University of Calgary

Bruce MacLaurin

  • Sessional Instructor
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Child & Adolescent Development, Child Welfare, Child Trauma, Youth in the Criminal Justice System

Currently Teaching

 F2023 - SOWK 551.13 - Selected Topics: Social Work Interventions (Child Welfare)


Degrees: PhD Candidate (University of Toronto), MSc (University of Toronto), MSW & BSW (University of Calgary), BA (University of Guelph)

Interests: Child welfare, outcomes for children and youth in care, street youth.

Before coming to the Faculty of Social Work in 2002, Bruce MacLaurin was a research associate at the University of Toronto’s Bell Canada Child Welfare Research Unit.

MacLaurin’s research interests include child maltreatment, child welfare policy and service delivery, foster care outcomes, street youth and youth at risk. He is currently the primary investigator on "Service Outcomes for Children and Youth Referred to Out-Of-Home Care," a three-year study for the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research. He is a co-investigator on three other major studies, including "Telling: Examining Cross-Cultural Patterns of Maltreatment Disclosures of Adolescents," and "Evidence-Based Management in Child Welfare", both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; and "Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Grant in Homelessness, Housing and Health," funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

For a list of recent publications, click here.

MacLaurin teaches classes on child maltreatment, social work evaluation, research, social work policy related to child and family issues, and at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2007, he was nominated by the Graduate Students’ Association for a teaching excellence award.

Research Projects:

  • MacLaurin, B. (Co-I). Addressing the Effects of Child Maltreatment Through the Lens of Domestic Violence. (Centre of Excellence in Child Welfare; 2003-2005).
  • MacLaurin, B. (PI). Northwest Territories Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect. (Children's Services Northwest Territories; 2003-2006).
  • MacLaurin, B. (Co-I). Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-Cycle 2. (Health Canada; 2003-2005).
  • MacLaurin, B. (PI). Alberta Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect. (Alberta Children's Services; 2003-2006).
  • MacLaurin, B. (PI). Aboriginal Child Maltreatment Sample for the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect. (Centres of Excellence in Child Welfare; ; 2004-2006).
  • MacLaurin, B. (PI). Placement Outcomes Project. (Centres of Excellence in Child Welfare;; 2001-2006).
  • MacLaurin, B. (PI). Aboriginal Child Maltreatment Report for the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2003). (First Nations Child and Family Caring Society;; 2005/2006).
  • MacLaurin, B. (Co-PI). Spectrum of Calgary Street-Involved Youth and HIV Risk: A Community Prevention Planning Initiative of Youth and HIV Service. (Canadian Institute of Health Research; 2004-2007).
  • MacLaurin, B. (Co-I). Development Grant for Homelessness, Housing and Health for CIHR Team Grant Program. (Canadian Institute for Health Research; 2005-2005).
  • MacLaurin, B. (Co-I). Outcome Indicators for Child Welfare Managers in Canada. (SSHRC - KIS Program; with matching funds from McGill, 2006-2009).
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