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Elizabeth Dow

Elizabeth Dow, BSW, MSW, PhD, RSW

Instructor , Not currently teaching

School of Social Work and Human Services

Abbotsford campus, B165b

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Elizabeth joined the School of Social Work and Human Services in 2010. She began her teaching career at the University of Western Ontario, where she was the Coordinator of Field Instruction. Elizabeth completed her MSW at Wilfrid Laurier University with a focus on both clinical experience and macro-level practice. For several years she worked as an Executive Director at a large children's centre in London, Ontario, and with the Ontario government in several roles, including social policy analysis and development. She also focused on developing services for people with disabilities. Elizabeth returned to Laurier and focused her doctoral studies in the field of gerontology. She was the first PhD graduate in Social Work and the first PhD graduate from the University. Elizabeth continued her academic career at the University of Victoria from 1991 to 1998, as an Associate Professor with the School of Social Work, the Multi-disciplinary Masters Program, and as a Research Affiliate with UVic's Centre on Aging. She then moved to the east coast to become the Director of the School of Social Work at Memorial University, where she administered BSW, MSW, and PhD programs in social work and continued to collaborate on interdisciplinary teaching and research. Elizabeth retired from UFV in 2016 and continues to teach as a sessional instructor.

Research Interests

Elizabeth's research focuses on social support, caregiving, supportive housing, leisure as a social support intervention, and abuse of older adults. Her research, including collaborative projects, has been funded (2.3 million) from local to international sources, including academic bodies. She has utilized her research findings to encourage community development, social planning, and support for practice settings and organizations. Elizabeth has been actively involved throughout her career with professional social work organizations.

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