Morna McEachern completed her PhD in social welfare policy in June and has been hired to teach history and policy courses in the Master’s of Social Work program at the University of Washington’s (UW) School of Social Work. Her primary research focuses on comparing Canadian and U.S. sexual health education policies and their relationship to teen pregnancy in both countries. She is also contributing to a study about the effects of different Canadian and U.S. social welfare safety nets on the social well-being of families and communities who find themselves divided by the 49th Parallel.
The study focuses on the many Indigenous communities and the most recent immigrants including refugees. In addition to teaching at the UW, Morna is also an affiliated faculty member of the University of Victoria in British Columbia where she is continuing her historical research about the divergence and convergence of sexual health education policies and practices in Canada and the United States.
Morna was an affiliated graduate student of the Canadian Studies Center during her doctoral program and served as Chair of the Annual Canadian Studies Graduate Symposium in 2008-09, Re-imagining Health Care: What we can Learn from Canada. The symposium was co-chaired by the UW Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Chair, Michael Orsini, University of Ottawa. (For more on the annual symposium see http://jsis.washington.edu/canada/graduate/symposium.shtml.)