The School of Social Work welcomes our new PhD students for fall 2020!

Margaret Janse van Rensburg (case sensitive)
(she/her/hers)
MSW (Carleton University), G. Cert: Autism and Behaviour Sciences (George Brown College) BA Hons. Archaeology and Medieval Studies (Wilfrid Laurier University

Margaret’s inspiration to enter social work came from involvement in different community projects through work and volunteer experiences, and through encounters with many social workers through personal mental health services. After completing George Brown College’s Autism and Behaviour Sciences Certificate she ‘performed’ Applied Behaviour Analysis on autistic children under the Ontario Autism Program for four months before beginning her Master of Social Work and adopting a Social Model of Disability. Margaret is now committed to promoting autistic self-determination, and has various interests under the lens of anti-oppression, notably in the fields of disability, women’s safety, and eating disorders.

Megan Leslie
(she/her/hers)
MSW & BSW (Carleton University)

I currently live in Centretown West, Ottawa and work for the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre for DND. Prior to that I was a Clinical Social Worker for the Canadian Armed Forces as well as other local community agencies. I am interested in highly gendered working environments (military, police, paramedic and fire); specifically how women survive traditionally highly masculine environments. I enjoy the process of research and learning and hope to use this to advocate for women working in overt/covert hostile working environments.  In my free time I am usually camping or on my sofa watching Netflix.

Claire McMenemy
(she/her/hers)
MSW (University of Calgary), LL.B. (University of Toronto), B.A. (Cambridge University)

Claire is entering the first year of the PhD program at Carleton University. Her current research interests include the social determinants of health, caregivers’ needs, the biomedicalization of older adults’ experience and capabilities approaches. She has research experience in various areas, including refugee health. She formerly worked as a lawyer in public law, and was part of a team that explored the experience of indigenous youth within the justice system. Claire is a gerontological social worker and a proud caregiver for both an older adult and children/youth with disabilities.