• Academic Biography

    Academic and professional qualifications

    PhD - University of Hull (2003)

    Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – University of Birmingham (2006)

    PG Diploma in Research Training - University of Hull (2001)

    MA (Dist.) in Social Work - University of Hull  (1996)

    Diploma in Social Work - University of Hull  (1996)

    BA English Literature and Theatre Studies - University of Manchester (North Cheshire College) - (1986)

    Previous Employment

    I joined MMU in September 2014 following six years at the University of Bedfordshire where I was Assistant Director of a social care research centre, the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care (TGC). Prior to that I held lectureships/senior lectureships at Birmingham and Warwick universities respectively. I completed my PhD on Women's Perspectives: the Role of Alcohol in Violence to Women at University of Hull in 2003.

    I am a registered social worker, with a background in mental health, homelessness, and substance use in both the UK and USA. I have also worked for the probation service and with women experiencing domestic abuse. In addition my voluntary work in palliative care, needle exchange programmes, with people with HIV/Aids, and substance use services has kept me in touch with social care and social work practice.

  • Teaching & Research Supervision

    Postgraduate teaching

    I currently co-facilitate the dissertation module for the MA in Social Care and contribute to other units on the social work and social care programmes within MMU and as a guest lecturer for external programmes.

    Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)

    I currently have four part time PhD students studying at MMU and University of Bedfordshire.

    External examiner roles

    External PhD examination at University of Leicester, University of Gloucester, Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh) (pending).

    External Advisor - Course Validation - University of Central Lancashire (pending)

  • Research Expertise, Publications & Grants

    Research expertise

    My research and practice interests stem largely from my practice experiences in the UK and the USA. These include alcohol and other drug use, domestic and sexual abuse, child to parent violence, and mental distress.

    • Publications

      • Books (authored/edited/special issues)

        S. Galvani (2012). Supporting people with alcohol and drug problems: Making a difference. Policy Press.

        SA. Galvani (2010). The role of alcohol in violence against women. Lambert Academic Publishing.

      • Refereed journal articles

        S. Galvani (2017). Social work and substance use: Ecological perspectives on workforce development. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. pp.1-8.

        S. Galvani, W. Livingston, H. Morgan (2016). The relationship between sight loss and substance use: Users’ perspectives. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 23(6), pp.476-483.

        S. Galvani (2016). Responding to child-to-parent violence: the experiences of family support group providers. Journal of Substance Use. pp.1-6.

        S. Galvani (2015). ‘Drugs and Relationships Don't Work’: Children's and Young People's Views of Substance Use and Intimate Relationships. Child Abuse Review. 24(6), pp.440-451.

        G. Manders, S. Galvani (2015). Learning from the Research Process: Discussing Sensitive Topics as a Cultural Outsider. Social Work Education. 34(2), pp.199-212.

        S. Galvani, D. Allnock (2014). The Nature and Extent of Substance Use Education in Qualifying Social Work Programmes in England. Social Work Education. 33(5), pp.573-588.

        C. Dance, S. Galvani (2014). Substance Use and Disabilities: Experiences of Adults' Social Care Professionals and the Implications for Education and Training. Social Work Education. 33(5), pp.670-684.

        S. Wadd, S. Galvani (2014). Working with Older People with Alcohol Problems: Insight from Specialist Substance Misuse Professionals and their Service Users. Social Work Education. 33(5), pp.656-669.

        S. Galvani, A. Hutchinson, C. Dance (2014). Identifying and assessing substance use: Findings from a national survey of social work and social care professionals. British Journal of Social Work. 44(7), pp.1895-1913.

        C. Dance, S. Galvani, A. Hutchinson (2014). The Extent and Nature of Practitioners, Encounters with Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Social Work and Social Care Practice. Social Work Education. 33(5), pp.557-572.

        S. Galvani, C. Dance, A. Hutchinson (2013). Substance Use Training Experiences and Needs: Findings From a National Survey of Social Care Professionals in England. Social Work Education. 32(7), pp.888-905.

        AJ. Hutchinson, S. Galvani, C. Dance (2013). Working with substance use: Levels and predictors of positive therapeutic attitudes across social care practitioners in England. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 20(4), pp.312-321.

        S. Galvani, N. Ward (2013). Editorial. Social Work Education. 32(2), pp.139-140.

        S. Galvani, A. Hutchinson, C. Dance (2013). Identifying and assessing substance use: Findings from a national survey of social work and social care professionals. British Journal of Social Work. pp.bct033-bct033.

        S. Galvani, D. Forrester (2011). Guest editorial. Practice. 23(4), pp.178-182.

        S. George, S. Boulay, S. Galvani (2011). Domestic abuse among women who misuse psychoactive substances: An overview for the clinician. Addictive Disorders and their Treatment. 10(2), pp.43-49.

        S. Galvani, D. Forrester (2011). How well prepared are newly qualified social workers for working with substance use issues? findings from a National survey in England. Social Work Education. 30(4), pp.422-439.

        S. Galvani (2011). Think Family Safely: Enhancing the Response of Alcohol Services to Domestic Abuse and Families.

        S. Galvani, N. Hughes (2010). Working with alcohol and drug use: Exploring the knowledge and attitudes of social work students. British Journal of Social Work. 40(3), pp.946-962.

        SA. Galvani (2007). Safety in numbers? Tackling domestic abuse in couples and network therapies. Drug and Alcohol Review. 26(2), pp.175-181.

        S. Galvani (2007). Refusing to listen: are we failing the needs of people with alcohol and drug problems?. Social Work Education. 26, pp.697-707.

        S. Galvani (2006). Safety first? The impact of domestic abuse on women's treatment experience. Journal of Substance Use. 11(6), pp.395-407.

        S. Galvani (2006). Alcohol and domestic violence: Womens views. Violence Against Women. 12(7), pp.641-662.

        S. Galvani (2006). Problem drug users and assault. International Journal of Drug Policy. 17(3), pp.248-249.

        S. Galvani (2004). Responsible disinhibition: Alcohol, men and violence to women. Addiction Research and Theory. 12(4), pp.357-371.

        T. Mccarthy, S. Galvani (2004). SCARS: A new model for social work with substance users. Practice. 16, pp.85-97.

        S. Galvani (2001). Changing violent men. HEALTH RISK & SOCIETY. 3(3), pp.322-323.

        S. Galvani (2001). The role of alcohol in violence against women: Why should social work care?. Practice. 13, pp.5-20.

        S. Galvani (2000). Masculinities and violence. HEALTH RISK & SOCIETY. 2(2), pp.240-243.

        S. Galvani (2000). The violences of men: How men talk about and how agencies respond to men's violence to women. HEALTH RISK & SOCIETY. 2(2), pp.240-243.

        S. Galvani (2000). Partner violence: A comprehensive review of 20 years of research. HEALTH RISK & SOCIETY. 2(2), pp.240-243.

        S. Galvani (2000). Consumers as providers in psychiatric rehabilitation. SOCIAL WORK & SOCIAL SCIENCES REVIEW. 8(1), pp.91-92.

      • Chapters in books

        C. Dance, S. Galvani (2016). Substance use and disabilities: experiences of adults' social care professionals and implications for education and training. H. Loughran, W. Livingston. In: Substance use in social work education and training: preparing for and supporting practice. Routledge, pp.109-123.

        C. Dance, S. Galvani, A. Hutchinson (2016). The extent and nature of practitioners encounters with alcohol and other drug use in social work and social care. H. Loughran, W. Livingston. In: Substance use in social work education and training: preparing for and supporting practice. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.5-20.

        S. Galvani, C. Toft (2015). Domestic abuse and women’s use of alcohol. In: Women and Alcohol: Social Perspectives. pp.85-99.

        W. Livingston, S. Galvani (2014). Working with People who Experience Alcohol and Other Drug Problems. Palgrave Macmillan, pp.156-156.

        S. Galvani (2013). Alcohol or Other Drug Problems. pp.203-14.

      • Conferences

        SA. Galvani, M. Peacock (2016). End of Life Care for People with Alcohol and Other Drug Problems: An Exploratory Study. London,

      • Reports

        SA. Galvani, W. Livingston, H. Morgan (2014). Alcohol, other drugs and sight loss: a scoping study. Alcohol Research UK, Alcohol Research UK and Thomas Pocklington Trust.

        S. Galvani, G. Manders (2013). Developing a community alcohol support package: An exploratory study with a Punjabi Sikh community.

        S. Wadd, J. Randall, K. Edwards, A. Thake, S. Galvani, et al. L. McCabe. (2013). Alcohol misuse and cognitive impairment in older people: An exploratory study.

        S. Wadd, J. Randall, A. Thake, K. Edwards, S. Galvani, et al. L. McCabe, A. Coleman. (2013). Alcohol Misuse and Cognitive Impairment in Older People.

        S. Galvani, MD. Allnock Building capacity and bridging the gaps.

        S. Galvani, MD. Allnock, A. Hutchinson, C. Dance, . others (2013). Substance Use In Social Work Education: A National Survey Of Social Work Qualifying Programmes In England.

        S. Galvani, D. Forrester (2011). Social work services and recovery from substance misuse: A review of the evidence. Scottish Government

        S. Wadd, K. Lapworth, M. Sullivan, D. Forrester, S. Galvani (2011). Working with older drinkers.

        S. Galvani, C. Dance, A. Hutchinson (2011). From the front line: Alcohol, drugs and social care practice.

        S. Galvani, C. Dance, A. Hutchinson (2011). From the front line: alcohol, drugs and social care practice. A national study.

        S. Galvani, C. Dance, A. Hutchinson (2011). RESEARCH BRIEFING.

        S. Galvani, MG. Glynn, S. Wadd (2011). Evaluation of CASA Family Service.

        S. Galvani (2010). Supporting families affected by substance use and domestic violence. Adfam, University of Bedfordshire and Stella Project

        S. Galvani, D. Forrester (2010). Integrated and Inter-professional Working: A Review of the Evidence. Final report to Welsh Assembly Government

        S. Galvani, D. Forrester (2008). What works in training social workers about drug and alcohol use.

        S. Galvani, D. Forrester (2008). What works in training social workers about drug and alcohol use? A survey of student learning and readiness to practice. Home Office London

        S. Galvani, C. Humphreys (2007). The impact of violence and abuse on engagement and retention rates for women in substance use treatment.

        L. Templeton, S. Zohhadi, S. Galvani, R. Velleman (2006). Looking beyond risk.

        L. Templeton, S. Zohhadi, S. Galvani, R. Velleman (2006). Looking Beyond Risk”: Parental substance misuse, a scoping study. Final report to the Scottish Executive.

      • Other

        S. Galvani Alcohol Concern’s Quarterly Information and Research Bulletin.

        SA. Galvani, W. Livingston, H. Morgan (2015). Substance use and sight loss.

        SA. Galvani (2015). Alcohol and other Drug Use: The Roles and Capabilities of Social Workers.

        S. Galvani (2014). Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change. Social Work Education. 33, 854-855.

        S. Galvani (2014). Adolescent-To-Parent Abuse: Current Understandings in Research, Policy and Practice. Social Work Education. 33, 135-136.

        S. Galvani Alcohol Concern’s information and statistical digest.

        S. Galvani Alcohol Concern’s Information, Reseach and Policy Focus.

        S. Galvani (2011). Curriculum Guide–Substance Use. available online at www. collegeofsocialwor k. org/uploadedFiles/TheCollege/Media_centre/Curriculum% 20Guide_Substance_17July2012_proofed. pdf.

        S. Galvani, D. Forrester (2009). Social work and substance use: teaching the basics.

        S. Galvani (2006). Safeguarding children: working with parental alcohol problems and domestic abuse. London: Alcohol Concern.

        S. Galvani, A. Concern (2004). Grasping the nettle: alcohol and domestic violence.

        S. Galvani (2003). Injecting drug use, risk behaviour and qualitative research in the time of AIDS. ADDICTION RESEARCH & THEORY. 11, 283-284.

        S. Galvani (2003). The Violence and Addiction Equation Christine Wekerle and Anne-Marie Wall BrunnerRoutledge. ISBN: 0-876-30959-7, 2002, 348 pp with index,# 39.99. Journal of Substance Use. 8, 134-134.

        S. Galvani (2003). Killing Granny. Addiction Research & Theory. 11, 283-284.

    • Invited keynotes and conference contribution

      • Invited papers

        2015 European Child to Parent Violence Conference, Brighton (January 28-29)

    Conference organisation

    April 2015 - National Conference at MMU to launch the Substance Use and Addictive Behaviours Research Group.

    2007 - present - 1-2 national conferences or seminars each year in role as Chair of the BASW Special Interest Group in Alcohol and other Drugs.

    Expert reviewer for journals and publishers

    2001 - ongoing: Referee for peer reviewed journals including:

    • Journal of Substance Use
    • International Journal of Drug Policy
    • Alcohol and Alcoholism
    • Violence against Women
    • Addiction Research and Theory
    • European Journal of Social Work
    • British Journal of Social Work
    • Child Abuse Review

    Grants

    • Evaluation of Aquarius 'Time of My Life' project focussing on alcohol and older people. Co-funded by Alcohol Research UK and Aquarius. PI, £55,000. April 2015 - September 2016.
    • Practice Guidance on Substance Use and Sight Loss. Lead author, Funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust. £5,050, February - April 2015.
    • Development of Open Educational Resources on Working with Substance Use for health and social care practitioners. Funded by Health Education North West, PI, £88,090, February - September 2015.
    • National documentation on roles, functions and capabilities of social workers for working with substance use. Author. Funded by Public Health England (in production). £10,000. April 2014 - March 2015.
    • Alcohol and sight loss: Scoping project.  PI, £65,000 (Thomas Pocklington Trust/ALR UK). April 2013 – June 2014.

    • Project Evaluation: Empowering young people to address domestic and sexual violence. Co-applicant, £17,500 (AVA) June 2013-March 2016.

    • Aquarius Community Alcohol Support (CASP) Development Project: A Punjabi Sikh Community. PI, £45,000 (Aquarius Action Projects). April 2012 – Mar 2013.

    • Building Capacity, Bridging Gaps – Substance use in social work. education, training and employment. Lead PI (with A Hutchinson and C Dance) £49,000 (ALR UK). Feb 2012 – Mar 2013

    • National Survey of Social Workers: Experiences of Working With Substance Use, Co-PI, £45,000 (Tilda Goldberg Charitable Trust). Apr 2010 – Apr 2011

    • Evaluation of the Embrace Project, Alcohol Concern. £3,750 (funded by Alcohol Concern) Co-researcher. Apr 2008- Mar 2011

    • Evaluation of CASA Family Service. CASA Social Care Ltd - PI. £20,000. Oct 2010 – Mar 2011

    • The Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care. Social Care Trust, led by D. Forrester, with M. Preston-Shoot, University of Bedfordshire. £1.1million. Mar 2009 – Mar 2014

    • Social Work Services and Recovery from Substance Misuse: A Review of the Evidence. Scottish Executive - PI, with D Forrester. £20,000. Mar 2010– Sep 2010

    • Luton Domestic Violence Strategy: Groundwork. (led by J. Neale, Univ of Beds.) £20,000. Luton Borough Council. Feb 2009 – Jul 2009

    • Improving social work responses to parental substance use: models of good practice for social work education. PI (with D Forrester). £15,000. SWAP. Oct 2008 - Jun 2009

    • Supporting children and family members: substance use and domestic abuse. PI (combined
      research and practice development bid in partnership with Adfam and the Stella Project). Comic Relief. £8000 (part of £80,000 grant). Dec 2008 - Dec 2011

    • What works in training social workers about drug and alcohol use? A survey of student learning and readiness to practice. PI. (with D. Forrester). Home Office. £16,000. Jan - Mar 2008

  • Engagement & Knowledge Exchange
  • Awards, Honours & Distinctions

    Expert reviewer for external funding bodies

    Peer reviewer for ESRC research bids

    Visiting and honorary positions

    Visiting Professor, University of Bedfordshire, 2014 - 2017

    Editiorial Board membership

    2009 – 2015: Social Work Education: the International Journal, Reviews Editor; Chair of Editor Appointment Panel (2013)

    2008 – 2013: Practice: Social work in action

    Membership of professional associations

    Health and Care Professions Council – Registered Social Worker

    Higher Education Authority – Fellow

    The College of Social Work – Member and Mental Health Faculty Steering Group Member (elected)

    BASW - Member