Associate Professor Carol Irizarry

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building (345)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Carol Irizarry is an Associate Professor in the College of Educaion, Psychology and Social Work.

She completed her MS at Columbia University in New York City returning to her home country Canada, where she was actively involved in supporting refugees from Latin America as well as migrants from Portugal and the Cape Verde islands.

Carol completed her PhD at Rutgers University in New Jersey on Children's Reactions to the Death of a Grandparent - a study that was actually conducted with school children in Adelaide after Carol had taken a position as a Lecturer at Flinders.

In 2000 Carol was instrumental in the development of the Adelaide Loss & Grief Centre, a partnership endeavour between Anglicare SA and Flinders University and she spearheaded an annual summer recreational program for refugee children, which was offered for 12 years until 20915. Flinders' social work students volunteered as helpers in those programs.

Carol helped initiate the recruitment of international stduents to social work programs at Flinders and has has a strong committment to their encouragement and supprot.

Publications include:

Irizarry, C. (2017) The Watusi Girls: a legacy of inspiration, Social Work with Groups, Special 40th Anniversary Double Issue, 40: 1/2, 51-54.

Irizarry, C & Miller, K (2016) Kinship Care: child safety or easy option? Staff and carers’ perspectives, Journal of Family Social Work, 19, 199-219. Taylor & Francis, Inc, Philadelphia, PA.

Nguyen, T., Irizarry, C., Garrett, R., & Downing, A. (2015). Access to mobile communications by older people. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 34(2),

Irizarry, C., Marlowe, J., Hallahan, L., Bull, M., (2015), Restoring Connections: social workers' practice wisdom towards achieving social justice, British Journal of Social Work, 46 (7): 1855-1871.

Qualifications

Ph.D. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

M.S. Columbia University, New York, New York

B.A. William Smith College, Geneva, New York

Honours, awards and grants
  • Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Australian Leaning and Teaching Council (2010)
  • Life Membership Anglicare SA (2006)
  • Arthur Cys Medal for Service to Seniors (1996)
  • Equal Opportunity Award, Flinders University of South Australia (1995)
  • Inaugural Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University (1993)
Key responsibilities
  • Chair School International Engagement Committee
  • Discipline Coordinator of Discipline Distance Education
Research expertise
Children and bereavement
Loss and grief
Migrants and refugees
Research interests

Research activities have included:

  • A project to document the voices refugee young people in care around their experiences in Adelaide, with K Miller. (2013)
  • An evaluation of carers of people with a disability, with K Miller. (2014)
  • An ARC research project with UniSA to investigate how mobile technology can assist older people, (2015).
  • Research into relative/kinship care within Families SA, with K Miller. (2016)
  • Evaluation of the impact on social work students participating in overseas placments in Asia in terms of changes to their knowledge and/or perceptions, with A Mian. (2015) 
  • People over 70 in the paid workforce, with Y Hunag. (2016)
  • Loss & adaption: Experiences of moving to residential aged care, with Goodwin-Smith & Zizzo. (2017)

  • International social groupwork research project: Identifying and Promoting Group Work Strategies in Actualizing the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

Teaching interests

Carol's teaches an introductory MSW topic on Diverse Populations and a topic which is concurrent with the MSW students' first placment. She has taught topics on Bereavment and Loss and Interventions in Situations of Trauma. In 2018 she is part of deisgning and teaching a new topic:Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling: human-animal interactions which will focus on contemport therapuetic practices using animals.

Topic coordinator
SOAD9102 Social Work with Diverse Populations
SOAD8012 Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling: Human-animal Interactions
Topic lecturer
SOAD9107 FirstPlacement
Supervisory interests
Bereavement and loss
Children and trauma or loss
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Saudi Arabian young people and school bullying
Completion
Principal supervisor: Eritrean migration to Adelaide
Associate supervisor: Mongolian Child Protection
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