Jennifer Poole



Associate Professor & Academic Director, School of Social Work
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

JENNIFER POOLE MSW, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Social Work, Ryerson University, Toronto, is a social scientist with a PhD from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is an Associate Professor and directs the Graduate Program at Ryerson’s School of Social Work, where she has been recognized as an outstanding educator. She is an Adjunct Faculty at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, an Academic Fellow at the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research and Editor of the Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry (CAOS). With a background in community work and mental/health, Jennifer’s interdisciplinary research program is centred on madness, health and heart break, taking up theoretical, practice-based and policy concerns. Current projects focus on the experiences of Mad people in the helping professions and post-secondary education, sanism, racism and decolonization, as well as critical approaches to grief, death and transplantation. Author of Behind the Rhetoric: Mental Health Recovery in Ontario (2011), she is particularly interested in Foucauldian notions of discourse/critical discourse analysis, and visual methods as well as critical social work practice/pedagogy, critical disability, community-based research and anti-oppressive practice(s).