I have been teaching in the university sector for over twenty five years. My teaching expertise is in sociology, gender studies, feminist theory, and qualitative research. I have taught across a range of disciplines including education, nursing and midwifery, and social work, and have taught at Undergraduate, Honours, and Postgraduate levels. I have held teaching and research positions at the University of South Australia, the University of Newcastle, and Flinders University, and have been Honours program convenor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle. I am currently the Teaching Program Director for the Discipline of Social Work in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, and am Topic Coordinator for SOAD3017 'Identity, Self and Agency' in the Bachelor of Social Work.
My research is primarily concerned with gender and families and relationships across the life course with a particular focus on domestic and family violence and elder abuse. I have been awarded significant external funding to conduct research in these fields and have published research findings in high-ranking, national and international academic journals and books. My current research focuses on family violence in refugee and migrant communities in Australia, and domestic violence in the lives of older women, particularly in terms of its intersections with elder abuse, and the impact on women of diminishing social connections in later years. I am a member of the Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS).
Teaching Program Director - Social Work
Course Coordinator - Master of Social Work (Graduate Entry)
VC's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAY 2017
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