• PhD, Peace Studies and International Development, University of Bradford, UK
  • Rotary Peace Fellow (Diploma Program), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • MSW, Dalhousie University
  • BSW, Dalhousie University
  • BA (Hons), Dalhousie University

Nancy Ross

Assistant Professor


Phone: 902-494-4049
Fax: 902-494-6709
Mailing Address: 
School of Social Work
Dalhousie University
Suite 3204, Mona Campbell Building,
1459 LeMarchant Street
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Gendered violence
  • Adverse childhood experiences and resilience
  • The application of a peacebuilding framework to interpersonal violence
  • Trauma responsive systems: transformative implications for justice, primary healthcare, mental health and addiction services
  • Mindfulness
  • Cross-cultural diversity research
  • Identity of Social Work


  • PhD, Peace Studies and International Development, University of Bradford, UK
  • Rotary Peace Fellow (Diploma Program), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • MSW, Dalhousie University
  • BSW, Dalhousie University
  • BA (Hons), Dalhousie University

Courses Taught

SLWK 2334. Beginning Social Work Practice

SLWK 3135. Social Work and Mental Health

SLWK 3270  Social Work in Addiction

HLTH 5130  Concurrent Disorders and Complex Case Work: Working with Persons, Families and Communities (Distance)

SLWK 3030  Theoretical Foundations of Social Work Practice

SLWK 6540  Critical Approaches to Mental Health and Addiction in Social  Work Practice (Distance)

SLWK 3130  Women and Violence

SLWK 2444  Life Processes: Concepts and Practices for Critical Social Work (Distance)

SLWK 4010  Advanced Social Work Practice

SLWK 6370  Advanced Practice Skills

Additional Teaching Duties

Supervision of Independent Studies, Graduate and PhD Thesis Committees.

Selected Awarded Research Funding

Nova Scotia Covid-19 Health Research Coalition. Ross, N., Thomas-Bernard, & Bookchin, S. Culturally Responsive Healthcare to Reduce Gender Based   Violence. Funds Awarded: $45000 + Mitac Training Awards x 2 = $6000

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Ross, N. & Ryan, C. Improving Lives of Families or Punishing Women?  Understanding the experiences of criminalized women in Nova Scotia’s domestic violence court programs.  Funds Awarded: $25000

SSHRF Explore Grant. ROSS, N., TORRES, S., GILBERT, R., MUNROE, A., HAMILTON-HINCH, B. & HASLAM, K. Project Title: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health Profession Students:  Measuring Prevalence and Identifying Preventative Approaches.  Funds Awarded:  $ 6595. 

Justice Canada. ROSS. N. Are Pro-Arrest, Pro-Charge and Pro-Prosecution Policies the most effective response to domestic violence in NS? Community Partners: Halifax Police & Be the Peace Institute. Funds Awarded: $150,000.

Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) TORRES, S., PARADA, H., YOHANI, S., ROSS, N., ANDREW, C., CHIU, Y., & CAMPBELL, K. Exploring the role of cultural brokers as intermediaries between immigrant and refugee families and child welfare workers. Funds Awarded: $187,107.

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. ROSS, N., TORRES, S., SAVAGE, S., GILBERT, R., UNGAR, M. & MCDONALD, S. Measuring Adverse Childhood Experiences, Current Health Challenges and Factors that Promote Resilience Among Patients of the Lunenburg Family Health Clinic. Funds Awarded:  $15,000.

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. TORRES, S., WALDRON, I., ROSS, N., MORIAH, J., DOWNEY, N., METALLIC, N., KARABANOW, J., & UNGAR, M. Examining protective factors for children’s welfare: the case of Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, and Immigrant and Refugee Children in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Funds awarded: $14,988.00.

School of Social Work. ROSS, N. Adverse Childhood Experiences Study: Exploring Resilience Factors Among Adults. Funds Awarded:  $1200.


  • Ross, N. (2020) Pandemic Disruptions: The Subversion of Neoliberalism.  Journal of Qualitative Social Work (Submitted July 2020 in press.)

  • Ross, N. & Morrison, J. (2020) Safety, Belonging and Voice:  Critical Clinical Practice with Girls and Women Struggling with Substance Misuse. In C. Brown, & J. MacDonald, J. (Eds.)  Critical Clinical Social Work Practice. Canadian Scholars Press.

  • Ryan, C., Silvio, D., Borden, T. & Ross, N. (Senior Author) (2020) (Revise and Resubmit) Four Decades Later. Weighing the Effectiveness of Pro-arrest, Pro-Charge and Pro-prosecution Policies as a Response to Domestic Violence in Canada: A Scoping Review. Journal of Social Work.

  • Ross, N., Bookchin, S. (2020) Perils of Conversation: #MeToo and Opportunities for Peacebuilding.  Gender and Management. VL ahead-of-print DO-10.1108/GM-12-2019-0237.

  • Ross, N., Gilbert, R., Torres, S., Dugas, K., Jefferies, P., McDonald, S., Savage, S. & Ungar, M. (2020) Adverse Childhood Experiences: Assessing the Impact on Physical and Psychosocial Health in Adulthood and the Mitigating Role of Resilience. Child Abuse and Neglect Journal, 103(2020) 104440.

  • Ross, N., Hall, C. & MacDonald, J. (2019) Myths, Misperceptions and Misunderstandings: the making of a social work documentary. Canadian Social Work, 20(2):135-151.

  • Ross, N.  (2019) Applying a Peacebuilding Framework to Gendered Partner Violence in Rural Canada. Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, 51(2):7-42.

  • Ross, N. (2019) Imagining a Non-Violent World: ‘The Be the Peace, Make a Change Project’: A Rural Community Peacebuilding Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence. Peace & Conflict Studies, 26(1):1-23.

  • Ross, N., Morrison, J. (2019) The Spiritual is Political: Owning our Interconnectedness in the Pursuit of Social Healing. In N. J. Profitt & C. Baskin (Eds.) Spirit in the Political Quest for an Equitable World:  Spirituality, Social Justice and Social Work. Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press.

  • Profitt, N.J. & Ross, N. (2017) A critical Analysis of the Report Student Safety in Nova Scotia:  Co-creating a Vision and Language for Safer and Socially Just Campus Communities. In E. Quinlan, A. Quinlan, C. Fogel & G. Taylor (Eds.) Sexual Violence at Canadian Universities: Activism, Institutional Responses and Strategies for Change.  Wilfred Laurier Press.

  • Ross, N., Morrison, J., Cukier, S., & Smith, T. (2015) (Peer reviewed) Consuming Carcinogens:  Women and Alcohol. In D. Scott (Ed.) Our Chemical Selves:  Gender, Toxics, and Environmental Health. Vancouver: UBC Press.

  • Aston, S., Comeau, J. & Ross, N.  (2007) Mapping Responses to Women with Substance Use Problems in Rural Canada In N. Poole & L. Greaves (Eds.) Highs and Lows. Canadian Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use, pp. 305-311. Vancouver: BC Center for Excellence for Women’s Health. Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

  • Aston, S., Ross, N.  & Comeau, J. (2007) Mapping Uncharted Terrain:  Women and Substance Use Problems in Rural Canada.  In: N. Poole & L. Greaves (Eds.) Highs and Lows. Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use, pp. 111-122. Vancouver: BC Center for Excellence for Women’s Health.  Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

  • Ross, N. (ed.) (2004-2011) Coming Home: Stories of Women in Recovery. The Lighthouse Log. Bridgewater:  Lighthouse Publishing Ltd. (The aim of this column was to provide encouragement and reduce the stigma that exists for women coping with addiction).

Book Review


  • ‘I Work for Change’ [running time 54 min]. (2017) Hall, C. & Ross, N. (Co-Producers) This social work documentary that discusses the complexity of social work while celebrating the profession. Available online at Vimeo:

  • ‘Women of Substance’ [running time 8 min] (2012) Ross N. (Producer) Dealing with substance use can be challenging, but there is hope. In Women of Substance, you'll hear the stories of women who understand the challenges and the rewards individuals experience on the road to recovery. Available online at: