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My Teaching Profile: My three decades of teaching in Social Work related areas has led me to engage with a range of subjects both at the Graduate and Masters levels. My strong points in a nutshell, are teaching Psychology and Sociology related subjects such as Human Growth & Personality Development, Contemporary Social Problems, Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Methods of Social Work (working with Individuals and Families, Crisis Intervention, Group Work) and Research Methodology besides Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Research Interests: My academic specialism in ‘Medical & Psychiatric Social Work’, from the start of my career gave me an inclination to research mental health issues particularly as they impact on family dynamics. My interests lie predominantly in the areas of substance misuse, mental illness, quality of life, care giving, suicide and HIV, though I am not hesitant to explore other areas as well. I am also interested in issues relating to the academic experience of social work students as they progress through their career and career related issues facing social work practitioners. Where possible I would like to give these studies a cross-cultural/national dimension. My publications evidence my interest in alcohol misuse in particular and its impact on family dynamics such as adjustment, conflict and communication as they impact on the spouse and children.


Target collaborative organisations

Research collaborations: I have strong research collaborations with partners in India where data collection is currently on. One recently completed study was in collaboration with the Thanjavur Medical College which looked at primary caregivers of persons with schizophrenia in terms of aspects such as burden, resilience, coping and quality of life. Two publications have resulted from this project.  I have also recently established contact with ERIS (European Research Institute for Social Work) based in Ostrava and the collaboration is in its infancy.

Current research activities

I am currently involved in is a longitudinal study of personality characteristics of social work students as they progress through each year of their degree (in collaboration with Cauvery College, Trichy). The study looks at attributes such as emotional intelligence, stress, resilience and coping. Data collection has recently concluded for another study that looks at personal and professional attributes of women social work practitioners in India.

Desired research direction

My methodological orientation is quantitative and I would like to collaborate with qualitative researchers to develop research proposals based on mixed research designs. I would also wish to expand my repertoire to engage in cross-cultural/National comparative research

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India Medicine & Life Sciences
alcoholism Social Sciences
wife Social Sciences
social work Social Sciences
spouse Social Sciences
Caregivers Medicine & Life Sciences
alcohol Social Sciences
Schizophrenia Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1998 2017

Psychological distress, perceived burden and quality of life in caregivers of persons with schizophrenia

Stanley, S., Balakrishnan, S. & Ilangovan, S., 28 Feb 2017, In : Journal of Mental Health. 26, 2, p. 134-141 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Quality of Life

Resilience: its nature and significance

Stanley, S., Sethuramalingam, V. & Pandian, S., 21 Jun 2017, (Accepted/In press) In : Indian Journal of Social Work.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Correlates of caregiving burden in schizophrenia: A cross-sectional, comparative analysis from India

Stanley, S., Balakrishnan, S. & Ilangovan, S., 15 Sep 2016, In : Social Work in Mental Health. 15, 3, p. 284-307

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Mental health status and perceived burden in caregiving spouses of persons with psychotic illness (A study from India)

Stanley, S., Metilda, G. B. & Bhakyalakshmi, S., 24 Feb 2016, In : Social Work in Mental Health. 14, 5, p. 530-544 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Status
health status
emotional intelligence
cross-sectional study
social work