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I am a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Social Work programme here at Kingston University London. I am also a Doctoral Research Supervisor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. With over 20 years of strategic, operational and management experience in Local Authorities Children's Services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - I continue to be active in child safeguarding and therapeutic practice as a researcher, trainer and consultant.
My research interests include Gender Based Violence, Victim-Survivor Digital Narratives and Online Help Seeking Behaviours. My doctoral research thesis adopted a psychosocial lens to explore the influence of emotion on decision making in frontline child protection practice. I have recently completed a feminist relational discourse analysis of the role of internet macro memes in facilitating supportive discussions for victim-survivors of narcissistic abuse. Currently, I am involved in a Department of Education funded mixed methods study, exploring racial equity and career progression in social work.
Senior lecturer & Course Leader BA (Hons) Social Work Programme
Funding and Projects
Co-Investigator - Racial equity and Career Progression, NorthEast London Teaching Partnership, Department of Education, £27,000 https://neltp.org.uk/web/racial-equity-and-progression/
Co-Investigator - January 2019 - University of Hull, Global Challenges Research Funding £19,000- Co-Investigator-The project entitled: ‘Trauma and Community Based Social Work in East Africa'. The project is developed in partnership with NGO partners in East Africa and University of Hull colleagues. http://researchandscholarship.blogspot.com/2018/09/
Co-Investigator - June 2018 - University of Hull, Global Challenges Research Funding - £3,945 - Co-Investigator-The project entitled: ‘Trauma and Community Based Social Work in East Africa'. The project is developed in partnership with NGO partners in East Africa and University of Hull colleagues. http://researchandscholarship.blogspot.com/2018/09/
Howard, V., and Adan, A .(2022) ‘The End Justifies the Memes': A Feminist Relational Discourse Analysis of the Role of Macro Memes in Facilitating Supportive Discussions for Victim-Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse. Research Conference University of Hull, 2022 . (Published)
Adan, A. (2021) ‘Race and the Research Process' Paper presented at the Psychosocial Research Symposium, Tavistock and Portman, April 2021. (Unpublished)
Adan, A. (2019) Paper - ‘Thinking outside the Technocratic Box': Understanding Emotional Communication in Child Protection Work. Paper presented to the Hidden Voices Research Group Seminar, University of Hull, 2019.(Unpublished)
Adan, A., and Cooper, K.M. (2017) Paper – ‘Participatory Theatre: A flexible pedagogic tool for bringing public issues into academic spaces. Paper Presented to the Sociological Association of Ireland 44th Annual Conference at the University of Ulster, Belfast. 5-6 May 2017. (Unpublished)
Howard, V., & Adan, A. (2022). "The end justifies the memes": A feminist relational discourse analysis of the role of macro memes in facilitating supportive discussions for victim-survivors of narcissistic abuse. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 16(4), Article 10. https://doi.org/10.5817/CP2022-4-10