Dr Priscilla Dunk-West

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Sciences South (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

Research expertise
Sexuality Studies
Social work
Research interests

My research interests include intimate relationships; sexuality and sexual identity; parenting after separation and identity/ selfhood. My current research projects include child-centred social work in the context of domestic and family violence; child protection decision-making; long term intimate relationships; positive post separation parenting.


Wendt, S., Hallahan, L., Dunk-West, P., Seymour, K. & Jones & McLaren, H. (2018-2019) $150, 094 Needs assessment and simulation project: Collaborative practice in domestic and family violence and child wellbeing. Government Department of Health- Parenting Research Centre Inc.

Dunk-West, P & Wendt, S. (2018-2019) $50,000 Emerging Minds, Equipping workers for work with children and families experiencing IFV.

Dunk-West, P., Bastian, C. & Wendt, S. (2018-2019) $10,000 Flinders University College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Grant, Child centredness in child protection practice.

Dunk-West, P. & Natalier, K. (2017-2018) $10,000 Flinders University Faculty Grant, Positive Post Separation Parenting.

Dunk-West, P. (2013) $10,000 Flinders Establishment Grant, Sexuality and Gender research in Social Work.

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)
Expert for media contact
Sociology and Social Work
intimate relationships
post separation parenting
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