University of Calgary

Anne-Marie McLaughlin

  • Associate Professor
  • Aboriginal Issues, Indigenous Education, Rural & Northern Practice
  • Clinical Practice
  • Mental Health
  • Social Justice

Research Interests

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Anne Marie McLaughlin is Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work, and the Associate Director, Academic Central and Northern Region. Her teaching interests include Social Policy, Social Justice, the history of the profession, and Mental Health Practice. Prior to her academic career Anne Marie worked in child welfare, first as a front-line worker and later as a clinical consultant with complex multi-problem cases. She also worked extensively in the field of mental health in rural and northern communities. As the Director of a rural community mental health program for many years she sees herself as a generalist practitioner.

Anne Marie’s current research interests include the integration of social work values and principles into practice, especially social justice. She has examined how social workers think about and pursue social justice in diverse settings including mental health practice and child welfare. She is also interested in the connection between political engagement and social work education. Other research interests include rural practice and child welfare.


PhD, University of Calgary, Calgary Alberta

MSW, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Ontario

BA, Queen’s University Kingston Ontario

Professional and Community Associations

Active member of the Alberta College of Social Workers. I have been an elected board member and currently sit on the regulatory Registration Committee.

Publications from 2008-Present

Drolet, J., Enns, R., Kreitzer, L., Shankar, J. McLaughlin, A.M. (2017). Supporting the resettlement of a Syrian family in Canada: The social work resettlement practice experience of Social Justice Matters. International Social Work.

Nicholas, D., Calhoun, A., McLaughlin, A.M., Shankar, J., Kreitzer, L., Uzande, M. (2017). Care experiences of adults with a dual diagnosis and their family caregivers. Global Qualitative Nursing Research.

McLaughlin, A.M., Gray, E. & Wilson, M. (2017). From tenuous to tenacious: Social justice practice in child welfare. Journal of Public Child Welfare. 

Nicholas, D., Newton, A.S., Kilmer, C., Calhoun, A., deJong-Berg, M.A., Dong, K., Hamilton, F., McLaughlin, A.M., Shankar, J., Smyth, P. (2016). The experiences of emergency department use by street-involved youth: Perspectives of health care and community service providers. Social Work in Health Care. 55(7), 531-544, DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2016.1183553

Perspectives of Health Care and Community Service Providers Iwasaki, Y., Dashora, P., McLaughlin, A. M., McHugh, T. L., Springett, J., & Youth 4 YEG Team (2015). Reflections on the Opportunities and Challenges of Youth Engagement: Youth and Professional Perspectives. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning.

McLaughlin, A.M., Gray, E. & Wilson, M. (2015). Mending the disconnect: Child welfare workers embracing social justice. Children and Youth Services Review.59, 117-183.

Nicholas, D., Newton, A. Calhoun, A., Dong, C. dejong-Berg, M., Hamilton, F. Kilmer, C., McLaughlin, A.M., Shankar, J., Smith, P. (2015).The experiences and perceptions of street-involved youth regarding emergency department services. Qualitative Health Research,3. DOI: 10.1177/1049732315577605

Iwasaki, Y., Springett, J., Dashora, P., & McLaughlin, A. M. (2014).Youth-led development of a framework of youth engagement: Working with high-risk, marginalized youth through Participatory Action Research (PAR). Child & Youth Services, 35(4), 316-342.

Kreitzer, L., McLaughlin, A.M., Elliott, G. Nicholas, D. (2014). Qualitative examination of rural service provision to persons with developmental and mental health challenges. The European Journal of Social Work. DOI:10.1080/13691457.2015.1022859

McLaughlin, A.M., Feehan, R., Coleman, H., Reynolds, K. (2013). Negotiating openness: A qualitative study of adoptive parents’ experience of contact in open adoption. Canadian Social Work Review, 30(1), 5-23.

McLaughlin, A.M. (2011). Exploring social justice for clinical social work practice. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 81, 234–251. DOI: 10.1080/00377317.2011.588551

McLaughlin, A.M. (2009). Clinical social workers: Advocates for social justice. Advances in Social Work, 1(1), 51-68.

McLaughlin, A.M., Rothery, M., Babbins-Wagner, R, & Schefler, B. (2008). Decision making and evidence in direct practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, DOI 10.1007/s10615-009-0190-8.

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