Sue McKenzie-Mohr was born in Guelph, Ontario and holds degrees from the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Before joining St. Thomas University in 2003, she had been practicing social work for fifteen years, in shelters and second stage programs, hospital and mental health services, and community and university counselling centres. Her PhD thesis, “Out from and beyond trauma: Women’s experiences of the process from rape to living well,” involved studying the post-rape process through in-depth interviews with women that highlighted their navigation of harmful dominant discourses of rape and challenged the “victim to survivor” framework.
Sue co-edited the book, Women Voicing Resistance: Dicursive and narrative explorations, with Dr. Michelle Lafrance, published in 2014 by Routledge.
Sue teaches courses that highlight direct practice theory and skills, with particular teaching interests that include the application of trauma theory for social work practice, ethics in social work contexts, and the potential roles of narrative to assist practice.
Sue is a founding member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative at St. Thomas University, and has remained involved in community work on numerous committees and Boards of Directors since taking on her faculty position.