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Research Interests

Are you passionate in the same things as me? Send me an email [email protected]. Let's chat and see where we can work together.
My research and development strengths
  • Multiculturalism, ethnicity, religion and spirituality
  • Sustainable development goals, particualry SDG5
  • Women and childrens protection, foster and kinship care
  • Community-based and culturally appropriate models of care
  • Mental health and mental wellbeing
  • Women's leadership from the grassroots to the top
  • I do qualitative, mixed-method and multi-method research, and systematic reviews and longitudinal data analysis, as well as co-design emanciptatory approaches
  • I collaborate with researchers and member of welfare, service and advocacy organisations across the world.

Research Biography

Research & evaluation

Are you interested in collaborating in research, having your program or service evaluatied, anywhere in Australia, Asia or Pacific regions? Send me an email [email protected]. Let's chat, and we can see what my team can do for you.


My Research

2023 – 2023 Lead Chief Investigator, with Drs Patmisari & Huang. Evidence-based psychosocial supports review. Flourish Australia.

2023 – 2023 Chief Investigator, with Dr Jones and Ms Champion. Family Meetings at NALHN: Co-design of a multidisciplinary guide and test. Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

2023 – 2023 Chief Investigator, with Drs Lines, Sivertsen, Grant, Hutton, Zannettino, Cooper, Starrs & Hartz. How are we Educating our Future Workforce in Child Protection? Exploring Interprofessional Education of Nurses, Midwives & Social Workers. Flinders Foundation.

2023 – 2023 Chief Investigator (mentor), with Dr Yunong Huang, Resilience and personal growth of older Chinese immigrants in South Australia: A life course perspective. CEPSW Internal Seed Grant.

2022 – 2023 Lead Chief Investigator, with Drs Jones, Huang, Wong & Patmisari. Linker Service for Older Women and Single Parents at Risk of Poverty, Program Prototyping & Evaluation, Wyatt Trust.

2022 – 2023 Lead Chief Investigator, with Dr Jones. Experiences of Mockingbird FamilyTM Trios: Foster Carers, Children and Caseworkers (Project #2). Life Without Barriers.

2022 – 2023 Lead Chief Investigator, with Dr Jones. Mental Health Social Work workforce development strategy at Headspace in SA: Co-design and supervision of SW Hons student to undertake stakeholder research and translation. Adelaide Primary Health Network.

2022 – 2022 Consultancy, With Dr Jones & Ms Lowe. Series of Professional Writing Workshops for Graduate Health Social Workers. Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

2022 – 2022 Chief Investigator, with Dr Jones. Evaluation Research of My Place. Women's and Children's Hospital.

2021 – 2023 Lead Chief Investigator, with Dr Jones. Muslim Community Parenting and Family Relationships Program. Community Development, Education and Social Services Inc.

2021 – 2022 Lead Chief Investigator, with Dr Jones. South Australia and New South Wales implementation and experience of the Mockingbird Family™ Foster Care Model. Life Without Barriers.

2020 – 2022 Lead Chief Investigator, with A/Prof Star (Flinders), A/Prof Widianingsih & Dr Rusyidi (Universitas Padjadjaran). Women’s Interdisciplinary Round Table: COVID-19 and the Future of SDGs.

2020 – 2021 Chief Investigator, with Drs Siddiquee (Flinders) & Hamiduzzaman (University of Newcastle). Self-reported Risk Assessment and Coping Strategies of CALD Older South Australians during COVID-19 Pandemic, Internal Covid-19 Grant Scheme, College BGL.

2020 – 2021 Chief Investigator, with A/Prof Star, Drs Tangney, Jones & Nettle. Ensuring effective outcomes and implementation for climate adaptation policy: reviewing a co-designed, stakeholder-engaged, evidence-based approach to decision-making. Resilient South, City of Mitcham, City of Onkaparinga, City of Marion, City of Holdfast Bay & Department of Environment & Water ($18,000) with internal funding, Flinders DVC(R) Climate Response Seed Grant.

2019 – 2021 Lead Chief Investigator, with Drs Jones, Wendt & Ms Mian. Place-based evaluation and Quasi-experimental research. Building multicultural relations at Adelaide Mosque, AMISSA Stronger Together, community programs. Multicultural Affairs, Department of Premier and Cabinet.

2019 – 2019 Chief Investigator, with Drs Wendt, Hallahan, & Jones (Flinders), Dunk-West (CDU). Needs-based evaluation and research to practice simulation project: Collaborative practice in domestic violence and child wellbeing (Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Limited).

2018 – 2019 Lead Chief Investigator, with A/Prof Cassandra Star (Flinders) and A/Prof Ida Widianingsih (Universitas Padjadjaran). Original research and workforce development. Women's Leadership in Government: Knowledge, policy, strategy, and action, 2018-19 Australia-Indonesia Institute Grant Round (Competitive funding, DFAT).

2018 – 2019 Chief Investigator, with Dr Fiona Rillotta. Theory of change, outcome evaluation of the ‘I am Woman,’ capacity building/community program, funded under the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) scheme of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) (Minda SA).

2017 – 2018 Lead Chief Investigator, with Dr Jane Fischer and Dr Lana Zannettino. Original research. Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness (Competitive funding, ANROWS) - investigates how to effectively measure improvements the quality of life of vulnerable groups and communities.

2016 – 2018 Lead Chief Investigator, with Dr Ian Goodwin-Smith. Hearing Territory voices: providing an evidence base to underpin community services in the Northern Territory (CatholicCare NT) - Development of evaluation framework and undertake six theory of Change, outcome evaluations of child, family and community wellbeing initiatives of CatholicCare NT, inclusive of climate resilience initiatives.

2016 – 2017 Lead Chief Investigator, with Dr Ian Goodwin-Smith. Evaluation of the Pass Point program (UnitingCare Country SA) Place-based social inclusion/community resilience initiative, Theory of change, outcome evaluation. Commissioned and funded by Uniting Care Wesley Country SA.

2015 – 2016 Chief Investigator, with Dr Ian Goodwin-Smith. Original research. Hearing their voices: providing an evidence base to underpin best practice on family safety and wellbeing (UnitingCare Country SA, with Department for Communities and Social Inclusion).

2015 – 2016 Chief Investigator, with Dr Ian Goodwin-Smith. Theory of change, outcome evaluation of the Family coping Toolkit (CatholicCare NT, Chief Investigator and Principal Researcher). An Aboriginal innovation used for improving resilience and wellbeing of Aboriginal families and communities.



Supervised Students Successes

PhD Supervision

Are you interested in a PhD, and seeking a PhD Supervisor? Send me your Acacemic Transcripts, CV with your publication data, and Research Proposal to [email protected]


I supervise domestic and international PhD students

  • I was awarded the Vice Chancellors Prize for Excellence in PhD Supervision, one awarded each year, can only recieve once.
  • I will support you to develop you PhD in and area relevant to my research interests.


My research student completions

  • Dr Amy Bromley, PhD (Social Work) - Creating meaningful change: A critical realist study of the relationship between psychological empowerment and systemic reform in Australian child protection systems
  • Dr Asma Athker, PhD (Psychology) -  The adaptation of Australian children of skilled immigrants from non-English-speaking countries (Psychology)
  • Dr Batkhishig Adilbish, PhD (Social Work) - Social work, child protection and protective factors in Mongolia
  • Dr Eshantha Ariyadassa, PhD (Government & Public Policy) - Life chances of children and young people in children's homes in Sri Lanka
  • Dr Faraha Nawaz, PhD (Public Administration) - Microfinance and women's empowerment in Bangladesh
  • Dr Jinwen Chen, PhD (Social Geography) - Imagining ageing futures: LGBTQ+ multicultural people in Australia.
  • Dr Libby Hammond, PhD (Social Work) - Navigating the Whitestream - is Indigenous content in social work taught differently actoss the Tasman and can we learn from each other?
  • Dr Kathome (Glory) Gatwiri, PhD (Social Work) - Intersectional analysis of women living with Vesico and Recto- Vaginal fistulas in Kenya
  • Dr Nga Nguyen, PhD (Social Work) - Tasting Australia: Vietnamese student parents’ experience of living in limbo - A Janus head analysis
  • Dr Nismah Qonitah, PhD (Social Work) - Child protection social work in Indonesia in children's orphanages, in the contexts of decentralisation and deinstitutionalisation (Social Work)
  • Laura Culip, MA (Public Administration) - What is the evidence for compulsory income management as tool to help parents overcome addiction/s, to improve child safety?
  • Alicia Reinke, Hons (Social Work) - Bordeaux analysis of the self-help kit aimed to support South Australian youth tranitioning from state care to independent life
  • Casey-Leigh Evans, Hons (Social Work) - Pro-ana/Mia, Online spaces as a sanctury for the eating disordered
  • Ashleigh Gallagher, Hons (Social Work) - Examining women's interpersonal experiences with practitioners when accessing abortion services in South Australia
  • Mary Awata, GDRM (Social Work) - Factor Analysis of Australian Service Engagement of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families where a Family Member has a Disability
  • Jeremy Davidson-Tear, MS (Social Work) - Employment and meaningful enterprise of individuals recovering from mental illness
  • Cheryl Cagara, MA (Womens' Studies) - Problematizing ‘financial support’ of women within social welfare practices in Makati City, Philippines


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Research Areas

  • Social work
  • Rural and remote health
  • Women's and gender studies

Supervisory Interests

  • Multiculturalism
  • Child protection
  • Domestic violence
  • Ethnicity
  • Foster care
  • Parents/carers
  • Quality of life


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