Bruce MacLaurin

Assistant Professor

Calgary Campus


University of Toronto


University of Calgary


University of Guelph

Contact information


MacKimmie Tower : MT424


  • F2021 - SOWK 551.13 - Selected Topics: Social Work Interventions (Child Welfare)

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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.

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.