Dr Jan Pascal

Title: Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 734871
Email: j.pascal@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellors Building, CBC0.010
Role: Admissions Officer Social Work
Contacting me: email

I am a social work academic with teaching and research expertise in public and community health, with a particular focus on cancer care. I have recently migrated to the UK, after many years of teaching and research at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. Over the years I have lectured within undergraduate and postgraduate social work, social care, medical and allied health programmes, including CPD to care professionals, in both the UK and Australia. I am also an experienced Honours, Master’s and PhD first supervisor. My teaching, research and supervision are interprofessional and include the disciplines of: social work; public health; nursing; humanities; pharmacology; speech pathology and paramedicine.

Prior to working in academia I was employed in the health and social care sector and I am a qualified social work practitioner. My areas of social work practice included: generalist and drug and alcohol counselling; child sexual abuse; sexual assault; family support and child protection; casework; groupwork; community development and health promotion. Additionally, I have been responsible for the development and delivery of adult education and training programmes in a range of community and non-government settings. 


External Examination:

National University of Ireland (PhD and viva chair)

Federation University, Australia (Honours, M Phil)

My areas of research expertise focus largely on psycho social cancer care; illness narratives and trajectories; lived experience of challenging life events; and understanding identity after/during illness, crisis and loss. I am also interested in rural health both in terms of health inequalities, and  also the social and personal constructions space, place and therapeutic landscapes. Although largely phenomenological/ existential in my modes of inquiry, I also employ a range of qualitative methods underpinned by social and critical theory, as well as mixed and quantitative methods.  I am interested in wellbeing and social justice more broadly, particularly gendered and migrant experience of social and health inequalities. I am currently exploring the efficacy of psycho social cancer care interventions, and what is meaningful connection, with partners in the UK and Australia. My current projects focus on the impact of neo-liberalism and the privileging of particular narratives and discourses.
 
I have a strong commitment to research informed teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and the integration of research, theory and practice. I have taught research methods for many years, across year levels and disciplines. I have been a lead PhD supervisor on PhD teams, as well as chair of progression and viva panels, external examiner,  and have successful completions. I am on the editorial board of Social Work Values and Ethics and  a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals, including: Psycho Oncology; European Journal of Cancer Care; Qualitative Social Work; Qualitative Health Research;Australian Family Practitioner and Illness Crisis and Loss.

Journal Articles

Baker, S, Warburton, J, Hodgkin, S and Pascal, J. (2016). The supportive network: Rural disadvantaged older people and ICT. Ageing and Society. Available on CJO doi: 10.1017/SO144686X16000350.

Pascal, J, and Sagan, O. (2016). Co-creation or collusion: The dark side of consumer narrative in qualitative health research. Illness, Crisis and Loss. doi: 10.1177/1054137316662526

Johnson, N, and Pascal, J. (2016). Relational distress and maternal absence: Young women’s lived experience of familial breast cancer. Illness, Crisis and Loss. doi: 10.1177/1054137316669419.

Baker, S, Warburton, J, Hodgkin, S and Pascal, J. The new informational paradigm: Developing practice led approaches to the use of mobile ICT in social work. British Journal of Social Work. (subject to submitted revisions).

Kenny, A, Pascal, J, Johnson, N, Dickson-Swift, V, McKinstry, C. Psychosocial supportive care of cancer survivors: A scoping review of interventions and programmes.BMC Health Services Research (under review).

Pascal, J, Johnson, N, Dickson-Swift, McGrath, P and Dangerfield, F (2015). Understanding receptivity to informal supportive cancer care in regional and rural Australia: A Heideggerian analysis. European Journal of Cancer Care. 25 (3), 381-390.

Pascal, J, Johnson, N, Dickson-Swift, V and Kenny, A. (2015) Returning home: Psychosocial care during the re-entry phase of cancer survivorhood in rural Australia. European Journal of Cancer Care. 24 (1), 39-49.

Adams, J. Pascal, J and Dickson-Swift, V. (2015). Spirituality and aging in place: The impact of extreme climactic conditions on domestic gardening practice. International Journal of Aging and Human Development. 80 (1), 10-26.

Baker, S, Warburton, J, Hodgkin, S and Pascal, J (2014). Re-Imagining the relationship between social work and ICT in the network society. Australian Social Work. 67 (4) 467-478.

Thompson, N and Pascal, J. (2014) Workplace well-Being: Beyond counselling and occupational health. Social and Public Policy Review (available first online).

Townsend, R, Pascal, J and Delves, M. (2014) South East Asian migrant experiences in regional Victoria: Exploring well-being. Journal of Sociology. 50 (4) 601-615.

Furness, S and Pascal, J. (2013). Mentoring experiences in paramedicine. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multidisciplinary Journal. 15 (2) 30-40.

Brown, G., Pascal, J. and Western, D. (2013) Using the F-Word: Feminist epistemologies and post-graduate research. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. 28 (4) 440-450.

Townsend, R and Pascal, J. (2012) Therapeutic landscapes: Understanding migration to Australian regional and rural communities. Journal of Rural Society. 22, (1) 59-56.

Thompson N and Pascal, J. (2012) Developing critically reflective practice. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary perspectives. 13 (2) 311-325.

Thompson, N and Pascal, J. (2011) Reflective practice: An existentialist perspective. Reflective Practice: International and multidisciplinary perspectives. 12, (2)15-26.

Dore, C. Pascal, J and Gillett, S. (2010) Community singing and social work: A new partnership. The UNESCO Observatory E-journal. 1, 6 (available online).

Pascal, J and Endacott, R. (2010). The existential and ethical challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Journal of Medical Ethics.  36, pp 279-283.

Pascal, J. (2010) Space, place and psychosocial well-being: Women’s experience of breast cancer at an environmental retreat. Illness, Crisis, Loss. 18, 3 pp 201-216.

Pascal, J. (2010) Phenomenology as a research method for social work contexts: A case study of cancer survival. Currents: New scholarship in human services.9, 2 pp 1-23.

Pascal, J., Johnston, N., Dore, C. and Trainor, R (2010). The lived experience of doing phenomenology: Perspectives from beginning health science postgraduate researchers. Qualitative Social Work (first online May, 2010).

Pascal, J. Endacott, R and Lehmann, J. (2009). For the time being: Exploring the temporality of cancer survival. Austral-Asian Journal of Cancer, 8,2 pp 141-149.

Pascal, J. and MacKay, G (2007). Our narratives of rural undergraduate and postgraduate social work. New Community Quarterly, 5, 4.

Pascal, J (2005). My story/their story of cancer survival: Reflections from inside the rural research fieldwork experience. Journal of Rural Social Work and Community Practice, 10, 1 pp 10-18.

Book chapters and non-refereed publications:

Pascal, J and Sagan, O. (2016/7). The sociological imagination of cancer survival: Heideggerian perspectives (working title). In N, Thompson and G, Cox (ed). The handbook of the sociology of death, grief and bereavement. Routledge: NY (forthcoming invited publication).

Kenny, A and Pascal, J. (2015). Psychosocial cancer care. In The Sage Encyclopaedia of Cancer and Society, 2ed, Sage: Thousand Oaks.

Pascal, J and Sawtell, J (2009). Ethics of being emic: Considerations of well-being when researching “inside” small communities. Well-Being. Dec Issue, 2009.

Pascal, J and Brown, G. (2009). Ontology, epistemology and methodology of teaching research methods. In M. Garner, C. Wagner and Kawulich, B. Teaching research methods in the social sciences. Ashgate: UK.

Ward-Carter, A. Pascal, J and Hill, A. (2008). The Otis Experience. In Garlick, B. Jones, D and Luscombe, G. Beyond Beige: Improving architecture for older people and people with disabilities. ACT: Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

Pascal, J. (2007). Psychosocial experiences of breast cancer at an environmental retreat. Psycho-Social Update: Newsletter of the Central QLD University IPP-SHR.

 Pascal, J (2004). Emotionally involved: The impact of researching rape [book review]. Australian Social Work, 57, 1 p 98-100.

Selected Publications

  • Pascal J and Sagan O. Co-creation or collusion: The dark side of consumer narrative in qualitative health research. Illness, Crisis and Loss. doi> link>
  • Johnson N and Pascal JW. Relational distressed and maternal absence: Young women's lived experience of familial breast cancer. Illness, Crisis and Loss. doi> link>
  • Baker S, Warburton J, Hodgkin S, Pascal J. The supportive network: Rural disadvantaged older people and ICT. Ageing and Society. doi> link>
  • Kenny A and Pascal JW. 2015. Psycho social care and support. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society. SAGE Publications.
  • Pascal J, Johnson N, Dickson-Swift V, McGrath P, Dangerfield F. Understanding receptivity to informal supportive cancer care in regional and rural Australia: a Heideggerian analysis. European journal of cancer care, vol. 25(3), 381-390. doi> link>

Full Publications List show

Journal Articles

  • Pascal J and Sagan O. Co-creation or collusion: The dark side of consumer narrative in qualitative health research. Illness, Crisis and Loss. doi> link>
  • Johnson N and Pascal JW. Relational distressed and maternal absence: Young women's lived experience of familial breast cancer. Illness, Crisis and Loss. doi> link>
  • Baker S, Warburton J, Hodgkin S, Pascal J. The supportive network: Rural disadvantaged older people and ICT. Ageing and Society. doi> link>
  • Pascal J, Johnson N, Dickson-Swift V, McGrath P, Dangerfield F. Understanding receptivity to informal supportive cancer care in regional and rural Australia: a Heideggerian analysis. European journal of cancer care, vol. 25(3), 381-390. doi> link>
  • Pascal J, Johnson N, Dickson-Swift V, Kenny A. Returning home: psychosocial care during the re-entry phase of cancer survivorship in rural Australia. European journal of cancer care, vol. 24(1), 39-49. doi> link>
  • Pascal JW. Therapeutic landscapes: Understanding migration to Australia regional and rural communities. Rural Society, vol. 22(1), 59-66. doi> link>
  • Adams J, Pascal JW, Dickson-Swift V. 2014. Spirituality and aging in place: The impact of extreme climactic conditions on domestic gardening practice. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, vol. 80(1), 10-26. doi> link>
  • Adams J, Pascal JW, Dickson-Swift V. 2014. Spirituality and aging in place: The impact of extreme climactic conditions on domestic gardening practice. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, vol. 80(1), 10-26. doi> link>
  • Thompson N and Pascal JW. Workplace well-being: Beyond counselling and occupational health. Social and Public Policy Review.
  • Baker S, Warburton J, Hodgkin S, Pascal JW. Reimagining the relationship between social work and information communication technology in the network society. Australian Social Work, vol. 67(4), 467-478. doi> link>
  • Furness S and Pascal JW. Mentoring experiences in paramedicine. Focus on Health Professional Education, vol. 15(2), 30-40. link>
  • Brown G, Western D, Pascal JW. Using the F-Word: Feminist Epistemologies and Postgraduate Research. Affilia. doi> link>
  • Townsend R, Pascal JW, Delves M. 2014. South East Asian migrant experiences in regional Victoria: Exploring well-being. Journal of Sociology, vol. 50(4), 601-615. doi> link>
  • Thompson N and Pascal JW. Developing critically reflective practice. Reflective Practice, vol. 13(2), 311-325. doi> link>
  • Thompson N and Pascal JW. Reflective Practice: an existentialist perspective. Reflective Practice, vol. 12(1), 15-26. doi> link>
  • Pascal JW. Space, Place, and Psychosocial Well-Being: Women's Experience of Breast Cancer at an Environmental Retreat. Illness, Crisis and Loss, vol. 18(3), 201-216. doi> link>
  • Pascal JW. The lived experience of doing phenomenology: Perspectives from beginning health science postgraduate researchers. Qualitative Social Work. doi> link>
  • Pascal JW and Endacott R. Ethical and existential challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis. Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 36(5), 279-283. doi> link>
  • Dore C, Gillet S, Pascal JW. Community singing and social work: a new partnership. UNESCO observatory multi-disciplinary research in the arts, vol. 2(1), 1-22.
  • Pascal JW. Phenomenology as a research method for social work contexts: A case study of cancer survival. Currents : New Scholarship in the Human Services, vol. 9(2), 1-23.
  • Pascal JW, Endacott R, Lehmann J. For the Time Being: Understanding the Temporality of Cancer Survival. Austral-Asian journal of cancer, vol. 8(3). link>
  • Pascal JW. My Story/Their Story of Cancer Survival : Reflection from Inside the Rural Research Field Work Experience. Rural Social Work and Community Practice, 10-17.
  • Pascal JW. Our narratives of rural undergraduate and postgraduate social work. Proceedings of 6th Rural Social Work National Conference.
  • Pascal JW. Psychosocial supportive care of cancer survivors: A scoping review of interventions and programmes. BMC Health Services Research.
  • Pascal JW. The new informational paradigm: Developing practice led approaches to the use of mobile ICT in social work. British Journal of Social Work.

Chapters

  • Kenny A and Pascal JW. 2015. Psycho social care and support. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society. SAGE Publications.
  • Pascal JW and Brown G. 2010. Ontology, epistemology and methodology of teaching research methods. In Teaching Research Methods in the Social Sciences. Routledge.
  • Pascal JW and Sagan O. Being in the world of the sociological imagination. In Handbook of the sociology of death, grief and bereavement. Routledge.
  • Kenny A and Pascal JW. Psychosocial Cancer Care. In The Sage Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society, 2nd Edition. SAGE.
  • Pascal JW. The Otis Experience. In Beyond Beige: Improving Architecture for Older People and People with Disabilities. Royal Australian Institute of Architechs.

Other

  • Pascal JW, Sagan O, Basten G. Conceptualising iatrogenic uncertainty: An integrated perspective. Psycho-Oncology. John Wiley & Sons Inc..
  • Pascal JW. Returning home: psychosocial care during the re-entry phase in of cancer survivorship in rural communities. Psycho-Oncology. John Wiley & Sons Inc..
  • Pascal JW. The psycho social support needs of people affected by cancer: A comparative study of patient and carer experience in a rural setting. Wiley.
  • Life Course Development
  • Key Concepts for the Social Sciences
  • Social Work Theory and Methods
  • Doctorate of Social Work

PhD completed

Steven Baker:             Rural isolation, older men and the networked society: ICT and social work practice.

Nicole Johnson:           Young Women’s Experience of Familial Breast Cancer: A Heideggerian analysis.        

Carol Dore:                 Community Singing and Social Work: A New Partnership.


PhD Current:

Cassy Nunan:               Surface Tension: A novel exploring mental health and recovery narratives.

Kate Fitt:                      Representations of mothers with a disability in Victorian child- protection services.

Joanne Adams:            Gardening as spiritual expression in aged-care: A phenomenological perspective.

 

Master’s of Health Science (M Phil) Completed:

Joanne Adams:             Spirituality and ageing in place: The impact of extreme climactic conditions on                                    domestic gardening practice.

Susan Furness:             The role of mentoring in paramedic practice: A Gadamerian analysis.