B.A. (Honours Psychology) UBC
B.S.W., M.S.W., UBC
M.A. (Developmental Psychology), SFU
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), SFU

Mary Russell’s work on violence in families has included research on treatment programs for abusive men, services to and relationship beliefs of women who have been abused, and more recently, experiences of parents considered at high-risk of abusing or neglecting their children. In addition, she has published work on immigrant experiences and women’s experience with addictions treatment programs.

The focus on violence is reflected in her teaching wherein she was instrumental in developing a unique, inter-disciplinary, web-based course on Violence Across the Lifespan. Her previous teaching areas have included quantitative and qualitative research methods at the graduate level, and introductory research methods at the undergraduate level, as well as the inter-disciplinary course in health care ethics.

Her current research is part of a major interdisciplinary research consortium, CHILD, that is developing and fostering inter-disciplinary, community-university collaborative research efforts. In the past, Dr Russell has been a Board Member of the BC.Institute Against Family Violence and involved in practice and research collaborations with agencies such as Family Services of Greater Vancouver, and the Victoria Family Violence Prevention Society. At U.B.C., she has been active with the Faculty Association, including serving a term as President.

Recent Publications (since 1990)


Russell, M., Hightower, J. & G. Gutman (Eds.) (1996). Stopping the violence: Changing families, changing futures. B.C. Institute on Family Violence, Vancouver , B.C.

Russell, M. with Frohberg, J. (1995). Confronting Abusive Beliefs: Group treatment for abusive men. Sage: Newbury Park , CA .

Russell, M. (1990). Clinical social work: Research and practice. Sage: Newbury Park , CA .

Conference Proceedings:

Jaffe, P.G., Russell, M. & Smith, M.G. (Eds.) (2000). Creating a legacy of hope: Proceedings of an international conference on children exposed to family violence. BC/Yukon Society of Transition Houses, Vancouver , B.C.

Russell, M. (1992) Violence desistance: A study of factors. International Journal of Psychology, 27, 318.

Journal Articles:

Russell, M, Harris, B. & Gockel, A.M. (in press). Parent perspectives on intensive intervention for child maltreatment. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Russell, M. & Light, L. (in press). Police and victim perspectives on empowerment of domestic violence victims. Police Quarterly.

Russell, M. & Gockel, A.M. (2005). Recovery processes in a treatment program for women. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 5, 27-46

Russell, M. & White, B. (2002). Social worker and client experiences in multicultural service provision. Social Work Education., 21, 635-650.

Russell, M. & White, B. (2000). Practice with immigrants and refugees: Social worker and client perspectives. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. 9, 73-92.

Lyster, R.F., Russell, M. & Hiebert, J. (1995). Preparing for remarriage: Consumers’ views. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 24, 143-158.

Russell, M. (1993). Women’s participation in social work publication: A case study of the Canadian Social Work Review. Canadian Social Work Review, 10, 275-287.

Russsell, M. & Lyster, R.F. (1992). Marriage preparation: Factors associated with consumer satisfaction. Family Relations, 41, 446-451.

Russell, M. (1990). Second-stage shelters: Consumers report. Canada’s Mental Health, 38, 24-26.

Russell, M. (1990). Consumer satisfaction: An investigation of contributing factors. Journal of Social Service Research, 13, 43-56.

Conference Papers

Parent Experiences of Child Protective Services. World Form on Child Welfare, Vancouver, November, 2006 [with Barbara Harris and Annemarie Gockel]

Building and Extended Family Model. World Forum on Child Welfare, Vancouver, November, 2006. [with Annemarie Gockel and Barbara Harris]

Parenting in Poverty: Perspectives of High Risk Parents. 33rd International Congress of Schools of Social Work, Santiago, Chile. September, 2006.

The Lesser of Two Evils: Relationship Beliefs of Women who have been Abused. World Conference on Prevention of Family Violence Banff, AB , October , 2005.

Violence Across the Lifespan: An Interdisciplinary WebCT course. Council on Social Work Education, New York. February, 2005.

Development and Validation of the Relationship Beliefs Scale. RESOLVE Biannual meeting, Calgary AB, November, 2004.

Development of a Relationship Beliefs Scale (RBS): Preliminary Results. Fifth International Conference on Family Violence: Working together to end abuse. San Diego, CA, September 2000. Family Violence & Sexual Assault Institute.

Development of a Relationship Beliefs Scale (RBS): Preliminary Results. Annual Meeting, Association of Counsellors of Abusive Men. Victoria, B.C., October, 2000.

The many faces of family violence. Annual Conference, Canadian Humane Society Vancouver, B.C., June, 2000

Practice with immigrants and refugees: Social worker and client perspectives. Spring Consultation, Canadian Council for Refugees. Vancouver, B.C., May, 2000. [ with M. Lui]

The many faces of family violence: Connections and collaboration.. Violence in the Family: Action Plan for the 21st Century Conference, Cyprus Ministry of Justice and Public Order. Nicosia, Cyprus, November, 2000 [with Janet Ericksen].

Development of a Relationship Beliefs Scale (RBS): Preliminary Results. Violence in the Family: Action Plan for the 21st Century Conference, Cyprus Ministry of Justice and Social Order. Nicosia, Cyprus, November, 2000.