University of Calgary

Victoria Burns

  • Assistant Professor
  • Curriculum/Program Design & Evaluation
  • Disabilities
  • Homelessness
  • Mental Health

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Profile

Victoria Burns, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. She has a BA (hon) (University of New Brunswick), BSW, MSW and PhD in social work (McGill University) and post-doctoral training in urban studies (Institut National de Recherche Scientifique) in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Burns’ main research interests focus on the intersection of aging, place and homelessness, all of which are inspired by several years of community-based social work practice with older adults.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Dr. Burns’ research and scholarly activities have focused on place-making processes in supportive housing for older homeless adults. Her SSHRC funded post-doctoral research integrated visual methods (photography) to consider how three different supportive housing models promoted a sense of home and community for formerly homeless older adults in Montreal, Quebec. In collaboration with colleagues in Family Medicine, she is conducting a study focusing on the role of harm reduction in creating more inclusive permanent housing models for older adults with complex health and social needs in Alberta (funded by the O’Brien Institute for Public Health). Her most recent project (funded by SSHRC IDG) uses walking interviews and video technology to explore how various identity markers (gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability/disability) affect older adults’ sense of place once housed in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Burns is also currently collaborating on two FQRSC-funded studies focusing on homeless women in the province of Quebec.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work, McGill University & Université de Montréal, QC, Canada

Master of Social Work (MSW), McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada Bachelor of Social Work (BSW),

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada

Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada

Professional and Community Associations

Gerontological Society of America, Environmental Gerontology Committee

2015-present

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Environmental Justice Committee

2015-present

University of Victoria Grounded Theory Club Member

2014-present

McGill Qualitative Health Research Group (MQHRG)

2012-present

CASWE, Social Policy and Advocacy Committee

2011-present

Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS)

2009-present

Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG)

2009-present

Awards

Research Awards

  • Burns, V. (2015-2017). Finding home after homelessness: Recently homeless older adults’ experiences of exiting homelessness in Montréal, Québec. Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) ($81,000).
  • Burns, V. (2012-2015). ‘Placing’ the invisible on the map: Lived experiences of older homeless people in Montréal, Québec. Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) ($105,000).
  • Burns, V. (2011-2014). Exploring the experiences of social exclusion among older homeless ethnic minority men in Montreal, Quebec. Doctoral Scholarship, Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) ($60,000) *replaced by SSHRC Bombardier (2012)*.

Social Gerontology Research Centre (CREGÉS) Doctoral Award

2015

McGill Joan MacFarlane Bailin Research Award

2014

McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship

2014

Media Work

Aging Horizons Bulletin [interview] (March/April 2017). Reporting from Canada on the changing culture of aging, Shining the light on the homeless in Montreal http://aginghorizons.com/2017/02/interview-shining-a-light-on-the-homeless-in-montreal/

CBC Radio Calgary (2 février, 2016). Itinérance : où meurt-on quand on n’a plus rien? http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1014163/itinerance-sans-abri-vieillesse-ainees-agees-sante-soins-palliatif

Yahoo News (April 12, 2016). Seniors the 'new face of homelessness’ in Canada. https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/seniors-the-39-new-face-of-1406254328004662.html

Senior Times (June 18, 2015). Shelters not geared to special needs of older adults. Available at: http://www.theseniortimes.com/shelters-not-geared-to-special-needs-of-older-adults/

Social Gerontology Research Centre (CREGÉS) Promotional Videos (April 2, 2012): “Training the next generation of social gerontologists”: available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yi04nrGhHc

Télévision Communautaire Frontenac (TCF) (2007-2011). Regular guest for community television station on “Bulletin” program to discuss aging-related topic http://www.tcfrontenac.org/lebulletin.html

Publications from 2008-Present

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Burns, V., MacDonald, M. E., Carnevale, F. (under review). Epistemological oppression and the road to awakening: A boot camp, A twitter storm and a call to action. International Journal of Qualitative Methods.

Burns, V., Sussman, T., Bourgeois-Guerin, V. [2017, in press]). Homelessness as disenfranchised grief. Canadian Journal on Aging.

Akesson, B., Burns, V., & Hordyk, S.-R. (2017). The place of place in social work: Rethinking the person-in-environment model. Journal of Social Work Education, 1-12, doi:10.1080/10437797.2016.1272512.

Burns, V. (2016). Oscillating in and out of place: Experiences of older adults residing in homeless shelters in Montreal, Quebec. Journal of Aging Studies, 39, 11-20.

Nagel, D., Burns, V., Tilley, C., & Aubin, D. (2015). When novice researchers adopt constructivist grounded theory: Navigating less travelled paradigmatic and methodological paths in PhD dissertation work. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 10, 365-383.

Sussman, T., Yaffe, M., McCusker, J., Burns, V., Strumpf, E., Sewitch, M., & Belzile, E. (2014). A mixed methods exploration of family members’/friends’ roles in a self-care intervention for depressive symptoms. Chronic Illness 10(2), 93-106. doi: 10.1177/1742395313500359.

Burns, V., Grenier, A., Lavoie, J.-P., Rothwell, D., & Sussman, T. (2012). Les personnes âgées itinérantes—invisibles et exclues. Une analyse de trois stratégies pour contrer l’itinérance. Revue Frontières, 25(1), 31-56. http://www.erudit.org/revue/fr/2012/v25/n1/index.html.

Burns, V., Lavoie, J.-P., & Rose, D. (2012). Revisiting the role of neighbourhood change in social exclusion and inclusion of older people. Journal of Aging Research. Volume (2012).

Lavoie, J.-P., Rose, D., Burns, V., & Covanti, V. (2011). La gentrification de la Petite-Patrie. Quelle place et quel pouvoir pour les aînés? Diversité urbaine, 11 (1), 59-80.

 

Articles in Journals & Websites (not Peer-Reviewed)

Burns, V. (2017). Working towards more inclusive policies and practices for older homeless adults in Montreal, Quebec, Mouvement pour mettre fin à l’itinérance à Montreal (MMFIM) (Putting an end to homelessness in Montreal), available at http://www.mmfim.ca/orienter-les-efforts-vers-des-politiques-et-des-programmes-plus-inclusifs-destines-aux-personnes-agees-en-situation-ditinerance-a-montreal/

Burns, V. (2016). Imperfectly moving towards acceptance. Persons living with and inspired by diabetes (PLAID). Fall, 2016, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17125/plaid.2016.xx.

Burns, V. (2015). Aging out of place into homelessness: The role of grief and loss. PluralAges, 6 (1),48- 51.

Burns, V. (September, 2015). Être sans feu ni lieu? Les expériences des personnes âgées nouvellement en situation d’itinérance à Montréal. Table de Concertation des ainés de l’ile de Montréal (TCAIM et FADOQ, septembre, 2015. Available at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5K8CXbpTtLhTWpFOEtWTGNsTkE/view

 

Burns, V. (2011). The many faces of CREGÉS conference 2010: Old people are dying too. Support practices in end-of-life care for older adults and their caregivers. Editorial, PluralAges, vol. 2, No.1. Winter, p. 4-6.

 

Burns, V. (2010). Socially isolated seniors, not so ‘at risk’ after all. PluralAges, 1(2) Summer, 2010, p. 12-13. Peer-Reviewed Confrence panels/Papers/posters

 

Invited Panels

Gagné, J., Burns, V., & Deslandes-Leduc, J. (2017, May). Reloger des hommes âgés après un épisode d’itinérance à Montréal. Paper presented as part of symposium : Vieillir en marge, âgisme, droits et accès aux services sociaux et de santé, 85e congrès de l’ACFAS, Montréal, QC.

Burns, V. (2016, May). Homeless for the first time in later life: Uncovering more than one pathway. Paper presented as part of symposium: The varied pathways in and out of older adult homelessness, 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), New Orleans, LA.

Burns, V. (2016, May). Revisiter le sentiment de ‘chez soi’ dans le contexte du vieillissement et l’itinérance. Paper presented as part of symposium : Les territoires du vieillissement. Dialogues interdisciplinaires et regards transatlantiques, 84e congrès de l’ACFAS, Montréal, QC.

McIlwain, A & Burns, V. (2015, November). Conceptualizing aging out of place using narratives of emigration, exclusion, and homelessness. Paper presented as part of panel: Aging in place/out of place: New theoretical directions for environmental gerontology, 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA),Orlando, FL.

Burns, V. (2015, January). “I never imagined this could happen to me”: Experiences of displacement among recently homeless older adults in Montréal, Québec. Paper presented as part of panel: The needs, experiences, and challenges of older homeless adults, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), 19th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Burns, V. (2014, October). Aging out of place: Experiences of place attachment, place identity, and exclusion among recently homeless older adults in Montreal, Quebec. Paper presented as part of panel: Marginalized older adults and spatial exclusion, 43rd Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG), St-Catharine’s, ON.

 

Conference Papers/Panels

Burns, V. (2017). Finding home after homelessness in supportive housing: Older adults’ perspectives, submitted as part of panel, Rehousing and reintegrating older adults into supportive housing: Montreal and Calgary-based case studies. National Conference on Ending Homelessness, Winnipeg, MA, October 25-27, 2017.

Nixon, L., Burns, V., & Drummond, N., (2017). Reducing harm through respectful relationships and creating enabling environments for older adults experiencing homelessness. North American Primary Care Research Group, November 17-21 2017.

Nixon, L., Burns, V., & Drummond, N. (2017, May). Older adults’ experiencing homelessness: A case study of an innovative approach to housing. 13th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 

Burns, V., & Blumenthal, A. (2017, May). Twitter in neoliberal times: #Friend or #Foe? 13th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 

Burns, V., Gagné, J., Hagner, J., & Deslandes-Leduc, J. (2017, May). Place-making in supportive housing. 13th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Burns, V. (2016, October). Older adults in homeless shelters: Resisting homelessness and striving to feel in place. 45th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montreal, QC.    

Burns, V., Sussman, T, & Bourgeois-Guérin, V. (2016, October). Exploring homelessness in later life through a lens of grief. 45th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montreal, QC.

Burns, V., MacDonald, M., & Carnevale, F. (2016, May). Epistemological oppression and the road to awakening: A call to action. 12th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Nagel, D., Aubin, D., Tilley, C., & Burns, V. (2015, May). When novice researchers adopt constructivist grounded theory: Navigating less travelled paradigmatic and methodological paths in PhD dissertation work. 21st Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, Toronto, ON.

Burns, V. & Sussman, T. (2015, October). Oscillating in and out of place: The experiences of newly homeless older adults in Montréal, Québec. 44th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Calgary, AB.

Burns, V., Akesson, B. & Hordyk, S-R. (2015, October). Finding a place for place-based perspectives in social work pedagogy. 61st Annual Meeting of the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE), Denver, CO.

Burns, V. (2015, June). Striving to feel in place: Newly homeless older adults’ experiences of displacement into homelessness in Montréal Québec. Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE), Ottawa, ON.

Mintzberg, S. & Burns, V. (2015, June). Two heads are better than one: An experiential account of co-teaching. Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE), Ottawa, ON.

Burns, V. (2014, May). Exploring experiences of ‘aging in place’ among recently homeless older adults in Montreal Quebec: A constructivist grounded theory study, Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE), Brock University, St-Catharine’s, ON.

Burns, V., Akesson, B., Hordyk, S.-R. (2013, June). New perspectives in social work theory. Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE), University of Victoria, BC.

Burns, V., Lavoie, J.-P., & Rose, D. (2011, October). Older people's experiences of social exclusion in two changing Montréal neighbourhoods: The case of Petite-Patrie and Lower Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG).40th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Ottawa, ON.

Burns, V., Lavoie, J.-P., & Rose, D. (July, 2011). Older people's experiences of social exclusion in two changing Montréal neighbourhoods: The case of Petite-Patrie and Lower Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG). European Network for Housing Research (ENHR), 23rd International Conference, Toulouse, FR.

Lavoie, J.-P., Rose, D., Burns, V., Covanti, V. et Brown, B (2010, December). Aging in a gentrifying neighbourhood: Perceptions and impact of changes on older long-established residents in la Petite-Patrie (Montréal), 39th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montréal, QC.

Lavoie, J.-P., Rose, D., Burns, V., Covanti, V. et Brown, B. (2010, October). Revitalisation du quartier, gentrification et marginalisation des personnes âgées. Quand les vieux sont de trop! Congrès international Âge, citoyenneté et pouvoir. De la recherche à l’action, Santiago, Chili

Rose, D., Lavoie, J.-P., Burns, V., et Covanti, V. (2010, June). Assessing gentrification’s effects on the daily lives of autonomous elderly long-established residents: The case of Montréal’s Petite-Patrie neighbourhood.Prairie Summit / Le sommet des Prairies, joint Conference of Canadian Association of Geographers, Canadian Cartographic Association, Canadian Geomorphology Research Group, Canadian Remote Sensing Society.Regina, SK.

Lavoie, J.-P., Rose, D., Burns, V., Covanti, V. et Brown, B. (2010, May). Gentrification et dynamiques d’exclusion et d’inclusion sociale des aînés, Vieillissement et enjeux d’aménagement: regards à partir de différentes échelles, 78e congrès de l’ACFAS, Montréal.

 

Conference Posters

Wylie, M., Nixon, L., Burns, V., Drummond, N. (2017, November). Opioid Dependency Treatment for Older Adults in the Inner City: Barriers and Facilitators to Service Delivery, 45th Annual North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG 2017). Montreal, Quebec

Nixon, L. Burns, V., Drummond, N. (2016, October). Peter Coyle Place: A case study of an innovative approach to housing older adults with high and complex health and social needs. 22nd Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, Kelowna, BC.

Burns, V., Sussman, T. Guérin, V. (2016, May). Grieving home, grieving self: The case of newly homeless older adults. Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE), University of Calgary, AB.

Burns, V. (2015, October). Exploring pathways into homelessness among newly homeless older adults: The role of grief and loss. Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG), Calgary, AB.

Burns, V. (2015, May). Exploring pathways into homelessness among newly homeless older adults: The role of grief and loss. CREGÉS’ Annual Conference: De la perte à la reconstruction : l'expérience du deuil chez les aînés, Montréal, QC.

Burns, V. (2010, December). Unpacking the phenomenon of social isolation among older adults living in social housing. 39th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG), Montréal, QC.

Burns, V.  (2010, November). Socially isolated older adults, not so ‘at risk’ after all. 2nd Annual Positive Aging Conference: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach for Health Professionals, Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, BC.

Burns, V. (2004, May). The influence of social desirability on self-reported levels of anger. Poster presented at Annual Emerging Issues in Psychology Conference, Fredericton, NB 

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