Jo completed a degree in Psychology at Bangor University and worked in a community mental health team and two psychiatric hospitals before qualifying as a social worker by completing the Diploma in Social Work and in addition the Masters in Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University. Following qualification as a social worker Jo practised as a social worker in a variety of settings, primarily adult substance misuse. Jo has worked in social work education at Swansea University since 1988, and is currently the Programme Director for the BSc Social Work.
Jo’s research interests include post-qualifying social work, disability, service user and carer involvement and substance misuse. She is the Swansea University co-ordinator for post-qualifying social work. She is currently completing her PhD on the inclusion of disability issues within social work education.