Burke, Dr. Susan

Susan Burke
PhD Health Sciences (UNBC - 2016), MSW (UNBC - 2009), BA (TWU - 1994), Registered Social Worker (since 2009) Associate Professor, School of Social Work (on sabbatical)
Email: Phone:
Room 10-2562
  • Prince George


Susan was born and raised in Prince George. She was a front line child welfare social worker in Northern BC from 1994 – 2014, working in Prince George as well as rural and remote communities in north and north-west BC. In 2015, she joined the University of Northern BC as a faculty member. She has served in the roles of MSW Coordinator, Research Ethics Board member, and A/Vice-Chair of the Research Ethics Board. Since 2009, Susan has supervised/co-supervised 26 graduate students and hired/trained/supervised 6 undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

Research and Expertise

Susan's research is focused on Indigenous kinship care, Indigenous child welfare, and Indigenous social work practice and education. She also holds a particular interest in research with, by, and for Indigenous peoples and wrote her dissertation using an Indigenous research methodology.

Research Fields:
  • Education
  • First Nations
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Work
Areas of Expertise:

Indigenous social work practice, child welfare practice, kinship care, social work health and wellness, indigenous social work education

Languages Spoken:
  • English
Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
  • Social Work
  • Health Sciences
  • First Nations Studies
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert

Selected Publications

Burke, S., Bouey, J., Madsen, C., Costello, L., Schmidt, G., Barkaskas, P., White, N., Alder, C.
(2022). Kinship care: Evaluating policy and practice. Journal of Public Child Welfare. DOI: 10.1080/15548732.2022.2091721

Buchner, K., Pearson, T., & Burke, S. (2022). Indigenous women’s experiences with child
protection at their child’s birth. Practice. DOI: 10.1080/09503153.2022.2054973

Burke, S., & MacDonald, N. (2020). Indigenous post-secondary mentorship: Our journey.
Social Work & Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory, 3(2). Retrieved
March 10, 2022 from

Burke, S. (2019). Teaching the history of colonization in the post-secondary classroom.
Journal of Social Work Education. DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2019.1611510

Burke, S., & Robinson, R. (2019). Reflections on Métissage as an Indigenous research praxis.
AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples,

Burke, S. (2018). Supporting Indigenous social workers in front line practice. Canadian Social
Work Review, 35(1), 5 – 25.