Areas of Interest and Expertise
- Aging and Healthcare
- Child Welfare
- Disability Issues
- BA Social Work with Sociology, University of Ghana
- MPhil Social Work, University of Ghana
Joana hails from Ghana in West Africa. She holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work with Sociology, all from the University of Ghana. Prior to joining the University of Alabama, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Ghana for three years; the Department of Social Welfare for a year and volunteered with the Dream Africa Care Foundation all in Accra, Ghana. She has also worked as a research assistant on some projects including on ‘cross-country pilot study on youth transitions from out-of-home care in Africa’ funded by the Northern Ireland Department of the Economy and ‘the history of disability rights in Ghana’ also funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Kelly, B., van Breda, A. D., Bekoe, J., Bukuluki, P., Chereni, A., Frimpong-Manso, K., … & Santin, O. (2020). Building positive futures: A cross-country pilot study on youth transitions from alternative care in Africa. Queen’s University Belfast. https://pureadmin.qub.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/219945215/Building_Positive_Futures_Main_report.pdf
Kelly, B., van Breda, A. D., Santin, O., Bekoe, J., Bukuluki, P., Chereni, A., … & Ringson, J. (2020). Building positive futures: A pilot study on leaving care in Africa-Youth Report. Queen’s University Belfast.
Kelly, B., van Breda, A. D., Santin, O., Bekoe, J., Bukuluki, P., Chereni, A., … & Ringson, J. (2020). Building positive futures: Exploring a peer research approach to study leaving care in Africa. Queen’s University Belfast. https://pureadmin.qub.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/219945359/Building_Positive_Futures_Peer_Research_Report.pdf
Okine, J., Agyire-Tettey Mantey, E. & Naami, A. (2020). Pre-marital experiences of persons with physical disabilities and their spouses in Accra, Ghana. International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation, 18(1), 1-21.