Dr Priscilla Dunk-West

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Bedford Park (343)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Priscilla is a sociologist and social worker and has worked in academia in both Australia and England. She practised social work firstly in child protection and later went on to specialise in sexual health counselling. Her research interests include identity, sexuality, relationships and parenting. She has produced five books and her bestselling text How to be a Social Worker: A Critical Guide for Students has been translated into Swedish and is now in its second edition.


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts, Honours
Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Social Work
PhD in Sociology

Teaching interests
  • Professional self-making
  • Imagination and learning
  • Innovation in teaching
Topic coordinator
SOAD2010 Social work with Diverse Populations
SOAD9206 Social work Research in Practice Settings
Supervisory interests
Marriage and intimate relationships
Professional selfhood
Same-sex relationships
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: social work (3)
Associate supervisor: social work (1)
  • Sociology and Social Work
  • intimate relationships
  • parenting
  • post separation parenting
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