Susan Cadell, BA, MSW, PhD
Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration
Professor and Director
School of Social Work
Renison University College
University of Waterloo
Dr. Susan Cadell is a Professor and the Director of the School of Social Work at Renison University College, which is affiliated with University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. She completed her MSW and PhD at the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she served as an associate professor and Acting Dean from 2006–12.
Susan’s research concerns positive aspects of stress and coping in various health situations, particularly posttraumatic growth. She focuses on making meaning, spirituality and palliative care; on caregivers of people who are dying; and on positive outcomes of trauma and grief.
Susan has studied palliative care in patients with HIV/AIDS and cancer, and is now focusing on pediatric palliative care. Her most recent body of work concerns the stress and the growth of parents who are caring for a child with a life-limiting illness. She is a member of several multidisciplinary research teams in pediatric palliative care.
Her current research includes posttraumatic growth in parents caring for a child with a life-limiting illness, couples coping with caregiving together as well as an exploration of family bereavement over time when a child dies. Susan is also a member of a team working to increase social work education in palliative care through the development of social work competencies.