Jennifer Hedges is a proud Booth UC alumni. She worked in the child welfare field as a front line protection worker in Ontario for nine years prior to accepting a full-time faculty position at Booth UC in 2012. Jennifer graduated with her MSW from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a concentration in mental health, health and disability. During that time she facilitated a study regarding the use of psychotropic medications with children and youth in foster care. She was also involved at her agency helping to develop and implement new policies regarding workplace violence.
Jennifer has taught in the following areas: SWK330 Human Behaviour, SWK110 Introduction to Social Work, SWK220 Social Welfare, SWK230 Clinical Practice, and SWK331 Practice with Individuals.
Jennifer is currently involved in the following research projects:
- Spatial Analysis of Child Welfare Constituents
Exploring the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping to analyze the location of birth parents and children in foster care and the impact on service and reunification.
- Social Work Students’ Experience of Vicarious Traumatization and Re-traumatization in Field Placement
Examining the extent to which students experience vicarious trauma in field placements.
- Using Competition, Role-Play and Community Support to Teach Interpersonal Skills
Exploring pedagogical strategies for teaching introduction to communication skills.
Jennifer recently presented at the Society for Social Work and Research conference in New Orleans in January 2015.