she spent most of her time as a practitioner advocating for social justice and the inclusion of less privileged in Nigeria. In particular, her experience as an intern student at one of the Nigerian Prisons services, and within her immediate family have in no doubt contributed to the desire to making a change in the society.

Presently, she had narrowed this interest to focus on one of the most marginalized groups in her society. This decision was as a result of her working with people with experience of mental illness in the hospital and seeing their daily struggle to live a healthy life that is free of prejudice and discrimination, but full of opportunities and hope. This has motivated her to seek funding to undertake the current research study. She is interested in problem associated with employment opportunity for individual with experience of mental illness in Nigeria, and she will be examining organisational perspectives and problem associated with policy making and implementation in making work accessible to this group. Her previous works have mostly focused on child abuse, educational achievement and culturally related issues with its implication on decision-making on physical and mental health. She has written and co-authored a few journal articles:

  • Cultural Beliefs, Social Support and Societal Ascribed Roles as Determinants of Patients’ Perception of Illness Symptom. International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice Vol. 2(1), pp. 1 – 10. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2014.020101
  • Mathematics attribution styles of Osun State senior secondary school students (co-authored).
  • Perceptions of illness symptoms, self-efficacy and patients’ well-being in Oyo state hospitals Nigeria (co-authored).
  • The ICT skills of in-schools’ adolescents in colleges of education in southwestern, Nigeria (co-authored).


  • Perceptions of Young Adults in Recovery from the Experience of Schizophrenia on Access to Employment in Aro Neuropsychiatry Hospital Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
  • Influence of Gender, Socialisation and Societal Beliefs on Patients’ Well-being in Selected State Hospitals in Oyo State, Nigeria.
  • Impact of Violence on Cognitive Development of Adolescents in Akoko South East, Ondo State, Nigeria